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HBO Blogos: Recalling A&E Bar

“I wasn't truly sure of my memories when I first heard that PJ's aka A and P's had caught on fire on First Avenue in Sandpoint yesterday morning,” Marianne Love/Slight Detour posts. “After reading this morning's paper, I can safely say A and P's was the first bar I ever frequented AND I was maybe 4 or 5 at the time.” More here.

HucksOnline numbers (for Thursday, Feb. 6): 8,450 page-views/4,716 unique views

Slight Detour: Corned Beef Epiphany

For some of us, it was the peas. For me, it was corned beef, rice and liver. I figured out early on how to eat my liver at the family dinner table. Grab a bite of liver, bury it in a forkful of mashed potatoes, stick it in my mouth and swallow. To this day, I still don't know why I never choked to death, swallowing that liver whole. The method got me through many a meal when everyone else at the table raved about the liver. As for rice, we were generally a potato-eating family.  Still, Lincoln School cooks served rice and raisins at least once a week.  I did not eat hot lunch very often, but it seemed like whenever I did, the menu for the day was that dreaded bowl of rice and raisins. Raisins, they were okay by themselves, but when mixed with what I perceived as white maggots, I wouldn't even pick out the raisins/Marianne Love, Slight Detour. More here. (AP file photo)

Question: Is there a food that you simply wouldn't eat as a kid? Who won the showdowns with your parents?

When All Else Fails, Get The Yaks

I've often wondered how much time would be saved if I'd read directions or learn about a product by studying its manual. In this morning's case, I bypassed doing the smart thing before going to the barn.  Slipped and slid a couple of times and thought about those Yaks hanging on a door knob back in the garage.  Still, I left them behind and picked out a route in the darkness to the barn. Old Lady Still Standing — good reality show title and the results of some lucky navigating through water, bare ground and bone-breaking ice/Marianne Love, Slight Detour. More here.

Question: When did you last have a bad fall on ice?

NIdaho Blogos: Yard Decor Originals

“I told my daughter-in-law last night that my yard decorations are originals,” posts Marianne Love/Slight Detour. “Nobody else would put together such an odd combination. I think that pretty much reflects my personality.” You can read the rest of her comment here. And: You can read Marianne's thoughts about “Friday the 13th in the blogosphere” here.

Hucks Online numbers (for Thursday, May 12): 8268/4892

Question: Which yard decorations would you call “originals”?

NI Blogos: Wonderful Day In May

“Today is a gorgeous day to wave the flag,” posts Marianne Love/Slight Detour. “My flag is out at the end of the driveway, fluttering in the sunshine.” Marianne, of course, is joining Americans throughout the country today in celebrating the death of a monster here.

Hucks Online numbers (for week of April 24-30): 47728/29002; (for month of April): 193,360/118,818; and (for year-to-date): 838,362/515,844

NIdaho Blogs: Run, Spot, Run

At Slight Detour, blogmistress Marianne Love explains this action shot simply as “dogs race on stump course.” Also, you can read Marianne's latest post, “Old haunts,” here.

Hucks Online numbers (for Wednesday): 10,196/6391, and (for month of January): 230,114/142,023

Brandon Adam: An Update, A Salute

Former Sandpoint soldier Brandon Adam is doing incredibly well after losing both legs while serving in Iraq in 2007. Today, Brandon is married to a teacher, expecting his first baby, and enjoying life in Colorado Springs, Colo. Marianne Love/Slight Detour updates Brandon’s progress for a Veteran’s Day salute today. More here.

Hucks Numbers (for Wednesday): 10756/5650, (for Tuesday): 9966/5221, (for Monday) 9600/5137.

Marianne: Blame Insomnia On Parsnips

One of the rules for judges at the Bonner County Fair this year suggests that good judges should come rested and ready to concentrate on their jobs.  Must be my subconscious zeroed in on that rule last night cuz I have to judge the creative writing entries this afternoon. Whenever something important is happening the next day, my subconscious and possibly my brain conspire to keep me awake the night before. Something important happened every day when I was teaching school, so the insomnia card flashed across my mind virtually every night of my last 20-plus years as a teacher. ‘Twasn’t fun, as any insomniac will tell you/Marianne Love, Slight Detour. More here.

Question: How often do you have trouble sleeping? Why?

PM: Enlisting In Akey’s Army

“Willie came home from a week at the University of Idaho,” posts Marianne Love/Slight Detour. “With him came some T-shirts for Mom and Dad. He gave me the yellow one and Bill, the Akey’s Army shirt. After seeing an ad in this morning’s paper for people to come and meet Idaho Vandal football coach Akey at Dover Bay Resort, I said to Bill that I believe the University of Idaho has embraced Rob Akey. And, yes, that’s an understatement.” More here.

Question: Have you enlisted in Akey’s Army?

Marianne: Stop In The Name Of The Law

Bill was craving a brick-oven pizza from the Loading Dock downtown, and since I was doing some errands, I drove on toward town from Wal-Mart to get it. Looking down at my speedometer, between Yoke’s and Co-Op, I noticed 50 mph and immediately slowed down but not before the Ponderay cop saw me too. She wheeled around in the highway and proceeded to follow me with no light. She didn’t really need to flash it cuz I knew I’d been had. I pulled into the nearest wide spot just past the Y and on went the lights. It’s been a long time since I’ve been stopped, so I did okay with the driver’s license but stress set in when she asked for the registration and proof of insurance. I hadn’t opened that glove compartment for months, and I remember the last cop stop when I kept handing the officer my Les Schwab envelopes/Marianne Love, Slight Detour. More here (scroll down)

Question: When were you last pulled over by a patrol officer? Did you get a ticket?

