When Bill McDaniel was writing his book, “Faces of the Tsunami,” it wasn’t easy.
The cadence of Rich Rodgers’ voice is sharp and to the point. He carries a no-nonsense tone yet is mindful of the audience before him. Teaching first aid is serious business to Rodgers, regardless if the group that sits around a table before him on a recent January evening happens to be an inquisitive Cub Scout troop of 8- and 9-year-olds from Oak Harbor.
Gas costs 10 cents per gallon, but on the drive home from filling the tank, a car may be delayed by cows crossing the road. Lanterns were the mode of lighting, even after the introduction of electricity, since it wasn’t on 24 hours a day. Trucks with benches passed as school buses and bartering for gas, eggs and chickens took the place of using money.