LEAVING THE FARMLIFE, NO LOOKING BACK
It is always surprising to me to discover how many residents of The Resort grew up on farms. To those of us who came up in cities, it’s easy to romanticize life on a farm and wonder why anyone would want to leave it. But, as so often happens, when I asked Margie Koboski if she missed the farm in Bagley, Minnesota where she grew up, her answer was immediate and emphatic: “No!” And when I asked Oscar Koboski if he ever longed to return to the apple orchards in Yakima, Washington where he spent his early years, he replied, “Absolutely no desire.” Why? Margie recounted the hard work, especially the milking of cows in wintertime. And Oscar said that of the orchards,” There are too many variables you can’t control– the prices, the weather, the bugs – well, you can usually control the bugs, but it’s expensive.”
So it isn’t surprising that when Margie graduated from Bagley High she went to a tech school in Bemidji and then, after moving with her family to Corvallis Oregon, went for an office job, working in the accounting department of the local school district. As for Oscar, after some time in the local community college and in the Army reserves at Fort Ord, he went to Oregon Tech in Klamath Falls, choosing that college because they offered a Bachelor’s degree in automotive technology– he had, by that time, realized he was a “car guy.”
RENO NIGHT AND THE BEER GIRLS
Backing up for a minute to while he was still in school, Oscar worked for two different motorcycle dealerships, and after graduating, took a job in a Ford dealership, working his way up to Service Manager. It was during those days that his vet’s club in Klamath Falls was putting together a Reno Night party. Oscar described how it happened: “One of the guys was dating a girl in Corvallis and he asked her if she could recruit some girls to serve beer at Reno Night. Margie was one of those girls.” The two started dating, despite living hours apart in two different states.” After work on Fridays,” Oscar recalled,” I would jump on my motorcycle and ride five hours to Corvallis.” They took turns visiting one another until they got married and settled in Yakima. Eventually, Oscar took on a franchise with Snap-on tools, then added a second franchise, and, with Margie assisting him, the two put in 22 years. Along the way, the couple had two daughters, who each now have two kids, all in Yakima, where the Koboskis spend their summers.
THE BEST ADVICE
Let’s pause there a minute because I asked the Koboskis my favorite question, the one about the best advice they’d ever gotten. It was Margie who credited Oscar for her best advice; however, it was advice she ignored.
“We were into boating,” Margie remembered. “And water skiing. And one of those times someone asked if I wanted to try her double-boot slalom ski.” [The slalom being where you use just one ski, and the double-boot where you lock both feet in place, rather than just one.] “Oscar told me it was a bad idea, that it was too different from what I was used to, but I can be bull-headed and so I went ahead anyway. I pulled a hamstring and took a fall, my leg was black-and-blue from my butt to my ankle. There are days I can still feel that muscle. I’ve never admitted it to his face, but he was right.”