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Japanese Exchange Student A Perfect Portland Fit

 

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What’s better than traveling to new places and meeting the locals? Being the locals and meeting travelers. A Japanese exchange student proved the rule this summer.

 

With kids out of high school and college you’d think a couple of empty nest boomers would enjoy themselves with the usual things baby boomers get slammed with: over consumption, over explaining, self absorption.

 

Or they’d host a college Japanese exchange student. It turns out you’re on the list if you’ve done it once. The program people at Andeo International gave a call when other families dropped out. Either that or they call hosts with good ratings.

 

I need to check which is which.

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Lighten Up While You Still Can

 

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When The Eagles sing Take It Easy, the line that stands out for me is, ‘Lighten up while you still can.’ It’s the same when Jackson Browne and James Taylor sing it.

 

Baby boomers know how hard it is to lighten up better than anyone. Lighting up too, but that’s another post.

 

Lighten up isn’t about hair, let’s get that out of the way. It’s about letting go, de-stressing, doing what you can with what you’ve got where you are.

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Run Away From Home, Family, Life. But To Where?

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If you were lucky growing up you couldn’t run away. Well you could, but would you end up someplace better?

 

My hometown is North Bend, Oregon. I attended the same grade school, junior high, and high school all in the same school district. So did most of my graduating class.

 

We didn’t hear much about the run away idea.

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