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MONDAY, DEC. 22, 2008

Detour: Get Thee Behind Me, Dec. 20 

Dec. 20 is a significant day in our family. Every year I'm always glad when it has ended---safely for all we know and love. As I mentioned yesterday, this is the 24th anniversary of the day we watched our house burn down. As I read...

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TUBOB: 3,897 Ways To Make Me Cry

Here is what is pissing me off this morning. I have been observing, with some deep trepidation and gut curdling fear, the rapid growth of a volcanic cone on Mt. Krapatoa, our kitchen garbage can. The proud spawn of my loins, or is that the...

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SUNDAY, DEC. 21, 2008

Dogwalk: Nomadic Life Has Benefits 

I've asked many people why they've chosen to stay in a particular place. Especially ones that are economically depressed. Places where making a move would improve their lives. It's so beautiful is an answer. Or I've never had any desire to live any place else....

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OTV Review: An Icy Benatar Night 

I sat shivering on a large rock in front of the Teriyaki Tiki hut, my posterior frozen to the rock’s frosty surface, the seat of my pants stuck like cheap Velcro. I was considering the irony of a sunny little Hawaiian hut serving summery BBQ...

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Butterfly: It Sounds LIke It Looks 13 

have encountered a problem that I wasn't expecting when we named Julianna. Some people pronounce it Juli-aw-na. But it's Juli-anna. Just like it looks. Don't get me wrong. Juliawna is a fine name, but it's not my daughter's name. So what do I do? So...

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Nic: Xmas Music For Bah-Humbuggers 31 

For some people, Christmas music has the tendency to spark that corner of the mind that triggers a mild form of temporary adult onset Tourette syndrome: excessive blinking, uncontrollable twitches, and random bouts of profanity. It is these people who fear the first sound of...

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TUBOB: More Characters Please 44 

Brent, thank you for that elegant yet slightly ejaculatory metaphorical support for the 3000 character diet we are all hungering on, while, in most cases, a 3000 character limit seems adequate and particularly efficacious for those, like you, apparently, Brent, trying to distill and winnow...

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TT: 2 To 3 Is Enuf, Not 8 17 

I'm really interested in this one girl, but I know it would never work because she's got her heart set on 8 kids (as well as a career in child care), whereas for me 4 would be a compromise, with 2-3 the ideal. When I...

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Sam: HBO Takes A Double Hit 

Wow, what a horrible time for the blog leader to leave the blog. Page views dying due to people hating the new system and DFO leaves for vacation. Understandable, but unfortunate. I'm actually laughing at the irony of it/Sam.DFO: I consider this to be a...

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Marmitetoasty: Crimbo Card's En Route 27 

avieboy - if your off on holiday does that mean you wont be around to recieve ya crimbo 'thingie' that is winging its way in the post to your office at Dingleberries, thats IF ITS GOT THRough SECURITY LOL….. but, it should of been there...

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Tubob2: An Inventory Of MIA Hucksters 11 

I am peforming a quick inventory on old HBO commenters I miss who haven't crossed over to the neo-golden age post-modern cyberlarity of the new HBO. Here is my list (and it isn't rank ordered): 1. Stickman - He is the calm quiet in the...

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Stickman: Make Right Choices For Kids 13 

The world is already way too crowded. Have the children you want and that you can take care of, properly. Children are the work of the gods, but let's not take advantage of that fact. I had three, and they are all very special and...

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KevinT: Cat Dies, No Help In Sight 21 

And I don't know about y'all but I got home last night to find my cat curled up dead in the house … an effective if extreme strategy to get out of helping me shovel. And I don't know about all this blather on the...

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SATURDAY, DEC. 20, 2008

 (The Spokesman-Review)

Vacation Wild Card No. 1 -- 12/20/08 95 

I'm outta here for 14 days, to endure the snow, to enjoy Christmas, and to spend time with my wife and our three kids who are flying in from Denver and Portland: Junior, Amy Dearest (above with me in Denver this spring), and Lovely Daughter-In-Law...

