Name & Age: Jessica Kimmet, 31
Hometown: Some small town in Montana
Current Neighborhood: Buckman
How do you pay the rent and what is your slash? Engineering and IT Recruiter/Silent Film Actress/Biblical Historian
What do you create? Funny facial expressions, films, quilts, clerical stoles (you know, the scarves that Ministers wear)
How did you land in Portland? I took a leap. Quit my job(s) in California, packed up my car and my cat and moved here without a job. Thanks to friends who helped me out until I was able to get my own place again!
What is the last book you read? “The Book Thief” by Markus Zusak I couldn’t put it down, for me it was one of those “stay up all night until I finish it even though I never want it to end” kind of books.
Name your favorite tattoo. I have none, but if I ever did get one, I would get the Goddess with the Universe in her belly symbol. A friend of mine in Graduate school had one like it and I’ve always thought it was a great reminder of the strength of women.
What was the last thing you ate at a food cart? A grilled cheese with tomatoes and bacon from Savor Soup House. It was delightful!
Oregonian, Willamette Week, or Mercury? I only read the Willamette Week and the Mercury on my lunch breaks during the summer when I can sit outside, and even then it is only for entertainment. I don’t really bother with newspapers because NPR is pretty
much always on wherever I go.
What is your favorite bridge and why? Why pick favorites? Love equally, I say.
Stumptown Coffee or _________? Townshend’s Tea (despite the great attempts by my co-worker to get me addicted, I’m just not much of a coffee person)
Coast or Mountains? Mountains. I’ve done some traveling in my life, but my favorite place in the world to date is Glacier National Park, Montana.
Only in Portland moment? Well, there’s the day at Powell’s when a guy who was hitting on me said that for work he “sits on his hands.” I’m still not sure what that means.
A favorite local business? Tango Berretin in SE. You really should try Tango, and please don’t tell me you have 2 left feet- that’s just impossible. Also, Blackbird Wine & Atomic Cheese because, well, wine and cheese get me high.
Are you a car person or a bike person? I’m so sorry. I really, really am, but the truth is, I love my car. I do own a bike, which gets utilized maybe 3-5 times per year. Again, I’m sorry.
If you could change one thing about Portland, what would it be? Well, since we’re on the topic of bikes, I would make bicyclists wear helmets. There. I said it. Hate me if you will, bikers. You all just make me super nervous.
And finally, where can we find you on the web?
http://tangosilentfilms.com/ (for the “Patience Trueheart” version of me) Jessicathereverend.weebly.com (yes, I also officiate weddings) Twitter.com/goddess4515
Photographs by Sara Gray