Of course we love the Tri-Cities. Of all the places in the world, this is where we choose to call home. We're grateful for the climate and the culture.
We're also thankful that people choose to come here to spend their time and their money. And we think that makes them pretty smart shoppers.
It was a busy weekend for visitors in the Tri-Cities. About 1,400 athletes attended the Pasco Invite track tournament and another 5,000 athletes (and their entourages) were in town for a softball tournament.
Add to that a couple of thousand band students at Jazz Unlimited on the Columbia Basin College campus.
We love it. We love that all those people need a place to eat and sleep.
We love that our community has the ability to draw (and accommodate) a crowd. And we love it that all these events provide kids with opportunities to better themselves, learn something and be involved.
And weekends like that are not uncommon around here. There is so much going on. A glance at Friday's Atomic Town Section of the Tri-City Herald lays a lot of it out for you. You can start this weekend by taking in the middle and high school choirs from around the Northwest at CBC for the second weekend of Jazz Unlimited.
Spring is in the air
Even if you suffer from seasonal allergies, you have to love this time of year in the Mid-Columbia. Flowers are blooming. Trees are flowering. The sun is shining.
It's absolutely gorgeous and those first blooms remind us of one more reason why we love living here so much.
We live in a desert, and that's especially beautiful when it's in bloom.
If you're sneezing and congested, grab an antihistamine and enjoy this wonderful time of year.
Our walking and bike paths ought to be as busy as the Richland bypass during the Hanford commute. We're glad they're not, but it's great to be outside.
Perhaps the local resource that warms our hearts the most is not the climate or the culture. It might be the character of people in the Mid-Columbia. (Although it is really hard to beat a walk along the river at sunset.)
We are in constant awe and appreciation of the gifts people make of their time and their talents on behalf of others.
Here are a few that caught our eye this week :
-- The new distribution center for Second Harvest Tri-Cities. The reason this center is needed is because people are generous enough with their donations to keep it busy.
There is never a shortage of people needing donations, but sometimes there isn't enough food to go around. We're grateful for people who give enough to make a distribution center necessary.
-- Tax volunteers are appreciated. Some of us are good with numbers. Others not so much. But either way, you owe taxes.
That's why we appreciate the fact that people who are friendly with the integers will donate their time to the rest of the population.
Thanks, guys for easing the pain.