It’s always wet in Portland, Oregon, and because of that, when it drops below freezing, everything becomes a mess. David Emami received a call to work at a school at the west end of town, and it was one of the districts that hadn’t canceled due to the icy streets that covered the area. David knew it would be treacherous, but he had recently spent $600 on a bobby pin that Judy Garland had once owned, and he couldn’t possibly afford to take another day off of work.
David hopped into his Toyota Previa minivan and was ready for anything, or so he thought. He pulled out of his parking lot easily enough, but the street on which he lived was on a hill, and it all went south the moment he turned. Without a moment’s notice, David’s van started sliding down the hill as if friction didn’t even exist.
“I’m gonna die! Ahhh!” screamed David as his van continued to slide down the hill. He noticed a row of parked cars up ahead and tried with all his might to get around them. He was able to position the car well enough to dodge them, but ended up settling right in front of a theater on the sidewalk.
David’s heart was beating like crazy. He hopped out of his car to assess his situation, and immediately fell down after slipping on the ice. He heard some kids laughing at him, and looked up to see a group of kids watching his every move.
“You shut your filthy mouths!” screamed David angrily. They laughed harder.
“What a loser!” screamed a kid with red hair.
“You’re the reason your generation is just awful!” he yelled back.
The kids walked away, laughing with each step.
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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