Day: November 17, 2015

“My Couch is Your Couch: Exploring How People Live around the World” by Gabriele Galimberti

“My Couch is Your Couch: Exploring How People Live around the World” by Gabriele Galimberti c.2015, Potter Style $22.50 / $26.50 Canada 176 pages BOOK REVIEW by TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER The extra chairs will never fit. Because of that, you’re not sure where you’ll squeeze ten guests at a table that holds four. You could move the TV, but the bathroom door’s in the way. Move the recliner to the bedroom, but that’s a pain. And yet, as you’ll see in “My Couch is Your Couch” by Gabriele Galimberti, at least you have those things to move. Five years ago, with wanderlust in his heart, Gabriele Galimberti decided to travel. He’d been “thinking for a long time about using couchsurfing as a way to do so” when an Italian magazine asked to follow his journey. “I was excited – and, at the same time, terrified,” he says. Couchsurfing, he explains, is a definite adventure. The good news: as a “basic rule,” overnight accommodations are free. The catch is that you sleep on strangers’ sofas, and you sometimes don’t know where you’ll spend the next night. Galimberti, for instance, says he’s slept in open-air lofts, and he’s spent his zzz’s “in a private room in a princely villa…” – spots chosen not for location or the look of a host’s home, but on the people “who inspired me the most on...

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Wolverines finish undefeated

Under the lights at McNary High School and in front of the biggest crowd in memory for a middle school football game, the Whiteaker Wolverines heavyweight football team capped off an historic undefeated season with a win over rival Claggett Creek Middle School. “First, I want to thank all three principals who made this happen: Julia Dewitt (WMS), Rob Schoepper (CC), and Eric Jesperson (MHS).  It is great to win this game, because Claggett has had Whiteaker’s number for a while now.  But what’s better than the win is this atmosphere—the color guard, the band, and the stands filled.  Keizer came out and really made every one of these kids—on both teams—feel special tonight,” said Tom Larimer, Whiteaker head coach. Immediately after the game, McNary Head Coach Jeff Auvinen gathered all the players together at midfield, saying, “I saw some great players out here tonight representing two rivalry schools—Whiteaker and Claggett—but now you are all one team. You are McNary’s future team. Tonight you played hard, but now the rivalry is over. You are all teammates now.” The game was all Whiteaker from the get-go. Whiteaker, which never trailed at any time the entire season, scored on its first play from scrimmage when wide receiver Junior Walling took a flanker sweep and followed blocks by Joel Knight and Nico Sandoval to go 58 yards nearly untouched to paydirt. “As...

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