‘So, what do you like most about Portland so far?’ my friend Greg asked the other day. ‘Joe’s Burgers’ I said without even thinking.
When you move to a new city, it’s the little things, like a killer double cheeseburger, that give you comfort. I stumbled across Joe’s while looking for a place to live downtown. I’m a bit of a gym rat, and pretty careful about what I eat, but that day was one of my ‘cheat meal’ days, so I went in and splurged. Needless to say, I’ve been back several times.
I’m the new guy you hear each weekday afternoon with Lacey Evans on ‘Portland’s Afternoon News.’ I’m still getting my feet wet, and learning my way around Portland. Fortunately, I’m one of those people who think the first couple of weeks you’re in a new city, are often the best. I like to take off on the weekend and just get lost…exploring new neighborhoods or hole in the wall dives without a map or asking people ‘Where do YOU think I can find the best taco cart?’ The reason ? Well, when you do find that taco cart, cool independent movie theatre or bookstore yourself, it makes it that much more special, and you feel like you’ve discovered someplace you can call you own.
So if you see me at Joe’s, or riding the Max, or if it’s a rainy day, at Powell’s (no, I don’t own a kindle, I’m ‘old school’ when it comes to my books) say hi. And feel free to reach out and connect with me if you have a story idea for Portland’s Afternoon News my e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org I look forward to seeing you around Portland.