I Feel So Ubiquitous

Last night, I gave in to my craving for fried pies and headed down to Whiffies, a food cart among several that occupy a former parking lot on the corner of 12th and Hawthorne.  I’d heard and read of many positive reviews about the joint– yet another in Portland’s ever growing ‘food cart scene’– and thought that a fried pie was the best way to end a night of debauchery.

There were quite a few people ahead of me in line (proof of the food cart’s popularity), and I took that time to peruse the menu.  Although the savory selections– the “Chicken Pot Pie,” in particular– sounded very delicious, I though that something sweet might just be the ticket.  I decided to get their apple pie because what’s more American than apple pie?  When I got up to the counter, I absently ordered my selection and was taken aback when the guy behind the counter greeted me by name.  I looked up and directly at him, and realized that it was someone I’d worked with many years ago.  We chatted briefly but I couldn’t really take up too much of his time since there were people waiting behind me still.  We’re Twitter buddies now.

Earlier in the evening, while partaking of “Last Thursday,” an excuse for the Alberta Arts District‘s community to have a party at the end of each month, a colleague of mine walked up to me from among the crowd to say ‘hey.’  I’d also used him as a DJ for several of my events.  He’s totally jammin’!  (Is that still acceptable vernacular these days?)

And yesterday afternoon, while I was doing a walkthrough of Departure Restaurant as a possible event space, I felt a tap on my shoulder from yet another colleague who just happened to be there as well.

I know Portland is a small town but each of these encounters seemed very unlikely to meet someone I knew.  Luckily, these were people whom I didn’t mind bumping into.  It could’ve been worse.


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