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Authorities watch people near the water at the Okaloosa Pier as heavy surf brought on by Tropical Storm Cindy pounds the pier supports in Fort Walton Beach, Fla, Wednesday, June 21, 2017. (Michael Snyder/Northwest Florida Daily News via AP) ORG XMIT: FLPLA110 (Michael Snyder / AP)

Apparently, I've been downgraded 

Forecasters say Cindy, the onetime tropical storm since downgraded to a depression, is weakening as it heads inland. But bands of heavy rain are continuing – with heavy rain in parts of Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee.

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MONDAY, MARCH 19, 2012

Are People Crazier @ Fred Meyer? 10 

On her Facebook wall, Cindy writes of a close encounter with a Fred Meyer employee today: "Just got back From Fred Meyer. An employee on his lunch break walked by me singing 'People are crazy at -- Fred Meyer ... People are crazy -- at...

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FRIDAY, FEB. 24, 2012

Sam: They're Just Going To Die' 

On her Facebook wall, Cindy tells of this exchange with one of her 4 sons: "I told Sam I'm inteviewing a 77 year-old lady and a 95 year-old man who are getting married tomorrow. 'That is so wrong,' said Sam. 'Why get married when you're...

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High Noon: Flipping Off Someone 11 

My blog sidekick Cindy reported on her Facebook wall that she's never flipped anyone off. Rather, she said, "I usually just shake my head sadly. Sometimes, I throw my hands up in the air but that makes it difficult to steer." To which one friend...

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THURSDAY, FEB. 17, 2011

Pajama Person, Other Fashion Plates 

This is a first and most likely a last. This is a column about fashion – something I am woefully unqualified to write about. But since when have I let qualifications or expertise get in the way of a column? Seriously, my fashion goal consists...

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FRIDAY, DEC. 17, 2010

Cindy Checks Out SArmy Bell Ringer 

On her Facebook page, Cindy proclaims: "I am going to Walmart!" Nah, she's not going to shopt there (so you anti-WalMart readers can take your fingers off the keyboard. Rather, Cindy's getting paid to go to WalMart. More Cindy: "Salvation Army Captain Kyle Smith is...

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WEDNESDAY, NOV. 10, 2010

Cindy: I Coulda Been Guvnah 19 

Cindy thinks she's qualified to be governor of Idaho. And considering her list of qualifications below she may be onto something:I have ridden horses.I have not done things with ropes or small cows.I have been around hay and watched bales be bucked, but I did...

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THURSDAY, OCT. 28, 2010

Cindy: Red Lights Test My LBTS 20 

I’ve been seeing red a lot, lately. No, I haven’t been angry. I’m talking about traffic lights. There are 252 traffic lights in the city, and I believe I’ve been stuck at red lights at half of them. This has seriously aggravated my LBTS (Low...

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MONDAY, OCT. 18, 2010

High Noon: Out, Out, Damn NIdahoans 14 

Sidekick Cindy got all snarky after her trip to Greenbluff, one of the few attractions in eastern Washington that I wouldn't mind having over here in North Idaho. Facebooks Cindy: "Apparently, one gazillion other people also decided to Greenbluff, most of them from Idaho. What?...

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WEDNESDAY, OCT. 13, 2010

Hi-Noon: Teacher's Conference, Oh My! 12 

On her Facebook wall, Cindy writes that she's "heading out to 5th grade parent/teacher conference. Sam is smart and personable and teachers love him. So, why do I always feel nervous before conferences? Am I the only one who feels like this is also a...

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TUESDAY, OCT. 12, 2010

Cindy: Let The Thermostat War Begin 

On her Facebook wall, Cindy proclaims: "Let the thermostat wars begin. It's pretty hard to type while wearing mittens." Seems Cindy's husband has yet to turn on the heat, prompting her to write: "I'm not sure what his criteria is. Perhaps he thinks the energy...

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TUESDAY, SEPT. 7, 2010

Cindy: 'Desk Lickers' Annoy Me 12 

CindyH via Facebook: My five-year-old niece enjoyed her first few days of kindergarten, with one notable exception: her deskmate Timmy. "Why don't you like Timmy?" "Because he LICKS the desk!" There you have it. My new word for people who annoy me: desk licker. I'd...

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MONDAY, AUG. 23, 2010

High Noon: OK To Spy Via Facebook? 

On Facebook, Sidekick Cindy confesses to checking out her son Alex's date's Facebook profile page to get some idea re: the girl his boy was going to date. And she admitted feeling a little guilty that she had. But other moms responded she had done...

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Hi-Noon: That Sad Look From Dentists 

On Facebook, sidekick CindyH posted this morning that she was on her way to the dentist "which isn't fun anymore since they won't give me nitrous oxide for routine cleanings. Then there's the lying about flossing. This time I'm going to tell the truth." Which...

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TUESDAY, MAY 18, 2010

Hi-Noon: Real 'Breakfast Of Champions' 10 

Cindy: If breakfast is the most important meal of the day, shouldn't we eat our most important foods then? For me that would be PB chocolate ice cream, a juicy grilled ribeye, steamed new potatoes slathered in butter, smoked salmon with capers and onions on...

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FRIDAY, MAY 7, 2010

Cindy: Don't Drill, Baby, Drill 

I can’t top the closing situation/question that Cindy came up with on Facebook this afternoon. Seems she was have an manicure when … well, I’ll let Cindy tell the story: "Drill baby, drill takes on new meaning when your nail tech accidentally drills into the...

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Big Cups Of Coffee Need TLC To Finish 

I've consumed a lot of coffee the last couple of days, hanging out with my kids in Cour d'Alene and Spokane. I always order coffee, never the mochas or sundry other drinks offered at the various coffee shops, in sizes from 8 ounces to 20...

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D.F. Oliveria started Huckleberries Online on Feb. 16, 2004. Oliveria's Sunday print Huckleberries is a past winner of the national Herb Caen Memorial Column contest.