1) One of the “Blind Date” books at Another Read Through, wrapped in brown paper with just its first line, no title or author
2) A statue at the office of the Portland Police Bureau’s Canine Unit on E Burnside honoring Mick, a police dog killed in the line of duty in 2014
3) Sidewalk tiles by the Urban League office on N Russell
4) Unexpected Krampus in the Grimm exhibit at downtown’s Police Museum (vs. expected ones at, say, the Pecularium or Vancouver’s DEVIL-ish Little Things Museum)
5) Lovecraft Bar’s illuminated Cthulhu by local artist Séan Donahue
6) Panels from the old OMSI planetarium (which once stood next to the Oregon Zoo) live on at Keys Lounge
7) With some disturbing, explanation-required pieces, Kidd’s Toy Museum, near the east end of the Hawthorne Bridge, is more history lesson than play palace.
8) Seasonal cartoons from “The Light Bulb Lady” at Sunlan Lighting on N Mississippi
9) One of the Venderia’s barroom vending machines
10) The view from the clock tower at Union Station
11) The criss-crossing lines on the Willamette Stone off NW Skyline marked the origin point for Oregon and Washington land surveys, starting in 1851.
12) Sauvie Island’s flying saucer-esque Collins Beach UFO is reportedly a boatbuilding experiment gone AWOL.
Photographs (1–12): Courtesy Blind Date Books; by Michael Novak; by Margaret Seiler (2); Courtesy James Trantiff; Courtesy Ray Jones; Courtesy ZUMA Press Inc/Alamy Stock Photo; by Eden Dawn; Courtesy Venderia; By Margaret Seiler (2); Courtesy James Miller