The View from a Drawbridge

The random musings of a bridgetender with entirely too much time on her hands.

The first time I went to Portland, Oregon, I vowed to visit Voodoo Doughnuts, one of the many quirky and iconic shops in the area, but as I explained in this post, it just wasn’t meant to be. And so, my voodoo dreams having gone unfulfilled, I was doomed to wander the earth feeling as though I had some unfinished business. I felt incomplete. It was even worse than never having gone to my high school prom.

So when I realized we’d be passing through Portland again on our way home from our fabulous Oregon vacation, I told my husband that if it was the last thing I ever did, I would be going to Voodoo Doughnuts. Even if I had to throw myself from the moving car. Even if I had to crawl there on my hands and knees. That voodoo-flavored influx of sugar and carbs would be mine, or I would die trying.

To add to the pressure (as if dear husband needed more convincing) I read from the website menu as we approached Portland. “Of course we need to get a Maple Blazer Blunt. Who wouldn’t want to try a doughnut doobie?” “And we’ve got to get a Voodoo Doll, and an Old Dirty Bastard, simply to be able to say we ate one.” “There’s a doughnut with captain crunch on top! And one with fruit loops! And grape dust! And cayenne pepper! And bacon!”

By the time we got there, I had worked myself up into such a frenzy that you’d have thought I was a 6-year-old going to Disney World. I was practically fidgeting in line. Fortunately the queue wasn’t as long as it was the last time around.

Still, I sure wouldn’t want to work there. The joint was jumping. I bet they’re exhausted at the end of a shift. But they do that voodoo so well. (Sorry. Had to.)

So, were the doughnuts all I had worked them up to be in my mind? Of course not. Nothing is ever as good as you imagine. Heck yeah, they were great, and all, but there were no fireworks, no marching bands. And I’ve been avoiding sugar as much as possible for several months now, so this particular orgy of pure gluttony kind of left me feeling sick. So there’s that.

But who am I kidding? I’ll be back. If only because we discovered further down the road that we had neglected to get the Old Dirty Bastard after all.

Hey! Look what I wrote!

4 thoughts on “My Return to Voodoo Doughnuts

  1. Angiportus Librarysaver says:

    Well that’s great, but did you visit Powell’s?
    No reader in this arm of the galaxy should be in Portland w/o devoting a few hours to Powell’s. When you do, be sure and ride the big elevator with 3 doors. If you’re into elevators like I am, that is. Anyway, keep telling us all your adventures.

    1. I will, and no, I haven’t. We had limited time. It would be like going to Yellowstone and only having 5 minutes. But it’s on my agenda, for sure.

  2. Sofia Leo says:

    Meh. I don’t think Voodoo donuts are anything great. Don’t like Krispy Kreme, either – both are just too sweet – they make my teeth hurt, but to each his own 🙂

    There are so many things to do in Portland, you really need a long weekend to fit it all in – since I moved to Eugene I haven’t been up as often as I should, but sometime soon…

    1. Yes. I’ll be going back many times. Any liberal city with drawbridges is all right by me!

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