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Parting Shot — 12.16.11

Big time H/T to Tom Torgerson who spotted this sight today on Scarcello Road in the Rathdrum/Twin Lakes area. As the son of a dairyman who grew up cutting/raking/hauling hay for 500 head of daily cows, I know that the rancher here has it right. This is exactly what cows want for Christmas.

Hucks: Facebook SOS Rouses CdA

Coeur d’Alene Councilman Mike Kennedy appreciates Mark Zuckerberg’s online brainchild more than ever. On Wednesday, Mike issued this Facebook SOS: “Anybody have a lightly used pair of crutches for use by, say, an 11-year-old ballerina and soccer player with a newly torn ligament in her foot? I don’t think I’ll make the ‘crutch store’ before they close.” Seems Mike’s daughter, Maggie, landed a jump wrong during ballet practice. Responded Carrie Cook, a Coeur d’Alene resident who attended a Texas university like Mike: “I have some used recently by a 10-year old. … I can set them on my front porch for you to swing by and grab them.” By the time the thread had played out with 24 comments, many of us Facebook friends of Mike had warm fuzzies for the good-neighborliness found online in Lake City/DFO, Huckleberries Online. More here.

Question: How have you been helped by Facebook Friends?

Facebooking A Happy Local Ending

Here’s how social networking works in Kootenai County. Coeur d’Alene Realtor Tom Torgerson sees an upright piano abandoned along a new Fernan Lake subdivision road. He snaps a photo. Facebooks it. And laments that someone has booted such a fine old-time piano into the snow. Tom's Facebook Friend Judi Caceres reads the post and figures the eightysomething piano might cheer up her boyfriend, Ben Miller, who has been laid up in Coeur d’Alene since a drunk hit Judi and him on New Year’s Day. Jack-of-all-trades John Thompson retrieves the piano after digging Ben’s trailer out of the snow. Tom Facebooks a photo of John loading the piano onto the trailer. I snag both photos for my Hucks Online blog because Tom is now a Facebook Friend. I tweet it. I Facebook it. Others re-tweet my blog post. Then, Ben Miller, who became a Facebook Friend through the process, sends this Facebook message: “I look forward to bringing the piano back to life.” And we all lived happily ever after.

Question: Have you had a similar experience with your social networking?

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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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