A sure ticket for free room, board and drinks at the Coeur d'Alene Resort starts with a faux purchase of a luxury boat at the affiliated yacht club. Seems a scofflaw dinged the resort for $1,637 worth of room spa, mini bar, lounge, movies, etc. -- all because he had the foresight to say he wanted to buy a $260,000 yacht. He even gave club salesman Roy Rice his bank account info to begin preparing the big boat for delivery while he enjoyed VIP treatment at the resort. Only the MIA skipper never bothered to transfer funds to cover the purchase or to show to pick up his boat. The Yacht Club is trying to hold him responsible for the $828 to prepare the boat. Only no one's sure that a contract was signed. 'Twould hate to be the one who explained this little mix-up to His Duaneness.
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.