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bikeboy

bikeboy Oct. 18, 2017, 7:53 a.m.

Yeah, when I turned 40, the Missus invited 3 or 4 couples - close friends - over. It was okay, but I'm not a big party guy. "It's the thought that counts," right?


Spudbob

Spudbob Oct. 16, 2017, 12:17 p.m.

I think that "C'mon baby" only works on cars from the 50s and 60s.
Modern cars respond better to a well placed grawlix (#@$#@%#&*) and even a well placed grawlix only works once in a while.


Booyahhayoob

Booyahhayoob Oct. 15, 2017, 10:19 p.m.

B, D, L, M, O, S, and Z.


bikeboy

bikeboy Oct. 12, 2017, 7:50 a.m.

Oh - that was a weird and scary time! I was in third grade, and had heard the grownups talking about it. The "Red Menace" in general always loomed; my younger sister used to wake up with nightmares about A-bombs raining down!

I can remember walking home from school on the day when the Cuba crisis was at its peak. As I walked, I looked over my shoulder, halfway expecting to see a mushroom cloud off in the distance. (The air force base was 30 miles or so in that direction, and the locals figured it to be the nearest likely target.) Fortunately the bombs didn't fall and the crisis passed - even the air force base is still there.


Fritz

Fritz Oct. 12, 2017, 12:41 a.m.

In 5th grade at the time, and no one mentioned a word about Cuba in school. I watched the evening news regularly and asked my parents about what was happening. They told me it was nothing to worry about, but I could tell they were worried. I don't think anyone knew what was really going on. In a few days, everyone seemed greatly relieved and the storm had passed. It was never mentioned again.


jdanmike

jdanmike Oct. 4, 2017, 2:59 p.m.

A- Maine- spent the month of October there. fabulous!!


WilliamJReichert

WilliamJReichert Oct. 4, 2017, 4:14 a.m.

B -- Montana -- for the Tamaracks turning.
A and I -- New England and Europe – for deciduous trees.
E -- :-)


jdanmike

jdanmike Sept. 20, 2017, 9:39 a.m.

Johnny Cash- 'i hear the whistle blowin'.....


jdanmike

jdanmike Sept. 13, 2017, 12:16 p.m.

there will be tears- how much emotion depends on who's in the room.


bikeboy

bikeboy Sept. 6, 2017, 1:11 p.m.

Driving 8 or 9 boy scouts home from a week at Scout Camp. John proudly boasted, "I didn't take a shower for the whole week!!" Fortunately he was in the very back, and I made them keep the windows open.


pandorasbox

pandorasbox Sept. 6, 2017, 5:31 a.m.

Have seen the pictures--can only imagine what it was like in person.


pandorasbox

pandorasbox Sept. 6, 2017, 5:31 a.m.

Have to say...right here in our fair city! This is bad right now, but remember that Friday in August 2015? Scary!


WilliamJReichert

WilliamJReichert Sept. 6, 2017, 4:21 a.m.

Kuwait City, April and May 1991 . . . Burning oil wells surrounding the city. Watching the flames at night from the top of a water tower conjured images of Dante's Inferno.


bikeboy

bikeboy Aug. 30, 2017, 9:46 a.m.

I thought it was Spokanoid!


bikeboy

Fritz

Fritz Aug. 25, 2017, 6:11 a.m.

Wearing Lycra shorts takes some getting used to. The material stretches in every direction, making it the perfect material for riding shorts. However, at first they feel like you're wearing panty hose or nothing at all. Take my word for it, once you start wearing cycling shorts, you'll never go back to street clothes for cycling again.


pandorasbox

pandorasbox Aug. 24, 2017, 7:14 p.m.

Thanks to your relative!


bikeboy

bikeboy Aug. 22, 2017, 1:47 p.m.

Paul, were you in the path of "totality"?

We drove 100 or so miles to be in the path. Dead-center, at the very eastern edge of Oregon. (Looking at Idaho, across the Snake River.)

