The Hood River News set out to interview 52 people (and sometimes couples) for our weekly Slice of Local Life column this year. Having written two-thirds of these columns (or so says Kirby; math was never my strong point), I can tell you firsthand that Hood River is filled with remarkable people.
I know, I know. That’s sounds like hyperbole. It’s not. No matter whom I spoke with—whether they were in school or at retirement age, whether they were born and raised here or newly arrived, whether they were business owners or public servants—I was constantly amazed by the enthusiasm everyone had not only for what they do, but for our town. People simply love being here.
It is interesting — and quite fun — to talk to people who enjoy what they do. The only downside I found to writing these features is that I had to cut so much from my interviews for space reasons. I had to remind myself a few times that this is the Slice, not the Book, but it was still painful.
For 2014, we have a twist planned for the Slice: Every month, we will focus on a particular theme.
I, for one, am glad the Slice isn’t going away — there are so many more stories to tell.