Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Very special shorts

We are one month out from the Jimmy Buffett concert in Vegas and some people have questioned whether I am a true Parrothead or not. To that I have only one answer: Feast your eyes on these Margaritaville boxer shorts, know I have worn them, and be assured I will wear them again! If that's not true devotion, I don't know what is.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Nickfest, continues

For those keeping score, I'm about five weeks out from the Jimmy Buffett concert in Las Vegas. This is the key event in the first six months of Nickfest, which is the yearlong celebration leading to my 50th birthday next March.
To prepare, I've been drinking Land Shark beer and Margaritaville tequila, reading Buffett novels, listening to his dozens of albums and to Radio Margaritaville, wearing Buffett boxer shorts with a big parrot on them (I'll try to post a pix asap) ; planning to eat at Margaritaville on the Las Vegas Strip, and trying to decide how many official prefunctions I should attend down there.

Battle in Seattle

Publicity for the new movie ``Battle in Seattle'' has given me a chance to reminisce on going there to cover the original street demonstrations. It was a wild couple of nights, and perhaps my best chance to experience what the street demonstrations of the 1960s were like. One strong memory is the strong smell of vinegar emanating from many people. They dipped their bandanas in vinegar to cut the sting from tear gas.
For those wondering, other big stories I covered over the years include the last bombing by Unibomber Ted Kaczynski in Sacramento, followed by his capture in Montana; the 1989 earthquake in San Francisco; the 1985 Super Bowl season of the Chicago Bears; three executions, several serial killers and the opening of Al Capone's vault by Geraldo Rivera. I'm not making that up.

Monday, September 1, 2008


went to see lucinda williams last night with some friends at Riverfront Park. She was one of the free acts at Pig Out In the Park, spokane's annual outdoor food fest in which local restaurants charge $8 for a sandwich that normally sells for $5.

Lucinda was good and the food, of course, was huge.