Many Bends In The Road To Utopia
A week off from work was supposed to relax and de-stress myself (less work, less caffeine, etc...), but then I come back and read this about the health benefits of coffee. I did get a chance to hear two shows from this years Cascade Festival of Music, which are always good (especially when you get to go for free) and it was interesting to get to watch Sarah Mattox perform (someone I went to school with from kindergarten thru high-school). With all the horrible stuff happening since Hurricane Katrina ripped through the gulf coast and how it's being dealt with, it seems a little insensitive to bitch about gas prices rising or how my fast food wasn't good or something along those lines, but the show must go on. Bend, Oregon is one of the fastest growing cities in the state. Actually it is the fastest growing (whether Donald Trump said so or not) and maybe in not a good way. Everyone knows that sprawl doesn't always incite feelings of jubilance from everyone, maybe just the developers with big pockets. A recent letter I read in The Source Weekly from the September 1st issue entitled "Improving Bend To Death" stated how a lot of people living here feel, but is rarely expressed as a reason to not let things continue down the path we have already started down:
1. People have moved to Bend because of the rural feel of the area and open spaces.
2. People have moved to Bend because of the recreational opportunities.
3. People have moved to Bend to enjoy freedom from crowding.
4. People have moved to Bend to avoid horrid traffic situations.
5. People have moved to Bend because of the reasonable prices of homes.