David Emami loved the Christmas season. When he found out that the Oregon Zoo’s annual Zoo Lights was set to start up shortly after Thanksgiving, he knew he had to try it out. He had always wanted to try it out, but hadn’t ever gotten around to it. He knew that he had to give it a shot.
David got in his Toyota Previa minivan and cranked up the heat. It was a frigid night, so David had to be covered in heavy layers from head to toe. He was ready for his adventure.
Before he even got off of the freeway on Highway 26, the traffic was stop and go. He slowly worked his way onto the off-ramp which led directly into the zoo’s parking lot. People were honking and it seemed like he would never get to the zoo.
“Oh, this isn’t magical at all!” said David despondently.
When David finally arrived in the parking lot, he saw a sign that said, “Lot full. Proceed to overflow parking.”
“Overflow parking! It’s like we’re being herded around like common cattle!” David had no choice because the traffic wouldn’t let him move in any other direction than forward. He inched closer and closer.
Then he saw the sign. “Overflow 1 is full. Please proceed to Overflow 2.” David’s heart sank. He got farther and farther away from the glimmering Christmas lights and trees all aglow. He wanted holiday cheer, but instead, he was only feeling holiday gloom.
David slowly inched forward again until he saw the dreaded sign. “Overflow 2 full. Sorry for the inconvenience.” From there, the traffic emptied back onto the freeway without ever giving anyone a chance to go through the mess and try again.
“It was all for nothing! Darn those Zoo Lights anyway! I’m sure they’re tacky and ugly anyways!” David shook his fist at the zoo sign as he went over the overpass and merged back onto the freeway. He decided that he would simply go home, turn on his own Christmas lights, and march his cats around dressed in the various animal costumes he had purchased for them over the years. He would have his own fun and make his own memories.
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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