Well, Time magazine just published its List Issue and I'm sorry to report I did not make the Top Ten of anything. Maybe I'm 11th at something.
Number Ten on the Oddball Stories of the year was Ian Usher, who became an Internet sensation when he attempted to sell his life on eBay. Ian is now traveling the world, looking to achieve 100 goals in 100 weeks, which I find infinitely more sensible than doing something new every friggin' day.
This is my kind of guy.
So I was especially psyched when my friend David Sloan told me he was hosting Ian as he came through Portland. In the interest of doing Something New, we all visited the Shanghai Tunnels, which I feared would suck yet turned out to be fascinating.
Here's David descending below the street in Old Town, where reprobates unlucky enough to get drunk or stoned would find themselves locked up on a boat heading to Shanghai. Hence the term "shanghaied."
Apparently, Portland was the shanghaiing capitol of the country. Between 1850 and 1941, an average 1,500 people a year were kidnapped into servitude, enabled by a vast labyrinth of subterranean tunnels specifically constructed to accommodate human trafficking.
Here's me and Ian outside an actual opium den:
Please note that smoking opium isn't on either of our lists.