As the coverage increased and the quality of the light changed, it was pretty cool! But then... in the space of about 10 seconds, it went from "filtered sunlight" to night-time dark! It could definitely be called "Twilight Zoney." A couple minutes later, it lit up just as quickly, and was all over. Gave me the heebie-jeebies... in a good way! (I was imagining what our prehistoric/pre-science ancestors must've thought. Apocalypse now!)

Today I'm telling my family members, "If you ever have to choose between Disney World and witnessing a total solar eclipse... GO WITH THE ECLIPSE!" I would not have said that 48 hours ago.

Photos HERE.


bikeboy

bikeboy Aug. 18, 2017, 9:42 a.m.

Mr. Turner... happy to hear that you will soldier on! (I had the same concern, after hearing about a couple of your colleagues, who have also entertained and provoked me for a number of years. I'm happy to say I've never even once called the editor, demanding any of your terminations!)


bikeboy

bikeboy Aug. 16, 2017, 10:03 a.m.

Shouldn't it be one of those green translucent visors? (-;


garyg

garyg Aug. 16, 2017, 8:41 a.m.

I'm confident you are up to the role, Paul. Just don a cap that says Make the Newsroom Great Again.


garyg

garyg Aug. 16, 2017, 8:39 a.m.

I am confident you are up for the role, Paul. Just don a cap that says Make the Newsroom Grant Again


Fritz

Fritz Aug. 16, 2017, 7:49 a.m.

"For God's sake, can't you at least use Spellcheck?" or "Did that make sense to you when you proofread it?" and "You did proofread that, right?" It isn't just the S-R's problem, it's industry wide, so don't feel too badly that you seem all alone in caring about the correct spelling, wording and phrasing and the future of newspaper journalism. Writing is the heart of the newspaper industry, but writing well is a gift creating an art form, one that most current journalists seem to have forgotten or never learned. Keep up the good words and curmudgeonly attitude, the future of our language depends on you.


WilliamJReichert

WilliamJReichert Aug. 16, 2017, 4:18 a.m.

Brewster, Washington . . . Home from college for the summer . . . working as construction laborer of the Chief Joseph Dam Power House Expansion. Recall news reports on the television that night.


bikeboy

bikeboy Aug. 15, 2017, 9:54 a.m.

Duuuuude! I don't remember a whole lot about 1977. I remember hearing about the monumental event, but don't remember my circumstances at the time. I would've been in Boise.

(Peripherally related... I just watched a good documentary about Elvis on the Amazon. It's called "Elvis 1956" or something similar. Narrated by Levon Helm. It only covers that monumental year, when he emerged as a phenomenon. It has some great performance footage, including the scandalous appearance on the Milton Berle Show that resulted in the moniker "Elvis the Pelvis." How far we've come!) (Thank ya. Thank ya verruh much.)


pandorasbox

pandorasbox Aug. 9, 2017, 7:12 a.m.

Living on Mercer Island. I remember my mother broke down in tears from the stress of the whole thing.


WilliamJReichert

WilliamJReichert Aug. 9, 2017, 4:35 a.m.

Living in a working class section of Rio de Janeiro for the summer as a high school exchange student. Nixon's resignation was an unsettling experience when seen from another hemisphere.


pandorasbox

pandorasbox July 28, 2017, 6:41 a.m.

Hey Paul, how about a repeat of your visit--how have things changed in twenty years?
Fun to read! How the world has changed since 1997!


pandorasbox

pandorasbox July 26, 2017, 7:24 a.m.

No, you are right on the mark. Those pre-movie ads are intensely irritating, as is the music: some insipid song touted as her/his "breakout smash hit".


WilliamJReichert

WilliamJReichert July 22, 2017, 7:22 a.m.

Libby, Montana. Sunday evening. Gathered with the adults around a black and white console TV fed by VHF signal redirected through the Kootenai River valley. Significant accomplishments – at both locations -- given the technology of the day.


pandorasbox

pandorasbox July 21, 2017, 7:35 a.m.

