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Sat., May 6, 2006, 1:03 a.m.

Best of Huckleberries Online — May 1-5, 2006

See "Geraldo and Shasta" below.

So, what’s the difference between a Coeur d’Alene Barbie and a Sandpoint Barbie? The Coeur d’Alene Barbie has “a masters degree and double-majored, but has the luxury of being a stay-at-home mom with Ken’s generous salary. Comes with Percocet prescription and Botox.” A Sandpoint Barbie, by contrast, “just relocated to Sandpoint for a kickin’ job as a Graphic Artist at Coldwater Creek. Divorced but wants to be Coeur d’Alene Barbie, goes on long VW’s (Viggo Watches) with her single Coldwater Creek girlfriends.” The former drives a Mercedes 4WD SUV, the latter a 1993 Ford Explorer. All this according to an anonymous MySpace bulletin sent to blogger Patrick at Making Flippy Floppy. There are other “North Idaho Barbies.” Athol Barbie is a “tobacco chewing, brassy-haired Barbie (that) comes with a pair of high-heeled sandals with one broken heel from the time she chased Beer Gut Ken out of Auburn Barbie’s trailer.” Versatile Moscow Barbie “can be easily converted from Barbie to Ken by simply adding or removing snap on parts. Walks to work. Likes to ‘experiment,’ but will never commit.” Post Falls has a Barbie, too. But Huckleberries doesn’t want to field a nasty phone call from Mayor Clay Larkin today.

Geraldo And Shasta
Shasta Groene loves “horses, the violin and the flute. She said she loves her daddy, but misses the rest of her family.” This, according to Geraldo Rivera. Yeah, that Geraldo Rivera. The flashy TV reporter has parachuted into Kootenai County on occasion to cover the Groene/McKenzie murders and now to talk to sole survivor Shasta. On his Geraldo At Large blog recently, Geraldo discusses what he learned about Shasta during a recent boat cruise from The Coeur d’Alene resort. Rivera: “Aside from sports, violin and flute lessons at school, and of course, homework, Shasta dreams of life on stage or the silver screen. Like so many other little girls, she wants to be on television and in the movies.” At cruise end, Geraldo noted that Shasta thanked everyone who’d made her feel special by sending cards, letters and gifts. Then: “Shasta jumped off the boat and ran down the dock, laughing all the way.” Mebbe she’ll be allright (if Geraldo and other grownups let her).

Poet’s Corner: “So naked limbs/would not be seen,/the maple donned/her gown of green” – The Bard of Sherman Avenue (“Springtime Modesty”) … Bumpersnicker (on a red pickup parked along Ninth Street Wednesday night): "Rome didn’t build a great empire by holding meetings. They did it by killing all who opposed them." … Huckleberries hears that – Coeur d’Alene residents will be stunned when they realize how much of Tubbs Hill will be blocked when Monte Miller/Dick Stauffer’s 20-story Parkside Condominium tower is erected east of The Coeur d’Alene resort … Overheard: A man in a suit asking a clerk at CdA’s Only 1 Dollar Store: “Do you have pregnancy kits?” Yeah, next to the condoms and baby food … After reading about Avista’s $31.6 million first-quarter profit, blogger CDADave commented: “To add insult to injury, the ever-increasing-profit-motivated Avista utilities tries to get customers to contribute to ‘project share.’ I’m kinda thinking Avista should do that themselves!” But how’d Avista lavish extravagant pay/bennies on top execs and golden parachutes for not-so-good ones?

Parting Shot
Hagadone Hospitality partner Jerry Jaeger said – what (for the Coeur d’Alene Press story about the 20th anniversary of The Coeur d’Alene Resort ) Thursday? Quoth: When Bob (Templin) and Bill (Reagan) decided to sell the company, they went straight to Duane and asked if he had an interest.” And all the time you thought Duane had seized Bob’s old North Shore resort and hospitality empire in a hostile takeover? Funny thing? Bob believes that still.

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D.F. Oliveria started Huckleberries Online on Feb. 16, 2004. Oliveria's Sunday print Huckleberries is a past winner of the national Herb Caen Memorial Column contest.