I Live Here: Heather Goguen

Name & Age: Heather Goguen, 37

Hometown: Born in Germany, raised in Massachusetts

Current Neighborhood: Downtown

How do you pay the rent and what is your slash? I recently quit my job (exciting and freaky!) so I can concentrate on web projects with my husband. I also blog about my Portland experiences at mile73.com.

What do you create? In addition to writing, I build blogs and websites for small businesses, non profits and other entrepreneurs. I also paint, draw and crochet. I make cookies and eat them when I feel frazzled. I also make silly drawings in Photoshop that I should really be more embarrassed about.

How did you land in Portland? I left Boston after I graduated college. I spent seven long years in southern California, working in Hollywood. After a short, ill-fated detour through Hawaii, I came to Portland. I saw all the nerds, coffee shops and book stores and I knew I was home.

What is the last book you read? On a whim, I’m reading Socialnomics by Erik Qualman. I’m due to read Hamlet’s Blackberry by William Powers for my next book club meeting. And I’ve been chipping away at Guns, Germs and Steel for about a year.

Name your favorite tattoo. Okay, I didn’t mean to get a tattoo. It just sort of happened. It was a bonding experience with my sister. Turtles are still cool, by the way.

What was the last thing you ate at a food cart? Teriyaki chicken at NAMA Killer Korean BBQ.

Oregonian, Willamette Week, or Mercury? I hate to say it, but New York Times. I do get some news from the local papers, usually if someone points to it on Twitter.

What is your favorite bridge and why? The Fremont Bridge is so soaring and dramatic, both to drive over and to see looming from a distance. I like all the various curves and ramps and layers leading to the bridge. And the ghostly stumps of ramps meant to connect to freeways that were never built. They just hang in the air, mostly unnoticed. It’s fascinating.

Stumptown Coffee or _________? I like coffee a lot. But somehow I’m not picky about who makes it. I want dark caramel roasty coffee. I’ll go drink it almost anywhere.

Coast or Mountains? Or desert? Or river? Or rain forest? What lucky bastards we are to have all these choices. I can’t count how many times I have witnessed jaw dropping scenery in our fair state. We try to camp and get outdoors as much as possible during fair weather. But our favorite getaway is Astoria. We got married there last summer.

Only in Portland moment? For Christmas, I got my husband a rain coat. He got me an umbrella. We are Portlanders.

A favorite local business? There are so many people doing good things here. But one easy favorite is Higgins Restaurant. My husband has been going there for so long we get hugs and kisses when we visit. And I wait all year for their rustic hazelnut pesto.


Are you a car person or a bike person? I do love my car for the back roads and our trips out of town. I love to drive. However, I’m happy to leave the car at home now that we live downtown. We walk to almost everything we need. I love how the city reveals itself when you slow down and walk as a form of transportation.

If you could change one thing about Portland, what would it be? Portland suits me just fine. But for selfish reasons, I do wish it was not so dark in the winter. Not for me, but so that my family might be enticed to move here. Portland has been such an instant, natural home for me, I wish I could share it with them. But they are sissies about the weather.

And finally, where can we find you on the web? I write about Portland, our road trips, my cat, and my crazy, neurotic brain at mile73.com.

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