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From the publisher's desk: The ‘Tin Fish’ swims home

Whenever Rick and I travel up the coast, we stop in Bandon. Some­times we leave Crescent City early in the morning and have breakfast in Bandon. Sometimes we just stop there long enough to use the convenient and clean public restrooms downtown.

That was the case about 8 years ago when we were heading north. We pulled off the highway and drove under the Welcome to Bandon arch and parked next to a gift shop called The Brass Rose. The shop is gone now, but when it was open for business you could walk right through it to the public restrooms between the shop and a real estate office.

This particular time Rick wanted to stop and I decided to wait in the car. Rick zipped in and zipped out of the shop, and when he came out he was carrying a small book. “What’s that?” I asked. “I saw it and it looked interesting, so I bought it,” he said.

The most incredible part of this true story is that Rick actually shopped during his 5-minute excursion into this typical coastal gift shop filled with nautical knick-knacks and souvenirs. Rick is not a shopper. He won’t go into a store without a list and never deviates from his list. If we need bananas, for example, he’ll drive to one of the grocery stores in town and come home with bananas, just bananas, nothing else.


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