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    Who painted the Phil's chicken yellow?

    ...and why?

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    I thought it was a swan. Kind of like this...



    By the way, how is the Phil's area nowadays? I've not ridden there in months. I probably should, as the talcum powder dust is good for my squeaky brakes.

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    Choke the chicken!

    If I wasn't so lazy I'd have torn that thing out of there a long time ago. It was funny when it was plywood and rough... for about 10 minutes. That was satire. But the perfect scale replica seemed like homage.

    I've had to look at that goddamn flaming chicken in the roundabout near my house since the "Phoenix" rose up with it's orange blot on the landscape, and it's about the last thing I want to see out on the trails (besides maybe Thomasberg chasing me with a chainsaw). I'm surprised the FS let it stay in the first place... kinda sets a bad precedent, don'tcha think?

    It's sad enough that we have these poor little pavement-surrounded park/art exhibits...

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    Gee Dave, say how you really feel! So, what's your opinion of the bike sculpture at Laura's near the road above Heater Rock? just curious.

    I don't mind the phoenix, but I prefer it red.

    Public art is OK with me especially when nobody has to pay for it (such as the case in the network)
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    Well you know what they say... beauty is in the eye of the beholder and all that. I don't mind the bike sculpture. It's original and blends in OK. I don't mind the elf either. Sure wouldn't want to see this stuff spread throughout the system though. I like the trees just fine.

    Maybe all those trees with the paint on them is the FS idea of public art? Kinda like a Christo installation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dcaplan
    If I wasn't so lazy I'd have torn that thing out of there a long time ago. It was funny when it was plywood and rough... for about 10 minutes. That was satire. But the perfect scale replica seemed like homage.

    I've had to look at that goddamn flaming chicken in the roundabout near my house since the "Phoenix" rose up with it's orange blot on the landscape, and it's about the last thing I want to see out on the trails (besides maybe Thomasberg chasing me with a chainsaw). I'm surprised the FS let it stay in the first place... kinda sets a bad precedent, don'tcha think?

    It's sad enough that we have these poor little pavement-surrounded park/art exhibits...
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    Being transplant #13,983 to Bend, I couldn't figure out what the chicken was all about. Little later, I realized that the chicken is the same one that's on the roundabout where Galveston/Skyliners leads to Phil's. I thought it was a nice nod to one of the many things that makes Bend, Bend: roundabouts and mountain biking.

    That, and when describing directions to Phil's to a newbie, you usually reference the chicken roundabout, so when said newbie rides Phils and sees a mini-roundabout with a chicken, they go, "Oh, I get it. Those clever mountain biking Bendites."
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    Quote Originally Posted by SmallAirAndy
    That, and when describing directions to Phil's to a newbie, you usually reference the chicken roundabout, so when said newbie rides Phils and sees a mini-roundabout with a chicken, they go, "Oh, I get it. Those clever mountain biking Bendites."
    I usually reference that landmark as the "orange chicken" but now I will have to say "yellow chicken." Actually, since the new color is sort of a dark yellow, maybe I will refer to it as the "curry chicken."

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    Quote Originally Posted by dcaplan
    It's sad enough that we have these poor little pavement-surrounded park/art exhibits...
    You don't like the roundabout art? I think it's distinctive and adds to the attractiveness of the city.

    Actually, I don't mind the intermittent artwork spread throughout Phil's triangle. I kind of think of Phil's triangle as a playground of sorts rather than as wilderness or backcountry.

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    I thought it was a Phoenix?

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    I wondered the same thing. I miss it being red.

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    +1 for curry chicken.
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    If you rub a garden gnome's belly, it's considered good luck.

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    Okay, my wife just informed me that someone painted it orange again. CRAZY!

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    Quote Originally Posted by El Guapo
    I thought it was a Phoenix?
    I always call it the Flaming Chicken. Works until it gets painted blue or green.
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    Ok, I'll admit it... it was me. Orange IS better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dcaplan
    Ok, I'll admit it... it was me. Orange IS better.
    Can I still call it the curry chicken?

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    I did a little gps tracking app with the wifey the other day near there....got a shot of 'it' painted yellow....


