As you may know, one of Portland’s classic homegrown wingnut events, The Portland Challenge, which involves swimming across the Willamette River next to the Hawthorne Bridge, is this Sunday, September 8.
This year is the 10th annual gathering and organizer Jay Rubin is pulling out all the stops.
Mercifully, Rubin has paid the event’s weather insurance in advance in full, and the ridiculous “February in September” syndrome sitting on top of Portland right now should be all cleared up by the weekend.
If you have been closely following international news you’ll be aware that, by a series of interdependent and interlocking relationships not even the NSA’s massive surveillance system can explain, the Portland Challenge is also linked to next week’s production of DIARY OF A MADMAN at The Headwaters Theater.
When all is said and done, and the dust settles (and all the PCB’s and heavy metals settle back into the mud at the bottom of the Willamette), proceeds from both the crossing and the show will be redirected to Tanzania to open a grocery store.
To further understand what is going on here, you’ll have to show up and see for yourself.
So turn out Sunday, swim across the Willamette, and if you survive that, an hour long theatre show next week should be a cake walk.
Oh – the swim is free.