March 4, 2005 by Isaac Hovet
Did we have winter this year? I know that the east coast has felt the wintry blast, but here in Oregon where our winters are known to be wet, I have seen a lot of sun. Something is awry.
This year I missed the winter. Winter is always a special time of getting cold, but then warming up. A time for getting each other’s sicknesses only because we are forced into more confined spaces. I don’t complain about being sick if I know that I am because I am actually talking to other people. Us Oregonians are awfully individualistic (stems from our pioneer “I’ll do it my way” heritage), so they way I see it God brings rain and temperatures hovering just above freezing so that we HAVE to relate to others. Without these “inconveniences” many of us would retreat to the foothills of the Cascades to sip our Starbuck’s or smoke our home grown weed, depending on YOUR convictions (just some more individualism for you).
It isn’t that I don’t like sunshine. When the sun is out we are afforded many opportunities that our typical winter disallows. We get to shed our raincoats and Columbia outerwear and parade around in shorts with Hawaiian prints or tank tops. We aren’t really fooling anyone, though. Our complaints about temperatures above 80, our shockingly white skin and boasting about our “wet winters” make it pretty obvious that we are just pretenders. Pretending to know about the life under the sun. Maybe we should stop being pretentious and let our neighbors to the south be the experts on sun. Most of us, although it would force us to share our coffee with another, prefer the rain and cloud cover. I guess that is me. So if you see a 6’4″ blonde guy parading around Washington County pretending to know something about the sun, tap him on the shoulder, give him a knowing look and share your vanilla latte.