Strange Paradise

“Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country.” – JFK

It takes a certain kind of crazy to agree to count the population on a good year. Or rather, count the non-respondents, which are kind of like the rebellious kids in class. Now try finding these kids while they’re skipping school (or distance learning, rather) in a global pandemic. In Southern Oregon, which I’ve come to understand is some kind of Wild, Wild West where the “uncivilized” hide out in the woods and hollows in all manner of living conditions from glossy fifth wheels to rotted out school buses and yurts. Addresses were sometimes just descriptions: “Left after bridge, NE of barn, red house with goats.” Let me preface everything I’m about to share by saying that, while it’s been a colorful experience and wild ride, for the most part, the…

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