Bobbie's Beat: The Great Walking Stick Caper

How’s this for irony? Last week I wrote about going to the annual Lighted Boat Parade at Mo’s Restaurant, which is a fundraiser for the Yaquina Lighthouse. The staff donates lots of goodies that are raffled off. Of course, if you want to win something it helps if you cough up a few bucks for raffle tickets. My husband, Burt, always bought so many raffle tickets he earned a reputation of winning “everything.”

But here’s where the irony comes in. When Gina Nielsen picked me up that Saturday night, we were in such a hurry to arrive early I forgot my walking stick. I’m not fully recovered from the freak accident that happened to my leg over a year ago. The surgeon did his best, but could not repair all the torn tendons. At least I’ve graduated from wheelchair, to walker, to two walking sticks and finally down to one — which I’m pretty sure the doctor wants me to use. But he doesn’t live with me and consequently wasn’t around to yell at me for leaving the house without the stick.

Then came the raffle, and guess what I won? Yep, a handsome, hand-carved wooden walking stick from the Lighthouse Gift Shop. I wasn’t the only one shocked. Someone said it was Burt who made it happen. Another said it was arranged by my guardian angel. 

Today I was in J.C. Market for groceries, and before I could get a cart, I ran into Diane Pinkerton, who follows this column. “Where is your walking stick?” she asked. When I told her about forgetting it last week, and then winning the classy carved wooden one, Diane’s reaction and laughter made me realize the story was too good not to share in this column. Wanting more information, I called Amy Anderson, executive director of Friends of Yaquina Lighthouses.  Here is her reply:

“It was so nice to speak with you today, and I remain in awe regarding the “Great Walking Stick Caper” as it is now headlined in my mind. It was hand-carved in Texas by Joseph Tindell, and I believe the one you got is made of hickory. This whole situation has brought the biggest smile to my face. Perhaps the caper is the type of gift that just keeps on giving.”

In case you don’t have a big smile on your face like Amy does, here’s a day brightener, thanks to Paula Davis of Newport.

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Don’t Wash Your Hair In The Shower

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This is a warning to us all, which involves your shampoo. It runs down your body when you shower with it. I don’t know why I didn’t figure this out sooner! I always use shampoo in the shower when I wash my hair, and of course it runs down my whole body. But printed very clearly on the shampoo label is this warning: “For extra body and volume.” 

No wonder I have been gaining weight! Well, I got rid of that shampoo and am going to start showering with Dawn dishwashing soap instead because the label says “Dissolves fat that is otherwise difficult to remove.”

Problem solved! If I don’t answer the phone, I’ll be in the shower!

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By the way, Amy Anderson is right, I don’t plan on keeping the wooden walking stick. At some point it will be donated to a worthy cause along with a lot of other treasures (still brand new) my husband won at various events.  I’m pretty sure Burt is smiling over “The Great Walking Stick Caper.” Thanks for your help Amy, and for suggesting today’s headline.


Bobbie Lippman is a professional writer who lives in Seal Rock with her cat, Purrfect. She is the author of “Good Grief: A Collection of Stories As One Woman Journeys From Heartbreak To Healing Through Honesty and Humor.” The book, with all proceeds going to Rotary International Foundation, is available on Amazon, at JC Market in Newport and directly from Bobbie, who can be contacted at [email protected]



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