The Porch, Nov. 23

WELL SAID:

“Pick battles big enough to matter, small enough to win.” – Jonathan Kozel

WELL DONE:

It’s the thouhgt that counts: “I LOEV YOU, MOM” painted on a car window ...

EASY TO SEE he loves walking: In Odell, a man wearing a reflective vest walks his dog using a leash made of lights.

DEPARTMENT OF DOWN IN FRONT: The scene at the Nov. 13 school board meeting in Mid Valley Elementary library was a familiar one: six rows of eight chairs for the audience, the reporter sitting in the third row — and no one else between him and the board members. Four people sat in the fourth and fifth rows, while about 15 staff and other visitors grabbed chairs from the sides or the hallway, and wedged them into every available space in the back of the room. It created an elbow-go-elbow grouping, right next to the table full of cookies that no one touches. The most surprising thing about the borderline agoraphobic seating arrangements was that not once did board chair Liz Whitmore or anyone else comment on the fact the closest chairs were vigorously left vacant. The usual line in these cases is “just like church, no one wants to sit up front.” It must be another of those things we’re all getting used to.

JUST WONDERING . . . What’s the statute of limitations on “open soon” – as in the seven-week-old sign in the new Tortillas shop next to Hood River Glass on 12th Street.

Care to join this occasional observance of the sweet and the offbeat? Send your Porch view to kneumann-rea@ hoodrivernews.com

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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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