“I know nothing in the world that has as much power as a word. Sometimes I write one, and I look at it, until it begins to shine.”
I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation Under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.
I had never been to the capital building before and to be honest, I had an absolute blast!
It is 8 o’clock in the morning and I am standing outside the River House, dressed in full river-guide regalia — base layer of Under Armor, fleece, wetsuit, dry top, wool socks and river shoes — I feel amphibian.
Remember the good old days when things were easy? You could walk into any public restroom with confidence, take care of business and be on your way. Tom Hanks’ famous line in Forest Gump comes to my mind when walking into a public restroom…you never know what you’re going to get.
Every 33 minutes someone in Lane county needs a blood transfusion, every 2 seconds someone in the United States needs a blood transfusion. One out of every ten people entering a hospital will need blood. Approximately 35,000 units of blood are used EACH day in the United States. Only 5% of the population donates blood.
Upstart Crow will be holding open call auditions for this Broadway musical April 20th from 1 to 4 pm. Auditions are open to adults who have prepared a musical excerpt and a monologue to demonstrate their vocal range and expression.
Reflecting back on that day, I will admit, I was a little anxious as I did not know what to expect from this experience. When I first approached Whiteaker Station 2, Firefighter Cody Giddens was tending the Engine. I rang the bell and was greeted by Firefighter Bill Bennett, who introduced me to Captains Mike Montgomery and Tony Biagi.
Peter Hoffmeister is a local author, teacher, and until recently, a contributor to The Huffington Post. He spent much of his upbringing in Eugene, and ultimately decided to settle down and start a family here.
Firefighters have always intrigued me, especially since our nations tragedy of September 11th. I wanted to know what it is like to be that person who can run towards a burning building when others are running in the opposite direction. It had to take a very special person who is willing to risk their own life to save another’s.