April 3, 2011 in City, Idaho

Huckleberries: Hagadone guests walk a shark tank gantlet

By The Spokesman-Review
 

Coeur d’Alene is interested in all things Hagadone. Even dated things. So I browsed the 20-page, color-photo, online spread in the Robb Report that named Duane Hagadone’s Palm Desert hilltop hideaway as the “2009 Ultimate Home.” Huckleberries has visited Hagadone’s mega-manse before, during the construction phase, when lesser millionaires and townspeople were fighting city approval that allowed the Coeur d’Alene tycoon to construct his 32,000-square-foot McMansion in the viewplane on one of the area’s few buildable hilltops. Now, according to the Robb Report, Hagadone prides himself on having to point out the location of his spread to golfing buddies because the color schemes and the footprint make it hard to see from the plain below. Of all the items featuring Hagadone sizzle enumerated in the article, none impresses Huckleberries more than the three-sided, 4,000-gallon aquarium tunnel leading into the dining area, featuring a shark tank on the ceiling. Mebbe the shark tank is to remind well-heeled Big Fish at Hagadone’s brunches of their humble beginnings.

Working for the Man

Almost a quarter of my Huckleberries Online blog (spokesman.com/hbo) readers (23.75 percent) responded in a poll that they’ve worked for one of Hagadone’s properties. … With graduation approaching, copy desk chief Kelli Hadley of the UIdaho Argonaut offered her qualifications for a prospective boss in an Off The Wall column: “I work really well on very few hours of sleep, and sometimes people tell me I’m smart. Also, I can burp the ABCs. Not many people can do that.” … Councilman Mike Kennedy, of Coeur d’Alene, contends that spring break should be renamed: “It doesn’t feel like spring here yet, and the kids still don’t give us a break.”

Huckleberries

Huckleberries Poll: Surprisingly 56 percent of my blog readers aren’t concerned at all, or are only a little concerned, that megaloads of ConocoPhillips refinery equipment may be detoured up Highway 95 from the Port of Lewiston and across the Panhandle on Interstate 90 toward Billings. … Yeah, I’m aware that the Republican Idaho Legislature passed the last piece of Not-So- Superintendent Tom Luna’s computers- for-teachers education “reform” on April Fools’ Day. Alas, the sorry joke’s on the schoolchildren of Idaho. … Scanner Traffic (from Kelsey Husky of Moscow-Pullman Daily News): “A male has a female tied to a tree with climbing rope in a rural area southwest of Moscow. Both said it was consensual.” The mind races.

Parting shot

Huckleberries thought briefly that those wacky Bonner County Republicans had broken with Republican legislators in Idaho over education funding. After all, they passed a resolution calling for an investigation into Superintendent Luna’s dealings with an online provider. However, the Bonner County R’s weren’t concerned that Pied Piper Luna’s experiment will further trash Idaho’s education funding. Rather, the B.C. Republicans, who protested the 2010 county fair theme of “Fiesta,” want the investigation because they heard that Luna is palsy-walsy with, ahem, “globalist” Bill Gates. Who they think is part of a United Nations plot to indoctrinate Idaho children into a global worldview. This is not an April Fools’ joke.

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