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The Oregon Basset Hound Games Are Coming!

12 Jul

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The Oregon Basset Hound Games will be held next Sunday (July 21st)  in Legion Park in Woodburn, Oregon. need less to say, I’ve been busy with basset hound stuff this week.

Last Sunday we had our last meeting before the Games.

Yesterday, I took Daisy for her booster shots & we signed her adoption papers.

All week I’ve been working on our last minute decision to get new t-shirts. A volunteer created the design above. I tracked down someone who could make them before Sunday. I told the committee & the t-shirt lady we will have decision by noon today.

Tonight, I’m transporting a bonded pair (Daisy & Molly) from their current foster (who is going on vacation) to another foster home.

Take a look at your calendar. If you are free next Sunday, come & join us. The event is free for spectators. Only bassets who want to participate in events have to pay ( a mere $10 for all events). It s a fun day and I promise you will laugh. The events include a puppy dash, marathon napping, limbo,best howler and many more. There is also an amazing raffle. I knit a sweater for the raffle every year. here are a couple of little pics of this year’s sweater ( size ladies’ medium):

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I hope to see you in Woodburn next Sunday. Registration opens at 8:30 & the Games begin about 10:30.

Winger: Top of the library pile

11 Jul

Because I spent 10 days focused on knitting the “Kiss Me, Hardy” Pullover, I now have a giant stack of library books and a great dilemma. Which do I read first?  Since I am mostly a logical person, I have sorted them by due date and Winger by Andrew Smith, rose to the top.

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Ryan Dean West is a 14-year-old ruby-playing junior at a private school. He plays rugby and has bait of  a potty mouth. We meet him at the beginning of the story, as two football players are attempting to dunk his head in a toilet. I’d heard a bit of a buzz about this book, so although it began with typical teenage boy dialogue and hijinx, I suspected it would be worth reading. Ryan Dean is really likable and I couldn’t put the book down. Andrew Smith lets us see into the mind of a teenage boy. What’s there is disgusting, funny and sensitive. Like all of us, Ryan Dean is trying to fit in and figure out the world, It is rare that I laugh out loud and cry at a book, but I did both with this one. By the end, all  could say was “WOW”!

I don’t want to give too many details & spoil it, but you should read this one. It reminded me of Spud by John Van de Ruit,

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which came out 5 or 6 years ago, and which left me feeling the same way. If you haven’t read that one, it is also worth your while.

 

Hoop Genius…he’s Canadian!

13 May

One of my favorite This American Life  episodes is entitled Who’s Canadian. It makes me laugh, because I am an expat Canadian and it is true that we love to play the game in which we point put people and things that are Canadian.

At first, I was a bit miffed that the text of Hoop Genius: How a Desperate Teacher and a Rowdy Gym Class Invented Basketball by John Coy, failed to mention James Naismith’s status as a Canadian.Yes, it is hard to believe the iconic American game was, in fact, invented by a Canadian.

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As I read, though, it became less important because there are so many reasons to praise the book. The endpapers are photographs of Naismith’s original 13 rules of basketball. The simple text clearly explains the dilemma, and how Naismith used trial and error and personal experience to find a game his rowdy boys could play and enjoy. It also highlights the beginnings of basketball for women in 1892. The illustrations by Joe Morse literally move the story along.  Each page truly captures the style of the period. His portrayals of each team sport Naismith tried are especially effective because the alternate orientation, giving the book the  feel  of a sporting event. Indoor football moves left to right. Indoor soccer moves right to left, and the two sides face each other in lacrosse. I loved this and I don’t even like sports!

The author’s note at the end (finally) gives Canada it’s due as Naismith’s birthplace. It also gives some more details about his background. A good book for sports fans.  And Canadians.

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