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  • Wednesday, August 15, 2012 B-1SEQUIM GAZETTE

    Take the Honor Flight

    Veteran takes once-in-a-lifetime trip.

    See page B-2.

    Classic rock jams in Quilcene

    Moon Fest brings gui-tarist of Heart and popular impersonators for one-day event bene ting the American Cancer Society

    See page B-4.

    Railroad Park celebrates 20

    years

    Special event set for Fri-day, Aug. 17, at the park.

    See page B-12.

    Getting ready for another

    school year

    Wolfpack, Timberwolf Days aim to get Sequim students ready for class.

    See page B-9.

    In their sights

    Sequim players make lots of noise at the annual Saundra Kent Memorial Tennis Tournament.

    See page B-8.

    DeadlinesDeadline for items

    appearing in B-section is 5 p.m. Wednesday one week before publication at editor@sequimga-zette.com or P.O. Box 1750, Sequim 98382, or delivered to the Sequim Gazette o ce at 141 W. Washington St.

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    Wednesday, August 15, 2012 Hang onFor sports fans, plenty to choose from at county fair B-5

    No matter how hard I try to avoid it, every now and then I learn something new.

    This past week, for ex-ample, I had an excellent epiphany into the nature of Sequim, and into my place in it. Speci cally I now know why, after two and a half years here, I continue to feel like an imperfect t.

    Not a square peg in a round hole, exactly, but di erent.

    I grew up in South Loui-siana I spent my rst 40 years there and I continue to regard myself as a Loui-siana boy. As Ive often told friends and family, as soon as they do something about the heat and humidity Ill be right back.

    My family and I then moved to New Mexico, where for 15 years we lived in a cul-ture that is divided into three parts: 1) Native American, 2) Hispanic and 3) rich white folks. (Or four: us.)

    New Mexico is di erent from Louisiana, but not so much as you might think. Food is a big deal. Racial tensions are a daily fact of life. e education system is a bleeding disaster.

    But anyone who believes the U.S. is one great big

    homogenous melting pot would do well to visit South Louisiana or northern New Mexico. ey are worlds unto themselves.

    at was further brought

    home this week when my brother Kevin came to visit us in Sequim.

    He ew up to spend some time in our delicious bit of cool. We had a great time.

    In fact, everywhere we went we were having the best time of anyone there. Or certainly it sounded that way.

    We tend to be loud. Rau-cous, even.

    Some people in Sequim nd it frightening. Or at the very least, o -putting.

    Its a South Louisiana thing. You wouldnt under-stand.

    Kevin was astonished by the temerity of Sequims pe-destrians, who regularly act upon their faith that drivers will respect crossing zones.

    We also did some touristy things, including a marvelous boat trip around Protection Island, which I had been wanting to revisit, this time armed with Mike Ds VLC (Very Large Camera).

    With its help, Im now bet-ter able to make my argument that this peninsula is, at least for a few moments each year, incomparably beautiful.

    Those of you who have never lived elsewhere may be lulled into complacency. Ive attached photos. Take another look.

    Now back to the issue at hand: It looks so peaceful, one of my Facebook friends wrote. She used peaceful as a compliment.

    I dont get that. Another, an old friend from

    Louisiana, saw the pictures of the seals. First you make a roux, Cher, he said.

    at I get. Ive always believed that

    peace of mind is boring.

    My brother and I also had a long discussion regard-ing regional di erences. He told me one sure measure of Americas cultural diversity is this: as a thought experi-

    ment, ask yourself if your U.S. senators could be elected in Louisiana.

    Patty Murray thrown into

    REPORTERS NOTEBOOK

    Mark St.J. Couhig

    On a family cruise, we see Protection Island, right, and Mount Baker dead ahead. Sequim Gazette photos by Mark Couhig

    A bald eagle, one of perhaps a dozen we saw that day.

    See ISLAND, B-2

    Finding your place while a oat

    by AMANDA WINTERSSequim Gazette

    A freshly clipped Lord Tub-bington chewed on his feed and swatted ies away with his tail as Morgan Dippert, 12, of Sequim, talked about what needed to be done to prepare the 18-month-old steer for this years Junior Livestock Auction at the Clal-lam County Fair.

