If only I could remember the grocery list

Jan 1, 2011

Here it is, the end of one year, and the beginning of another. You've probably noticed the last few issues of the News has been filled with lists and compilations. Letter writers. Community Partners. 52 Faces. Looking back at the stories of 2010.

Which got me to thinking, "Why don't I have a list?" And then I got to thinking, "Hey, I should really have a list."

So then, I looked at the clock, and said to myself, "You know, it's at least two hours before this deadline ends, I could write a list right now."

So, with a nod to all of the lists, wether they're in the Hood River News, David Letterman's Top 10 List, or the 25 Best Dressed Folk Dancers from Lower New Zealand (I made that one up), here is my list - everyone who's participated on my Blog for 2010, and it's my way of sincerely saying "thanks."

Now, where did I put that grocery list?

2010 Blog List

Hawaiian slack-key guitarists Chris Yeaton and Adam Werner.

Up and coming bluegrassers The Montana Slim String Band.

Award-winning blues singer Janiva Magness.

Indie-rockers Miriam's Well.

NW fiddler Chris Kokesh (Brokentop band, Misty River).

Comedian, radio and talk show host Dave Anderson.

Local writer Jodi Bergstrom with her tribute to the River City Saloon.

Portland's amazing musical kids in the School of Rock concert tour.

Alt-country legends The Gourds.

The fine sounds of the Real String Quartet.

Comedy man Michael Fox of Foxwell Productions (Faithful, Shakespeare's Shorts).

A Blog First: A Podcast with Gypsy Balladeer Spruce Baugher.

National Loop Pedal Contestant (and should be number one) Tony Smiley.

Paul Richards of the California Guitar Trio (Picture Jim in the "I'm Not Worthy" scene from Wayne's World. That's how good these guys were).

The ever-quirky singer-songwriter Craig Carothers.

Portland Dub-masters Gravity Research Project.

The very friendly and TV stars of The Northstar Session.

The interesting and eloquent guitar of Inoke Baravilala.

Jim also blogged his 2010 Laugh More Tour, which featured: Bill Cosby, Cheech and Chong, Tim Conway, Bridgetown Comedy Fest with Oscar Nunez, Wierd Al Yankovic, Margaret Cho, The Firesign Theater, Roger Rodd and Leslie Henning, Penn & Teller, Arabs Gone Wild, Jennifer Coolidge, Bill Bryson, the Hood River cast of Greater Tuna and Nathan Brannon.

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Parkdale third graders sing "12 Disaster Days of Christmas"

Welcome to your sing-able Christmas gift list. What follows is an emergency rendition of “12 Days of Christmas” – for outfitting your home or car in case of snow storm, earthquake, flood or other emergency. Read it as a simple list, or sing it to the tune of “12 Days” – you know, as in “ … and a partridge in a pear tree…” Not to make light of it, but the song is a familiar framework for a set of gift ideas that you could consider gathering together, even if the recipient already owns items such as a bunch of coats, tire chains and flashlights. Stores throughout the Gorge are stocked up on all these items. Buying all 12 days might be prohibitive, but here are three ideas for checking any of the dozen off your list (notations follow, 1-12.) The gift items needed to stay warm, dry and safe are also coded to suggest items in your abode (A) in your car (C) or both (B). 12 Gallons of Water (A) 11 Family meals (B) 10 Cans of propane (A) 9 Hygiene bags (B) 8 Packs of batteries (A) 7 Spare coats (B) 6 Bright red flares (C) 5 Cozy blankets (B) 4 Tire chains (C) 3 Flashlights (B) 2 cell phone chargers (B) 1 And a crush-proof first aid kit (B) Price ranges? Here’s a few quotes for days Three, Two, Four and Nine: n A family gift of flashlights (three will run $15-30, Hood River Supply, Tum-A-Lum) n Cell phone chargers (two will run $30-60) n Tire chains (basic set, $30, Les Schwab, returnable if unused for the winter) n Family meals ($100 or so should cover the basics for three or four reasonably well-fed days) n The home kit should be kept in a handy place near an exit, and remember that water needs to be replenished every few months. If you have a solid first aid kit already, switch out the gift idea with “and-a-sto-o-u-t- tub-for it-all …” Otherwise, it’s a case of assembling your home or car kits and making sure all members of the family know what the resources are and how to use them (ie flares and propane). Emergency situations are at worst life-threatening, at best deeply uncomfortable if you and your family are left without power for an extended period, or traveling and find yourself in a situation where you need to wait out a storm, lengthy traffic delay, or other crisis. Notes on the 12 gift ideas: 12 – Gallons of water: that’s one per person in a four-member family to last for three days, the recommended minimum to be prepared for utility outages. 11 – Easy-open packaged goods, energy bars, dried food and nuts are good things to include for nutrition. Think of what your family of four needs for three days to stay fortified and hydrated (see number 12). Can-opener also recommended 10 – If you have a propane camping stove, keep extra fuel handy. 9 – Hygiene bags: put packaged moistened towelettes, toilet paper, and plastic ties in large garbage bags (for personal sanitation) Resource list courtesy of Hood River County Emergency Management, Barbara Ayers, manager/ 541-386-1213. The county also reminds residents to Get a Kit, Make A Plan to connect your family if separated, and Stay Informed. See www.co.hood-river.or.us to opt-in for citizen alerts. Enlarge

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