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Mission Impossible: Last-Minute Gifts

Imbued with a commitment to real-world reader service, photographer Kathy Plonka and I sallied forth from the Review Tower late Monday morning on a mission to help holiday season procrastinators. Yes, it was time for a little man-on-the-street journalism. And who better to ask for last-minute gift ideas than the American people? Or, at least, a few shoppers we dragooned in downtown Spokane. Here is a full and faithful narrative of our adventure. “I’m the totally wrong person to ask,” said the first person we approached, a pleasant sixtyish woman walking north on Lincoln Street. “My husband and I are very low-key. We don’t celebrate much.” She didn’t want to give me her name. So, with that, we were underway/Paul Turner, SR. More here.

Question: Is there anyone out there still buying gifts today?

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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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