Well, the groundhog must have seen its shadow on Friday February 2nd, because I went to Coffee Outside!
Yes, Portland Coffee Outside has been running for almost two years now, every Friday morning at 7 am.* I’ve been to it many a time, as has been well documented here or on my Instagram. But I don’t go as often as I’d like. Last time I went was in November. There’s several factors in play for my paltry attendance, besides the fact that I Am Not A Morning Person: the location of the event (ever-changing, only announced on Thursday), the location of where I’ll be that Thursday night, whether I work at 8 AM or 3 PM on Friday. I’m less likely to hit up a Coffee Outside at Wallace Park in NW if I’m staying at Emee’s on Thursday night and working at the Hostel in the morning; it’s too far out of the way and I’d have like fifteen minutes to hang out.
But sometimes things line up just so. On February 2nd, I was staying at Emee’s and working at the hostel, but Coffee Outside was at Laurelhurst Park, which is in between both! I couldn’t not stop at Coffee Outside, since I ride through the park on the way to work.
And Coffee Outside was a-buzz with folks. The numbers have not dwindled this winter, in fact they’ve increased since summer! There was about fifteen people there by the time I arrived (late) at 7:45 AM,**many I had not seen before. It doesn’t hurt that the weather was nice, 50’s and dry. (January has been a very mild month, especially in comparison to iceberg-forming January 2017.***) And since there’s so many people now, i didn’t even have to worry about making my own coffee! Someone offered to make me a cup. Now, normally I do bring my own kit, but didn’t this time, so it was nice.
I spent only a few minutes since I technically was supposed to be to work at 8. It was nice seeing some folks I hadn’t in awhile. Now I just need to get to another one…
*There was a couple month lull last winter, though.
**Which meant I missed the hash browns being made.
***Which explains the break last winter.