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What I am making time for…

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We only have the time we’re willing to make.

I haven’t been to Jazzkat’s Coffee Bar in ages, because I don’t live or work near there. So, I made sure make the time to go there today and it’s still as awesome as ever. I love you Whitney Baskins! Plus, do all my vegan friends know that a new vegan tattoo joint has opened up around the corner? When I got to Jazzkat’s today, Whitney walked me around the corner to introduce me to the new vegan tattoo shop owners of Ritual Art Tattoo and Body Piecing, which happens to be a queer-owned vegan tattoo place, no less. There is another empty space next to Whitney’s for rent, so I was joking to her that we needed to get another vegan shop there to create a second vegan mini-mall. Maybe FoodFight needs a second location? There are already a couple grocery stores in the neighborhood though. Since Whitney’s place has coffee and sandwiches, I wouldn’t want to see something that competed with her.Maybe another Herbivore? Hm..

Anyways, I have been working harder to re-socialize myself, making time and spending time with friends I have neglected the last year and half. I had coffee with Noah last week and it was the first time I had seen him in forever. It felt so good to sit and talk, it also seemed that we had some mirroring experiences since the last time we’d really hung hung out. I also had an affirming get together with a guy I dated off and on for a year before the big-bad-ex, in which he apologized for not being a better friend while he had starting dating someone else. I had gone into meeting him expecting to still be mad but hoping to make amends, so I was pleasantly surprised when we talked and I felt he was sincerely reaching out to me. I tried explained to him that I could understand where he was coming from because I had neglected a lot of my friends while I was doing a big, unhealthy thing for over a year, so it would be pretty hypocritical not to try to offer a bit of forgiveness and understanding for his attempt at reconnection… But I would also like to be friends with him anyways, which is why it hurt to feel like it didn’t matter to him before. So, yeah, all kinds of resolutions happening, all kinds of reconnecting, all kinds of new connections.

There are some new connections happening too, which are interesting. I am dating a boy who actually is enthusiastically poly and already has a relationship going with another lady long before me, which is actually a new position for me. I am usually the lady that’s already with the guy, navigating the new ladies in the guy’s life. And often the guys haven’t been good at being honest and open with their other goings on and the ladies haven’t been very friendly to the relationship that already existed. So, in a weird way, I feel I am getting to be the kind of woman I would have liked to see in my life and I am really loving the opportunity. The other lady came to Trek in the Park with us, then her and I had coffee last week, then we all had coffee yesterday. There are some obstacles for us, mainly that she has a couple of guy friends in her life that I had bad interactions with a few years ago (I am not a fan of them and, as a result, they are not a fan of me) and that poly is still very new to her. If there has ever been one universal motivator for me, it’s been to succeed in spite of other people’s negativity or bad shit in the past. There is also the idea that polyamorous relationships are different for each set of people trying to have them, so even if the boy and his lady weren’t at all new to this, we’d still have a lot to navigate and sort out between us and I have been just blown away with the level of communication and open-heartedness from both of them.

In other news, the ocean-themed submissions deadline for Stumptown Underground is just around the corner (July 23rd) and I hope you all make time to submit to it. The submissions for the summer-themed issue were low enough and we’ve been so behind on things within SU, that is looks like we’re may combine the summer and ocean issues.

I completed the PZS 3rd Annual 24hr Zine Challenge this past weekend, but I kind of hate what I made. So, unless you sponsored me for the challenge, donating $10 or more to the Portland Zine Symposium, you probably won’t ever see this zine. I have more thoughts about the 24hr Zine Challenge for another post soo

Also, we’re doing the bike-in movie night again for PZS this year, this time with Whiffies new mobile, yellow beast. We had an open vote on the movie this year, which has finished and Triplets of Belleville was chosen! The bike-in movie night is happening on July 29th, you should all probably come.

In slighted related music listening linkage, here is a kind of dorky song I am have been liking…

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A Thanks to Community!

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As a nanny who spent over 3 years working in the Hollywood District (going to the Jazzkat’s Coffee Bar, Hollywood Library, etc. almost every weekday) and a vegan of 6 years (almost as long as I’ve lived in Portland), there are some communities I feel I need to say a big thanks to for their support over the last few weeks. I have been working on this post for 2 weeks, it’s hard to find the right words…

My first thank you goes to the community of the Hollywood District in general, for supporting Whitney Baskins, a barista-turned owner who took the coffee shop she worked for and managed to make it even better. The people of the Hollywood District, especially the librarians, have been so supportive and dedicated to her and it’s amazing to watch. Thank you for showing myself and Whitney something we already suspected: When a small business owner works in their shop, involves the neighborhood, and hosts events supportive of the local culture, the community will enthusiastically be there to support that owner and the business.

My second thank you goes specifically to the healthy eaters of the Hollywood District. Whitney worked hard with Heidi Lovig (who made all the spreads and vegan cheeses on the new menu) to make healthy food options available in Hollywood, and she has received a lot of thanks from the neighbors, residents or workers, for filling that missing option.

My last and biggest thank you goes to my fellow Portland vegan community! When Whitney first asked me for help launching her new menu at Jazzkat’s, I turned to Janessa and Webly for help making sure Heidi’s vegan cheese was up to snuff. They worked with me to plan a private tasting a couple weeks before the menu launching and they each gave honest feedback to Heidi about her vegan spreads and cheeses, as well as some no-nonsense advice on her soon-to-be-launching, vegan cheese company. I was so excited to help my friend Whitney get her new menu off the ground and even more excited to see a woman planning to start a locally made vegan cheese company, because I feel guilty every time I pick up FYH or Daiya, knowing how far it has to travel to hit my shopping basket. It was inspiring to know that Janessa and Webly were just as interested in offering their support. Janessa and Webly are such dedicated and helpful women who really back their ideas and values with their time and consideration. From there, countless Portland vegans have popped into Jazzkat’s to support the new menu that includes us in every way. In just the first week into promoting the new menu and one week before the menu’s actually launch, Whitney told me her sales were up 40%!!! That is amazing. Let no Portland business sell short the vegan demand in Portland.

Thank you, everyone, for supporting my friend and local businesses that invest in their communities. You are all amazing!