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I Live Here: Gary Fink

I Live Here: Gary Fink

Name & Age: Gary Fink, 44

Hometown: New York

Current Neighborhood: Downtown Portland

How do you pay the rent and what is your slash? I own a private mental health practice Downtown Portland.  My slash … artwork, photography, percussion and being a Dad

What do you create? I create wellness, happiness and functionality in others, sometimes even with myself.

How did you land in Portland? My wife and I were ready for change. Being a research guru, she researched and found a website online that asked many questions that would match you with the best places to live according to your answers. Portland came up on the top of both of our lists. My wife joined me on a business trip from Florida (my previous residence) and we fell in love with Portland immediately. After returning, we decided to come back for each season (as everybody warned us of the weather) only to love it more with each visit. We could see spending our lives here and raising a family. We left a well established life behind, and would do it all over again.

What is the last book you read? Delivering Happiness. I recommend this book to anybody in a leadership position or organization that needs to become unstuck. I am currently reading Steve Jobs’ biography. You didn’t ask me this question, but he was and will always be a great hero of mine.

Name your favorite tattoo. It resides on my left leg. It is one of my original drawings and the tattoo artist who did it nailed it just right (whew!)

What was the last thing you ate at a food cart? Khao Man Gai. Don’t be scared, just go there and eat. They make one dish only and man did they get this right. Always a line.

Oregonian, Willamette Week, or Mercury? Oregonian

What is your favorite bridge and why? Hawthorne Bridge.  It was the first lift bridge I had ever seen.  It is beautiful and I have walked my son over it to OMSI many times.

Stumptown Coffee or _________? I am more of a tea guy (not an oxymoron), so I would have to give some props to Tea Chai Te. Great place to sample lots of funky teas and just relax. This is the kind of place I wanted to open when in graduate school.

Coast or Mountains? Although I do love the coast, I feel most connected with the mountains. It is one of the many things that drew me out here. So many great places to hike and see.

Only in Portland moment? My wife and I found an iPhone while walking to the Saturday Market. We figured if we left it, somebody might take it and if we took it the owner might call. The owner called and met us at the Rockbottom Brewery, where she insisted on giving us $20. On our way home, we took the $20 and gave it to an amazing street drummer, who in turn put on a great show and then proceeded to give my son a personal drum lesson. We filmed it and put it on YouTube. It has had many hits. Paying it forward in Portland works.

A favorite local business? Sushiville (northwest). I guess I have an obsession with food and drink.

Are you a car person or a bike person? I am a car person aspiring to become a bike person. The sooner the better.

If you could change one thing about Portland, what would it be? More cultural diversity.

And finally, where can we find you on the web? www.garyfink.com

I Live Here: Gary Fink

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