Editorial: Who needs the NBA?

November 26, 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.

Saying thanks

Take it from the third-graders.

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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 hrnews@hoodrivernews.com.

We'd like to have these compiled by Dec. 7.

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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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