4th of July

Well, it’s 4th of July time and towns and villages up and down the Oregon Coast are gearing up for the celebrations; the parades with dignitaries and regular folks riding in everything from restored hot-rods and fancy convertibles to tractor towed manure spreaders!

Storefronts and other businesses will be festooned with red, white, and blue bunting and flags will be flying. The nighttime skies will explode with colors, smoke trails, and sounds as you hear people marveling at the aerial pyrotechnics. It’s a fun time and these towns and villages open their arms to welcome visitors and show them a great time on the magnificent Oregon Coast!

However, in one village, behind the festivities and the smiling faces, a battle is heating up. It began with a proposed tax on prepared foods and concerned citizens drew up a petition to force an election. The tax passed despite protests and there are some that felt wronged and cited a variety of reasons. But it will become law July 1st and people are abiding by it. However one business, lets call it a beautiful rose, revered by many, has an angry thorn; the owner. That is a problem for employees of that business, the twins, spike and the others who are suffering from the backlash of his erratic and juvenile protesting and verbal outbursts in public. Plus a big problem the thorn has is that his outbursts directed towards the city are affecting people who have absolutely nothing to do with his complaints; the office staff that must endue conscious attempts to disrupt their normal tasks and the elected officials who feel threatened by his actions.

Nope, this isn’t a happy situation, yet many of the players in this mini drama will be on hand on the 4th of July smiling and welcoming visitors and locals alike with the warmth and hospitality the village is deservedly well known for! For the moment, the battle will definitely be behind the festivities!

But back to the festivities; enjoy all of them and there are many, and have a safe and fun filled 4th of July on the magnificent Oregon Coast!

To reach Rick Schultze; email yarick@pioneer.net

Added 29 June, 2007 by Rick

Rick Schultze

A few years ago at a writers conference held in the central Oregon coast town of Yachats, where I live, I listened to the late Ken Kesey, a frequent visitor to the area, tell a writer that this could be a hard place to write. “If you think you can sit there staring at the ocean for inspiration you’re wrong, it’s not out there, it’s in your head!” He was right; it is beautiful here in Lincoln County, the kind of beauty that makes concentrating on anything else tough and since hearing that insight, I’ve written at a desk facing a wall, no windows opening onto a ocean view, although I have one, but it’s worked. I’ve done, and do, different kinds of writing. As a freelance writer I’ve been a observational columnist, a humor columnist, a book and music reviewer for newspapers, magazines, and online. However, as a creative writer, my heart belongs to fiction. In that genre I do short stories, road adventure stories, musical adventure tales, and in current production, are three small novels. So really the purpose of this web site is to give you a glance of some of the things I’ve done, a preview of what’s coming, and hopefully, a view of what it’s like to be a writer living in a small town on the Oregon coast!