September 27, 2009 in Idaho Voices

Anemones, seagulls, tourists – oh, my

By The Spokesman-Review
 

To borrow a “Seinfeld” line, I thought we had a deal with the seagulls. We throw them crumbs from our lunch on the beach – and they don’t poop on us. OK, I haven’t kept my end of the bargain. I shoo the beggars away, as I did on Cannon Beach recently. It was one of those rare days on the Oregon Coast: shining sun, temperatures in the 80s, little wind, and a tide far out far enough to allow my wife, daughter and me to search tide pools near Haystack Rock. A tourist yelled at my daughter for simply pointing at an anemone, which apparently is endangered. The aggressive woman was soon forgotten when a town volunteer who has shown dogs in Coeur d’Alene volunteered to take our photo in front of Haystack Rock. That’s when the gulls got their revenge. Ere Jenny the Volunteer snapped the photo, a gull overhead scored a direct hit on my new Portland Trailblazers cap. Such was the accuracy of the gull that the dropping hit nothing else. My wife and daughter laughed. I simply washed the hat off in a tidal pool, careful not to disturb the anemones, tourists or other creatures prone to aggressive behavior.

Incredible Shrinking Clerk reports success

County Clerk Dan English is in his final week of a liquid diet after undergoing stomach bypass surgery to lose weight Sept. 9. In another week, he’ll switch to “baby food kind of stuff for a couple of weeks.” Then, he hits the “big time” – soft foods for a few months while he works back to “regular” food with supplemental protein and chewable vitamins. Dan reports that his energy is returning. He’s already 10 pounds lighter and plans to resume workouts in 10 days. He is prohibited from lifting over 20 pounds now. Dan, who will return to work Monday, said: “I’m enjoying the time to take it easy a bit but will be glad to be back to work and get back into the groove.” He’s eager to be on the job during the final weeks of the campaigns for the municipal and jail levy elections.

Huckleberries

Poet’s Corner: “The food is great,/the rides are thrillers;/it gets thumbs up/from all our killers”/The Bard of Sherman Avenue (“DSHS Rates The Fair”) … Ex-council president Nancy Sue Wallace described her group of friends eating pizza outside Capone’s Tuesday evening as “The Has-Beens.” If the five women were, they certainly left – and continue to leave – a mark on Coeur d’Alene: Nancy Sue, Katie Brodie, Wanda Quinn, Pam Potter and Mayor Sandi Bloem … Mayor Bloem had on her game face in preparation for a debate with challenger Joe Kunka at the GOP Central Committee meeting within the half hour. She didn’t have to hurry. Seems no one had a key to the courthouse room where the meeting was to be held – and the various mayoral and council wannabes had to cool their heels until a commissioner was contacted to open the joint up … Among the questions from the floor at the GOP forum was one directed at the incumbent mayor: “What are your views on the 10th Amendment?” Which has nothing to do with city governance. But proves the Ron Paulers are still active in the local Repub Party.

Parting shot

So what do you think Erin Harty will recall most re: the Idaho Vandals’ first home game in the new and improved Kibbie Dome? The increase in natural light? Nope. The victory over San Diego State? Unh-uh. The managing editor of the UIdaho Argonaut will remember taking her daughter to the women’s restroom. Erin had this to say in the Argonaut Off The Cuff column re: an unexpected surprise: “To the guy at the football game that walked into the women’s restroom, went into a stall ahead of my daughter, and then proceeded to urinate with the door open – shame on you. It’s not funny, it’s not cute, it’s just plain stupid. Grow up.” Or sober up?


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