The Domo Adventures website is now powered by WordPress! I went from the classic XHTML/CSS make-up of the orginial site to a child WordPress theme built off the Thematic framework. That may not mean much to you, but it feels pretty good since WordPress is pretty hot in the web dev community. And it also makes the site MUCH easier to update. Enjoy the new blog!
This is just one of the many professional development goals I’m working on. Outside of work, I spend my most of my time and energy between working on this kind of project and looking for social adventures. Alright, Mad Men and Donkey Kong Country get their share of time too :P Socially, this past month has been a mixed bag. I came back from Kansas City with an energized New Year’s Resolution about going out and meeting people, and even though I’ve been here 4 months, I feel like my serious social charge has only just begun. Despite a few Meetups, my first few Portland months were defined by friendly visits (Eric, family, and Aubry), adjusting, and the grand Aubry relationship experiment. It got me through the tough transition here like a college student visiting home on the weekends (complete with long distance girlfriend!), but seeing all my friends in KC gave me the courage: time to buckle up and challenge my comfort zones. But I went over all that with my last blog post. What’s been happening?
First, the good. With the year only 20 days old, I’ve had a couple of awesome Meetups doing brunch with the Portland New in Town group (friendly people, new parts of the city, great food??? Yes, please!), I hung out with some couch surfers while my friend (and VISTA companion) Andy was in town, went on an OK date, and I’ve had some really good conversations with interesting people who I just decided to overcome my shyness a little and go talk to. This includes meeting an AmeriCorps alum at yoga class and a gender-bending, professional belly dancer with a passion for astrology while doing laundry of all things (I’m definitely in Portland). Go ahead and add to this that I’ve found some cool social leads like kickball leagues, a great volunteering website, kung fu classes, and the couch surfers, and the progress starts to feel pretty good.
On to the bad, though. While living alone forces me to be more socially assertive, it also hits a lot harder when plans don’t go through. I can’t just hang around and talk to roommates if there aren’t social plans, so it becomes harder to break the isolation. The once promising Badass Gourmet Society of Portland is going back on the shelf. After some post-Aubry misunderstandings, the Santa Cruz unschoolers and I had a falling out… apparently? Some of it came down to cultural differences. It makes sense that they would be a little intimidated by me. Besides being older, I graduated from college while they’re justifying their decision not to go, and I’ve got a good job while they’re struggling. And as liberated and open-minded as we all want to be, I’m really not surprised that my ex-girlfriend’s girlfriend’s boyfriend who’s also dating my ex-girlfriend who we used to date at the same time would, you know, feel a little weird and jeolous about things. As you can tell, it’s all just kind of funny to me. What a cool and fascinating sub-culture, though; I certainly enjoyed my brief ticket inside and would welcome their friendship anytime.
A couple of other quick low points: I got blown off for a date- a classic online dating pitfall- and a cool volunteer opportunity got called off at the last minute because of a glitch in their system (turns out they had too many volunteers). For all the highs and lows, though, it’s an exciting time. I shook the branches, and plenty fell out. Let’s keep shaking!