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    I never really paid much attention to the color! I always blast past this section in a blur of speed......
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    So much for the little chicky, that was how I thought of it at least.

    Art work is cool in my opinion, even if I don't like it (the roundabout in NW Crossing), having art work is good.

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    +2 for curry chicken... now I'm hungry. By the way, the gnome likes clif bloks too!

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    Speaking of eclectic trail flair; anyone notice all the bizarre action figures, and a little plastic dragon on the "Nessy" log-ride on ODP??? I like the dragon, not so sure about the G.I.Joes. What the hell, it gives it some interesting flavor!
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    Saw Nessy yesterday but nothing else...was not looking though
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    Quote Originally Posted by SmallAirAndy
    +1 for curry chicken.

    Yep, I like Curry Chicken.....yummmm

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    A little history for those who have not been around for the saga.

    The original flaming chicken was put up by a group of rich women, "Art in Public Places". They had been doing these things with their own money and thought they were doing us all a favor, but the Phoenix was a bit much, particularly when they said it represented the renewal of the west side. A McDonalds and a Safeway was not what we all called progress. It didn't help when they condenscendingly said that "of course, people are intimidated when they don't understand art"

    Soon after a statue of the David appeared with a mini phoenix covering his wanger. "Phoenix Envy" they called it. Art in Pubic places.

    I was pleased to see the parody go up on Phils. I take a lap around it every time I go by.

    The rich women still decorate our round-abouts, but they have to have it approved by a citizen's panel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by newfydog
    A little history for those who have not been around for the saga.

    The original flaming chicken was put up by a group of rich women, "Art in Public Places". They had been doing these things with their own money and thought they were doing us all a favor, but the Phoenix was a bit much, particularly when they said it represented the renewal of the west side. A McDonalds and a Safeway was not what we all called progress. It didn't help when they condenscendingly said that "of course, people are intimidated when they don't understand art"

    Soon after a statue of the David appeared with a mini phoenix covering his wanger. "Phoenix Envy" they called it. Art in Pubic places.

    I was pleased to see the parody go up on Phils. I take a lap around it every time I go by.

    The rich women still decorate our round-abouts, but they have to have it approved by a citizen's panel.
    I was quite thrilled when Safeway went in. Ray's is alright but lacks some things (but they do have Oven Fry Extra Crispy chicken coating and Moosehead beer). Freddies has the slowest cashiers in the world. You'd go broke doing your staple shopping at Newport Market. Does anyone shop at Albertson's?

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    Did you that know each of the 41 pieces of art has a name? Did you know that there are 41 pieces?

    http://artinpublicplaces.org/gallery.php

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nat
    I was quite thrilled when Safeway went in.
    You bet! Now if we can just get a Wallmart supercenter the westside will be worth living on. Maybe we can knock down all the bike shops and brew pubs to make room for it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nat
    I was quite thrilled when Safeway went in. Ray's is alright but lacks some things (but they do have Oven Fry Extra Crispy chicken coating and Moosehead beer). Freddies has the slowest cashiers in the world. You'd go broke doing your staple shopping at Newport Market. Does anyone shop at Albertson's?
    Spot on Nat! I also enjoy Trader Joes... That is progress in the right direction.. Fred Meyer does have really slow checkout..yikes! Especially fun when you are checking out with two kids under four..NOT FUN.. Self checkout at Freddies..

    It is important to note that Newport Market does have a superb beer selection. Rays does as well...

    I personally like the art..
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nat
    Did you that know each of the 41 pieces of art has a name? Did you know that there are 41 pieces?

    http://artinpublicplaces.org/gallery.php

    Most of them are pretty nice. After the flaming chicken debacle they started to play it safe with animals and Northwest sort of things.

    If you look at the Bachelor compass from the right angle it spells S_E_X

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    Quote Originally Posted by newfydog
    You bet! Now if we can just get a Wallmart supercenter the westside will be worth living on. Maybe we can knock down all the bike shops and brew pubs to make room for it!
    No thanks on the Wal-Mart; Safeway fits my needs pretty well.

