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Creepy Guys – Or, Why I Lock My Doors in N. Portland

Living in N. Portland has its advantages – it’s cheaper, it’s a few miles from work, and there are number of cool restaurants and shops opening up. However, it still has a reputation for being slightly seedy and not always the best-light place. For that reason, the doors are always locked at the house, even when I’m a home.

Last night I got home around 11 p.m. after taking in a stunning performance of Varekai in SW Portland. As I got out of the car, a male in the car parked across the street got out of his vehicle. He then proceeded to follow me up the walkway, as I mentally kicked myself for not changing the outside light while anxiously unlocking the door. He was about 10 feet away when I rushed inside and locked and slammed the door shut.

Then, he just stood on the doorstep.

He hadn’t said anything to me, didn’t ring the doorbell, just stood there. He didn’t seem to be a random homeless guy or druggie, but it was still someone I don’t know, standing on my freaking doorstep at 11 p.m. on a Tuesday night.

Thankfully, my roommate Yukiko had just gotten back from Japan about an hour ago. Apologizing, I pounded on the door and asked if her or her boyfriend were expecting anyone and explained the creepy guy who followed me up to the house, and is now standing on the doorstep.

Yukiko comes out and goes to the door and says, I think I know him, and opens the door a crack. Turns out he’s looking for our other roommate, who is out of town. He’s like,
I’ve been leaving her messages at home and on her voicemail and I have something for her. We’re like, uh, well, she’s not here and I, feeling guilty, apologize for slamming the door in his face.

He leaves and Yukiko mentions that this guy has been kinda stalking our other roommate. She’s told him a few times to leave her alone, but he just doesn’t get it.

ANYONE who follows me up to the house at 11 p.m. a night without saying a word freaks me out. Bizarre…



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3 responses to “Creepy Guys – Or, Why I Lock My Doors in N. Portland”

  1. travelgirltiff says:

    i live in the same area of town that you do court, and while i havent had anything like that happen yet.. i certainly agree with things being a bit seedy sometimes. our door is always locked as well.

  2. yuj says:

    things i’ve learned from my kickboxing class:

    – poke them in the eyes
    – punch them in the throat
    – kick them in the balls

    stay safe, lady!

  3. Always a Dork says:

    Go to “L” and stay there.

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