I was completely surprised at the Huckleberries Farewell-fest when Deputy City Administrator Sam Taylor asked for the mic (even though we had no mic) and read a proclamation from Mayor Steve Widmyer proclaiming today, Aug. 17, 2017, as "DFO Day in CdA." Amazing. (Brenda Oliveria…
THURSDAY, AUG. 17, 2017
We had a sweet time at the Huckleberries Farewell-fest tonight. Many came. We roasted and toasted. Brilliant photog/friend Brian Plonka snapped this photo. Also, Don Sausser posted a number of photos on his Facebook wall. You can find a link to them below.
Here's Mrs. O and I after renewing our vows on our 40th anniversary two years ago at the JACC in Post Falls. At 5 o'clock today, she will have my less-divided attention as we greet the Huckleberries Online crowd at the Fort Ground Grill. Afterward, we'll go on dancing through life. I'll miss you guys.
This last week has been an emotional roller coaster. I chose to announce early. So we can spend a week digesting the end of Huckleberries. (I've heard no plans to continue this forum.) You're probably tired of the week long drama. So I promise I won't be back tomorrow to continue it.
It just hit me. I need to make some remarks at Farewell-fest. And we need to toast the dearly departed: Patrick, The Bard, Dave (of Atmospheric Ruminations), Joan Harman ... And then it hit me that this could be emotional. Portuguese men don't do emotions. So I have a problem on my hands.
One thing I'm miss most as a result of my departure from Huckleberries Online is posting the rhymes of my dearly departed friend, Tom Wobker, The Bard of Sherman Avenue. Washington Poet Laureate Tod Marshall wants to get together early next year to see how we can promote Tom's work further. Stay tuned.
Duane took this photo of two women who were enjoying the downtown concert last night. They saw him taking photos and invited him to take one of them. I like this photo because it expresses joy -- 2 friends having a good time on a viewtiful summer evening in this special place of ours.
What would Huckleberries Online be without one last word from TUBOB (The Unbearable Bobness of Being). TUBOB was a royal headache -- and an incredible talent that drove many uber-cons away from Huckleberries. Yet, he helped moderate my view of others who didn't share my personal viewpoint. I owe him for that.
Betsy Russell, the long-time Eye on Boise blogger and Idaho Capitol reporter, checks in on my farewell tour: "It has been a blast working with Dave over the years as he went from reporter to highly opinionated editorial writer to blogger extraordinaire." Opinionated? Moi? More below.
An Athol man in a pickup was T-boned and killed by a semi early this morning at the H95/Chilco Road exit. Gary C. Knoblich, 58, of Athol, was killed at about 5:47 a.m. when he drove into the path of a truck driven by Ryan B. Crabtree, 35, of Athol.
I encountered former Mayor Sandi Bloem. I thanked her again for her grace and guidance in leading this town for 12 years. And for persevering on McEuen Park. Searcher (below) sez helping stop the recall against her & 3 others was shiniest moment at HucksOnline. I agree. Now, let's imagine what would have happened if Sandi & Co. had been recalled.
Here's another terrific photograph by my bud Duane Rasmussen. You may have had issues with his politics. But no one can argue with the quality of his photography. He caught a lot of political heat over the years from uptight Republicans. But he continued to send his photos to Huckleberries. I'm glad he did.
JohnA: "You may want to check that cooler on the way out. Like that last forgotten piece of huckleberry cheesecake hidden behind the pickle jar, you may find the likes of Sisyphus, TUBOB and TWolf." (DFO: I released Tubob last week. And just released Sisyphus, TWolf and Gary D. Rhodes)
Onset asks: What was the most memorable kerfluffle of the Huckleberries Online era? Mitchell/Amaro judge race. Douglas/Kalani email flap. 2012 attempted recall. CAVErs opposition to Kroc Center/Dirtgate. I give my answer below. And invite you to provide your answer.
I'm giving you a sneak preview of my final Huckleberries column (which began in January 1985 as the Kootenai Grapevine). This column will run Friday morning.