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I Live Here: Dan May

I Live Here: Dan May

Name & Age: Dan & 39th level robot rogue

Hometown: The ‘Kan (Spokane), WA

Current Neighborhood: I’m a newbie to Mt Scott-Arleta. Real new: last Saturday (the 12th) new. Previously: Hawthorne.

How do you pay the rent and what is your slash? I am the Ops Manager for a non-profit/writer/homebrewer/gamer/observer of humans

What do you create? Beer! And suffering for my enemies. And a lot of Magic decks, coupled with general goodwill. It’s complicated.

How did you land in Portland? Fifteen years ago, a buddy of mine said he wanted to move to Portland and I, fresh out of college and ripe with heartbreak, said that if he could get ready by the end of summer, I’d go with him. So we went! After a few months though, he decided to go back and I decided to stay.

What is the last book you read? The Bonehunters by Stephen Erikson.

Name your favorite tattoo. When you’ve got as many scars as I do (5 external, 4 internal), you don’t need tattoos. Plus, they usually come with cooler stories than tats, since there’s more blood and doctors and waiting room wackiness. On top of that, you don’t have to pick a favorite, because nobody expects you to like pain and scar tissue. Which I don’t.

What was the last thing you ate at a food cart? I think it was a burrito down at the Hawthorne + 12th area cart stop.

Oregonian, Willamette Week, or Mercury? Oregonian for packing, WW for the ‘articles’ and Mercury for movie times.

What is your favorite bridge and why? I like any bridge I can walk across; the Steel Bridge has a cool feel to it because of the dual layered quality and closeness to the water but the Hawthorne Bridge will always be my sentimental favorite, as it’s been the primary part of how I get across the river since I arrived here.

Stumptown Coffee or _________? There is only beer. Coffee is for the weak.

Coast or Mountains? Indoors; those places tend to be cold.

Only in Portland moment? Took place at a strip club. Because really, what does Portland have over other cities? Proper strip clubs. Ask anyone from Cali or Washington; they’ll tell you: We’ve got it made.

A favorite local business? Either Excalibur or Bailey’s Taproom.

Are you a car person or a bike person? Actually, I walk whenever I can. It’s the only way to really get to know a neighborhood or a city, I think.

If you could change one thing about Portland, what would it be? I’d like a better selection of pubs within walking distance of my house. Please serve chicken strips for when I’m hung over. Otherwise, my changes would involve people being wiser and that’s less Portland and more humanity.

And finally, where can we find you on the web? When I write about beer and homebrewing I do it at A Pint for Dionysus, http://apintfordionysus.wordpress.com/ but when I write about playing Magic, it’s Swing for 20, http://swingfor20.blogspot.com/.

I Live Here: Dan May

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