"Ha-LAR-ious" is one of my friend Erica's best words.And when I hang out with her, I see fun in many things.
When Erica's call went out a few months ago asking for the loan of a pickup truck to move a piano, I stuck up my hand and volunteered. Even moving can be fun if it's with Erica.
And besides: Erica and Michael aren't just moving across town. They are moving back to Waldron Island, the tiny remote island in the San Juan archipelago where Michael grew up and where they both lived many years in a house they built themselves. The house is warm and pretty and cheerful, but they get water from a hand-dug well, and get electricity from solar panels.
I read about life on Waldron many years before I met Erica, and was excited to visit there in person. One of the nicknames for the place is "Piano Island" because the wintertime census for the entire island is about 60 people, and the unofficial count of in-tune pianos on the island last winter was 5…