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6/25/2013 1:07:00 PM
This week on our soapbox ... Can she be country & call it a 'cow field?'

I've always been a certified city girl. During summer vacation and other breaks from school, I stayed with my dad, who has several acres in the country.
I collected eggs and hung out with llamas, miniature donkeys, goats and more.
But I always identified with my school-year self, living in the suburbs, not getting dirty or trekking through fields.
Then I was hired in Othello.
My coworker still laughs about the time I showed up at work in a dress and high heels, only to be given an assignment that required me to make my way across a cow field.
I learned to keep jeans and sneakers in my car.
During the past three-plus years, I have changed. I may still love visiting the theater and getting all dolled up, I'm much country-fried than ever expected. You're still more likely to find me in cute flats than cowboy boots (although I own both), but the entertainment out here just can't be beat.
This weekend, I made my fourth annual trek to the Lind Combine Demolition Derby.
It's a far cry from the Broadway musicals I love so much, but I can't get enough of it. I came home Saturday covered in dirt, a bit rosy from the sun and with a significant war wound on my foot from neglecting to wear closed-toe shoes.
My choice in footwear was my downfall again.
Still, I cheered with the rest of the crowd, I spent time with friends, I interviewed a driver and I had a great time. I have no doubt that if I ever move out of the Columbia Basin, I will still be making the journey back for this event.
As the weather outside gets warmer and warmer, I can't wait to indulge in a few other of my summer favorites.
There's the Fourth of July celebration, the Spud Run and, of course, the fair. Unfortunately, I'll be out of the country for both the Grant County Fair and the Fiesta Amistad, both things I've come to love.
The fair and rodeo are some of my favorite events in Othello. I was assigned to cover the rodeo my first year and went without knowing what I was getting into. I sat alone in the stands and was simply transfixed by what was going on in front of me. The cowboys sitting around me were quite entertained by my gasps and concern over the competitors who fell from their horses or from the bucking bull. I was so worried about everyone and simply mystified by their ability to stand up, dust off and walk to the edge of the arena to get ready for the next event.
So, cheers, country people. I tip my hat to you (or would if I had one I wore regularly - I may have to invest). I may have been a city girl growing up, but I think my country cred is really growing. I hope you think so, too.

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