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FRIDAY, DEC. 19, 2008

Snow Day Wild Card -- 12/19/08 59 

I'm off for the next couple of weeks to enjoy holidays with my three kids, which includes daughter-in-law Stephanie. I hate to leave you like this in one way, with everyone feeling there way in this brave new blog world. But there is some symmetry...

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Emma Burke, 12, and Jessica Fortis, 13, ski down the sidewalks on Sherman Ave. in Coeur d'Alene Thursday as snow continued to fall from the massive snowstorm that blanked the region.  Though it was only eight days until Christmas, few shoppers braved the conditions in downtown Coeur d'Alene.  JESSE TINSLEY The Spokesman-Review (The Spokesman-Review)

Parting Shot -- 12/19/08 

Emma Burke, 12, and Jessica Fortis, 13, ski down the sidewalks on Sherman Ave. in Coeur d'Alene Thursday, as snow continued to fall from the massive snowstorm that blanked the region. Though it was only eight days until Christmas, few shoppers braved the conditions in...

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Who's Idaho's Person Of Year? 20 

So Time magazine named Barack Obama Man of the Year. No real surprise there. One man said on the radio this morning the media should get the honor because the media got Obama elected. For starters, I'll just throw out a few names: Gov. Butch...

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 (The Spokesman-Review)

OTV: 10 NIdaho Gift Ideas 

2. "Mudgy and Millie" book by Susan Nipp website: This Moose-Mouse combo are the coolest Cd'A children's book characters since...aren't they're the only Cd'A children's book characters? At least they're the only ones to have not only a series of awesome sculptures around downtown Cd'A...

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A charter bus sits perpendicular across a side street and with it's front end tangling over Interstate 5 Friday, Dec. 19 2008, in Seattle. Two charter buses crashed Friday on a Seattle street, pushing one through a guardrail next to Interstate 5 and leaving its front wheels dangling 20 feet above the freeway. Seattle Fire Department spokeswoman Helen Fitzpatrick said 11 young adults were taken to Harborview Medical Center with minor injuries. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson) (The Spokesman-Review)

Headlines @ Closin' Time -- 12/19/08

A charter bus sits perpendicular across a side street and with it's front end tangling over Interstate 5 Friday in Seattle. Two charter buses crashed today on a Seattle street, pushing one through a guardrail next to Interstate 5 and leaving its front wheels dangling...

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Scanner Traffic -- 12/19/08 14 

5:50 p.m. 2 males driving recklessly on a snowmobile on Seltice Way @ 41.5:21 p.m. Several vehicles involved in a collision, just east of the Sherman Avenue off-ramps on I90.4:45 p.m. R/P reports a pipe has burst in Riverway Place (& Huetter), and water is...

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'Deep Throat': Idaho Grown, Schooled 13 

William Mark Felt was born on August 17, 1913 in Twin Falls, Idaho,[1] the son of a Jewish carpenter[2] and building contractor Mark Earl Felt and his wife, the former Rose Dygert.[3] After graduating from Twin Falls High School in 1931, he received a BA...

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A Christian nativity scene is shown on display Monday, Dec. 1, 2008, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. The display is near a sign placed at the Capitol by the Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation, which promotes the observance of the winter solstice and is critical of religious beliefs. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren) (The Spokesman-Review)

Idaho Roots: Olympia Nativity Scene Has  

You are well aware by now of the way in which Washington governor Christine Gregoire has bollixed up the issue of holiday displays in her state capitol building. After first saying she had to put up an atheist statement next to the Nativity scene because...

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Adam: Inauguration Important To All 11 

The inauguration is an event that is for all Americans, even those who did not support the President-elect. It is a fundamental reminder that we’re still a free country where we decide our differences at the ballot box rather than a box of bullets. While...

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Local Blogs -- 12/19/08 19 

At Remember The Roxy, OrangeTV offers a 1950s photo of Woodcock's Drug Store @ 4th & Montana. Anyone remember Woodcock's Drug Store?*Why not call it a blizzard/Arch Druid*Bayview snow report from Gary MacDonald/Bay Views*Brand X Ranch slide show/Brand X Ranch*Bushed Bush/Dogwalk Musings*My Christmas card list/Simple...

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