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Mark & Dave: You wonder why they call it rush hour

Have you noticed your commute is getting worse? Experts say it’s a side effect of an improving economy. Kind of makes you miss the recession, huh? Just a little? By the way, Tuesday is the worst morning to commute to work, Thursday the worst evening. Which means you’re stuck all day Wednesday.

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Recent Metro estimates say Portland’s population will jump to 3 million by 2035. That’s just 20 years away. Mark blames it on climate change. It will make our neck of the woods most-desired. (So don’t sell your house just yet.) Dave says blame it on the traffic jams — takes too long to leave.

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You thought street taxes and arts taxes and everything-under-the-sun taxes were outrageous ideas ... how about this one from Washington, D.C.: a fitness tax. The Capitol city is entertaining the idea of a 5.75 percent sales tax on gyms, yoga studios and other health club services. Opponents say the city should be promoting wellness, and we agree. Hey, we don’t have the market cornered on crazy anymore. Commissioners? Mayor? You’ve got competition.

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Half of college students who snapped up degrees mid-recession still rely on their parents for financial aid. What parent, including us, hasn’t received that phone call? Is it any coincidence that most of those calls are made on Father’s Day? That’s why wallets make such a great gift for dad. His old one wore out too fast.

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A Waffle House in North Carolina forced a waitress (oops, a server) to return a $1,000 tip because it’s standard policy to decline large tips. Management probably was worried she would use the $1,000 to buy her own Waffle House.

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Did you really think caffeine-impregnated underwear would help you lose weight by obliterating fat cells? No, of course not. That’s why you didn’t buy any Novarel Slims, now the target of two lawsuits claiming the undies don’t destroy cellulite. How could they? Every time you put on caffeine underwear, you want a doughnut.

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Rent.com lists Portland as the eighth-best city in the United States for singles. Coffee shop density, rental housing, nightlife and dining all factor into the methodology. San Francisco scored first (pardon the pun).

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Is this what you really want? Think about this when you go to the polls to vote on legalized pot in November: A Colorado company is being sued for producing marijuana-infused clones of Reese’s (Hashees) and Almond Joy (Ganga Joy). And a Washington State coffee brewer is previewing pot-spiked cold-brewed coffee called “Legal.” At $66 a six-pack, it should be called “Illegal.” Either way, we think you have to be stoned to pay that.

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Time magazine reports travelers actually do like to make a little small talk during plane flights. A “little” is open to interpretation. Depending on the seatmate, a simple “sorry, that’s my seat” is sometimes just enough.

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A Harris poll says millennials are big eaters but small tippers, admitting they often tip less than 15 percent when eating out. Experts say it’s because they have less experience eating in sit-down restaurants. Naturally. With all the food carts around here who even knows what a full-service restaurant is? And what millennial can afford it? The one restaurant that bucks the trend where tips are often as high as 40 percent? Hooters. Naturally.

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First there were coyote warnings in Southeast Portland. Then a bear wandered in to a Northeast neighborhood. Makes you wonder, just how bad are things at the Oregon Zoo?

Listen to Mark and Dave 3 to 6 p.m. weekdays on AM 860 KPAM. Follow them at http://www.facebook.com/themarkanddaveshow.