“Jingle bells, jingle bells, I can’t feel my fingers …” Strange things can happen to a guy after six hours of singing and playing guitar for the Salvation Army in the winter cold outside a Fred Meyer store. The brain shuts down. Extremities freeze … Now I know why frostbitten Sam McGee wanted to be cremated in that famous Robert Service poem. But in the end, everyone who took part in Saturday’s so-called “friendly” red kettle Ring Off survived to play another day. As it turns out, however, dodging hypothermia was not the most irritating thing about this money-raising contest between the Gang of Doug vs. Coeur d’Alene Mayor Sandi Bloem and friends. I’m putting this in the rearview mirror with a bit of a bitter taste in my mouth/Doug Clark, SR. More here.