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Huckleberries: Washington driver gets his digs in

Washington State University license plate. Kathy Plonka/THE SPOKESMAN-REVIEW (Kathy Plonka / The Spokesman-Review)
Washington State University license plate. Kathy Plonka/THE SPOKESMAN-REVIEW (Kathy Plonka / The Spokesman-Review)

Huckleberries Monday:

Some chuckled at Dave Chamberlain’s Huckleberries slap at a Washington driver, but not Dave Vogel.

Remember? Dave C. said he felt sorry for a driver getting a ticket in downtown Coeur d’Alene recently, until he saw the Washington license plate. Then, he thought: “Cool.”

On the Washington side, Dave V. wasn’t laughing. He tells Huckleberries that he was “perplexed and offended.” As a longtime courier, he drives all over Spokane and makes a weekly trip to Coeur d’Alene. In doing so, he sees countless Idaho plates on the Washington side of the ledger.

“If Idahoans ‘dislike’ Washington residents so much,” wonders Dave V. in an email, “why are there so many of (them) over here?” Then he offers possible answers. The Idaho drivers are lost. They come to Washington for better-paying jobs, better health care, superior entertainment and better education opportunities.

Finally, Dave V. provides the dig that Huckleberries liked most: “You don’t even want to know how many Idaho plates we see parked in the lots of our pot stores.”

Huckleberries doesn’t travel to Spokane much, other than to visit the Spokane Airport and The Spokesman-Review office. So Dave V. probably hasn’t seen the Spud plates on the Huck-mobile.

However, this column is a ha-huge fan of that rather successful men’s basketball team from Spokane, the Gonzaga Bulldogs. And Huckleberries is also fond of those paychecks that the Cowles family has been sending to Huckleberries headquarters in Idaho for the last 33 years. More here.




D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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