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Huckleberries: Crackdown on drugs is nothing to sniff at

Nic Casey, of Coeur d’Alene, hasn’t purchased rubber cement for some time. But he’ll be ready with his driver’s license if he has to do so.

You may think rubber cement is harmless. But someone out there doesn’t. Seems a 50-something co-worker of Nic’s was carded when she and her husband tried to buy rubber cement at a local Wal-Mart during the New Year’s weekend. Nic laughed when the co-worker told him the story. His colleague and her husband are old enough to be Nic’s parents.

She said her husband challenged the clerk who demanded identification: “You mean to tell me that there are crack dealers on the street selling cocaine, and you want to see ID to sell rubber cement?” The cashier responded, “Yes.”

But Nic’s co-worker assured him that modern rubber cement has a kick. “Have you smelled this stuff recently?” she said. “I nearly got high just using it for the project I was finishing.”

Replied Nic: “Are you kidding me? I sniffed that stuff the whole way through my high school days.”

To which the co-worker replied: “That explains a lot.” Badabump. Onward.

Crying time again

On his Facebook wall, Marc Stewart, spokesman for Lewis-Clark State College/Coeur d’Alene, writes that his 6-year-old son, Aidan, sat next to him during the Seahawks playoff game against Atlanta, excitedly asking questions.

When the Hawks lost in dramatic fashion, Marc consoled the crying boy, who lamented: “Russell Wilson is never going to win again.” Patiently, Marc explained that football games are for fun and not worth bawling over. Also, Marc assured his son that Russell Wilson would win again.

What do you suppose Marc’d tell all those adult male Seahawks fans who are still crying in their beer?


Last week, technically challenged U.S. Sen. Jim Risch, R-Idaho, became the final member of the four-man Idaho delegation to join the Twittersphere. You can find him at @SenatorRisch. Or on the other end of a tin-can phone line … Joining Risch in the Twittersphere recently was the city of Coeur d’Alene (@CDAgov). Which also launched a Facebook page. Seems new PRmeister Kristina Lyman is earning her money … Idaho may not be as cuh-razy as you might think regarding gun ownership. In a Huckleberries blog poll, 42 percent of the respondents said they didn’t own a gun. (But 14 percent said they owned more than 10 guns) … She – Katrina Swaim, of Coeur d’Alene – said it: “Yay! Gas is $2.84! I’m simultaneously excited about it and dismayed that I’ve been conditioned to think of $2.84/gallon as a good price.” We can relate, except Spokane County readers who are paying more than $3 per gallon … Hat Tip – to the Coeur d’Alene waterfront resident at West Lakeshore and Military, near City Beach, who is still flying his Notre Dame flag proudly despite the thumping handed out by Alabama to the Fighting Irish in the BCS Championship. No fair-weather fan there.

Parting shot

Prior to the Second Amendment Rally at Black Sheep in Coeur d’Alene on Saturday, John Austin imagined the attendees: “I can just see the crowd now. A sea of red-checked flannel and camo, testosterone-heavy and snoose a-spittin’, sporting two-day-old beards and an array of guns to rival any penis-envy competition. And, that’s just the women.”

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