Illinois. I was a teenager and vividly remember gathering at a neighbor's home to watch the landing. It seemed an event that everyone wanted to share with each other. Remember when the first images from the Eagle's camera were upside down for a few moments?


pandorasbox

pandorasbox July 19, 2017, 6:26 a.m.

Coolest license plate in the US: New Mexico!


bikeboy

bikeboy July 18, 2017, 10:24 a.m.

I've got an (Idaho) vanity plate on the back of my Harley, that has started a conversation in faraway places - POTATO.


pandorasbox

Fritz

Fritz July 12, 2017, 9:39 a.m.

That capability will arrive about the same time they perfect how to insert your DNA into a cruise missile and it will track you to the ends of the earth. That and mandatory consumerism will mean packages will arrive at your doorstep with your "suggested" needs for the week and the invoice will automatically be deducted from your available credit. Oh, wait...


Fritz

Fritz July 12, 2017, 9:32 a.m.

I was stunned that the long walk to and from kindergarten was only a handful of blocks.


Fritz

Fritz July 12, 2017, 9:29 a.m.

I don't know what I'd do if I couldn't listen to "Dark Side of the Moon" every now and then. So, 1973 for me.


bikeboy

bikeboy July 12, 2017, 8:18 a.m.

I'd have to do a careful review, but 1967 (50 years ago) would be a contender.
"Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" (released in May in the UK, and in June in the US)
"Are You Experienced?" (released in May in the UK, and in August in the US)
(May, 1967, was definitely a musical high-water-mark month, across the pond.)


Jan_dennis

Jan_dennis July 10, 2017, 10:20 p.m.

How did the house shrink? ... My thoughts on touring the house we left when I was 5 years-old.


bikeboy

bikeboy July 7, 2017, 11:08 a.m.

Paul, you've probably got your new seat already. (I hope "The Slice" isn't a veiled reference to what your seat does to you while you're riding! hahaha!)

If you are in the need for a seat in the future, I can give an unqualified recommendation for a Selle Anatomica saddle. It's been my favorite for about 8 years, 40,000-plus miles. It's a "hammock" style leather saddle like a Brooks, but the leather is more pliable so there's no break-in period. And... it's made in the USA. (I've got a $120 Brooks B-17 Imperial on my $25 craigslist bike, but the Anatomica on my regular rider. Most comfortable saddle I've ever encountered in 31 years of dedicated cycling.)

HINT... the Anatomicas are spendy! Around $150, I believe. But, if you wait 'til a week or 10 days before Christmas, they've always had an end-of-year $99 sale That's when you want to buy. (And - I'm not a shill for Anatomica. Just a brother bike rider.)


bikeboy

bikeboy June 23, 2017, 9:31 a.m.

A "short but tall" fence? That would be, um, uh... maybe 5 feet?

Or maybe he meant "short sideways but tall up-ways."

We wouldn't complain if the guy across the fence from us - who likes to walk around nekkid late at night with the curtains open - built the fence maybe 3 feet higher. (He looks better with his clothes on.)


bikeboy

bikeboy June 22, 2017, 11:27 a.m.

Things have changed in 50 years, in Boise at least. When I was a kid (specifically Boy Scout - age 12 or so), I can remember going star-gazing in city parks near downtown. I was halfway-attentive. It was interesting, but not fascinating (like girls!).

In 2017, you can only see the brightest of the stars from the very same spot. Way too much "light pollution." However, I've had occasions over those ensuing years where I've had a "religious experience," staring up at the myriad of stars in a dark sky. They say eastern Oregon - 100 or so miles from home - has the darkest sky in the lower 48.

(Are girls impressed by the names of stars? I did not know that. Based on casual observation, it seems like girls nowadays are mostly impressed by facebook, the latest "smart phone," and brand-name fashion.)


bikeboy

bikeboy June 19, 2017, 1:14 p.m.

Paul, I'm happy you've been able to maintain that pretentious, holier-than-thou attitude over all those years! (Of course I jest.)

