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Gregoire target of grads’ classy protest

Dave Oliveria The Spokesman-Review

WSU’s accounting students had fun at Guv-for-Now Christine Gregoire’s expense during graduation ceremonies for the business, education and nursing schools May 7. Seems some future accountants were in a row with letters on their caps that spelled out “A-C-C-O-U-N-T-I-N-G.” However, when Gregoire began her commencement speech, a little tape transformed one of the “C’s” into a small “a,” caps were swapped, and – presto – the grads quietly protested their discontent with Washington’s gubernatorial election results by spelling: “COUNT AGaIN.” (Huckleberries Online has photos: www.spokesmanreview.com/blogs/nhb.) Double major Matt Nelson of the Puget Sound spearheaded the prank after classmate Renee Hibbard hatched the idea. Said Matt: “We wanted to do something because we didn’t want to hear her speak.” The prank got laughs and coverage on Michelle Malkin’s national blog and Stefan Sharkansky’s regional blog. No one got hurt or reprimanded. Read: It was classier than shouting down a speaker or throwing a pie in her face.

Biker Granny Redux

CdA has two Biker Grannies – Becky Becker Herrmann, 79, (former owner of the Ponderosa Golf Course) and Jean Reed, 80. Becky’s the Red Hot Grandmama featured in Huckleberries last Monday (although we didn’t know her name then). Remember? As Becky was ogling a custom-made chopper in downtown CdA, its owner, an unidentified Spokane firefighter eating at a sidewalk table at the Iron Horse nearby, invited her for a ride. And she jumped at the chance, hiking up the short salsa dancing skirt dangerously high to throw a leg over the hog. Of her Lancelot, Becky told Huckleberries: “He was a gorgeous hunk of a kid with a bit of a gut. I had plenty to hang onto.” No need for a retirement home there. Jean Reed’s cut from the same cloth. For the last three Mother’s Days, son Mike, the parts manager for Knudtsen Chevrolet, has taken Jean for a ride on his motorcycle to Curley’s at Hauser for a beer. Her pals get a kick out of the tradition and so do Mike’s biker friends. All together: Go grannies, go grannies, go grannies go …

Poet’s Corner

First, you should know that CdA poet Patrick Kelly is a young husband who has dealt with incapacitating health problems most of his married life. Now, you should read “Vows,” his poignant rhyme to his faithful wife, Melissa: “When you said for better or worse, you did not know, worse was your curse/ When you said in sickness and health, how could you know, you married sickness itself/ When you said for rich or for poor, could you have seen, you’d be poor evermore/ When you said ‘till death do us part,’ you could not have known, death was only the start” Patrick Kelly (“Vows,” from his poetry book, “Songs From the Darkling Choir.” (Huckleberries Online links to Pat’s Web site.)

Huckleberries

Wonder how WSU fans feel now that columnist Jim Moore/Seattle PI has revealed that Martin Stadium was named after (drum roll, PUH-leez) a Dawg – Clarence Martin, class of ‘06 who served as Washington governor in the ‘30s? Ouch … With all the ruckus about Spokane Mayor Jim West still swirling, Cis Gors of Kootenai asks what you’d do if you found out a close friend had a dark secret. Stick by him/her? Or get out the broom? Hunh? … Dis Wal-Mart if you want, but Sandi Brodwater was told by clerks at the Silver Lake Mall’s Macy’s and D&B Farm and Home on the same day that she should try the retail giant at Post Falls to find hard-to-get children’s shoes and cowboy boots.

Parting Shot

The $64,000 question that shoulda been asked BNSF Railway big shots who met with the S-R Editorial Board Thursday? Would you have rushed to reopen the Hauser refueling depot if you could be held criminally accountable for contaminating our drinking water? Read: Are you so sure your facility is safe that you’d gamble on going to prison if you’re wrong?

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