Scott Graves
Curry Coastal Pilot

Pilot reader Patricia Perez and her husband have visited Brookings since the early 1990s and always enjoy their stays — until this summer.

“We’ve always delighted in the beautiful coast and harbor. This year, although still beautiful, the harbor smells like dead fish!” she wrote an email a few weeks back.

“This has the potential to reduce tourism revenue and property values! I am hopeful that, by next year, the cause and solution will be identified and resolved,” she said.

Living near the port myself, I noticed the offensive odor, too. Others commented on it, as well.

Little did Perez and others know that her visit to the port coincided with an occasional natural phenomenon in which massive schools of anchovies fill the port water and die for lack of oxygen. Subsequent high tides have since flushed the port waters clean.

When I explained the situation to Perez, she said, “Thanks, what a relief to know that! I can deal with anything as long as I know it is temporary!”

The moral of this tale is that first impressions can have a long-lasting impact on one’s perception — and you can’t always judge a port by its smell on any given day.

To avoid losing more tourists, I suggest the port form an anchovy committee that can meet with the leader of the anchovies to develop ways to prevent future die-offs.


Talking about first impressions ...

I recently read an article that posed the question: “What does the color of your front door say about you?”

You know, I don’t usually think much about the front door of my house. It opens. It closes. What more do you want from a door?

It’s brown. That’s the color it’s always been. Should I be concerned about the color?

Yes, according to national color expert Kate Smith in a recent Associated Press story.

“Are you an introvert with an orange front door? If so, you’re sending mixed messages to your friends and neighbors,” Smith is quoted in the story. “You should try to match the color of your entry door with your personality to give guests a ‘preview’ of the owner inside the home.”

According to Smith, here’s what different paint colors on entry doors of the home say about the occupants inside:

•Red: Tells the world to “look at me!” This bright color says I’m not afraid of standing out or saying what’s on my mind.

•White: Says I prefer things that are organized, neat and clean. Even if my home isn’t always this way, I wish it were!

•Green: Tells the world I have traditional values and enjoy being a member of the community.

•Black: Says I’m consistent, conservative and reserved in my manner as well as my approach to color. With a black door I’m saying my design style is timeless rather than trendy.

•Blue: Tells people I am naturally at ease in most situations and people are attracted to your easygoing personality.

•Yellow: Says I have a personality similar to green, but a bit less traditional. I’m most likely a leader or organizer of a group.

•Purple: Reveals a “free spirited” person who is comfortable taking risks, thinking differently and dreaming big.

“The really terrific thing about having a paintable front door is the ability to change your door’s color over time,” Smith said. “You might start out with a conservative black door but transition to more of a hunter green or ocean blue. Having the ability to paint your entry door allows you to update your home’s exterior while sharing your evolving personality with the neighborhood!”

I don’t know.

It all seems so complicated. Perhaps I’ll simply install a revolving glass door. Not only will I save money by not buying paint, it will better match my revolving personality!