David Emami sat alone watching television while petting his cat, Fred. KGW, the local news station, was doing a segment on Downtown Portland’s food carts, and David was intrigued.
“Well, would you look at that, Fred! All those different options in one place! I bet you’d like the fish and chips, wouldn’t you?” David felt a rumble in his stomach, then decided to try the food carts out since it was dinner time. He had originally planned to eat a frozen Hungry Man meal, but today, he wanted something that didn’t taste like reheated roadkill.
David hopped on the bus to avoid driving in Downtown Portland and before he knew it, he had arrived. David meandered through the various food trucks and marveled at the smells and variety. The place was alive and exciting. David felt a little uncomfortable around people, but knew that it was a necessary part of trying something new.
“This tastes nothing like I had imagined! And the price! Outrageous!”
He took a sip of his beer and spit it out as well. “You can’t even do beer correctly!” he shouted.
David approached the food truck and complained. “You call this food?”
“It’s our most popular dish, actually,” replied the cashier.
“Well, those purchasing it must be delusional!” David took his plate angrily and walked away, feeling defeated. He wished he had stayed home and eaten a Hungry Man meal. It would have saved him nearly $20. David rarely tried new things, and this experience reminded him why.
A homeless man overheard the commotion and politely asked, “If you’re not gonna eat it, would you mind if I did?”
David’s heart melted a little. He shrugged his shoulders. “Sure, knock yourself out.” He handed the man a plate and the beer and took the bus home. He vowed to never try anything new ever again.
David Emami is Alone in Portland is a collection of stories that peer into the life of a middle-aged curmudgeon with a fondness for cats and antiques.
Playfully illustrated with Bitmoji characters, his story comes to life as each day brings a new adventure.
He was obsessive compulsive and mad about antiques. The apartment was covered, top to bottom, in decor that would be more aligned with that of an old woman that peaked in the 1960s. david-emami-takes-on-portland.html
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