The Slice is regular reading for me, specifically because it provides a 30-second escape from all the "newsworthy" items.

I imagine the writer has shuffled off this mortal coil, most likely due to high blood pressure. (Or maybe a smart doctor gave him a chill-pill prescription and he's doing fine.)


jdanmike

jdanmike June 18, 2017, 8:32 a.m.

#3 had me almost spitting out my morning tea!!


jdanmike

jdanmike June 18, 2017, 8:29 a.m.

i'm sure you agree with the quote from the most read book- to paraphrase- 'either be hot or be cold but I will spit out lukewarm'. I've enjoyed your writings for as long as I can remember. I mean your no Neil Morgan but i'm just aging myself!!


pandorasbox

pandorasbox June 18, 2017, 6:46 a.m.

Paul, we hope you stick around for another twenty years!


jdanmike

jdanmike June 17, 2017, 10:55 a.m.

the family cat 'nemo' (20,000 leagues not finding nemo) went pretty fast- my wife works at a vet clinic and had been bringing him to the clinic- neither on of us wanting to do what needed done. finally one of the techs came to her office and just said 'it's time'. we had nemo cremated. when our oldest came home for a visit we showed him the box 'nemo' was in. his comment was 'next time i'm on a sub i'll have him shot out of a torpedo tube')!! burial at sea!! perfect.


bikeboy

bikeboy June 16, 2017, 11:22 a.m.

Is there a Cat Heaven? I like to think there is.

Full disclosure... some cats I like, some, not so much. I'll confess some antipathy toward the cats who look at my garden spot as a giant public litter box. And the cats that trespass in my garage if I leave the door open for a little too long, and "mark" it as their territory. But I have a soft spot for Tiger Lily, our tiger tabby (19 years old... probably won't be with us for a lot longer) and Moses, our jet black cat up 'til 4 or 5 years ago who would routinely harvest squirrels... but would also follow along with me like a beloved dog. (I'm a softy... got a little misty when our rat, Humphrey, went to the Giant Block of Cheddar in the Sky.)


Fritz

Fritz June 16, 2017, 6:21 a.m.

We miss our passed animal friends almost as much as family. Heck, sometimes even more. Sorry for your neighbor's loss and yours, too.


Fritz

Fritz June 16, 2017, 6:14 a.m.

Yes, easily. The raven is much larger, has an entirely different call and the birds' beaks look nothing alike.


jdanmike

jdanmike June 15, 2017, 9:21 a.m.

the only person in history is Edgar Allan Poe!!


pandorasbox

pandorasbox June 11, 2017, 7:07 a.m.

Family moved out of state, so I graduated in January rather than enroll in a new school for four months. Never missed it.


jdanmike

jdanmike June 6, 2017, 9:33 a.m.

makes me think of the Johnny Cash song- I here the whistle blowin'............


Sidney

Sidney May 31, 2017, 5:01 p.m.

AC!!!!


pandorasbox

pandorasbox May 31, 2017, 6:53 a.m.

Central a/c, of course!


jdanmike

jdanmike May 29, 2017, 11:21 a.m.

H and I go hand in hand!!


pandorasbox

pandorasbox May 26, 2017, 6:11 a.m.

Yes, they sure do. Can we even imagine what these men experienced, either on the ground or in the nose of a B24? Are we leading lives worthy of their sacrifices?


bikeboy

bikeboy May 18, 2017, 1:12 p.m.

Boise. A friend who lives in Yakima got married one month before the eruption; the bike-gal and I got married one month after. (I got the better of it... the anniversary of Mt. St. Helens always reminds me of another anniversary coming up.)


cdt

cdt May 18, 2017, 9 a.m.

Head of the intra-library loan department at a major metropolitan 23-branch library system. Idea of volcano seemed other worldly to me at the time. Now I have the leftover dust in my house every day.


