Bye Bye PDX, Hello LA

I feel sad to leave Portland, OR, land of ever flowing coffee, the coolest queer community and even a vegan mall. Sounds a bit like heaven to me. You can keep all the fluffy clouds and spotlessly clean elven angels in starched white tunics. Give me the grunge and wonder of Portland.

After hanging out with my vegan, queer-friendly, straight-edge friend, Ben (who brought me vegan baked goods from the cafe he works at) I am off to the airport to fly to Los Angeles. I have a long layover, so I get to escape the airport and have dinner with my buddy Eric Leocadio (who the last time we dined near the airport ate enough food for two large drag queens yet somehow maintains his slender figure).

Tomorrow I will be in the snowy wasteland of Hartford, at least for a few days before I head to NY to see my family for the holiday (pick one, anyone) and then on December 25th I am off to Sweden where it is dark and cold yet strangely warm and I have dear dear Alex and Noa and their children waiting for me as some sort of American Santa Clown come to turn their lives upside down.

Yesterday I worshiped at Freedom Friends Church and will have more to write about that amazing experience. Second week in a row with semi-program Quakers. I almost feel some Quaker guilt (which is sort of like snow in Portland. It rarely ever sticks).

Home tomorrow does sound yummy though. My tea pot calls me.

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    alex resare on December 17, 2007 at 9:49 pm

    From LA to here in just a week.. I would totally get it if you just stayed 🙂

    Have some good flights and see you soon!

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    Joe Moderate on December 17, 2007 at 11:10 pm

    Hope you and Eric have a great visit, Peterson! I remember meeting him at the ex-gay Survivor’s Conference; he’s really cool.

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    meghan q, your neighbor on December 18, 2007 at 2:54 pm

    Sounds like you’re having a great time out west. Portland sounds awesome! It’s very snowy back here in CT. Please facebook me sometime when you’re back here in the cold north so I can invite you over for a vegan dinner!

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    Joe G. on December 18, 2007 at 6:27 pm

    You are so viral.

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    Peterson Toscano on December 18, 2007 at 6:36 pm

    alex, soon and very soon.

    joe moderate, we had a blast. he even took me to a raw vegan restaurant.

    meghan q, I am HOME all week!

    joe g, viral, eh? I see you made no comment about the Quaker guilt line I wrote. You are so far gone. In the words of Tex, your heart has gone all retrobate. 🙂

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    Eric on December 24, 2007 at 1:41 am

    gasp! ate enough for two drag queens! lol, well, i did enjoy the vegan restaurant. it was tasty! All week, i’ve been thinking about trying out Zephyr – a vegetarian place here in Long Beach. I’ve heard good things about it. I think i’m a wannabe vegetarian. As always, i enjoyed your company and inspiration. =)

    good seeing you, my friend!

    oh and thanks Joe! *wink*

    Eric