Tuesday, December 28, 2010
My Town at the end of 2010.
Yes, artists, and writers, and retired CEO and scientists, and CIA experts.
There are more galleries here than restaurants.
More churches than real-estate offices.
The entire town is only a couple of miles long, with U.S. Highway 101 right in the middle, moving North to Alaska, South to Mexico. All around, hills and enclaves, three wild rivers providing recreational opportunities and food for those who are patient and are willing to plumb its riches, and a historical park where the first soldiers fought and were decimated by the native population, with dire consequences on both sides. There is a native curse on this town, not because of that original battle, but because of the subsequent retaliation and immure actions of the government against all native populations.
The town has about 1200 residents, 700 full time, with a volunteer mayor and councilmen, an elementary school and a high school to serve the 300 plus or minus student population, of which a good 45% are on free or reduced lunches.
There is one blinking light on the south end of town by Battle Rock Park, a storm warning light on the north end, to warn motorists when winds are violent enough to make the south heading trip too dangerous. As I write this, the town is on wind alert.
Also: a supermarket, a convenience store, three gas stations, a video store, six restaurants, all but one on the main drag, two real-estate offices-down from six just a few years ago-, a post office, a lumber/plumbing supply store, a newspaper office, a frame store, an organic store/vegan restaurant, a car parts store, a car repair shop, a hardware store, a glass and window repair store, four RV parks, a library, a port, a marine reserve, the brand new Hawthorne Gallery and Redfish restaurant with impressive pieces, fabulous food and outstanding views.
You can walk the entire town in less than 30 minutes. The hills, lake and river shores will take much longer.
Most people know your name here. They will stop and chat with you everywhere. Soon, you'll connect with just about every body in town.