By Paul Turner
Nov. 6 – A colleague sent his young-adult son an email about a possible purchase of a computer. My co-worker’s son lives in Spokane.
But the reply my colleague then received came from a member of the Canadian navy currently in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Apparently my friend had made one key-stroke mistake when typing his son’s email address.
He said the fellow over in Maritime Canada could not have been nicer.
I wonder how that far-away sailor is coping with the lack of an NHL season.
By Tom Sowa
Nov. 5 – The young folks are happy now that Spokane Valley got an H&M store. Big news there.
Now the rest of the Inland Northwest gets something to celebrate: the opening on Wednesday of the Dick’s Sporting Goods store.
Why is this big? Dick’s (we didn’t know this before) is the largest U.S.-based full-line sporting goods retailer.
The outdoor retailer’s store is also in the Spokane Valley Mall, which has to be happy that it landed both Dick’s and H&M.
By Rebecca Nappi
Nov. 9 – There’s been some buzz about Diane Sawyer seeming drunk on election night. Conan O’Brien did a terrific compilation of others who have appeared drunk on air.
My spin: She was simply exhausted. It does weird things to your brain, especially the older you are.
I know this firsthand. In my sabbatical fall at Rush University Medical Center in the chaplaincy program, we are on call for 24 hours every seven to nine days. Often, we get just about an hour’s sleep, depending on the need during the night. The next day, we usually are in class until noon. The folks coming off call, me included, are often a little loopy.
So, Diane, get some sleep! You deserve it.
Sirens & Gavels
By Thomas Clouse
Nov. 7 – It appears that former Spokane police Chief Anne Kirkpatrick’s search for a new job has ended. King County voters chose John Urquhart as their sheriff; Urquhart, you’ll recall, vowed earlier this year to hire Kirkpatrick, who left late last year after serving five years as Spokane’s top cop.
Urquhart spent 24 years with the King County Sheriff’s Office in various roles and had a commanding lead in votes over Sheriff Steve Strachan, who was appointed to the post by the King County Council in April.