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My Thoughts


Two snowboarders are still missing in the backcountry of Mt. Baker Ski Area. They were last seen Sunday and my thoughts and prayers are with them, the search and rescue teams as well as their friends and family. More snow and blizzard like conditions are in the forecast.

To compound the situation, my 16-year-old is lobbying to skip school so he and his friends can go up on Opening Day of the season. (Thankfully his dad will make that call). The mountains and snow simply consume this kid. So, for the next 6 months I will have a weekly intention/meditation that my son will make it safely up and down the mountain each weekend. My goal for him is that at the end of the day the only two things that hurt are 1) his cheeks from smiling and 20 his quads from tucking it from top to bottom.

Our Thanksgiving plans are still a little up in the air. My new place is small but I think in a pinch we could host a pretty impressive crowd and easily deliver a sumptuous menu. I tend to welcome almost anyone but I do have my favorites when it comes to dinner guests, 1 – The guest who doesn’t come empty handed, 2 – those guests who are gracious and engaging and just plain fun to have at the table, and 3 - guests who are good around the sink. Cleaning up solo is never a good way to end a Thanksgiving meal.

If your lucky enough to sit a the big kids table (21+) this year and you want to avoid the touchy often volatile topic of politics - might I suggest pot. That’s right - Mary Jane, Bud, Weed, Flower or just good old Dope – every one has a story. And who knows where that conversation may lead? I do advise having a pocket full of joints and/or a tin of infused mints for the curious. This could be a game changer when it comes to washing dishes.

Wishing you all a safe and Happy Thanksgiving, I hope you are lucky enough to share it with family and friends.


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Tami Johnson