- Learning that the state Land Use
Board of Appeals on Aug. 16, 2004, had affirmed a
decision by Hood River County to reject as incompatible a
186,000-square-foot Wal-Mart SuperCenter proposed for a
woodsy area about one-half mile from our neighborhood.
For three years, I co-chaired the Citizens for
Responsible Growth in its opposition to the project on
those and other grounds.
- Boogeyboarding at Shipwreck
Beach in Kauai and having the Hawaiian kid ask how old I
was, and when I told him 38, hearing him say, 'You
- Learning that I had won the
first Best Writing award for newspaper journalists from
the Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association. Writing
matters, but writing well matters more.
- Every time I step onto a
sailboard and feel the wind and start to go.
- Saying 'I do' and kissing Kathy,
on a beach, at sunset, in Hawaii, and hearing the
spontaneous applause from the condo balconies
- Out of breath and wondering if I
would reach the summit of 14,433-foot Mt. Elbert in
Colorado, stopping to chat with the climber on his way
down, learning that the climber with one artificial leg
was on a quest to climb the tallest peak in every state,
and then finishing the climb with surprising ease.
- Slam-dancing, at age 46, with my
mates from Ingenius to the last concert tour of The
Ramones, in Denver.
- For the second or third time,
jogging around the track toward the two middle-aged
big-haired Alabamans, one of whom as I approached looked
at me and said as syrupy-as-you-please, "Niyass layeggs!
(i.e. nice legs)."
- Every time I hike, or drive
through, or consider from another angle, or turn a corner
and am surprised to see, or look up from something else
and see another explosive skyscape, and remind myself
each time that I am blessed to live in the Gorge.