Category Archives: Culture (or lack thereof)

My Daughter the Kool-Aid Head

Last weekend I heard the words from my teenaged daughter that every father dreads. You raise ‘em up, you teach them right from wrong, bandage their scraped knees and protect them from as much of the world’s ugliness as you … Continue reading

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Finally! A Truly Entertaining Debate

These Presidential Debates have become anything but Presidential. Contentious, rude, overbearing and disingenuous, both candidates have turned me off like a Jagermeister spigot at an AA meeting. Other than rising to new levels of disrespect and condescension, are President Obama … Continue reading

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Oh My God! Classic Rock Radio! I’m Going To Kill You!

I’m washing dishes one night, listening to classic rock on the radio. I’ve already gone to the bathroom to move my bowels while waiting out some pre-Van Halen Sammy Hagar piece of crap, but my disgust skyrockets when I’m elbow-deep … Continue reading

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Facebook IPO: Should You or Shouldn’t You?

Foundation-rattling news this week: Facebook has filed with the SEC to set the stage for an initial public offering (IPO), meaning they’re getting ready to sell shares to the public. Once this happens, Facebook Svengali Mark Zuckerberg (“With a name … Continue reading

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The Making of Off White Christmas, Part 1

It all started with a hamburger. A big, greasy, overbuilt monstrosity that was reportedly “demolished” by Guy Fieri, the Food Network dude who made a career out of a hairstyle. The restaurant was Waddell’s in Spokane, and I’d called Chip … Continue reading

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My Affair With Herman Cain

You can carry around a secret for years, and it’s like a heavy backpack—weighing you down, always there, a constant burden. But when you finally decide to share that secret, your burden is immediately lifted. Others bear the weight of … Continue reading

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Punkin Chunkin': Gourds Gone Wild

Several hundred people were gathered in a field next to I-90, 25 miles east of Missoula. Truck-mounted cranes maneuvered three massive air cannons into place. With barrels as long as 80 feet, they shot frozen pumpkins into the brisk fall … Continue reading

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It’s a Fine Line Between Good and Bad Country Song Titles

“You should write a song about that!” Any songwriter will tell you he or she hears that almost every day. Especially if, like me, they tend to write about the less-explored detritus of life, like raisins or Mr. Bubble or … Continue reading

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Steve Jobs, RIP

It was a cold, gray, January morning in 1986. I walked with my new friend Tim into one of the gallery rooms at our Seattle art school. We stopped at a table to inspect this beige contraption that looked like … Continue reading

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Bob Wire For President: I’ll Be Your Huckleberry

In the past ten years I’ve been approached to run for Mayor, City Council, and even the State House of Representatives. I’ve turned them all down because, frankly, going to meetings all day is my idea of a soul-grinding hell, … Continue reading

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