Sunday marked the 34th anniversary of the cataclysmic May 18, 1980, eruption of Mount St. Helens. To me, it does seem like it happened long ago, but some of my experiences of that day remain very fresh in my mind.
With four kids in school, it seems like my wife and I are constantly selling fund raising merchandise. It hasn't reached the point when our friends and family run screaming when they see us, but I sense that it's close.
I recently read an article about the "18 Things You Have to Explain to Out-of-Towners About Seattle." I figured that there were a few things that we who make our lives here in Yakima need to explain about our city to people who don't live here.
I came across a story about a 3-year-old boy in Nebraska who somehow wandered away from his home and was found inside one of those claw machines inside the bowling alley next door playing with the toys, happy as could be. As a parent, it stirred up my claw machine memories.
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