There are a lot of cultural differences here in the rainy northwest that I had to get used to after I fled the sunshine state. The hardest for me to swallow has been the ironic fashion. The hip cats here seem to revel in wearing ugly clothes that are neither flattering nor fashionable.
So I’ve decided to start a second post-ironic blog. This new blog will focus on the creative endeavors of Portmandia Jr. In keeping with my crypto-hipster nature, I’ve decided to craft this new site as the sort of design house that I might favor in my more pretentious moments. Portmandia Jr. on the other hand, could care less, as he is only three.
Today I wore a lot of hats. Events, and my reactions to them, conspired to make me into a number of stereotypical ‘men on the street.’ I should be used to this by now, being one of those ‘Californians’ that seem to make up half the population of Portland. Unfortunately, it seems to be my lot to shift from one caricature to another by virtue of my familial tendency towards eccentricity.
It is my birthday today. I’ve turned 39, which I must say is a pretty unspectacular number. It isn’t mathematically interesting like a prime or a square, nor is it one of those milestone years that I am supposed to be dreading or anticipating. I took the day off, but not so much because of any desire to celebrate my aging, but to facilitate a long visit to the dentist. Already, you can see that I really know how to ‘live large.’
Hello. My name is Christian. I moved to Portland 5 years ago to escape the ridiculous cost of living in California and rejoin my friends who had already migrated to the area. I work for a Portland icon and I commute to work by bike rain or shine. In many ways, I am a model Portlander, yet I am a terrible misanthrope.
I’ll probably be writing about the things that I enjoy: books, cycling, hiking, and being a dad. To balance out these moments of good nature, I’ll make sure to pass along my keen insights (read: mean-spirited quips) about Portland’s popular culture, fashion and semi-ironic grooming. I’ll try to post most days and hopefully my simple words will entertain.