This past weekend we took some friends up to Timberline Lodge and let the kids run around in the snow. While we could have skied – and many people were – there is just barely enough to cover all the rocks, so we’ll wait for a bit more snow! As we hung out by the lodge, I noticed far off in the distance this amazing haze of blue blanketing the hills. Contrasted against the cloudless blue sky, the scene was so surreal! I am really not sure what makes the hills so blue, but I assume it has something to do with the physics of light and how the hills reflect it off the sky.
WHY WE LIVE IN OREGON
A number of years ago Kelly and I lived for a short time in southern California. She had moved down for job and I followed a month later after the company I was working for allowed me a transfer. The first day on the job another sales rep and I were having lunch at a restaurant. As we were ordering, I watched a car pull up to the bank across the street and a couple of masked men jumped out and went inside. Frightened, I said to my new colleague, Did you just see what happened across the street! Without even looking up from his menu he replied, “Let me guess, some guys are robbing a bank“. Minutes later a couple of cop cars arrived and I watched as the scene unfolded. While the entire event was unnerving, I was even more dumbfounded by the lackadaisical response from my coworker. Ordering his BLT and vanilla milkshake was more important than what I considered a very serious crime! But then I am from Oregon and this was downtown Los Angeles.
A few weeks later I was asked to play in a golf tournament with our Japanese customers at a very fancy resort. Had they known I really don’t play golf I am sure my invite somehow would have been lost. About halfway through the 18-hole course I was taking a short break and admiring the views of the colorful mountains in the distance. But the more I studied the jagged peaks, the more I sensed something was not quite right. Another one of my new colleagues was standing close by so I asked him about the mountains. He laughed and then said, “Dude, those are mountains of garbage“.
So the image today is pure, clean, organic, all natural Oregon. It is the antithesis of Los Angeles, and the crime, garbage, and traffic that I sat in for hours every day. And one more thing. If you are thinking about moving to Oregon from down south, just keep in mind that it rains 362 days out of the year.