When David found out that Cher was coming to the Moda Center in Portland, Oregon, he knew he had to go or he would just die. David had hoped the day would come when he could see her again, as he had seen each and every show of hers whenever she came to town. This time would be no exception. Though his funds were low, he was content eating beans and rice if it meant he could see a modern living legend. He put on his shirt from the movie Mask, which featured Cher kissing the cheek of the deformed face of Rocky Dennis, and soon he was ready to go.
David arrived at the show in his minivan and was shocked when the person in the parking garage asked for $20. “You’ve got to be kidding me!” David forked out the cash. “You probably have trouble sleeping at night, don’t you?” he said without letting the poor man answer. David angrily parked, then went inside.
His stomach growled a bit, so he went up to the concessions to grab a bite to eat. “$15 dollars for a hot dog meal! Forget about it!” Still, David was very hungry, so he settled on a pretzel for $8. When they gave him his food, he said, “This thing better be dipped in gold, you no good thieves!” He then went inside the arena to find his seat. He had spent $1500 on ground level tickets, because as he believed, anything less would be an insult to his idol.
“Big Cher fan, huh?” asked a woman with brownish gray permed hair that was seated in front of him.
“Well, duh,” he replied.
“Never seen her before. Super excited!”
“Well, just don’t get your perm in the way. I want to be able to see the stage.” David turned away, unwilling to continue a conversation with such a dimwit. She shrugged her shoulders and turned back around.
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.
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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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