Rants in your pants: What are you complaining about?

What are YOU complaining about?

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.

  1. Have you noticed how few mosquitoes there have been this summer?

  2. 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!

  3. While there have been a few pretty hot days, the weather has actually been really pleasant for the past month or so.

  4. 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!).

  5. We have a really great public swimming pool.

  6. There are places all over town where the city provides free dog-poop bags, along with a convenient place to throw them away.

  7. No matter where you are in Hood River, you are just a short walk from some really good Mexican food.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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!

  11. Cars are so much safer and more reliable than they once were.

  12. There are literally dozens of places in Hood River where pedestrians can walk on a sidewalk.

  13. If you haven’t been to Lost Lake in a while, bring an inner-tube and plenty of sunscreen. It’s awesome.

  14. 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.

  15. 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!

  16. 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.

  17. I almost never have to wait more than a few minutes to get through the check-out at Rosauers.

  18. 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.

  19. Isn’t it wonderful to live in a society where people don’t routinely honk their car horns?

  20. It’s blueberry season! And the fair starts tomorrow!

  21. Every day I read newspapers and magazines published without government censorship or review.

  22. The toilets in my house rarely become clogged.

  23. If you spent your entire life in Hood River, you’d never experience bad-tasting tap water.

  24. Sometimes the wind blows, and sometimes it doesn’t.

  25. 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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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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