Northwesterners are hearty folk. They wear sandals and shorts in the middle of winter. We don’t really believe in umbrellas, even in a downpour. So, when it’s time for clamming, people don’t hesitate to brave heavy rains and gale force winds in search of dinner. “Gale force” may be a slight exaggeration, but the winds were strong enough yesterday to shut down the Astoria Bridge until further notice. Like I said, hearty.