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‘Semi-formal’ inspires many interpretations

Dave Oliveria The Spokesman-Review

The tickets to the $50 Regal Cinemas Riverstone grand opening gala/fund-raiser specified “semi-formal attire.” And tuxedoed Riverstone developer John Stone complied. But he declared himself outdressed by NIC AD Al Williams, who wore an impeccable linen suit and colorful silk tie. Other fashions ranged from sequins and backless dresses to tie-dye and clogs. One woman said she was baffled by “semi-formal” in a North Idaho context. It was apparent. She wore a skirt and black halter top. Her husband wore dressy shorts. Beats jeans with holes in the knees and cowboy boots – semi-formal attire in much of North Idaho.

Broom Hilda

A Coeur d’Alene hygienist, who’ll remain nameless, called her 22-year-old son in Spokane as that windstorm blew in Tuesday. She wanted to be sure that he didn’t expose himself to lightning by going outside. Twenty minutes later, Sonny called back: “Mom, it’s storming here really hard, and it’s headed your way. I want you to promise me that you won’t go out on your broom tonight.” She should turn him into a toad … It’s great to be Brad Duke if you’re 33, physically fit in Boise, and worth multimillions after winning the $220 million Powerball lottery. It’s not so great if you’re construction worker Brad Duke, 44, of St. Maries and tired of answering the phone at all hours to explain to the media and investors why you don’t want to be bothered … The Seattle Post-Intelligencer boosted troop morale – the enemy’s – with that idiotorial Friday: “Iraq Occupation: This war can’t be won.”

No Southern gent here

Oopsy? Kootenai County Prosecutor Bill Douglas says he’s never been to South Carolina or attended a law seminar there. So, attorney Suzy Graham was wrong, he says, when she asked for a case continuance because she thought Douglas was Down South. But that doesn’t negate the great comeback from Judge Gene Marano: “I hope he’s learning something about privacy laws” – a reference to Douglas’ fight to keep courthouse e-mails to/from ex-juvie court queen Marina Kalani out of public hands … Quotable Quote: “The only men we danced with or talked to were of the 50-and-over kind” – blogger Lauren Ladoceour, describing CdA night life for her and another 22-year-old femme … To which, Mary Lancome responded on Huckleberries Online: “So, what is so bad about dancing with 50 something men?” You go, Mary.


Here’s hoping the anal retentive father at Old European in Post Falls June 19 was simply a poor role model and didn’t mean it when he threatened his two kids with “Do I have to break both your arms and your legs to make you sit still?” The kids weren’t making a peep. Wonder what he got for Father’s Day? Another helping of fear? … Spokane may lag way behind Seattle in population, but it sweats more. Spokane ranks 68th among the 100 sweatiest cities in the United States, Emerald City No. 95. Rankings are based on average temperature, plus height and weight of population. Who thinks of these things? … Actress Patty Duke immortalized her fight with bipolar disorder in her book, “Call Me Anna.” Now, she has a Web site that deals with the topic. You can find it on the North Idaho blogroll of Huckleberries Online: … Batman – a Republican? The Bad Hair Blog of New Jersey makes the case: Batman carries weapons, finances public projects, and is liked by the Fox network. But don’t stop there, says Bob Salsbury/Spokane: Batman, like Repubs, lives in a cave, has an isolated world view, and couldn’t see the shades of gray in reality if it smacked him upside his bat head. Touche.

Parting shot

Mike Kennedy, the moderate Demo who helped guide the CdA library bond to victory, is eyeing a run for the City Council. But there’s a catch. He lives 75 yards beyond the city limits, a problem that’ll be remedied if he can move into his new Coeur d’Alene Place home early this fall. If not, he may have to rent a CdA apartment for a month or so. That, or just say that he’s living in Coeur d’Alene, as former Mayor Steve Judy did during his final days in office. Stay tuned.

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