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MONDAY, MAY 15, 2006, 5:50 P.M.

P.P.S. — Seasonal Spokane Invaders

'Tis the time of year when Spokane residents, who have been dissing us all winter re: our bumpkinism, studded tires, latent racist tendencies, invade our beaches, waterways and downtown. Check the license plates coming soon to the Dike Road around North Idaho College. Their arrival is usually announced by one of them motoring the wrong way on one of the two, one-way streets in town. Or by a Spokaner proclaiming loudly at a gathering at City Park that he's almost a Coeur d'Alene resident because, after all, he grew up on Lake Coeur d'Alene. So, I need your help tonight. There's too many Spokaners coming east for recreation to simply block the North Idaho borders. Then, there are a number of employers who welcome them with open arms, to present a united front against them. (Sorta sounds like the immigration problem this country is facing, doesn't it?) So here's the question tonight:

Question: How can conscientious Spokaners make themselves less annoying to the locals when they visit this summer?

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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.