Met Anika at last thursday and joined up with her friend Aidan Ayden, who is visiting from Toronto. Last Thursday is much larger and festive than I expected - and ten times better than Saturday Market. Good times. Will definitely go again next month. Didn't eat or drink anything the whole time we were out, and then - just 30 yards or so from my car, i was drawn to the "Fresh Doughnuts served daily" sign at some place I don't know the name of (Tonalli's?) on 29th and Alberta. Oh man. Warm, soft and fresh cinammon twist, and two little hot, fresh glazed donut holes. For 80 cents. Maybe it's just cuz I haven't eaten a donut in close to a year, but those were some of the best damn doughnuts I ever ate.

Of course, now my stomach will continue to expand (last night I foolishly gobbled up a little bag of Sun Chips, forgetting that they contain wheat flour). I've been puffy all day so I decided to just go for the donuts anyhow. I promise to be wheat-free until Thanksgiving. Really.

As I was buying a cute, summery wrap skirt that will be perfect for Guatemala, this fellow named Troy approached me and did the usual, "Are you from around here?" Every time a black person in Portland asks another black person this question what they really mean is, "We are not related either by blood, marriage or baby mama/daddy; from which foreign city did you arrive here?" Cuz seriously, Portland is a smaaaaaall town for black folk. I didn't know hardly any black folks here till my brother had two kids by Portland natives - now I am no more than two degrees removed from every other black person in the city. Anyway, I gave Troy my phone number. He was dressed in athletic attire, which is not really my thing, but he was polite and had a nice face. Besides, it's not like my door is getting beat down these days (or any day in history). He had the fanciest phone I've ever seen.

Now, it is almost midnight and I need to be in the bed. Tomorrow night I'm going to Pied Cow with Anika and Aidan Ayden. Yay! Guaranteed good times.



December 2013



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