Wednesday, July 24, 2013
I’ve got so many things on my list, I don’t know where to start. But if I don’t start, I’ll never finish.
Have you noticed how few mosquitoes there have been this summer?
A few weeks ago, someone very carefully and methodically numbered all the steps on the Hood River stairway. They numbered them going up, going down, and for each individual section of the climb. It must have taken them hours and hours. In all the years I’ve climbed those stairs, I was never able to pay attention long enough to count them all. Now I don’t have to!
While there have been a few pretty hot days, the weather has actually been really pleasant for the past month or so.
I would estimate that cars stop at least 90 percent of the time when I stand at a crosswalk here in Hood River (not so in Portland!).
We have a really great public swimming pool.
There are places all over town where the city provides free dog-poop bags, along with a convenient place to throw them away.
No matter where you are in Hood River, you are just a short walk from some really good Mexican food.
If you get there right at 7:30 in the morning, you can get fresh, warm doughnuts at the coffee shop at 13th and State.
Without exception, every single one of my clinic patients has been truly appreciative of the service I provide. It makes it a pleasure to take care of them.
Whenever I need to see something in the dark, all I have to do is reach out and flip a switch. Same with drinking water: just open the tap! Voila!
Cars are so much safer and more reliable than they once were.
There are literally dozens of places in Hood River where pedestrians can walk on a sidewalk.
If you haven’t been to Lost Lake in a while, bring an inner-tube and plenty of sunscreen. It’s awesome.
There is a bakery on Pine Street where you can get a really good fresh baguette sandwich for just five bucks. And the people there are really nice.
With all the chaos and loss my sons have experienced in their lives, it is amazing how sweet and smart and fun to be with they are. I am blessed!
The modern mattress is truly an unsung luxury. If you can dig up $500, you can sleep as comfortably as anyone has ever slept in the history of the universe.
I almost never have to wait more than a few minutes to get through the check-out at Rosauers.
I am amazed at how often I’ve seen a banana peel discarded on the sidewalk. And yet I have never once slipped on one.
Isn’t it wonderful to live in a society where people don’t routinely honk their car horns?
It’s blueberry season! And the fair starts tomorrow!
Every day I read newspapers and magazines published without government censorship or review.
The toilets in my house rarely become clogged.
If you spent your entire life in Hood River, you’d never experience bad-tasting tap water.
Sometimes the wind blows, and sometimes it doesn’t.
Every so often I am overwhelmed by how truly wonderful and amazing ice cream is.
So, what’s on your list?
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Kiteboarders in action during the pro competition Friday at the 16th Annual Bridge of the Gods Kite Fest in Stevenson. All photos by Ben Mitchell. Enlarge