Name & Age: Evan Osherow, 30
Hometown: Akron, OH
Current Neighborhood: Alberta Arts
How do you pay the rent and what is your slash? I make websites and design interfaces. For fun and meaning I lead group meditations and teach free classes on Buddhist philosophy.
What do you create? Pretty and useful things on the computer, random time-lapse videos, a sweaty yoga mat several days a week.
How did you land in Portland? I got a job offer and kinda sorta also followed my older sister here.
What is the last book you read? The Princess Bride. We all know how great the movie is, and I think the book is even more fun and funnier, especially visualizing the film’s actors in their roles. I laughed out loud.
Name your favorite tattoo. While I seem to be one of the last uninked Portlanders, I do like the motivation behind those wedding band tattoos.
What was the last thing you ate at a food cart? DC Vegetarian’s Steak and Cheese sandwich. So good. They make their own seitan! Want.
Oregonian, Willamette Week, or Mercury? I don’t read any of them. For my local news I rely heavily on coworkers and Twitter, which can be both unfortunate and hilarious.
What is your favorite bridge and why? The Hawthorne. It’s beautiful and functional without being so busy that it’s unpleasant to walk across.
Stumptown Coffee or _________? I don’t drink much caffeine. But I did just have a delicious decaf latte at Albina Press and I believe that they use Stumptown beans.
Coast or Mountains? Coast. In a previous life I surfed, and every day I think about being in a place where I can be in the water daily. Someday.
Only in Portland moment? I feel like the David Bowie vs. Prince Pedalpalooza ride was a quintessential Portland moment. We all pulled into a 7-11 and our crowd of maybe 100 velvetted, glammed, and otherwise fabulous people danced to the songs of our favorite androgynous musicians.
A favorite local business? June, the restaurant. The food is creative, delicious, and mostly local and seasonal. And the staff really seems to take joy in making customers happy.
Are you a car person or a bike person? Bike. The bike-friendliness of Portland was a total surprise to me when I moved here a year and a half ago. It warms my heart to see so many cyclists and so many bike lanes. One day I’ll get a bike too. That was a joke.
If you could change one thing about Portland, what would it be? The dark winters do get to me some days, but it’s usually countered by the sunny folks around me. A friend once gave me some memorable advice: don’t live somewhere for the weather, live there for the people. It sounds simple but it means a lot.
And finally, where can we find you on the web?