• Eugene Weekly Loves You!
Share |


September 3, 2015

A reader sent in this photo of a jacked-up Ford F-350 pickup truck last week blocking a bike lane on Jefferson Street next to the Washington-Jefferson Skatepark. Hope he or she got a 350-size ticket.

July 29, 2015

What’s up with the knitted monster feet along Franklin Boulevard next to campus? No sidewalk there so guerilla knitters are likely adding their public art late at night when traffic is light and nobody is around. The practice is not unheard of worldwide. “Yarnstorming” or “yarnbombing” has been defined in the British press as “putting knitting on something unexpected and running away giggling wildly.” (Try to read that with a British accent to get the full effect.) We need more such delightful frivolity. 

May 14, 2015

Who is this guy at soccer games? Red Man dashes across the scene with his flag when the Lane United Reds score, as they did three times to win their first match May 8. We hear he’s ready to run again at 7 pm Saturday, May 15, when the Reds play the Kitsap Pumas at Willamalane Center.

April 30, 2015

Are prairie dogs digging up downtown Eugene? More likely some pick and shovel work has exposed the roots of this beautiful old Japanese maple in the parking lot of Musgrove Mortuary at 11th and Olive. Looks like the tree will be moved and saved while the century-old building will be torn down soon to make way for a $6.5 million new Home2Suites hotel by Hilton. The four-story hotel will have 120 rooms for short-term and long-term guests.

March 26, 2015

Local author and KLCC music, arts and culture host Eric Alan captured this image of the Hult Center electronic billboard on the fritz a week or so ago. Or maybe it was a really cold morning.

February 5, 2015

Some yahoo or two dumped their vehicle ashtrays behind this building near 13th and Charnelton. Hey people! Cig butts make up some of the nastiest trash on the planet and billions of them end up washing into our rivers and beaches, harming wildlife. This toxic litter can persist in our environment for many years. Pick ’em up.

January 29, 2015

We’ve noticed this colorful, chicken-laden bus cruising around the Whiteaker neighborhood lately, and it’s sparked our imagination — is on-the-go farming a new trend? How many eggs per gallon does it get?

January 15, 2015

This peculiar parking lot signage at Gateway Mall in Springfield is best read with 3-D glasses.

December 24, 2014

We spotted this eyebrow-raising sign in the cheese cooler at Kiva downtown. Consider us duly warned.

November 20, 2014

Sharon Blick of Living Earth Farm sent us this photo of a rhododendron in her yard which started flowering a couple weeks ago in unseasonably warm weather. Rhodies usually flower in spring. “Now the flowers are dying,” she says. “The same for marionberries, which I also saw blooming lately. Now my normal fall crops (collards, kale, chard, cabbage, cauliflower, rutabagas, Brussels sprouts) might already be dead from this prolonged and severe freeze.” Climate chaos in our backyards.

November 13, 2014

A sign-carrying protester appeared on the sidewalk outside EW last week, which is rare but always welcome. Shannon Wilson is one of our regular letter writers and told us he was protesting EW’s blanket endorsement of Democrats who are not much better, maybe worse, than Republicans when it comes to environmental issues. He’s pissed at Dems who go along with logging BLM’s O&C lands, selling off the Elliott State Forest lands and promoting nuclear power. We share some of his frustrations, but seriously?

October 23, 2014

Reader Glenn Gillis sent us this photo of a sign on a building at 191 Seneca, saying it “must be the most risqué supply company in the state.” 

October 16, 2014

This big diesel truck with custom exhaust pipes was spotted in a Eugene parking lot last week making a statement among the mostly compact cars. Along with “He’s a Criminal,” the stickers included “Infowars.com,” the Alex Jones right-wing conspiracy website that claims Obamacare is spreading ebola. And no, the license plate is from Oregon, not Texas.

October 2, 2014

A reader who travels West 11th sent us this photo of a funny Taxpayers United sign with Peter DeFazio’s name spelled wrong, random capitalization and an improper use of an apostrophe. “You’d think as well funded as the OMOT folks are that they could afford to check their text for proper punctuation before printing a huge banner like this for everyone to see,” he says. OMOT (Our Money Our Transit) is the group fighting bus rapid transit with a nonsensical lawsuit and an equally nonsensical collection of signs cluttering private property along the corridor.

September 25, 2014

A reader sent us this photo, asking, “Why is The Register-Guard littering my neighborhood? Every week for the past month the R-G has thrown the Emerald Valley Shopper in front of each house. These worthless ad papers in green plastic bags remain scattered throughout lawns and driveways. Wouldn’t it be better if they figured out who actually wanted these papers?” She says she called the R-G three times, but still gets the paper tossed in her driveway.

September 18, 2014

Reader Vip Short took a photo of this aromatic skeletal creature inside an EW red box in old town Florence last weekend. What is it? “I am guessing a barnacled porpoise skeleton, or — equally possible — an insouciant piece of artwork by a mysterious local,” he says. “At least the perp recognized that empty EW boxes make perfect display cases for high art!”

September 4, 2014

This floating contraption was spotted anchored on the Willamette River in Albany Aug. 19. It’s a live-aboard kinetic sculpture of sorts with a human-powered Ferris wheel that will hold three people. A motorboat can barge it around on the river. We hear it’s the work of a group of artists out of Sacramento, including some Burning Man fans. Anybody know more about it? 

August 20, 2014

Darcie Herbert sent us this photo of a fire hydrant outside the buy2 convenience store downtown. Funny? Or another slap in the face to homeless folks who have no place to go?

July 30, 2014

We are addicted to bargain hunting at local thrift stores, a great way to recycle and re-use, but sometimes the pricing is a head-scratcher. This dirty old plastic garden trowel that originally sold for 97 cents was on the Goodwill shelf last week for $1.99. Maybe it’s an antique?

July 23, 2014

It’s possible to drive down Barger Drive in west Eugene and not notice this mailbox high above the street. It would make a fine birdhouse. Check it out a short distance west of the Beltline and Barger intersection.

June 5, 2014

Reader Evelyn Herczeg sent us this photo of what she calls “a Darwinian disaster waiting to happen, right outside Albertson’s on Royal Avenue.”

May 29, 2014

Reader John Bergland sent us this photo of a sign on South Shasta Loop a few blocks off Spring Boulevard in what he calls “the ritzy part of the southeast hills.”

May 22, 2014

This sign on West 18th is a bit of a headscratcher, and perhaps that’s the intent. Should we pray quickly before it’s too late, as in “the end is near,” or should we get down on our knees and skip a few meals? Send your WTF? photos to editor@eugeneweekly.com.

May 15, 2014

Reader David Perham sent us this photo from along the McKenzie Highway east of Springfield. “The fisherman in me howled with maniacal laughter when I saw this Walterville reader board. It’s a poem waiting to happen,” he says.