The Q&A - What is CHESTER?LAND’s cure for a bad day?

Chester Land

What is the worst job you’ve had?

Probably picking oysters. It was just back-breaking work. Not only did you have to pick up 80-pound bushel baskets, but you had to carry them through the mud, and that makes it even more of a challenge. That was one of my first jobs and it taught me what I didn’t want to do — it made fishing seem easy.

The best cure for a bad day is…

Just getting through it and moving onto the next day.

What is your greatest fear?

I don’t like heights. I can get up on a ladder, but I don’t like it. I guess I’m just a flat lander.

Who would you invite to your dream dinner party?

Well first of all, my wife, Luanne. My kids. I think my dream dinner party would be the same as it is now — my friends and family.

The last thing I thought about before falling asleep last night was…

As I remember, it was that damn noisy cat. He’s just old and thinks he should get milk every five minutes. He doesn’t take being ignored well. I go to sleep with him meowing and I awake with him meowing.

Tell me about your best friend.

Well, she’s smart, pretty, and she doesn’t hesitate to let me know what I need to do next. She lets me know when I’m not working enough and talking too much.

How would you like to be remembered?

Probably just as someone who started out with nothing and still had most of it when he died.

What’s a television show you hate to miss?

“Big Bang Theory” — but “Duck Dynasty” comes a close second.

Tell me a joke.

A good friend of mine got in a fight while telling jokes. We were all sitting around telling jokes and one said that he had a good Polish joke, and a big guy said, “Hey, I’m Polish.” And the first guy replied, “I know, I’ll tell it to you slow.”

What is the most important lesson life has taught you?

Oh I think the most important lesson life has taught me is just be consistent. Stay at it. Keep your nose to the grindstone. I’ve always liked this saying, “Working hard doesn’t guarantee you’ll be rich, but not working hard guarantees you won’t be rich.” But living here, you’re already rich.

A lifelong Peninsula resident, Chester Land has worked a variety of jobs over the years, from bar tending to gillnetting. Twelve years ago, he became interested in antiques, which eventually led to opening an antiques and coffee shop with his wife, Luanne. Four years ago, they opened Olde Towne Trading Post in Ilwaco, where they recently relocated the business to a new space north of the stoplight. When he’s not working, Chester enjoys traveling and spending time with his grandchildren.

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