Umatilla

What do you like about Umatilla?

My neighbors are great. I think, on the block that I live on, I’m the oldest one. I see young kids, families, move in. I’ve seen babies move in, grow up. They’re in high school now. It’s pretty cool. And I have friends here.

What does it take to be a good friend?

Checking on each other, making sure everybody is okay, especially during the pandemic. When someone isn’t well, you bring them food and you see if they need anything from the store. You keep in touch.

Have you done those things for anyone else?

Yes, I’ve done that in my neighborhood since I’ve been there. One of my friends passed away and it was hard to see him go.

Have people looked out for you in a friendly way?

Yes, my neighbor has done that for me.

How long have you been part of the American Legion?

Four years.

Have you enjoyed your work with the Legion?

Yes, I have. This is my first year of being an officer of the American Legion. It’s trying, but I’m learning a lot, also.

Do you have any hobbies?

I like traveling. I just got back from a trip to Seaside. I took a lot of pictures. It was fun. That’s another one of my hobbies; I like taking pictures.

Is there any place you would like to go?

Before the pandemic, I would go somewhere every other month. Now, I’d like to go out more. Locally, I’d like to go to spots I haven’t been. I don’t want to go overseas until I’ve seen everything in America. This is home.

Being an American means something to you. What does it mean?

It means I have my freedoms to do and say things. People say you have the right to say what you think, but there’s a way you can do it without hurting anyone. I have my freedom of speech, and I use it to the best of my ability without hurting anybody. That wouldn’t be good.

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