Name & Age: Erin Wilson, 31
Hometown: My original hometown is Greensburg, PA.
Current Neighborhood: Technically, I live in the Richmond neighborhood. It’s so close to South Tabor though that sometimes I get to claim both.
How do you pay the rent and what is your slash? I work for Portland Store Fixtures and have for over 5 years. I don’t have a slash really. Rarely do I make money doing anything other than my day job.
What do you create? I create grocery lists, to do lists, dinners for myself and my husband, uncomfortable situations for myself, messes, and the occasional bit of creative writing.
How did you land in Portland? Right after we met, my husband and I started talking about moving to Portland. He had friends who lived here already and Long Island is really expensive to live on – that’s where we were living before moving here. I was in grad school, but I was going to have the option of finishing up from wherever so we packed up the car and headed out in September of 2006. Every second past Sandusky, Ohio was the furthest west we’d ever been.
What is the last book you read? Pride and Prejudice and Zombies the graphic novel. My husband bought it for me for Christmas. I’m a crazy reader though so this could have changed by this afternoon.
Name your favorite tattoo. My sister and I have matching star tattoos on the backs of our necks. I’m going to have an up-do for her wedding in May so it will definitely hang out. I love having it there.
What was the last thing you ate at a food cart? I think fried rice from Run Chicken Run at the pod at 50th and Division. Their fried rice is some of the best I’ve ever had.
Oregonian, Willamette Week, or Mercury? Willamette Week.
What is your favorite bridge and why? I really like the Broadway Bridge. I don’t drive over it very often (and therefore don’t have to sit and wait for it to go up or down which is probably why I like it), but it’s colorful and interesting and wide. It’s nice to drive across and nice to look at.
Stumptown Coffee or _________? Tea. I like coffee, but I love tea.
Coast or Mountains? Coast. I hate snow. I try not to hate a lot of things, but I really hate snow. It impedes my movement and makes me angry. And, generally, the beach doesn’t get snow. That and the Oregon coast is completely beautiful.
Only in Portland moment? It’s a combination of moments actually. I love when people sing or dance to the music in their headphones at bus stops and on the street and while biking. It cracks me up. The complete abandon, the complete disregard. It always makes me wonder how they go about the rest of their lives. I saw a guy gettin’ down at the bus stop at Powell and 50th a couple weeks ago. It’s was pretty impressive.
A favorite local business? Portland Store Fixtures. But then I’m biased because I work there. I also think it would be a conflict of interested to really tell you. I like all of the business owners of Portland because they keep me in the job and have for the over 5 years I’ve been with Portland Store Fixtures.
Are you a car person or a bike person? Car. I haven’t ridden a bike in years.
If you could change one thing about Portland, what would it be? Nothing. This is the first place I’ve felt really at home in longer than I’d like this think about. Quirks and all, I love Portland.
And finally, where can we find you on the web? The closest thing I have to a blog is the Portland Store Fixtures blog. I write a lot of content for work. And my husband took video of the ten minute play I wrote and directed for a 10 minute play festival last year. (The action starts at about one minute in.)
Photos by Kim Oahn Nguyen