Thursday, June 05, 2008

Open House

Saturday Academy is moving up in the world, and these are their best digs yet, right across from Multnomah Country Library, a sixth headquarters in twenty five years. Willamette Week was the former occupant of these premises. Furniture came from OSDL's Beaverton office during the latter's recent consolidation.

I invited Tara along, thinking she might get in on some interesting conversation, and we were not disappointed. Gordon Hoffman, a Wanderer and adventurer, is our resident Indiana Jones. He regaled us with stories of climbing out of an active Costa Rican volcano, at night, and of a WWI German army hospital, recently discovered almost completely intact. He's headed to France soon, hot on the trail of a Medal of Honor winning uncle from that era, having spent the last couple years or so studying Chinese. I was glad Tara got to meet the guy.

My name appeared on the list of instructors with five years or less service. I'm a relative newcomer on the scene, glad of the opportunities this top flight academy provides, both to students, and to careerists such as myself, willing and able to share skills and experience.