THINGS I MISS ABOUT PORTLAND, OREGON
A man I had a thing with (I'm a young person) posted an Instagram of a street sign in my Portland neighborhood, and then used the comment section as a platform to hit on a beautiful girl. I realized the FOMO I felt was not rooted in them canoodling virtually but with my hometown. NEPDX FOREVER!
- •The lack of EscaladesI can recall seeing an Escalade in motion ONCE in Portland, and I'm fairly confident it was being driven by a Blazer.
- •Hearing people talk about The BlazersI was raised on basketball, specifically the Jail Blazers. I stopped following the team as I grew up but I still get warm fuzzies hearing people talk about 'em
- •Running into guys I made out with in high schoolMay seem awkward, is actually awesome to see boys you had a crush on turn into equally cool grown dudes. For example: one of them is now playing in a metal band and working as a school janitor, still as funny and happy as can be.
- •New Seasons MarketThe best freaking grocery store in the continental 50. Meets bourgeois and cheap in the middle, and their deli is TO DIE FOR! I used to work there and I totally took it for granted. I would take a human life for a New Seasons wok right now.
- •Peninsula ParkThis park was near my home growing up but was incredibly far from my high school/ where my high school friends lived so it was the only park that wasn't tainted by drugs and drinking forties at 1 AM. It's beautiful and in one of the last neighborhoods to avoid gentrification in the city. Historical, beautiful, a secret.
- •Baristas who look like Daniel Clowes characters
- •Drinking 40s in parksIt's hard to return to where you grew up and not fall back into some habits
- •Being able to drive 30 minutes and be in HELLA nature
- •St. John'sA good friend of mine who grew up in this neighborhood in north Portland appropriately described St. John's with this statement: "it's cool because you have people literally letting pies cool on windowsills but also tons of organized gangs of really mean ferile cats"
- •MY DOG
- •CruisingI've forgotten what it's like to drive for fun
- •MY FRIENDS