by Kathleen Kaska, Marketing Director
“I had cut down my share of trees as a young man before the war, in order to make ends meet, but when I heard in the early 1990s that 400 acres of forest land near Heart Lake, at the base of Mt Erie, had been earmarked for selective logging, I decided that I would try and preserve them. I went to City Hall and said I would write a check for $100,000 there and then to save Mt Erie. The city officials I spoke to just about fell off their chairs.”-John Tursi
John Tursi was a true Anacortes hero. At the age of sixteen and desperate to get a job, Tursi lied about his age and joined the Civilian Conservation Corp. He left his hometown of Brooklyn and moved to Anacortes to help build the Deception Pass Bridge. For the first time since his mother died (when he was six), he had the certainty of a roof over his head and three meals a day. After arriving in the Pacific Northwest, he fell in love with a young woman named Doris Anderson, whom he married before going off to serve in WWII. Tursi eventually became a self-taught engineer and went to work for Shell Oil Company. He and Doris consistently invested their earnings. Upon retirement, Tursi began giving back to the community that had given him a home.
Not far from our office and just west of Lake Campbell is the new John Tursi Trail. This hiking trail of approximately one mile connects to a well-established trail through Heilman Valley and along the shore of Pass Lake to Donnell Road. The John Tursi Trail allows public access from the northern section of Deception Pass State Park to Anacortes Community Forest Lands. The ribbon-cutting ceremony and dedication for the Tursi Trail was held last June 4, which was National Trails Day. Six weeks later, Tursi passed away at the age of ninety-eight.
The best way to hike the trail is to start at the parking lot at Pass Lake off Rosario Road. The Tursi portion of the trail begins at the Ginnett Homestead and ends at Donnell Road. Hikers will experience some of the best views in the area, taking in Pass Lake, Lake Campbell, Mount Erie, and Mount Baker, as they trek the moderately strenuous route through meadows and over bald outcroppings. It’s best to take a map of the area with you.
For more about John Tursi, read A Long Way from Brooklyn: An Italian-American Journey by John Tursi and Thelma Palmer.
To learn why Cave Art Press decided to publish this book, attend my presentation at the Langley Library on Whidbey Island on Saturday, October 22 at 10:00 am.
About three years ago, I finally started texting after realizing that the only way to communicate with my nieces and nephews was to text them or “find” them on Facebook. They ignore letters, phone messages, and even emails. I once asked my niece if she received the birthday card I sent her. She said she hardly ever goes to her mailbox. I go to my mailbox everyday and sometimes twice to see if I missed something. So when I started texting, I had to learn the lingo. Another niece had sent me a text saying she had the flu. I replied wishing her a speedy recovery, and signed off with LOL, at that time thinking it meant “Lots Of Love.” She replied saying there was nothing funny about being sick. LOL actually means “Laugh Out Loud.” But I had no problem with BTW (By The Way), until I discovered it also means “Bring The Wheelchair.”
I thought it would be good to Google and print a list of popular text acronyms to keep in my reference file. Finding the list was easy, but I was shocked to see it ran for several pages. I decided to dispense with the reference list and just learn a few common text acronyms to have at the ready. Here are my favorites:
AAK: Asleep At The Keyboard. (It happens to me a lot. Fortunately, I’ve never deleted anything important.)
AOYP: Angel On Your Pillow. (I’m not sure what this means, but I like the sound of it. Who couldn’t use an angel on their pillow? If it means something obscene, text me and let me know.)
ATAB: Ain’t That A Bitch (There are other text acronyms that mean the same thing, but I only use the F-word when I’m at home or with my sisters.)
AYMM: Are You My Mother? (I save this one for bossy people who think they can tell me what to do.)
BAC: Bad Ass Chick. (I’m thinking of changing my email signature to this one.)
BIBO: Beer In Beer Out. (No comment, no explanation.)
P-ZA: Pizza (Ditto.)
LD: Later Dude. (I can’t imagine myself saying dude in any conversation, but texting it’s amusing.)
GSOAS: Go Sit On A Snake. (I assume this to mean the same as “go take a hike”; but GSOAS is more visual.)
CRD: Caucasian Rhythm Disorder. (This is my excuse the next time I’m asked to be part of a choreographed dance at a relative’s wedding reception.)
A3: Anytime Anyplace Anywhere. (I’m happily married, but if I weren’t and Antonio Banderas texted me to meet him for a drink, this would be my reply.)
Now, here are a few I created to nicely fit my vernacular:
MTCOTM: Make The Check Out To Me.
BISS: Because I Said So.
SNS: Stirred Not Shaken.
IHA: I’ll Have Another.
Any finally, my favorite, TTSFS: Time To Shop For Shoes.
Kathleen Kaska, Marketing Director