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Interview-by-bike with Breakfast on the Bridge volunteer Lily Karabaic


For the previous 15 years, Hollywood neighborhood resident Lily Karabaic has woken up round 4:00 am on the final Friday of each month. Such as you, the very first thing she does is make espresso. In contrast to you, she makes 42 cups. After which she straps a percolator, a number of dozen donuts (a vegan sampler from Doe Donuts), a bunch of mugs, and generally even pancake combine (gluten free should you select) or freshly baked muffins onto her bike trailer and heads out to face on a bridge and offers it away to anybody who passes by.

Lily Karabaic in “full donut regalia” (she even has matching donut earrings!).

Why? As a result of Lily is a devoted volunteer of Breakfast on the Bridges, the cherished Portland custom that celebrates its twentieth anniversary this month.

The occasion means a lot to Lily that each time she will get a brand new job she makes certain to barter for Fridays off.

I met Lily at her condominium final Friday morning round 6:30 am so we might journey collectively to the Tilikum Crossing for the birthday B on B. Once I confirmed up, there was spilled espresso on the counter and he or she and her partner Aaron Parecki had been fussing with straps in her small front room, making an attempt to get a number of containers secured onto a Burley Travoy trailer.

As soon as we had been all able to roll, we took the lane on Northeast Sandy Blvd whereas drivers sped previous and my digital camera rolled.

“It’s extra about community-building, the place we occur to have espresso,” Lily defined. “We use it as a device for neighborhood constructing and connecting. Those that journey bikes, scooters, folks that stroll, the morning runners on the waterfront and Esplanade — I feel we spend numerous time going previous one another in these areas. B on B is a gathering place.”

And for as many individuals who see this surprising show of public hospitality and altruism for the primary time and are greatly surprised, there are simply as many regulars.

“I feel it’s one of many foundational items of motorbike tradition in Portland,” Lily mentioned. Is that what retains her getting off the bed so early each Friday morning? To maintain the custom alive? “Now [that it’s been 20 years] we really feel like we will’t [stop]. You don’t wish to be the one who ended B on B.”

Watch the complete interview above or on YouTube (due to Aaron Parecki for pictures of us using collectively and the drone footage).




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