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The City of Portland, Oregon

Nick Fish (In Memoriam)

City of Portland Commissioner

phone: 503-823-3589


1221 S.W. 4th, Room 240, Portland, OR 97204

Lilly Lee - Last Blog Post

July 30, 2015

As I spend my last week in the office, Nick and Aja have been absent. I, too, felt very absent my last week, because I was not here on Monday. Tuesdays are my day off, and I went home early Wednesday. Today is Thursday, my last day. Time flies when work needs to be done in this office.

I’ve learned that many things happen behind closed doors. People in this office work very hard to make things happen for the City. There has to be a balance. If one asks, one can receive. Many organizations, small businesses, and non-profits come to this office, asking for Nick’s advice and support. Knowing Nick’s love for Portlanders, he gives his best to advise their missions.

During my time in the office, I have learned how to use Excel, thanks to Jim. I prepped Council binders, thanks to Asena, and how to make a binder for Nick, thanks to Liam. I became a better writer, thanks to Jenny. I learned to laugh, thanks to Aja. I learned that health is more important than work, thanks to Sonia. I learned that hitting a curb or two is okay, as long as the car takes you where you want to go. And lastly, I learned from Nick that it’s not about helping yourself, it’s about helping others.

What I will miss the most is Aja randomly singing in the office. Aja is filled with joyfulness, and he makes me smile. Liam makes me laugh. He can’t help it, it’s his accent, like when he says, “guard,” but it sounds like “God.” Laughter is catchy, and so are winks. The people in this office are winkers. Every morning when I come in, Asena gives me a wink.

As you know, this summer has been one of the hottest summers so far. The reason behind this is because in Portland, “July 9th is the 36th day straight without measurable rain” according to KOIN News staff. Therefore, outside of City Hall has been very hot! Inside, Fish’s office is very cold! Having air conditioning in the office is a luxury. Although, it can get a little chilly. There are always scarfs in the closet if you get cold.   

Over all, my time in this office and going to events with Nick has helped me get connections and networks for the future. After my internship here, I am hoping to volunteer at APANO and other non-profit organizations. I had a really great time with the Fish family these last two months, and I hope to stay connected with this family always.