Portland, OR, United States
Heather, 46
Business Travel, Internet Startup
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a bit about Heather

What do you do and why do you do it?

I currently work for a high profile tech startup from San Francisco with an office in Portland. I work to bring small to medium sized businesses onto our platform and provide support during the process.

What’s the worst job you’ve ever had and why was it so effing bad?

Working at a laundromat in college. I ironed hundreds, if not thousands, of shirts...all day long!

Were you born and raised in Portland? If not, where did you grow up and what brought you to Portland?

I was born in California, but have lived in Oregon since I was 2 years old. I grew up about 40 miles east of Portland on a tiny farm with goats, cows and pigs. Portland is where the work is and while I enjoy rural life, city life is where it's at for me right now. And, whenever I want to get to the country, it's a short 40 minute drive to the mountains!

What’s your current hood in Portland and what’s the best/worst thing about it?

I live in deep SE Portland. It's cheaper to live here, but it's also a food desert when it comes to restaurants.

What kind of music do you listen to and what kind of music do you absolutely HATE?

I listen to pretty much everything. My go-to is lady singer songwriters like Brandi Carlile and Chris Pureka. I enjoy live music and try to see my favorite musicians when they come to town. I really don't HATE any music. It all has value. I just prefer some over others.

You’re broken hearted - what tracks does your heartbreak playlist consist of?

I actually have a Spotify playlist for this very reason. It has too many tracks to list!

Name the best TV shows of all time, and what makes them so good?

Golden Girls. Mostly because it was a ground breaking show and because we nicknamed my grandmother and her two sisters the "Golden Girls" when they grew older and all lived together.

Name some spots in Portland that are good for a Tinder date.

Portland City Grill for happy hour.

Which public figure would you want to see “roasted”? (every public figure is fair game).

"45", I refuse to name him or call him POTUS.

Who’s your hero and where in Portland would you take them out for a serious hang?

Brandi Carlile. I would take her on a hike in Forest Park.

Where do you buy those fabulous clothes of yours?

Prana & Wild Fang.

What’s the area/ spot in town you’ll never be caught dead in?

There really isn't a bad part of town. I like all five quadrants!

What’s the thing you LOVE to do in your city that you never get to do?

Go to Saturday Market.

Where do you go in Portland for a casual night out?

Pope House Bourbon Lounge. Great place to hang out with friends or on a date.

Where would you go in Portland to celebrate some freaking good news?

Departure Lounge

What’s your choice of transportation in Portland and why?

Public transit, specifically the light rail train. Buses second. Lyft if you need to go across town.

What are the Portland spots a first-time visitor can’t miss?

Pioneer Courthouse Square, the Portlandia statue, Powell's Bookstore.

What are the Portland spots tourists should run from screaming?

Voodoo Donuts and Salt & Straw Ice Cream.

Tomorrow’s your last day in Portland. How do you spend it?

It would center around food and coffee. Blue Star Donut, Nong's Khao Man Gai (food cart), Ruby Jewel Ice Cream. Water Ave and Coava Coffee. And a walk along Waterfront Park and up to Forest Park.

What’s your favorite vacation city in the world and why?

This is a tough one. There are so many amazing places to go. I think if I were to pick one, it would be Porto, Portugal. The food is great. The people are wonderful. And it's a great place to plant yourself for a bit to take in some culture and relax.

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