Name & Age: Todd Merkel, 41
Current Neighborhood: Sellwood/Westmoreland
How do you pay the rent and what is your slash? Manager of a Project Management Office/ Amateur Charcutier/Pickler/Gardener.
What do you create? I create charcuterie (cured meats), pickles of all types, as well as infusing all sorts of booze.
How did you land in Portland? We looked at every city in the US and picked this one (in the middle of January, no less). Found Westmoreland to be walkable, close to downtown, inexpensive and Oh So Friendly.
What is the last book you read? Dies the Fire by S.M. Stirling (post apocalyptic novel set in Willamette Valley)
Name your favorite tattoo. Bill the Cat from Outland on my leg obtained in the Philippines when I was in the Marine Corp at age 18 ($8 for the tattoo.. $2 for a new needle.. best two bucks I ever spent)
What was the last thing you ate at a food cart? Porchetta Sammy from Lardo.
Oregonian, Willamette Week, or Mercury? Oregonian, although I do miss the hooker ads from the WW.
What is your favorite bridge and why? Steel Bridge. I love the totally redundant name.
Stumptown Coffee or – I like Cellar Door, but mostly I drink Stumptown Hair Bender
Coast or Mountains? You can find me at the Mt almost every weekend there is snow.. and then backpacking around it (Hood) or climbing them in the summer.
Only in Portland moment? Picking up donuts at Voodoo for my office at 7am, having a girl dressed as Jesus and a man dressed as a hooker asking for directions to Powell’s.
A favorite local business? Yoko Sushi (and a shout out to my pork supplier Tails and Trotters.)
Are you a car person or a bike person? I’m a bike person… but seem to spend more time on planes and in cars lately than on bikes.
If you could change one thing about Portland, what would it be? Improve the schools, get rid of the dirty tattooed, slacker, homeless kids downtown… oh, and deport anybody wearing a knit cap after April. Seriously, what the hell is wrong with them?
And finally, where can we find you on the web?
www.youporn.com (look in the midget/charcutier section) [Ed. Note: yes, folks, truly NSFW]