    In her third year selling a steer at auction, Dippert works with Lord Tubbington every day, training him to walk for longer periods of time so she doesnt have to pull him around the arena during the Aug. 18 auction.

    e Junior Livestock Auc-tion, in its 21st year, has many requirements for participat-ing 4-H and FFA youth to maintain a high level of care for the animals, including passing the Quality As-

    surance exam, which is on responsible handling, veteri-nary practices and customer satisfaction.

    Individuals, businesses, groups or donors can partici-pate in the auction by register-ing through the 4-H o ce at 417-2398.

    e purpose of the auction is to encourage leadership, resourcefulness and respon-sible animal husbandry in the participating youth.

    Raising Lord TubbingtonDippert, a member of Pure

    Country 4-H Club, said she feeds the steer hay and grain two times a day and as they approach the auction she pays special attention to his diet if he has been treated for something.

    You have to wait for it to get out of their system so it isnt in the meat, she said.

    Last year, Dippert used the

    proceeds from the sale of her steer to repay her parents for the money they spent on feed and then she bought Lord Tubbington.

    She plans to save the money from the sale of Lord Tub-bington for college or a car, she said.

    Its a lot of work but its good, its responsibility, said Morgan Dipperts mother, Lesa Dippert.

    Her daughter also has learned about focus, money management, respect for

    adults and record keeping, she said.

    Animals for auction: Bovines help budding businesses4-H, FFA youth work year-round for fair event

    Clallam Count y Junior Livestock AuctionWhen: 3 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 18Where: C l a l l am Coun t y Fairgrounds, 1608 W. 16th St., Port Angeles; small arena by swine barnMore information: C a l l t h e 4 - H office at 417-2398 for preregistration.

    Morgan Dippert, 12, stands with her steer, Lord Tubbington, the week before he is auctioned off during the Junior Livestock Auction at the Clal-lam County Fair. Sequim Gazette photo by Amanda Winters

    See AUCTION, B-2

    We tend to be loud. Raucous, even...

    Its a South Louisiana thing. You wouldnt

    understand.

    Sports Arts & Entertainment Schools Calendar

    Make yourself at home

  • B-2 Wednesday, August 15, 2012 SEQUIM GAZETTE

    the Louisiana brier patch. Its a pretty comical thought.

    In a recent blog post I pointed out that Louisiana politicians have all undergone guiltectomies. Caught in agrante, they just fess up, a confession almost always fol-lowed by an o -color joke.

    Here is an example, cour-tesy of Kevin: Recently the reporters in Baton Rouge thought they were onto a big story when Charlie Dewitt, the Speaker of the Louisiana House of Representatives, was accused of having prostitutes in his government-provided apartment near the capitol. e story suggested that a friend had borrowed the apart-ment for the rendezvous.

    A Washington state politi-cian would have that deer-caught-in-the headlights look. Not in Louisiana. DeWitt red back with both barrels.

    Why, thats a damn lie, he told the reporters. Anyone who knows me knows if there was a prostitute in my apart-ment, I would have been the one with her!

    Everyone had a good laugh. And the story died.

    Years ago on one well-lubricated evening a former Louisiana politician told a group of us that he got out of government service when it became a federal crime to steal state money.

    We laughed like hell. To this day, I dont know why. e sheer chutzpah of it, I guess.

    Who would put up with

    that kind of stu here? Politicians in Washington

    tend to be very sincere, very straight-arrow. Not that there arent any crooks; we just dont have any crooks with air.

    So, whats the difference?

    is week I happened to be reading P.J. ORoukes treatise on economics, Eat the Rich.

    It includes a long piece on life in Sweden.

    It struck me that Sweden was the only country Id ever been to with no visible crazy people, he writes.

    Every Swede seems rea-sonable, constrained and self-possessed.

    When a Swede asked him for his impression of Sweden, ORourke told the fellow, Its like Minnesota. You know, wholesome, hygienic, polite, cold climate, everything works.

    At shops, in restaurants, on the streets, everyone is so helpful and pleasant that it frightens Americans.

    And I thought: Yes. ats it exactly.

    I am, for the rst time in my life, living in a Scandinavian culture. And I am, by birth and acculturation, a Mediter-ranean.

    My wife and I move