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Page 8 Wednesday, July 25, 2012 The Adams County Record Community Spotlight Lisa Thompson Independent Spirit By Deb Wilson "I'm such a random person, I never rely on anyone. I've always done my own thing;' Lisa Thompson admitted. Not everyone becomes part of a huge story or a supportive family system. Some people wend their own pathway, creating their families in the friendships they make as they go. Lisa Thompson of Council craves independence. Born in 1982, she grew up near the central Oregon town of Culver, a small community similar to Council. Even as a little kid she couldn't remember needing to feel attached to her parents. She'd be gone on outdoor adventures from sun up to dusk, and always remembered feeling strong and self reliant. Her parents' home sat on the far side of recreational Lake Billy Chinook, a sprawling reservoir of vertical volcanic cliffs towering over 4000 acres of rugged, liquid play land. She spent every available moment boating, skiing, fishing, camping and swimming. She lived outside of town, isolated in the summer, finding refuge in the water play and dramatic scenery and in visits with her beloved grandmother, "Grandma Shine." "I was the different claild, but she understood me better than anyone;' Lisa reminisced. Lisa spent summers with her, sharing all of her young feelings during their long walks. Sadly, her empathetic grandmother died when Lisa was 15. She still grieves the loss. Later, when living in Coos Bay, Lisa visited her grave on difficult days. In high school she loved playing volleyball, but otherwise mourned her time there. Mean boys picked on her, she said, and she stuck to herself until her senior year. Finally, she'd had enough and exploded back at them. Later, one of the boys who'd become a target of bullying -himself, came back to her and apologized. Her love for water nearly ended her life at age 18. While she was swimming close to shore, an intoxicated ski boater hit her head on. "I knew it was over, everything moved like a dream, my life flashing through my mind;' she recalled. "I tried to breathe, but sucked in water instead. It hurt so bad:' Incredibly, the drunken boater came back and yelled at her before driving away. She recovered, but couldn't tolerate some water sports again. Restless after high school, she packed up and randomly drove to Council in the middle of the night a year later. She had friends there, liked the area, and soon scored a job at the former Clearwater Research outbound call center. She enjoyed Black Lake, Hornet Creek Reservoir, and camping everywhere possible. "I actually sleep better outside than inside;' she admitted. Restless again, she moved to the Oregon coast for a year and a half. Next came Redmond for 5 years with employment at T Mobile. Obsessed Malheur Riven Missing Council and her friends Jenni Ritch and Julien Patrick, she moved back in May of 2010, and quickly found two jobs in spite of the economy. "I set my mind on finding a job and I do it;' she said. A shuttle driver and with an addiction for hot springs, she luxuriated in a pool sitting high above Crater Lake overlooking the Umqua River, and made mineral mud masks at McCready Hot Springs. Books like Hiking Hot Springs in the Pacific Northwest by Evie Litton (c 2005) led her to oases like Juntura Hot Springs between Burns and Vale, a remote pool on an island in the middle of the swamper for Hughes River Expeditions, she lives her river dreams from late May until the beginning of October, helping provide memdrable raft trips replete with delicious meals in the Hells Canyon area. Rafters from all over bring good company and rich stories. She loves her bosses, Jerry Hughes and Carole Finley, amazingly good and knowledgeable people who treat her like Additionally she bartends many hours at Wilson's Lounge, "keeping the music and the laughter at high peak, and the disputes to a minimum. "I've been hit breaking up fights a couple of times;' she admitted. Despite long 7-day work weeks, she loves her jobs. "Ihave a knack for staying in a good mood. I like people," she related. She admitted she flips out when people treat others cruelly. "I speak my mind when it's time. I hate nitpicking and bickering, and putting new people down. People should be eager to meet new people7 She thanks her mom, Rena, and her dad, Bryan, for raising her right, even though she hasn't always agreed with them. q-hey live in Salem now. She and her 14-months- younger sister, Jessica, once rivals, now share frequent phone conversations and the love of Jessica's 4-year- old daughter Haley. Haley already calls Lisa on her mom's phone, and comes to stay with her twice a year. Bubba Jo, a Border Collie and Australian Shepherd mix, has remained her constant companion for nearly 10 years. "He's a super dog; said Lisa, but she admitted he's also a scam artist. Bubba Jo has mastered the practice of sad and neglected expressions. While describing her dogs' soulful looks of despair, her deep voice resonates with laughter. Her radiant dark hair highlights her dark brown eyes, and her face glows with an impish smile and a confident air Of independence. Even independent souls have to rely on others sometime. On the 4th of July, swimming at Ashley's Bridge, she severely gouged her knee. Her injury forced her to stay in bed, with dose friends caring for her. "Letting people wait on me is so hard; she complained. "I hate asking for help. I'm the one who's supposed to do the caretaking." Caring is what she likes most about Idaho. "People buckle down and take care of each other when it's needed. That's what I love to see; she explained. Last fall during a particularly busy work month, she came home to find her firewood split and stacked for her. "Simple things like that make a community;' she smiled, and for now she's very content to stay put. She may launch exploration again someday. She would like to go to Europe and tour the countryside on a Eurail pass. For now she plans to stay young forever, and live life to the fullest. "Let the little things go;' she declared, "because we don't know what's going to happen tomorrow:" Bear Facts By Tina Warner- 258-4471 The annual Bear School Reunion was held Saturday and Sunday at the old school building. Following dinner, which is provided by most everyone attending, the auction of donated items began. George Speropolus, the auctioneer, kept everyone entertained, and as usual, did a fine job. The money is used to maintain the old building, which is used several times during the year. Dan McGahey returned home after several days in Los Angeles where he is a consultant for construction jobs throughout the country. This trip was for a bid on a transit system. Sauni's friend, Gail Routon, stayed with Sauni McGahey, who is recovering from knee surgery. Butch and Nan Edwards arrived in time for the Bear Reunion, with the plan of attending the wedding of Sam Warner and Sarah Stewart. Their travel trailer is parked at Warner's. Their home is in Bouse, Az. during the winter. Leila Cornell enjoyed a visit from her son, Loren, and family. They stayed Saturday night, and Loren and daughter, Kaitlyn, camped and slept outside, but mother and baby. slept in the cabin. Pam Davis drove from Lewiston to attend the Bear School Reunion, where she attended grade school with her mother as her teacher. She visited with family and friends before returning home that evening. George Speropous attended the private wedding of Nick Bokides' sister's son Saturday afternoon. The wedding was followed by an open- pit barbeque at the old house and a reception at the meadow. Ben Warner and children of Payette spent the weekend with his parents, Joe and Sue. Little Oscar and Eva really enjoyed the merry-go-round and the schoolhouse.