October 16, 2012

West Wind

A statue honoring the Veterans of the Korean War stood watch over a lone Dodge at the county park.  Across from the empty jungle gym, unidentifiable country music from a Central Oregon radio station hummed through the ‘lowered windows.  The west wind bent the top of the pine trees and wafted over-heated coolant from the front grill of the truck.   A girl’s legs  hung from the passenger window and a shirtless teenager slouched in the bench seat.  It was late summer 2012 in The Dalles.

“Should we tell them their engine overheated?” My mom said,  leading her Irish Terrier, Lucy, down the sidewalk.

“No, Mom…  let them be,” I said, taking the leash from my mom’s hand and continuing along.

It’s hard to predict which moments come to identify a specific place or time,  often it’s the most seemingly trivial ones that capture my imagination and spark my sense of nostalgia.

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  • October 16 , 2012

    Finally, new post! Don’t make us wait for so long next time ;)

  • Mark
    October 16 , 2012

    Where’d the post on surfing in Siberia go?

  • October 18 , 2012

    Thanks Ula, Im getting stuff organized so that ill be post more regularly.

  • Marcus
    October 18 , 2012

    Had me fearing the van died. Glad you’re back to telling true stories. Thx