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A day worth living for

West Linn man checks a perfect day off his bucket list
by: Vern Uyetake West Linn's Dave Froode lived out his perfect day back in 2008.

When Dave Froode woke up May 1, 2008, it started out as an ordinary day. When he went to bed that night, he knew he could die a happy man - he had just lived the perfect day.

Froode, 61, likes to challenge himself and he definitely doesn't like to sit around. In his mind, the more things you can accomplish in a day, the better the day. He's a self-admitted overachiever.

On his bucket list of things to complete is to run a marathon - check. Two more on his list are to ski and fish in the same day, and to golf and fish in the same day - done and done, in the same day.

On that particular morning in May, Froode woke up and decided to go fishing early. Typically he heads out in the afternoon, but that day felt a little different.

Within the first 30 minutes of being out on the Willamette River, Froode landed a nice 10-pound salmon, a definite keeper. Since he only catches what he will keep and use, Froode limits himself to just one fish per trip, thus putting an early end to excursion.

When he returned to his West Linn home around 9:30 a.m., his wife, Diane, was busy in her garden.

Froode asked if she wanted to go skiing with him, but she was into the garden and didn't want to switch gears. But she gave him the go-ahead to head out alone.

By 10:30 a.m. Froode was on the road with his skis in the back of his truck heading to Ski Bowl.

He made about a dozen runs before calling it quits. The spring snow was wet and not much fun. Besides, an idea was growing.

'I knew I had an agenda going here,' Froode said. 'I didn't stay out long.'

Heading toward home, Froode pulled into Resort at the Mountain in Welches around 2:30 p.m. With his golf clubs always in his truck, he was ready to top the day with nine holes of golf.

For proof of his perfect day, Froode documented each leg of the day with a photo.

Froode wrapped up his golfing by 4:30 p.m. and decided to stay at the resort for dinner, which had a blue cheese hamburger on the menu - his favorite.

Not quite finished with the day, Froode swung by the Dairy Queen in Sandy. It's a standard stop with him and his skiing buddies because this location offers a senior discount.

'I love the mud pie Blizzard,' he admitted.

Froode returned home around 6:30 p.m. to find his wife curled up reading a book. When she asked how his day was, Froode replied, 'Oh, it was OK.'

It wasn't that he didn't want to share the day with his wife; Froode just couldn't come up with the right words to express the magnitude of the day.

'It was one of those events that was borderline surreal,' Froode said. 'It was just a personal thing I wanted to do. I think it's nice to accomplish something like that before you leave this world.'




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