Archive for the 'Popular Culture' Category

A Mighty Roar for the “Mai Tai Roa Ae!”

Most of us keep fond memories of grand openings of one kind or another, and we have a few. Conversely, we were remembering a sad closing, that of the Trader Vic’s restaurant in Seattle on June 21, 1991. Although, a special closing event was held the following night for city celebs and officials who had […]

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Would you like a Spoon or Pitchfork with that Cake?

So how about this latest in bizarre chain restaurant assaults–the great cake imbroglio at a KFC just north of where we live in Seattle. The Seattle Times, by John De Leon, September 16, 2014: Working in fast food is no cakewalk. In fact, sometimes it can be a downright cakefight. Case in point: On Saturday, […]

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Annie Get Your Pitchfork

News this year carried some strange stories of food service attacks. This from M. Alex Johnson, NBC News: Man Robs Southern Diner — With a Pitchfork At first glance, there was nothing particularly noteworthy about the robbery Thursday of a restaurant in suburban Atlanta. An armed man made off with the cash register, scuffled with employees and […]

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A Hiccup in Justice

If you happen to awake early morning to a blaring TV, and we who are older do that regularly, you will almost certainly have caught Kevin Trudeau, the infamous Dream Maker. With his comely looks, boyish enthusiasm, and eagerness to share insider secrets for just a small pittance, he seems anything but a guy who […]

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So What, Emmy?

Although there is annual controversy around the competing categories of shows, a series versus a made-for-television movie, or some overly aggressive promotion, we have not noticed much ranting about the real weakness of this blockbuster show, the boring and insincere remarks by those voted an award. To use the favorite phrase from the 2013 show, […]

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Thank You Robin

Watching the 2013 Emmy award show, we were taken with the banality of the acceptance speeches. Most of those honored with the gold statuette seemed unprepared, needing words from an accomplished script writer. Their gushing and stuttering was to us insincere, sometimes incoherent, and almost uniformly too long. The ending music and thoughts of a […]

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Elks Lodge Happy Hour

From our home in Hailey, ID, we often drive the 10 miles north to Ketchum and Sun Valley resort or beyond to numerous trailheads in the Sawtooth National Recreation Area. Idaho State Highway 75 is busy with local and tourist traffic, and at times with wild animal crossings including the beautiful wolves. Recently, probably due to the […]

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Swimming to Sullivan’s Island

Sullivan’s Island is an historic small town on Charleston Harbor. The site of a major battle of the American Revolution at Fort Sullivan, this was also the point of entry for many of the African slaves brought into North America. More recently it is just a lovely spot for a beach home in a comfortable community. […]

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Fire on the mountain

One year ago we stood in our Hailey front yard and watched the flames rampage over Carbonate Mountain just a few blocks to the west. It was a dramatic and very personal exerience to the wild land fire reality. The Idaho Beaver Creek fire, one of the largest in the West last year, really changed […]

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Wagging tails and tongues

I know, we promised not to get into gossip about celebs, and certainly it is off limits to even discuss someone as strange and irrelevant as Miley Cyrus. After all, we just retired all of our bad jokes about “Achy Breaky Heart” when this twerking, jerking offspring sprung out from Disney to prime time. Well, […]

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