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PLEASE DON'T CALL, INTERRUPT AT MEAL
More than 75,000 residents of Oregon have taken advantage of the state's No Call program, prohibiting telemarketers from calling residential phones published on the list with few exceptions.
Frankly, we don't understand why more Oregonians do not sign up for this service.
THE COST IS cheap. Subscribers pay $6.50 for the first calendar year and $3 for each annual renewal.
The benefit of people being able to enjoy their evening dinner without being interrupted by unwanted solicitors is enormous.
Oregon Attorney General Hardy Myers reminds residents that the deadline for registering for the No Call list for the next quarter is June 15. Consumers wanting to subscribe can call toll-free at 1-877-700-6622, or can go online at www.ornocall.com.
PEOPLE WHO enjoy being interrupted frequently by solicitors asking for donations for charity or selling magazine subscriptions, low-cost car insurance or "oldies but goodies" CD collections should not bother registering. For thousands of other Oregonians, No Call is the right ticket for some peace and quiet around the house.
The tragedies on majestic Mount Hood and Mount Rainier are reminders that in spite of the volume of climbers reaching the summits, the challenge should not be taken lightly. Before they start, prospective climbers should make an honest assessment of the risks versus the benefits and ascertain whether preparation is complete to have the highest likelihood of success.
Weather can change in a hurry on these peaks, which know no seasons. A summer-like day can turn to mid-winter conditions in a hurry, as storms pour off the nearby Pacific Ocean. And winds at the highest altitudes are unpredictable and can be brutal. Persons climbing should be prepared, as the Boy Scout motto urges, for the worst possible conditions imaginable and hope for the best.
THE RIGHT EQUIPMENT, and training in how to use it, is important. It's not enough to just have ice axes, crampons, helmets, ropes and clothing suitable for the rigors of an alpine adventure. The climber needs to be trained in self-arrest, a technique where a falling person can stop himself in the snow or ice, or save a falling partner.
Going with an experienced person or a guide is recommended. Not only will this person know the route, but he or she will know the proper timing up and down and if the weather window is open wide enough to make a successful climb.
Adventure sports are gaining much popularity, as people seek thrills and challenges. The American spirit is defined by triumphing over adversity. But a mountain such as Hood or Rainier has no patience with human arrogance. Enjoy your climb, lap up the spirit of adventure, but check the arrogance at the door.