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Portlandia producer drives through

So my BFF Bill Oakely, a producer of the television show Portlandia, and former writer for the Simpsons, breezed through Spokane this weekend and tweeted me this photo to prove it.

Oakley, you may remember drew my ire when he read my article about the wonders of Spokane in an inflight magazine and tweeted that he didn't think the city was worthy of a 20-page spread.

This is all part of my plan to lure him to my fair city to shoot a pilot of Spokanlandia. Next time, I've asked him to let me know ahead of time so I can at least take him to see our garbage eating goat!.

What would a TV-show based in Coeur d'Alene be about?

Spokanlandia in the spring

Bashing your hometown seems to be a popular activity among some Spokanites.

Not me.

I’m an unabashed Spokane fan. In fact, one of the best gigs I get as a freelancer is writing about our city for Alaska Airlines in-flight magazine. The feedback I get from folks who see my byline when they fly is fun and universally enthusiastic – until recently.

It’s one thing for natives to bash Spokane, but when Oregonians do it, well that’s another thing entirely.

A couple of weeks ago, Bill Oakley, co-executive producer for the TV show “Portlandia,” picked up a copy of Alaska Air magazine during a flight. The publication failed to impress.

In particular, he took issue with the Spokane section and posted a picture of the story on Twitter with my byline prominently displayed. Oakley wrote, “This is the kind of thing you find in the Alaska Air in-flight magazine and it’s like a 20 page ‘special section’!” Cindy Hval, SR  Read more.

Is your hometown worthy of a 20-page special section in an airline magazine?

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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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