FOLEY STATION … Other than locking us out of our car in the motel parking lot in Green River the first night (and requiring roadside assistance from a nice couple who had to drive up from Moab), our biggest disappointment to date (actually, my biggest disappointment) happened in La Grande, Oregon. I’d found a wonderful restaurant on my way through there a few months ago for a Western Interstate Region (WIR) meeting in Pendleton. It was delicious food. The menu was amazing. The service phenomenal. I salivated all the way from Boise, as it became clear we’d pass through La Grande in time to lunch at Foley Station. Even though neither of us was particularly hungry and we were on a tight time schedule in order to meet our hike-mates in Washington, we pulled off the Interstate and into La Grande, drove to main street, parked our car and walked to the door. But alas, it was closed. Seems it was only open weekdays and not on Saturday and Sundays … One thing about Oregon, they do things differently up there – from requiring attendants to pump your gas to keeping weird restaurant hours.
WEEKLY QUOTA … “You can fool some of the people some of the time, and that’s enough to make a decent living.” -W. C. Fields
FARM SERVICE AGENCY … This office of the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture here in Colorado has a new boss – Telluride’s old friend Trudy Kareus. Trudy, who often visited an old family cabin at Trout Lake, has left her job as Grand Junction rep for U.S. Senator Michael Bennett (and before that Ken Salazar) and moved to Lakewood, by Denver’s Federal Center, to head up this important agency … Locals should know that we have a great connection at the USDA, should we ever need one.
OBAMA … I can still hear Grandpa Vince railing against our last disaster for president, George W. Just the mere mention of that unfortunate’s name sent the Bontempi patriarch into a blue streak of oaths and cusswords. Grandpa passed away before Barack Obama took office. But I know it would have been a great comfort to him to know the Republic did an important self-correction, and threw the Republican neo-cons out of the White House … Of course, six months into this new Democratic administration, already voices on the left and right are loudly criticizing the way things are (or aren’t) going. We’re still at war. The Feds have bailed out big banks and spent huge sums of money they don’t have. And health care reform is imminent, even if at the level many think is insufficient … But I think back to Grandpa Vince, and I know he would be giving this new president a lot of leeway to fix eight years of disaster in his first term in office. No volley of swearwords. No sir. But support for a change that takes time to implement (as anyone involved in government understands who inherits past mistakes) … I think the recent beer-at-the-White House resolution of the Gates controversy is a tremendous example of what a wise man can do to promote harmony and balance on a tricky national issue (in this case, racism). Obama may not be going fast enough for some, and too fast for others, but what an amazing difference to finally have a wise man back at the helm of government in this country.
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