Barista at Zupan’s
What kind of bike do you ride?
A vintage Peugeot
How long have you been biking?
Aside from riding a bike as a kid, I have been biking for about the past 4 years. It’s just the way I get around.
How do you carry everything you need when you ride your bike?
I put everything in a big and waterproof backpack
What advice would you give someone who's thinking about adding a bike to their transportation mix?
I would say ride safe and wear a helmet!
Any tips for staying comfortable in the rain?
Make sure to wear waterproof shoes or shoe covers. Wet feet are the worst!!!
What do you like most about riding in Portland?
This city was made for it. Sometimes it’s even faster than driving, and it’s always faster than the bus.
Please tell me a bit about your personal style.
My personal style, well lately I've just been trying to dress like a grown up.
Can you give us a few top 3 lists? Books, movies and songs?
Books: The Giver, Little Birds, A Midsummer Night's Dream
Movies: Tombstone, Gone Fishing, Shawshank Redemption
Songs: Abner Jay “I'm So Depressed” Tom Waits “Long Way Home” Jonathan Richman “Hello From Cupid”
Did you grow up in Portland? If not, what brought you here initially?
I grew up in Carlsbad/ Oceanside California. I took a road trip to Portland when I was 20, and fell in love with the city. About 6 months later I was on a plane with my suitcase…and here I am.
What do you think about Miley Cyrus?
I preferred Hannah Montana
What are your chickens’, ducks’, and cats’ names?
Chickens: Gertrude and Angel
Ducks: Jerome and Louis
Cats: Reno Dakota and Bunny
What made you decide to share your place with four birds and what kind of time commitment does owning them entail?
I've wanted chickens for some time now, and I found the perfect roommate who also wanted them. If you've never seen a baby duck (they're so stinking cute) we had to get some of those too. They don't take up too much time. Just keep them fed and watered. Then there is the occasional cleaning of the coop.
Do your cats and birds get along?
The cats and birds get along by ignoring each other. It works out well.
Who gives better eggs, the ducks or the chickens?
As far as the better egg laying goes…the ducks lay eggs more frequently than the chickens. Duck eggs are bigger and much richer (very desirable for baking).
What are some of your future life goals?
Planning on going back to school. Thinking of doing something with preventative medicine.
What's next for you in life?
What’s next for me? I wish I knew! Just seeing where tomorrow takes me.
Allison is wearing the Classic Dress in Black