|If only I'd had a cigar...|
Why am I wearing it? Because I'm in Portland, and that's what we do. And because my housemate David and three of his friends have been organizing a monthly pub crawl for a few years now and last night's was the mustache edition. This is something that I just don't think would happen in SF, or if it did, it would be something that I would probably roll my eyes at. But not here. We went to several bars and everyone either took it in stride or was just really happy to see us. I got several compliments on my mustache from complete strangers.
The thing about pub crawls is that you drink a lot. I am not a big drinker. So, my method is to meet them out after they've already been to a few places and then try not to play catch up. I was really excited about the first drink I had because it was at a place called The Whiskey Soda Lounge and it was made with one of Pok Pok's drinking vinegars, which my friend Kim had told me about. I was skeptical. I once used different concentrations of vinegar as my "acid rain" variable in a science fair project (who knew the effects of acid rain on grass would not be so good?). I spent a lot of time with the stuff, and I don't think it smells very pleasant, nor would I want to drink it. But this was a honey vinegar. I don't know what they do or how they do it, but it was amazing. My cocktail was called the Hunny: honey drinking vinegar, grapefruit juice and tequila. It was really, really good.
I met some really cool people at the two monthly pub crawls I attended (the first was the patio bar edition), including a new yorker who recently moved to Portland from Amsterdam to work for Wieden+Kennedy and is expecting his second child soon. He was super dedicated to his mustache. He had grown out a beard and at each bar we stopped at, he shaved part of it off with some clippers until he was left with this. I only wish I had gotten taken some photos at each of the different stages.
|Corey and I and what was left of Corey's beard.|
|It doesn't look like much, but it was.|