SausageAway

SausageAway May 18, 2017, 5:39 a.m.

mounting st helens


WilliamJReichert

WilliamJReichert May 18, 2017, 5:20 a.m.

275th Engineer company (ADM), Ludwigberg Caserne, Kornwestheim Germany.


rstraub

rstraub May 10, 2017, 4:46 p.m.

Without doubt today kids would not refer to the mythical University of San Juan de Fuca as Fuca U as they did in my time.


bikeboy

bikeboy May 10, 2017, 8:03 a.m.

This is an occasional topic of discussion at my household, since the Missus and I both have wagon-train ancestors. I ride a bicycle... whether it's 5 degrees or 105 degrees. By contrast, she drives the Family Truckster, and if the temperature isn't in that 71-73 sweet spot, she has either the air conditioner or heater going. But she insists she would make a great pioneer. (And she probably would, despite my mockery.)

Me? I probably would've made a poor pioneer because I'm somewhat of a packrat, and would've been reluctant to leave behind all but one wagon-load of stuff.


SausageAway

SausageAway May 9, 2017, 3:33 p.m.

Good click bait! Hooked me.


bikeboy

bikeboy May 9, 2017, 3:26 p.m.

I'm SHOCKED! SHOCKED, I tell you... to see something like this on a Family Newspaper Website!

Next it'll be birds... and from there it's a slippery slope to marmots and other critters higher-up on the Food Chain.


pandorasbox

pandorasbox May 9, 2017, 5:17 a.m.

Well, I can't say for sure, but I would guess "H". What is left to say after all these years?


bikeboy

bikeboy May 4, 2017, 10:43 a.m.

Duh! F!!

Lots of people have forgotten that Irving Berlin was Nixon's second-term speechwriter. (He left on the same helicopter!)


WilliamJReichert

WilliamJReichert April 28, 2017, 6:39 a.m.

Be:
On Time
Prepared
Coachable

Posses:
A Good Attitude
Passion For Life Long Learning


bikeboy

bikeboy April 21, 2017, 8:13 a.m.

I'd move Saturn up to #2. It's the prettiest of 'em all... and everybody who watches sci-fi movies knows that except for Al-Qaeda and Isis and maybe the crazy fat kid in North Korea, Martians are our biggest threat.

Let's take a moment to recognize that ALL the planets are probably suffering from climate change... caused by our carbon-burning, bovine-flatulent ways.


bikeboy

bikeboy April 19, 2017, 8:20 a.m.

Anything but "Free Bird" or "Stairway to Heaven"!! haha

(I liked both songs... fhe first zillion times or so that I heard 'em.)


Sidney

Sidney April 19, 2017, 4:32 a.m.

How about Omar whistling Farmer In The Dell.


bikeboy

bikeboy April 18, 2017, 10:56 a.m.

True! (I can't imagine anything worse than being the FEARED grandparent, rather than the LOVED/RESPECTED grandparent.)


bikeboy

bikeboy March 29, 2017, 9:07 a.m.

Paul, I bet bicycle riders are probably the ones who notice the "grinding roar" more than anybody else! (People in their soundproof car-cocoons don't even know!)

I doubt a citizen's arrest would be practical. But why not a tip-line? Phone in (or enter on your computer or "smart phone") the license number, date and location of violation... it results (at least) in a nastygram/reminder letter being sent to the car owner-of-record. If the same car is being reported a month after the first report, send a sworn enforcer out, to issue a ticket.


WilliamJReichert

WilliamJReichert March 10, 2017, 6:43 a.m.

It's been a good winter for the local contractor who faithfully keeps our home's access open. In addition to the routine truck mounted plow, he's had to deploy his road grader and bucket loader twice to push back the berms.


tiffinys

tiffinys March 1, 2017, 2:41 p.m.

You were wonderful! Thanks for sharing the story and a bit of yourself. My students shared things they found surprising about you. For instance, your favorite thing to write about was cats, however, you are allergic to them! Thanks again Paul.


bikeboy

bikeboy Feb. 27, 2017, 2:14 p.m.

