Talan Wilhelm

Talan Wilhelm

Street performer and construction flagger

When and why did you move to Hermiston?

I’m kind of from all over. I actually wasn’t going to be stopping through here, honestly. On Wednesday, I was heading to Portland from Utah to pick up a friend, and I noticed one of my tires is bald. So I’m raising money to get that replaced, and trying to make it to Spokane to see my sister by Christmas, but I don’t know if that will happen.

What is your favorite place to eat in Hermiston?

The Union Club has good coffee, and they’ve been kind to me.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

I like to fish, but I only am licensed in Utah. It’s been a while since I caught anything along the Columbia River.

What surprises you about Hermiston?

There’s not much of a surprise here for me, I haven’t really explored past downtown yet. The people are nice.

What was the last book you read?

Do you really want me to remember that far back?

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

I use weather apps. It’s kind of a ‘tool’ for when you’re traveling, I need to figure out what the weather’s like where I’m headed.

If you could travel anywhere, where would you go?

Germany. My last name is Wilhelm, and I want to see the Wilhelm Castle.

What is the funniest thing that’s ever happened to you?

When I got Muffen, my cat (pictured above), I had no idea what to name her. I bought a banana nut muffin at a coffee shop, set it down on a table outside and warned her not to touch it. I went inside and when I came back out, there was a crowd of people around my table because she’d eaten the whole thing. She was so little back then. That’s how she got her name.

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

I don’t really think that far ahead. I’ve got a job lined up in Utah for March. This is kind of a mini-vacation for me.

What is your proudest accomplishment?

Getting my RV, and keeping it running is an everyday achievement. This RV is technically my first home.

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