A M sez:
So pretty much the first thing Pixie and I did after meeting, aside from hug and ascertain that neither of us was a scary internet person slash serial killer (um, in that order), was put up a swing at one of the MAX (light rail) stations downtown.
The city recently spent a great deal of time and effort putting in new stations (not to mention a new MAX line, which involved tearing up nigh the entirety of downtown, closing many streets and rerouting most of the buses, not that I'm bitter or anything). They feature "leaning rails" instead of seats, which is a controversial move not popular with bicyclists, because they look temptingly like bike racks, but aren't. They also feature a total lack of swings.
However! They have marvelous crossbars, and I have rope and a plank.
We had to bum a lighter off some passers-by to burn the ends of the rope after we cut it, but that went swimmingly, since practically everyone in Portland smokes. At least, all the college kids.
Then Pixie climbed up on the leaning rails to attach the swing ropes!
A MAX train pulled up while she was doing this, and a man in the doorway said "CAN I SWING ON THAT!?!" We told him that it was not quite done, but that he could in just a moment! Tragically, the train pulled away before he could fully enjoy our swing. I did get a silly picture of him though.
The swing, once installed, worked fabulously!
It did creak and crack a bit under my weight, which made me concerned about my choice of plank, but it wasn't too bad. Then we decorated and labeled the swing
Quoth Pixie: "I'm going to draw flowers on it, so people will see that it's art, and maybe they won't take it down". Sadly, when we walked by the site a few hours later on the way to Silent Donation, it had been taken down. But I have high hopes that some of the denizens of PD0 were able to swing whilst waiting for their train!