Jessica: Yeah, so there's just so many different ways of feeling empowered and every time I do one of these calls, I find out a new way and I had always heard I have other friends who pole danced and I've seen their posts and they just have so much joy, but you're the first person I've actually talked to who does pole dancing. So it was like, I got to know more about it. That's so cool. So did you start pole dancing in Texas?
Endy: No, I started when I got here. I wasn't even able to tie the pole or be around the pole. Actually, I am lying. I did take a pole dance in class. My friend did a pole dance classes in her garage. She had two different poles. Me and my other friend would pay her, I think like 20 bucks an hour to be in her garage and just spin around a couple of times. So that was my first time I did pole and I was okay at it. We didn't really do any tricks. We just kind of did floor, dancing and stuff. That was cute. But I was like, eehh, I wanna get up there. I want to flip and stuff. I really focused on the dancing part of pole. I'm just like, I want to do some crazy gymnastic stuff up there. That's my goal.
Jessica: Yeah, so cool.
Endy: Yeah, so I had gotten a couple times, but I didn't really get really, really into it until I moved here.
How is living in Texas compared to Portland?
Jessica: Okay. So speaking of Texas to Portland, was it a huge culture change when you moved over to the West Coast or are they more similar than maybe some people over here would think?
Endy: No, they're very, very different. I mean, I grew up in the South, but I grew up in Houston, so it's like, country meets city, but it's still you get to certain points of Houston. You're like, "Oh, yeah, I am in Texas." And then you'll get to other point you're like, "Oh, yeah, this is kind of cool." So, I mean, living here compared to there is definitely a lot smaller than I'm used to because I'm just used to being in the city, I'm used to being around so many more people, especially now and then, cultural wise, I think it's very different. I feel like people here are a little bit more passive-aggressive than I used to and I'm just used to people being really straightforward, how they feeling, and just knowing right off the bat, that's how I am too. I believe in clear communication. I'm like, Yes, No, Yes. No, like that's it and here, maybe, I don't know, let's see and I'm like, no~
Jessica: Yes or no, give me a yes or no.
Endy: Exactly. So that's the difference and then also, one thing that I love about being on the West Coast and particularly about being in Oregon is how beautiful it is here and how much people appreciate nature here. That was something that Houston was definitely lacking and I always noticed I'm suffocated. I was just like, where all the trees. Like, I'm just surrounded by buildings all the time. In here, I'm like, where all the buildings? I'm just surrounded by trees. Which I like, it helps you put things in perspective and I'm happy that the cold weather is over for the most part so, for now at least, so I'm looking forward to Spring. My birthday is in Spring, so hopefully I can be outside for it, that'd be great. If I could actually-
Jessica: I know. I heard that social distancing is supposed to not be mandated so much in mid May.
Endy: May. Okay.
Jessica: Is your birthday in May?
Endy: To the beginning of June.
Jessica: Oh, so it might be fine.
Endy: All right, I can do that. I can hold off for that. All right.
Jessica: Right? I'm like okay, I could do May too. I was fearing about July and I don't know if I could stay inside until July. So far away from now.
Endy: Yeah, July would be a while. I'm not a fan of that one. I'm willing to do what it takes because it is important and just whatever it takes to blow this over and get back to normal as soon as possible. So if I had to stay in, I guess I would, but I wouldn't like it.
Jessica: Me either. I miss our customers.
Endy: Yeah. I miss just having a routine that made sense to me. I feel like I get up and I just kind of lollygag and then I still wake up so early like I don't really sleep in even though I go to sleep really late.
Jessica: Me too.
Endy: And I'm the first one to wake up like, well, what do I do with my day now and I just have to find things to fill my day. So I'm just filling it with craps and I'm just over it. Do you want to see the scarfs I am making?
Jessica: I do want to see the scarf you're making.
Jessica: Oh! I like the colors.
Endy: Right? I love the colors. It's long and rainbow, it's the longest project I've done. I'm using two different yarns I started off with this blue yarn and ran out of it and then I switched to this one. I am so in love with this yarn. I want five more rolls of it. It's my favorite.
Endy: So I've been working on that since March. Hopefully by the time quarantine's over, I'll have a brand new rainbow scarf.
Jessica: Yeah, oh it's awesome. It matches your ear jewelry.