Archive for March, 2010

John Day, OR – Hand Written Newsletter

I was in John Day having lunch and saw the FREE Juniper Press Newsletter, which is hand written.  If you look closely on the second page, you can see the tape the person used to tape the ads together, before copying.

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John Day, OR – Businesses Reserve The Right

To refuse service to anyone.  We stopped in John Day for lunch, and on the door of the cafe there is a homemade sign, put up with masking tape, that states this.  Inside there were two more signs. [I messed up and didn’t get a photo.] 

Lots of signs on businesses that state: United Against Hate.

I can only hope the Aryan Nation will accept that they are NOT welcome and settle someplace else, preferably closer to Hell.

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Boise, ID

Sorry to report that I’m NOT keen on Boise.  Take away the mountains, and it seemed like any other run down 200,000 population city with NO character.

Even though the capital and Boise State are here, I just didn’t see any livelihood.  Like probably most cities, once quitting time hits, the downtown area becomes deserted.

I think that a huge part of my disappointment was that I had done some research on Boise.  I kept finding words/sentences such as: distinctive neighborhoods; lively; full of cafes and coffee houses…and I believed this.

I am sure that if I had my bike I would’ve enjoyed Boise a whole lot more.  However, the weather predicted rain and/or snow the entire time, so we decided NOT to bring our bikes.  Of course, neither happened.

There is a greenbelt along both sides of the river, which was nice, and I suspect VERY fun to walk/cycle when the weather is better.  The town did seem like it would be bike friendly, and that I could understand if someone living here wanted to give up their car.

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Boise, ID – The State Capitol

The state capitol has just been renovated and is back open to the public.  And open it is…just walk right in… NO security!

LOTS of white [with gray] marble.  Very lit and bright.  Clean.  NO signs, paintings, murals, photo…anything on its walls.  Very stark, except for a bench here and there.

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Boise State Student Council

If you are running for Student Council at Boise State, be sure to cross your arms in your poster photo!

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Ricky Martin Just Revealed…

That he is gay.   Uhmmm…didn’t we already know that?  Is there a person, anywhere, who didn’t know this?  Kinda reminds me of when Ellen came out…this is a revelation?

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Boise, ID – The City of Small Statues

Boise has really small statues.  To me, statues are and should be larger than life.  Notice that the statue of Lincoln is smaller than his pedestal!

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Boise, ID – Largest Sequoia Tree in the State

The largest Sequoia tree in the state of Idaho is “near” St Lukes Hospital.

Hmmm…How many people will we have to ask to find out where it’s located?  We lucked out and the third person knew exactly where it was located!

The trunk doesn’t look that big, until you get right up next to it…then it is.  My estimate is that the circumference of the trunk is 18′.

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Boise, ID – Heritage Inn B&B

We stayed at the B&B, Heritage Inn in the Warm Springs neighborhood of Boise.   The B&B was nicely located to downtown, the University, and the greenbelt river trails.  Very quiet.  I would recommend it.   However, do NOT stay here for the food.  Each morning we had fruit with yogurt on top.  The first morning we had french toast, the second morning we had deep fried french toast.

Our hot water and heat source was geothermal…which means hot springs…which means Smells Like Sulphur!  I was ok with this, Ralph wasn’t keen on the smell.  The cold water comes from a city source on another line.  Ralph says that a cold shower is better than a stinky one!

I have two data sources re geothermal heating and the drinking of water:  Boise and Reykjavik, Iceland. 

Regarding heating, I remember walking around in Reykjavik over Thanksgiving in 2003, it was about 5 degrees below zero, and people in their apartments had their windows open!  Geothermal heat really pours out!  Same in our room.  Outside temp was in the 30’s, yet I didn’t need a blanket.  In the morning it was so warm that I opened up the window, which I noticed wasn’t locked and people before me had already risen up the storm window pane/glass in order to let the hot air out!

Regarding drinking of the water, IF you want TMI – read down to the bottom of this post.

Boise does NOT have a governor’s mansion…wherever the governor decides to live is the official mansion.  In the 40’s, this was the home that Governor Chase Clark chose to live in for his one term, 2 years in office.  Then, Clark’s daughter married Frank Church, and they used this house as their Idaho residence during Senator Church’s tenure of 24 years in the Senate.

Regarding drinking of the water: the sulphur in the water turns your poo yellow!

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Jacks On?

In Boise, their 7-11 type of store is called Jacks On.  Hmmm???  Is Jacks Off somewhere else?  And then I realized that it’s really Jackson’s…and the sign color change between the s and the o threw me off!



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