I grew up in small towns in Northern California (closer to Oregon than anything else.) For the last 40 years I've lived in the Spokane, Washington, area. I am just about 20 miles from Idaho.
I retired in 2003 after working for 15 years as Spokane's City/County Recycling Coordinator. It was a great job, especially in the earlier years, because it was a new position for the city and we were creating all our programs from scratch. Designing them was the fun part.