Marianne: Much Ado About Butt Cracks

Boots wasn’t looking at the lettuce. Boots was transfixed on a full-fledged butt crack whose owner was looking at the lettuce. Now, I know Boots has seen butt cracks before, but to be standing in the presence of two fine ladies while viewing such a phenomenon.  That may have been a new experience for Boots. I know I’ve seen butt cracks before too, and I’ve always wondered about the bearer of the bare butt. Do these people have a clue about the reactions that take place all around them whenever and wherever they bend over?  Could these folks be the least bit embarrassed (no pun intended) if  they knew what fits of hysteria they cause during the time they’re leaning over to pick up a head of iceberg to see if it’s the one they’ll choose to drop in the cart/Marianne Love, Slight Detour. More here

Question: When and where did you last get an eyeful of an unsightly butt crack in a public setting?

Love: Life-Saving Apple Peeler

I feel like a new woman today with my apple peeler. I brought it home yesterday afternoon, screwed it to the counter, practiced with three apples and then wondered how many hundreds of hours of my life could have been spent hiking, biking or riding my horse rather than sitting there, chewing away, and peeling and quartering those apples at a rate of about 30 per hour. It takes a lot of apples to make sauce or cobbler. If I counted it all up, it could get downright discouraging–-just like the amount of time I sit here staring at this computer while it takes 20 minutes to get going full speed ahead on some mornings/Marianne Love, Slight Detour. More here.

Question: Which convenience has been the most useful to you in terms of saving time?

Slight Detour: Song Makes Brain Itch

I just read a Yahoo headline about a Beyonce song that makes your brain itch. Well, that got my brain to remembering the latest take on life that I heard this week while sweeping the alley way in the barn. I’ve heard it only once, but, believe me, it made my brain itch and my funny bone tickle itself. It’s called “Tequila Makes Her Clothes Fall Off.” Now, I’m sure country aficionados will pooh pooh my awareness of late and tell me this Joe Nichols ballad has been around for years. But I heard it for the first time this week, and I’m expecting to hear it a lot from now on. It definitely leaves an itch in the brain matter and conjures of some pretty wild images, which have appeared in its video here. Lyrics tell about her handling champagne brunches with no probs, but give her tequila and watch out. She was heading out with the girls to have a margarita or two at the Holiday Inn, and he was afraid of what he was gonna see when she returned. /Marianne Love, Slight Detour. More here.

Question: Which country song makes your brain itch and your funny bone tickle?

Love: Do My Dogs (Heart) Me?

I heard it for the first time while driving home from town the other day. At first, I thought I probably had heard it wrong. Then, the singer crooned the line again. It went something like this: Oh Lord, let me be what my dog thinks of me. Not a bad goal, I thought. Then, I got to wondering: what DO my dogs think of me? What do my horses think of me. What do my cats think of me? And, Lord, what about my family and my friends?/Marianne Love, Slight Detour. More here.

Question: Can you tell whether your pets like/love you?

Slight Detour: Memorable Inaugarations

The most memorable Inauguration during my teaching tenure was that of Ronald Reagan in 1981 when Iran’s release of the hostages after 444 days coincided with the new President taking over. It always seemed like a real “in your face” to Jimmy Carter who had been so paralyzed at do anything about the hostage situation which kept us all riveted for so long. I was always proud that my students got to see history in the making, even if only through the lens of a camera–they were, at least, seeing it as it happened. We didn’t have such options when President John F. Kennedy assumed office in 1961. I was in junior high at the time, and I had to come home to hear my mother tell about what a stirring speech he had given. I think I heard “Ask not what your country can do for you, but ask what you can do for your country” by the time I walked from the kitchen to the living room where we sat and watched Walter Cronkite and the evening news in black and white to see what the new President had said that day/Marianne Love, Slight Detour. More here (second item).

Question: What was your most memorable inaugaration?

Finish This Sentence …

Marianne Love/Slight Detour writes:

    • Every time I read about another company cutting 500 jobs …
    • Every time I read about someone else I know personally losing a job or taking a salary cut …
    • Every time I see my own personal resources dwindling because of little or no freelance work … It makes me livid and I wonder why there is no national outrage.

Marianne Love/Slight Detour fills in the rest here

Finish this sentence: Every time I …

Slight Detour: ‘Idol’ Smells Of Spring

American Idol begins tonight. What better sign of spring could there be! The show is in its eighth season, and it’s been around long enough now for me to consider its return as one of the rites of the early spring–or, at least, a refreshing diversion from the humdrum of a long January/Marianne Love, Slight Detour. More here.

Question: What do you view as your first sign of spring?

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 the front page of today’s paper, detailing all the disasters, including two devastating fires—one the Idaho Club Lodge, the other a home north of Sandpoint—memories of our own catastrophe were all the more vivid. Knowing the community, however, the hands of generosity will be busy. An understatement! Since our fire, this day continues to make me nervous. Five years ago today, Willie rolled his grandfather’s pickup after driving it for less than two miles. It was just a month after Harold had died. Willie and his grandmother worked out a deal for him to purchase the pickup, which needed snow tires/Marianne Love, Slight Detour. More here.

Question: Is there a day of the year that you dread?

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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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