Where Did The Week Go…

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Where Did The Week Go

 

Portland Airport Carpet Sensation

What’s the first word you think of when describing Portland? “Weird” of course and you can look no further than the carpet pattern as you arrive in the Rose City at PDX. It’s loud, it’s tacky and it’s teal and it will be replaced soon to the dissatisfaction of native Portlanders.

They are so sad in fact that this week they arrived at Portland’s airport not to depart to another destination, but rather attend PDX Carpet Fest which celebrated the nearly 30-year-old carpet.

Photos ranging from photo-booth style to foot selfies were taken and soon the carpet had its own Facebook and Twitter pages. Even people from Portland found the whole thing a bit odd, but fitting for the city.

“I guess this carpet is really iconic, and I can’t imagine another city getting this worked up over carpet,” said Portland resident Sierra Prior before boarding her plane to New Orleans.

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That carpet is so ’80s. | (Barry Caruth-Flickr)

The carpet is dominated in teal but also features dark-blue lines and red, lavender and purple dots. It was meant to be a representation of traffic controllers’ view at night. Instead it resembles a classic game of Pong or Astroids, popularized in the ’80s which happens to be the decade in which the carpet was put in.

The uniqueness of it, and the fact that it is being replaced, has inspired people to sell T-shirts, coffee mugs and other products featuring its specific pattern. One guy even proposed to his girlfriend on it and wants to buy a stretch of it to walk down on their wedding day. Another woman got a tattoo of the pattern on her back. Safe to say it will be missed.

The pattern will be replaced by a new green carpet and will not be that much different from the current design. Installation is expected to be completed by the end of the year. Rest in peace tacky carpet. You had a good run.

 

Kentucky Fan’s Tattoo Fail

A few days before the start of this year’s NCAA Tournament, Kentucky Wildcats fan Rock Wright decided to show his love and passion for Big Blue Nation by getting a tattoo of the team on his leg. But he didn’t just get a logo of the team, he decided to predict the future and he needed some support from Facebook.

“I said if this status gets 200 likes, I’ll get a tattoo with 2015 Nation Champions Kentucky, 40-0,” said Wright in a YouTube interview with the local news. It turned out to be his first tattoo. It also turned out to be incorrect.

On Saturday, the Wildcats lost in the Final Four to Wisconsin ending their perfect season and national championship aspirations.

Kentucky was the favorite to win it all so you can imagine Wright was pretty confident, but still, why not get the tattoo of the team and then wait until the season ends before adding the “Champions” and “40-0 part?” As a sports fan myself, doing this before is a big no-no. He jinxed his own team.

Wright’s tattoo artist, Travis King, says he’ll be able to cover up the “2015” part of his tattoo by changing the year to 2012. That’s great except Kentucky went 38-2 that year.

Let this be a lesson kids. Just because you’re passionate about your sports team doesn’t mean you have to get a premature tattoo that will eventually come back to bite you. I imagine getting a tattoo hurts. I’m pretty sure getting one removed or covered is just as painful. Save yourself the pain and the anguish.

 

Utah Man Finds 75-Pound Bag of Cash On Highway

Dan Kennedy was driving on Interstate 80 in Utah on Tuesday when a Brink’s armored truck in front of him went over a bump and lost a bag out of the back. Fearing the large orange bag would become a traffic hazard, Kennedy stopped and attempted to drag it off the highway.

“I thought it was going to be light. I reached down to grab it, and I couldn’t move it,” said Kennedy.

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Dan Kennedy standing over his rich discovery. | (KSL)

Standing 4-feet tall and 2-feet wide, the bag was filled with smaller bags containing $50 and $100 bills. Kennedy estimated each of the smaller bags contained $22,000.

He eventually got the bag into his vehicle and tried and failed to chase down the armored truck. He then drove the money to his work parking lot and called the police.

“Never in all my years have I heard of a bag of money bouncing out of the back of an armored truck,” said trooper Brady Zaugg. “That’s something that happens in the spy movies.”

Kennedy never had any intention of keeping the money and he hasn’t heard anything about a reward. But it still made for an interesting morning commute to work.

“I was just jazzed all day long,” he said.

 

Passionate about movies, sports and writing, Ryan hails from Bend but lives in Springfield now. He earned his college degree in journalism from the University of Oregon and hopes to one day write a novel. He also enjoys sunsets and long walks on the beach.

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