Wednesday, November 30, 2011
In the 1980s it was "I want my M-T-V."
Twenty-five years later, with pro basketballers locked out, are you tempted to say "I want my N-B-A"?
Take heart: Here in the Gorge there is basketball to be found, and with a much lower price of admission. Also, athletes with far fewer tattoos, far smaller egos and far lower tendency toward unruly on-court behavior.
With Thanksgiving behind us, the high school hoops season begins, along with wrestling, swimming and snow sports.
"Basketball never stops," is Nike's ironic campaign during the work stoppage by the players and NBA owners.
They want us to think in terms of still buying shoes despite the lockout; but the marketing line can also serve as a reminder that quality basketball is as close as your own hometown.
The HRVHS boys and girls play their blue-gold scrimmage Saturday night, and Horizon Christian teams start their pre-season with a home game Nov. 30 against Trout Lake, and the school hosts the Lions Tournament on Dec. 2.
Watch the Hood River News for more sports updates. Attending local ballgames is a good response to the lamentable and lengthy interruption of the NBA season, but moreover it provides a great evening of entertainment and a way to support our local youth. You don't need to have a kid on one of the teams to have a good time.
Take it from the third-graders.
What are you thankful for?
On page A12, Westside Elementary third-graders gave expressions of gratitude including: "my home," "my friends," "for water," "family and my own health," "the food we're eating right now" and "for my pet bird."
As announced last edition, before the end of the year, Hood River News will present its own list of things we're thankful for, but we want to hear from readers too.
Tell us in 50 words or less what (or who) you are thankful for, and email it to us as "I'm thankful …" to email@example.com.
We'd like to have these compiled by Dec. 7.
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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