But whatever, right? I have to use the restroom and then find a seat at the bar…which just happens to be next to the woman who was in my way moments ago.
What the hell; in for a penny, in for a pound. So I ask what she’s drinking.
“OI!” she shouts at her friends. “What is this?”
“I like IPAs,” she tells me, “the more bitter, the better. This is one.”
Hmmm…OK, there’s only so many IPAs on the board and I can tell that hazy IPAs are pretty much out.
As I start to unpack my gear I explain why I spoke to her and as I’m about to settle in and look at the board she says, “Are you gonna actually have a conversation with me, or are you just gonna-” and she makes a wave off motion with her hand.
I’m gonna have a conversation with you. It’s the first time someone has wanted to talk to me while doing this series in a long time!
Her name is Katie, and she’s visiting Portland from Sacramento to go to the Timbers game. “Because I love the Army,” she says referring to the rabid fanbase Portland has for our soccer team.
I’ve had friends from outside the PWN say similar things-that we are a bit standoffish here and it makes it hard to connect, if you don’t know how to read the cultural landscape.
“Plus, I love animals. I’m an animal surgeon at UC Davis, which is like, the top place in the country. I save lives,” she tells me.
“But I don’t like strip clubs. It’s the only thing here that I am super uncomfortable with.”
Well, they aren’t for everyone but-
“You don’t get it, because you don’t have a vagina,” she says.
That…is true but-
Katie slumps down a bit, halfheartedly waves at her friends. “We got into this whole thing on the way here, because someone wanted to go to a strip club and I just didn’t.”
“Right?! Plus, this place is awesome. It’s one of my favorite places to come in Portland. The beer is good and look at all the plants!”
It’s my favorite place to come, too.
Today’s second pint goes to the Multnomah County Animal Services center.