Name & Age: Barb Myers, 38
Hometown: Columbus, OH
Current Neighborhood: Laurelhurst
How do you pay the rent and what is your slash? I am a new mom/digital media instructor/movie and music enthusiast/foodie. My 10-month-old son, Sebastian, was named after I introduced my husband, Eric, to The NeverEnding Story for the first time. Before child, I worked in the creative industry for eight years and then decided to become a high school teacher (yes, by choice). Now I get to combine my past career with teaching in the Digital Media and Design program at The Center for Advanced Learning.
What do you create? Hopefully I help inspire people (my family, my friends, my students, even strangers) to explore creativity, food, music, movies, books and Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
How did you land in Portland? In 2003, Eric and I considered moving to San Francisco, Seattle or Portland. We could barely afford a garage in San Francisco, and the traffic in Seattle scared me…so we landed in Portland. We have felt at home ever since.
What is the last book you read? I recently devoured A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan. Now I’m reading Habibi, the latest graphic novel masterpiece by Craig Thompson. He had me at the front matter.
Name your favorite tattoo. I can’t commit to a tattoo on my body except for the stain that’s left on my hands after peeling beets. But I do like to discover when people—especially those who I never would have guessed—have tattoos.
Oregonian, Willamette Week, or Mercury? I’m a sucker for the “One Day at a Time” column in The Portland Mercury but I’m more likely to read a feature article in the Willamette Week from start to finish.
What is your favorite bridge and why? I had a love/hate relationship with the St. Johns bridge. When I ran the Portland Marathon in 2005, I feared that the St. Johns bridge was going to kill me but I made it up and over without stopping to walk. Now I feel a sense of accomplishment instead of dread when I see it.
Stumptown Coffee or _________? I’ll drink Stumptown Coffee any day but I have recently been enjoying beans from Coava, Extracto, Ristretto Roasters and Heart. There’s a Starbucks around the corner from my house that makes me sad because I have pipe dreams that it will turn into a Stumptown cafe.
Coast or Mountains? Mountains all the way. I am an avid Nordic (classic and skate) skier and can be found at Mt. Hood Meadows Nordic Center or Teacup Lake Sno-Park almost every weekend in the winter. In the summer, I hike or bike in the Hood River Valley every chance I get.
Only in Portland moment? It’s amazing that Portland actually shuts down I-5 so that almost 20,000 cyclists can ride over the Marquam Bridge during Bridge Pedal.
A favorite local business? Music Millennium for CD’s because I still buy them, Alma Chocolate for treats, Little T American Baker for everything they make, Laurelhurst Cafe for their kid-friendly happy hour and proximity, Piccolina for second-hand baby gear, and the recently shuttered Moxie for fashion.
Are you a car person or a bike person? I like to bike when I can but I commute to work in Gresham by car.
If you could change one thing about Portland, what would it be? I’d love to see Portland and Oregon put education at the top of the priority list in terms of funding and importance.
And finally, where can we find you on the web?