I went to "Shampoo," but must confess I was bored silly and can't remember a blessed thing about it.

On the other hand, "Bonnie and Clyde" was the first R-rated movie I ever went to. My dad took me when I was 13. I was riveted, from beginning to end! And I fell deeply in love with Faye Dunaway during that scene of her backside at the beginning, when she was looking out her second-floor window and talking to Clyde down below. (It was GREAT to be 13!!)


rstraub

rstraub Feb. 23, 2017, 2:56 p.m.

I'd say no. Kid installing my cable last summer was a current Eagle and when I told him that Eastern use to be the Savages he about fell off his ladder. Another question: Would you dare wear a tee with the old mascot name on it. I know they're available on line but I'm guessing I would be too self conscious to give it a try.


bikeboy

bikeboy Feb. 22, 2017, 2:44 p.m.

Paul, surely you'd appreciate the "Groundhog" song...
(authentic hillbilly music by Doc Watson and the Watson Family... probably older than Groundhog Day)

Off to the woods for to catch a groundhog.
Oh, groundhog.
Run here Sally with a ten foot pole,
To twist that whistle-pig out of his hole.
Oh, groundhog.
Here comes Sal with a snicker and a grin,
Groundhog gravy all over her chin.
Oh, groundhog.
Look at them fellers, they're a-goin' wild,
Eat that hog before he's cooked or biled.
Oh, groundhog.
I dug down but I didn't dig deep,
There laid a whistle-pig fast asleep.
Oh, groundhog.
Now the meat's in the cupboard and the butter's in the churn,
If that ain't groundhog I'll be derned.
Oh, groundhog.
Well you eat the meat and save the hide,
Make the best shoestring ever was tied.
Oh, groundhog.
Look at them fellers, they're about to fall,
Eat till their britches won't button at all.
Oh, groundhog.
Little piece of cornbread a-layin' on the shelf,
If you want any more, you can sing it yerself.
Oh, groundhog.


bikeboy

bikeboy Feb. 20, 2017, 8:13 a.m.

Q: Who's the first Irishman you see, in the springtime?

A: Paddy O'Furniture!


bikeboy

bikeboy Feb. 14, 2017, 9:24 a.m.

I'm gonna kiss your eyes

Then I'm gonna kiss your neck

Then I'm gonna kiss your tummy

Then I'm gonna kiss your pineapple
("Strobe Light," the B-52s)


tjfinneran

tjfinneran Feb. 10, 2017, 7:23 a.m.

You left out the obvious, Coeur d'Alene has one also.


Soaplady7

Soaplady7 Feb. 8, 2017, 5:37 p.m.

Depends on whether we get the paper before 8 am.


bikeboy

bikeboy Feb. 3, 2017, 9:34 a.m.

The ones I know without looking it up:
- Philo Farnsworth - started out as a farm boy in Rigby, ID, and then invented TV. (And civilization started its slow decline. haha)
- Ernest Hemingway - lived in Ketchum, ID; is buried there; his place is a E.H. museum of sorts
- Jerry Kramer - Idaho kid, went on to play with the Green Bay Packers under Vince. (I sat next to him once, and admired his Super Bowl ring.)
- Mark Lindsay - Idaho kid from the Caldwell area. Singer for Paul Revere and the Raiders. (Paul Revere Dick - also an Idaho kid.)
- Harmon Killebrew - grew up in Payette, ID, and died there. In between, had a hall-of-fame baseball career
- Dawn Wells - got busted for reefer in eastern Idaho. Might have a place over there, an hour or so out of Jackson WY.


MikeA

MikeA Jan. 27, 2017, 5:59 p.m.

Judging by the things a team of archaeologists are discovering in my daughter's former bedroom (she is now 22 and living on her own) we didn't pay enough attention to this question while she lived here.


tjfinneran

tjfinneran Jan. 25, 2017, 7:56 a.m.

