Portland is a great little city. I have had many good times there. As a mountain biker, I am always impressed with the trail network the local cyclists have managed to find and connect not very far from the city center. Casco Bay is a wonderul body of water and apparently the big Cruise Ships are beginning to agree. The number of art galleries, artisan shops, and music venues is impressive given the size of the city. There is lots to do any day of the week.
The old school atmosphere created by the working waterfront keeps Portland's feet firmly planted in reality. Any given day you can head to the fish markets and hear the crusty old lobster men cuss and fume over the price of lobsta, halibut, or scrod. Take a break in one of the local dives and you might even find someone to pick a fight with. Portland has it all in one small package. I was once cold cocked by a drunken indian who came out of some bar and hit the first person he came across. I was maybe 16 and my mom who was with me laid into the guy. A strange encounter in Portland that has stuck with me all these years.
So imagine my disappointment when I noticed that Men's Health Magazine just rated Portland the "least sexiest city" in the country. Least sexy? What the Hell?
First of all I have no clue what criteria is used to determine "sexiest". Seems to me, that is one of those notions that relies on personal taste rather than being based on tangible and quantifiable data. Or is it? Apparently the creators of this list found the data needed to factually judge the sexiest city which by their standards is Austin, Texas.
The data used is:
- Total Condom Sales (Portland - 95th /100)
- Birth Rates (Portland 95th / 100)
- STD Rates (Portland 100th /100)
Maybe it's just me, but I never found condoms to be the least bit sexy. Nothing dampens the moment more than a last minute errand to the local pharmacy for a hoodie. Though I never picked up any STDs, I imagine that showing up bed side with the faucet running cannot be that much of a turn on. And please, the only real sexy thing about birth is the initiation process. Birth is beautiful but certainly not sexy.
All in all, I would say Portland is at the right end of this list.