Occasionally, and this is true in my case, since I've been on the air and in print, you come across someone who just doesn't like you. It hurts, but that's okay. It's part of the price of a somewhat public life.
And then like yesterday someone makes your day.
I met a young woman in the Columbia Forest area, a recent arrival here, who said she couldn't vote, But she wanted to understand. So I spent a few minutes trying to explain the way our system works. She asked some great questions, and I tried to explain, as best I could, that here, ordinary people stand up, and try to get the support of their neighbors so they can take their views to another level.
At the end of our brief chat, she said she was going to find out if she could vote for sure, but regardless she said she was excited to be able to do so at some point in the future.
I know. It's hard to get excited about sewers, roads, trails, transit. the arts and many of the items which pass across a City Council table.
But what we should be excited about, or at the very least interested in, is the opportunity we have to make a decision.
There are more than 200 people running in this election across the region. Yes, we are all trying to be elected. But I hope, as well, perhaps more importantly, we can give people a reason to come out and vote.