Hey, if you don't care about college basketball, you shouldn't be living in Spokane! (Hint - try Steptoe)


bikeboy

bikeboy Jan. 21, 2017, 7:29 a.m.

Really? He hangs his shirts in the closet with the sleeves rolled halfway up?

(Maybe everybody does but me... I'm not much of a closet snoop normally.)


bikeboy

bikeboy Jan. 19, 2017, 1:07 p.m.

If I saw that photo in the bathroom, I'd likely think to myself, "That lady looks like (s)he REALLY needs a good dose of Ex-Lax!"


Fritz

Fritz Jan. 19, 2017, 12:41 p.m.

Oh Man! I think I'm suffering from plaid envy.


bikeboy

bikeboy Jan. 18, 2017, 10:29 a.m.

"You still owe me four hundred bucks! I'm waiting..."

(Just a joke.)


bikeboy

bikeboy Jan. 13, 2017, 8:05 a.m.

A side-observation... President Obama is in danger of turning the "Presidential Medal of Freedom" into a "Participation" medal, the way he's handing 'em out willy-nilly. Yesterday he hung one around Biden's neck. (Are the other living former vice-presidents protesting for theirs?)

I'm starting to think everybody has one but me and Rush Limbaugh!

(-;


bikeboy

bikeboy Jan. 12, 2017, 2:48 p.m.

At our household, I usually comment on spills, dish-breaking etc., "We can't have anything nice in this household..." (And it's pretty much true. I don't know if my housemates are careless, or just naturally klutzy.)

Years ago, when gymnast Mary Lou Retton was a household name, my smart-aleck retort was, "There aren't any Mary-Lous in THIS family!"

(I'm with your man on the "participation" thing. In all of nature, there are winners and losers.)


pandorasbox

pandorasbox Jan. 12, 2017, 5:35 a.m.

Also, the reporter, when filing his story to the world, states that the scientist, who endangered the entire group by attempting to reason with the creature, was injured during the battle. A very noble move on his part that I have always appreciated.


WilliamJReichert

WilliamJReichert Jan. 9, 2017, 8:50 p.m.

Poignant and classic, Karen. If our roles were reversed, I'd store the opener in vault or safe deposit box.


MikeA

MikeA Jan. 4, 2017, 4:44 p.m.

Five - Asia, North America, Europe, Africa and Australia.

I will admit that Africa is a bit of a fudge as it was a fairly quick transfer at the Cairo airport on the way to Riyadh. But it was very "eventful" and so I claim credit anyway.


WilliamJReichert

WilliamJReichert Jan. 4, 2017, 5:07 a.m.

Four --
Europe, Asia, South America, and North Idaho.


bikeboy

bikeboy Dec. 22, 2016, 8:23 a.m.

"Community Organizer" is a better alternative to "Outside Agitator."

And, regarding the science shows on PBS - I'd love it if my kids would watch those, rather than "reality TV." But a well-rounded Science Diet would include multiple sources of information. I'd shy away from a "scientist" who claims that his brand is "settled science," because there's no such thing. (There's way more that we DON'T know about climate change, than the little that we DO know. And most of the global warming hand-wringers seem unwilling to do much, besides scold the rest of us.) Okay - I'll get off the soapbox now.


bikeboy

bikeboy Dec. 20, 2016, 8:35 a.m.

Airing of Grievances ... Feats of Strength ... Dancing around the Pole.

Oh, wait! I'm thinking of Festivus!. Never mind...


pandorasbox

pandorasbox Dec. 20, 2016, 6:09 a.m.

Great suggestions. I'll add: recall that we are six months from the longest day of the year. Summer will return!


MikeA

MikeA Dec. 19, 2016, 4:30 p.m.

Calvin and Hobbes on one side, Far Side on the other for variety.


MikeA

MikeA Dec. 19, 2016, 4:29 p.m.

They are welcome to it. Even trying it while in Australia in front of some enthusiastic colleagues there I was barely able to maintain decorum -- I only thought "bleechh!" in my head and didn't say it out loud.

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