Thursday, July 21, 2011

Renaissance Man

Today we met a man named Paul on the road through Cascade Locks.
 He is something of a renaissance man.




We shared a picnic table with Paul outside the Eastwind Drivein.  He had just finished kiteboarding on the Columbia River.  It was a perfect day for a 71 year old kiteboarder, sunny and windy.  He also plays the fiddle and saxophone, is a fabulous caricaturist and artist.  He got second place in the state fiddling competition and a second in a state raquetball tournament.  He invited us to a bluegrass festival where he is performing on the weekend.



 He is a retired electrical engineer who rigged his car to carry all  of the tools of his many trades; his kiteboard, musical instruments, airbrushing tools, and a spare pair of shorts and a t shirt.  

I told him all he is lacking is a dog, 
but it would have to be an extremely small and patient Chihuahua, 
and I don't think Chihuahuas come patient.  
 At least I don't know any.

 

12 comments:

Pondside said...

Now, that man knows how to pack a vehicle!
Did you go to the Bluegrass festival?

Holly said...

Kiteboarding? I'm looking that up right now. Hang on..... Ok, just got back from You Tube. I've always felt something was missing from my life, I think this may be it. Paul is so gnarly!

just call me jo said...

I trust there's a toothbrush and some Right Guard in there too. I hope so. He does seem interesting. Paul seems adventurous. Not a life I'd want, but good for Paul.

Melynda said...

Oh my gosh Larainy, you were a shout down the road from me! We could of had coffee or an ice cream at the drive in!

The Bipolar Diva said...

The Cascade Locks? WHAT??? You mean that you're 30 minutes from me?

Sue said...

What an interesting guy. And a real character!

=)

laughingmom said...

Where are the guys like Paul near me? That's the kind of fellow that can tell some cool tales!

Cherie said...

I like the picture you took of the inside of his vehicle.
There are some really interesting people out there!

Lucy said...

That sign makes me want to go down to Dairy Queen. I love the northwest.

SherilinR said...

way to rock at 71! and i don't mean in a rocking chair.

Lisa Ricard Claro said...

I was going to say that I hope I'm as active and creative as Paul when I'm 71, but the truth is, I'd like to be that way now. LOL He seems to be an interesting gentleman.

karen said...

I love to meet interesting characters when I'm on vacation. It gives everything the right touch of spice.