Judging by my less-than serious style of writing and incessant references to the show, it should come at no surprise to my readers that I am a huge fan of Portlandia. For those unfamiliar with the show, it’s essentially a show composed of short vignettes and anecdotes regarding characters in and around Portland, Oregon, a city notorious for it’s non-mainstream culture and penchant for alternative lifestyles. Granted the somewhat ‘conservative’ environment of the D.C.-area is a far cry from the hipster-esque antics of Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein in the show, I was happy to find out that one of my favorite Portlandia sketches have actually played out in reality in the D.C. region.
Anthony and Jess Reiss are huge bike fans, one works at a bike shop and the other is an environmental lawyer, and have made the decision to forego cars in the pursuit of being environmentally friendly. Unfortunately, their decision to move from a one-bedroom apartment into a house proved to be difficult given their car-free life style choice. So as a solution to this conundrum, the two decided to move all their belongings on bikes.
Not even joking. (see video)
Even though it sounds ridiculous, the biking duo actually pulled it off quite nicely, enlisting the help of their community bikers as well as one particular D.C. bike messenger who offered his cart which could carry 300 lbs. The pair were able to stuff books into bags, kitchen things into boxes which fit over seats, and couches onto flat carts they could tow behind them. Overall, with 25 bikers, the couple was able to move all of their belongings within a paltry 2 hour window of time, something most people with cars couldn’t accomplish.
My hats off to Jess and Anthony considering how well they were able to pull this off, and there’s definitely a part of me that’s quite ecstatic about having a ‘real-life Portlandia’ moment right here in the D.C.-area.