David Emami hadn’t gone to the Saturday Market for years, so he decided on a particularly frigid Saturday morning to go check it out once again. The market in Portland is always a lively one, full of exotic foods and handmade products for all ages.
David hadn’t yet purchased any birthday presents for Fred, who was about to turn 11 years old. Fred was a female cat, and David intended to scour the market to find the perfect gift for his feline friend.
When he arrived, the place was buzzing with action. Street performers played their instruments, homeless people bugged you for money, and families argued over trivial things. David walked quickly up and down the busy aisles, paying no attention whatsoever to the hundreds of other offerings that the market had.
At last, he stumbled upon what he had been looking for: a cat accessory/toy vendor. “Welcome to All Things Cats! What are you looking for?”
“The perfect gift for my dear Fred,” said David lovingly.
“Male stuff is right over here,” said the man as he pointed to a section opposite him.
“Fred is a girl, or a woman, I should say.” David went on shopping, ignoring the questions of the vendor. He was in cat-accessory-shopping-mode and as far as he was concerned, nothing else really mattered.
David found a lace bonnet adorned with roses and picked it up excitedly. “This is it! This is the one! Fred will love this!” Then David found tiny ruby red slippers. “And these too!” He snatched them up. “She’ll look just like Dorothy with these on!”
David continued to browse until he saw an antique lamp with a shade on it that was decorated with various cats playing outside. “Oh, my lucky stars,” he said as he touched the lamp, almost as if was the holy grail itself. “I must have this as well.”
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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