    Ray's has the best pharmacy in town, and their $0.50 dvd's are great for a rainy day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by newfydog
    Most of them are pretty nice. After the flaming chicken debacle they started to play it safe with animals and Northwest sort of things.

    If you look at the Bachelor compass from the right angle it spells S_E_X
    The Atilt, Sundra, and Garden Gate piece, with the red, yellow, and blue colors, reminds me of a kids' playground structure. Maybe I just don't understand it and am intimidated!

    I like Redsides.

    No matter how I look at the "N" on the bachelor compass, I can't get it to look like anything other than a "X." Were you guys around when someone drove his car into the "S" and knocked it down? I bet that impact me to cool "gong" sound.
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    Quote Originally Posted by willem3
    Spot on Nat! I also enjoy Trader Joes... That is progress in the right direction.. Fred Meyer does have really slow checkout..yikes! Especially fun when you are checking out with two kids under four..NOT FUN.. Self checkout at Freddies..

    It is important to note that Newport Market does have a superb beer selection. Rays does as well...

    I personally like the art..
    It never fails that when I go to Freddy's I end up in the absolute slowest checkout line. Their deli fried chicken is the best in town.

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    Quote Originally Posted by newfydog
    I was pleased to see the parody go up on Phils. I take a lap around it every time I go by.
    I do that, too. The last time 2-3 other riders were standing there chatting. I did 4-5 laps, said "Hi" and went on my way. Big grins all 'round (pun intended).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nat
    It never fails that when I go to Freddy's I end up in the absolute slowest checkout line. Their deli fried chicken is the best in town.
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    Quote Originally Posted by shiggy
    Self-check
    Sometimes that's just as frustrating, when the people in front of you doing their self-check are having trouble figuring out how to work the machines.

    I also have a (mild) fundamental opposition to the self-check since it is a way for the store to increase profits by transferring work onto the customer. Now if the store gave a slight discount for using the self-check it would not violate my granite-like principles, har.

    Who knew that buying groceries would be worth talking about? I got to get out of the office.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shiggy
    I do that, too. The last time 2-3 other riders were standing there chatting. I did 4-5 laps, said "Hi" and went on my way. Big grins all 'round (pun intended).
    I like to ride clockwise through it and shout, "I'm from out of town!"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nat
    I like to ride clockwise through it and shout, "I'm from out of town!"
    Same here, but I never signal my exit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SmallAirAndy
    Same here, but I never signal my exit.
    Har! I like to stop in the middle of it and back up.

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    If you look at the Bachelor compass from the right angle it spells S_E_X

    Best part about that one is that the nearby middle schoolers that figured that out.

    The poor drunk bastard that ran down the S managed to escape. He was from out of state, uninsured, etc, as I understand it. Hard to stick a bill for a $40K repair job on someone that can't even keep his maroon conversion van legit and on the road.

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    Just when I thought this thread might die...

    I was riding up Phil's today and guess what I saw...

    What do we call it now? The Fire Heifer?
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    Laughing out loud!!!! Too funny!!!
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    It'd be sweet to see that thing painted differently, every couple weeks
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    What the...? I was there just yesterday and it was still orange! Could you smell paint?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MrCookie
    The poor drunk bastard that ran down the S managed to escape. He was from out of state, uninsured, etc, as I understand it. Hard to stick a bill for a $40K repair job on someone that can't even keep his maroon conversion van legit and on the road.
    I heard it was a wealthy fellow in his Porsche GT2, who committed suicide last year when the economic downturn killed his net worth.

    Your story is more plausible than mine I guess.

    Maybe it was just horny middle schoolers who knocked it over?

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    New name: Chicow

    You have to say the 'new name' as you would read it in a fight seen of Bat Man and Robin.......Chicow!!!!


    Quote Originally Posted by JimSaysLetsRide
    I was riding up Phil's today and guess what I saw...

    What do we call it now? The Fire Heifer?

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    Quote Originally Posted by BIGfatED
    New name: Chicow

    You have to say the 'new name' as you would read it in a fight seen of Bat Man and Robin.......Chicow!!!!
    Chick-chick-chicka chicow!

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