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Huckleberries: Rocky Mountain Oysters a specialty at Snake Pit

The Enaville Resort, known over the years as The Snake Pit, is shown in this 2012 file photo. (Kathy Plonka / The Spokesman-Review)
The Enaville Resort, known over the years as The Snake Pit, is shown in this 2012 file photo. (Kathy Plonka / The Spokesman-Review)

We’ll begin Huckleberries today with a word association game. You say: Tom Richards. Huckleberries responds: Snake Pit. Or Enaville Resort. You say: Snake Pit. Huckleberries says: Rocky Mountain Oysters. Testicles. And it may go further downhill from there. Why is Huckleberries bringing this up today? Tom Richards jumped into Lake Coeur d’Alene on New Year’s Day with hundreds of his closest friends. He’s a three-time polar bear. And he’s the owner/manager of the historic Snake Pit restaurant at Enaville, Idaho, which serves Rocky Mountain Oysters. Which also was a house of prostitution way back when. But that’s fodder for another Huckleberries column. Tom has breathed life back into the Snake Pit, after it was about to go under following the 2012 deaths of former owners Joe and Rose Mary Peak. The “oysters” were a staple at the Snake Pit from at least 1954 to 2012, according to Tom. Who brought them back in spring 2015. On the Snake Pit Facebook page, you can find the “Rocky Mountain Oyster Hall of Fame with, according to Tom, “306 photos of customers stuffing their mouths full of bull balls.” Jerry Bass, formerly of Bass Western World, is among those in the Snake Pit hall of fame. You don’t have to be in the hall of fame to advertise the Western delicacy. Tom’s daughter has designed a new T-shirt with a slogan that says: “I Had a Ball at The Snake Pit.” Is your mouth watering yet?

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On her first day back from New Year’s weekend, Jean Evans of Moscow, summed things up by saying: “I don’t think there is going to be enough coffee in the world to get thru the day.” Bingo … The first vehicle-vs-Big4LeggedCritter encounter reported by Scanner Traffic at HucksOnline this year occurred at 8:19 a.m. Tuesday. The crash knocked Bullwinkle into a snow berm on Highway 58, near the Coeur d’Alene Casino. Seems the driver escaped unharmed, except for the dent in his wallet from his insurance deductible … A kamikaze buck put a $500-deductible dent in the side of this Huckleberry Hound’s 4Runner on Thanksgiving eve. It had to dash across three lanes of Highway 95 in Hayden to wreak $2,500 worth of overall damage. Dang, varmint … Tuesday Poll: When it comes to personal changes this New Year, my HucksOnline readers offer a collective “bah, humbug.” Two-thirds of them say they don’t make New Year’s resolutions. (BTW, you can take part in the daily HucksOnline poll at www.spokesman.com/blogs/hbo) … Huckleberries doesn’t want to rat anyone out. But a Berry Picker reports that customers for one Post Falls fast food business had to wade up to four deep through employees taking a break near entrances for a smoke about 4 p.m. during the Christmas break. Sez the source: “Pretty disgusting for patrons to walk by these employees.” No argument here.

Parting shot

So a Huckleberry Friend is in the frozen food section of the Hayden Wal-Mart when a 20-something shopper approaches and asks: “Excuse me, can you tell me where the frozen food section is?” The Huckleberry Friend responds, “You’re funny.” Ms. Clueless at Wal-Mart didn’t react. At all. She just walked off. Later, the Huckleberry Friend told this columnist that she’d “encountered too many crazy people that day.” What would you have said to Clueless at Wal-Mart? Nic, from the HucksOnline blog gang offers: “What was that? You need to speak louder, I couldn’t hear you over the hum of all these freezer units.” Another wag suggests a one-word comeback in these frigid times: “Outside.”

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