Name & Age: Gabriel R. Romero, 26
Hometown: Nogales, AZ
Current Neighborhood: Sellwood
How do you pay the rent and what is your slash? I work for a local community clinic that primarily serves those on the edges of society. I’m also a casino salsa enthusiast.
What do you create? I mostly create fantastical stories during “real time” conversations. Other than that, I enjoy creating pastel art, which generally has a heart theme somewhere in there. I would like to think that I am a somewhat serious writer, but most of my pieces remain unfinished.
How did you land in Portland? I was studying in a Catholic seminary about 45 minutes south of Portland. When I made the decision to leave after four years, Portland seemed like the logical choice.
What is the last book you read? Madame Bovary
Name your favorite tattoo. I have a co-worker with a tattoo of her family tree on her back. I have tattoo envy. Someday though, I would like to get a peacock tattoo. For ancient Christians, the peacock represented immortality and resurrection.
What was the last thing you ate at a food cart? A crêpe from that one cart on Hawthorne.
Oregonian, Willamette Week, or Mercury? Indifferent
What is your favorite bridge and why? The Hawthorne Bridge. To me, it is the most aesthetically pleasing to look at in Portland. I really like its functionality, plus you have a great view of the city when you walk on it.
Stumptown Coffee or _____ Townshend’s Tea!
Coast or Mountains? Both. I really like the feeling you get when you’re near/in the water, but there’s also something really majestic and beautiful about mountains.
Only in Portland moment? When I first moved here, I was walking outside of the downtown Whole Foods when this guy stopped me. He was obviously intoxicated and lost as he was from out of town. I decided to walk him to his bus stop so he could get to where he was going, and as he crossed the street to board his bus, he yelled back at me and blew me a two handed kiss. It was awesome.
A favorite local business? Los Gorditos. I consider it to be the only authentic Mexican resteraunt in Portland, and vegan!
Are you a car person or a bike person? Neither. Bus!
If you could change one thing about Portland, what would it be? If only there were fewer hipsters around….*sigh*
And finally, where can we find you on the web? Nowhere. Don’t even try it.
Photography by Kim Oanh Nguyen