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Paperjam Press Printing Lead
Works: Beaumont Village
Lives: King/Williams neighborhood
Plays: Alberta, Alameda, Wilshire, Beaumont, Mississippi. I’m a Northeast kid, born and raised.
Proudest professional moment: Going on tours with my band. Nothing feels more special than playing live music in front of people in cities I’d never visited. I’ve been drumming since third grade.
First job: My first job where my parents weren’t my employer was at the Mexican restaurant Chez Jose on Broadway. It was a job I’m glad I had. I feel like everyone should work in the service industry at least once in his or her life to give perspective.
Favorite thing about neighborhood: It’s also my favorite thing about Portland. I love how every house looks different, how people on the street look you in the eye and how there are trees everywhere. These are things I desperately miss when I visit other major cities in the U.S.
Fun fact: I was charged by an elephant, while on Safari in Kenya with my dad.
Favorite spot on a Saturday night: Out with my friends, or my girlfriend, at a bar on Alberta. Or on the couch. More so on the couch these days.
Favorite movie: I’m a big sci-fi fan, so Star Wars episodes IV-VII are way up there for me. If I’m not watching sci-fi, I’m most likely watching comedy. More of a fan of TV shows than movies. The character development is more complete in my opinion.
Music of choice: Anything with energy and a good drum beat. You won’t find me listening to slow jams or quiet, emotional music.
Favorite place to eat: I recently discovered Life of Pie on Williams street. The BEST pizza I’ve ever had, hands down. They have an amazing happy-hour, ten-inch pizza for five dollars.
Favorite neighborhood businesses: Revival Drum Shop, Paperjam Press (obviously), Jim and Patty’s, Life of Pie, Little Big Burger and Blue Star Doughnuts.
Motto/Inspirational quote: If your philosophy is not unsettled daily, then you are blind to all the universe has to offer.
Paulsens Pharmacy technician and front of the house milkshake/malt connoisseur
Proudest professional moment: Receiving my pharmacy tech license.
First job: I worked in a bakery when I was 16 and also as a teacher at a special education summer camp.
Favorite thing about neighborhood: All my friends – who live near me – the local coffee shops, bars and bookstores.
Fun fact: I lived in Salt Lake City, Utah for four months and spent the majority of that time hiking and traveling around the surrounding states. I went to Zion, Moab, the Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, Horseshoe Bend and many more. I love camping, hiking and photography.
Favorite spot on a Saturday night: Hanging on the back porch with friends or reading a good book.
Favorite movie: The Darjeeling Limited by Wes Anderson.
Music of choice: Folk, rock, indie, punk.
Favorite place to eat: Helser’s for brunch, Bamboo Sushi.
Favorite neighborhood businesses: Paulsen’s, Thicket Plant Shop and Saturday Market to buy local produce and flowers.
Motto/Inspirational quote: It all goes up from here.
Stories you’d like to see in the Star: Focus on local business and local residents.