Three Minutes with: Michael Gormley

Michael Gormley, owner of Neighborhood Books and Gifts, served in the Navy and worked at the Umatilla Army Depot.

Owner, Neighborhood Books and Gifts

How long have you lived in Hermiston?

I’ve lived in the area for over 20 years, and in Hermiston for about 2. I was living in Irrigon before that, and commuting to the Army Depot.

What is your favorite place to eat in Hermiston?

Believe it or not, my wife and I really like to eat at the cafeteria at the medical center (Good Shepherd). They have the best salad bar in town, and don’t put junk in their food.

What is your favorite activity in your free time?

Being with my grandkids.

What is the last book you read?

I’m mostly a nonfiction person. I did like Louis L’amour’s “Last of the Breed.” It’s about an American Indian raised by his grandfather, who became an Air Force test pilot.

What app or website do you use most, other than Facebook?

I use Amazon for pricing my books, because I know I’m competing with them. I have to balance what they say with the fact that we’re here. Overall, our prices are much cheaper, because we have to factor that we’re in Hermiston.

What surprises you about Hermiston?

I’m glad I’m not in California anymore. I see things here — trust. People hardly ever steal anything over here, and I appreciate that.

If you could travel anywhere, where would you go?

I’d go see my family in Ireland. I went when I was 16 for a month.

Describe the funniest thing that’s ever happened to you.

The only things that come to mind are crazy stuff I’ve done. When I was in the Navy, I was on Kitty Hawk — on the ship, I went down to the edge to take a picture of the ship cutting the water, and there was no net at the end. I had to carefully edge back.

What is one of your goals for the next 12 months?

De-junk my life. Have less stuff, organize the store, just be more organized.

What is your proudest accomplishment?

I have to share it with God, but there was a woman who came in here a couple times. We chatted and got to know each other. Then one day I asked her if she was a Christian. She said no, but I asked if she’d like to be. Right then and there, she accepted Christ. She came to our church — that was a proud moment.

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