Wednesday, November 9, 2005
October 5, 2005
Hood River resident Steve “Squrl” Curley is in denial.
He’s 46 years old … and there’s no getting around it. Like everyone else on this planet, Squrl can not outrun the process of aging.
But he can sure try.
Racing high-speed motorcycles is not something typical 46 year olds strive to do. In fact, most would probably avoid it at all costs, for the sake of ... their health if nothing else. But Curly is not a typical 46-year-old.
Yup, he’s in denial.
Outrunning old age is not easy. Ask anyone that has tried.
But for Curley, the denial is not the number of years he has been alive. No. He knows his age quite well. His denials, rather, are the expectations and stigmas attached to being his age. And he is outrunning them quite well.
So he races his Kawasaki EX-500 on the Oregon Motorcycle Road Racing Association’s circuit at Portland International Raceway. In only his third year as a racer, Curley is currently points leader in the 450-Supersport class and the Lightweight Superbike class.
With three races left in the season and leading by decent margins Curley is favored to win both classes.
“It’s my attitude that keeps me young,” said Curley. “I’m just trying to do something I enjoy. I’m glad I started when I did because it’s something I’ve always wanted to do.”
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Lawnmower torches Arbor Vitae on Portland Drive
The riding lawn mower driven by Norma Cannon overheated and made contact with dry arbor vitae owned by Lee and Norma Curtis, sending more than a dozen of the tightly-packed trees up in flames. The mower, visible at far right, was totaled. No one was injured; neighbors first kept the fire at bay with garden hoses and Westside and Hood River Fire Departments responded and doused the fire before it reached any structures. Westside Fire chief Jim Trammell, in blue shirt, directs firefighters. The video was taken by Capt. Dave Smith of Hood River Fire Department. Enlarge