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Fridays in Portland are slow. The urgency and insanity of the week has melted away and the office is almost empty today. I like Portland. I like the people here. I really enjoy getting to hang out with sisyphus238. I would have probably been bored or gotten into trouble if he didn't keep me company.

On my first trip to Portland I did minimal research. I found out the gay area wasn't far from my work or hotel, only a few blocks. I went the wrong direction. An hour later I saw bars and restaurants with the tell-tale flag. I wandered up the street making mental notes about each place, summing up an imagination of what was inside. I didn't feel like walking in and out of every place with a flag. finally i decided to go into the only place that had windows I could see through, Scandals. I walked in and up to the bar and ordered a crown and 7. I sat at a small table where I had a good vantage of the crowd.

I was surprised by the amount of people out drinking and parting on a tuesday night. I was delighted by the mixture of people. You couldn't say it was any types bar. it had bears, twinks, leather guys, latin, black, white... young and old. I observed, I ordered another drink. eventually a very sexy gentleman came over to talk to me. He told me all about the city and why it was so happening on a tuesday, it was Fat Tuesday, Mardi Gras. I thought it was just a New Orleans celebration.

After a few more drinks I was no longer an observer, I was a part of a large group at the bar. I was encourage to earn some beads. I was shocked to discover the effect the whisky had on me. I'm not talking about my inhibitions or motor skills. I'm talking about the stack to dimes I was exposing to earn beads.I've seen shrinkage from the ocean but I had never noticed it from alcohol before. I was embarrassed. The pain I was in the next day was much worse though. Whisky when mixed with 7up lies about it's alcohol content.

My next trip to Portland a year later I meet sisyphus238 for the first time and we went for drinks at Scandals. We went again this trip as well. It's new space is really nice. I went every night for at least one drink. On tuesday sisyphus238 was busy so I went by myself, ordered a drink for the bar and sat where I could see everyone. It wasn't busy this time and I only stayed for one drink. I just watched, I saw the gentleman who I meet on my first trip to portland but didn't talk to him. On our first meeting he kept trying to convince me that I should bottom for him, which wasn't going to happen. I realized that while I like going to bars I like the company in a bar better. I'm not interested in picking someone up or leading anyone on. I just want a nice drink and good conversation.

Thank you Brian! You made this trip just as enjoyable as the past ones. The conversation is always great and despite what you think, your stories are very interesting. I still want to write some story about the shanghai tunnels.



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May. 10th, 2008 01:33 am (UTC)
You're too kind, sir. The pleasure was mine.
May. 10th, 2008 09:19 am (UTC)
sounds like a bucket of fun! :-)
May. 10th, 2008 04:43 pm (UTC)
Sounds awesome! Beads, eh? Is that all it takes? *Scrawls a note under heading: Next Boyz Night*
May. 12th, 2008 07:14 pm (UTC)
Sounds like a lovely trip and a nice break from routine. Glad you've been able to enjoy it.

...and did I mention that my brother and sister both members of a mardi gras crew? I think I can lay my hands on some really nice beads. ;)

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