I just came from visiting my Best friend in "the beaver state". And there's one thing I remember vividly about our venture into Portland: it seemed like every bike rack in the "hollywood" district had a bike leaning against it, no chains no locks. So i asked her what's up with that? she simple said, "POrtland is so cool, we don't even lock up our bikes."
I love the bag. the tubes are my favorite part. my sewing machine hates anything other than cotton. (and all the pictures really help to get an overall feel of the bag!)
if you're holding someone's hand and you come across a pole or something that separates you and the other person you're supposed to walk around that object instead of breaking hands apart. it's said to bring bad luck between the friends or loved ones.