Thursday, July 31, 2008

Bouquet Owner Sells Biz

Posted By on Thu, Jul 31, 2008 at 4:00 AM

Bouquet owner, Erich Walton, just announced he has sold the bar. In an e-mail to Boise Weekly, he wrote that at 11 a.m. today, he officially ended "four years of a wild ride ... there were many good times and memories associated with owning a Boise institution and I am grateful I had an opportunity to fulfill a lifelong dream of owning my own business."
Walton went on to explain that though he increased sales year after year, the hours required to run a business of that type were too draining, especially in light of being the father of two small children.
He states, "The new owners are going to bring about a lot of new changes and I believe one of them is definitely going to turn some heads." Check back for updates.
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Wednesday, July 30, 2008

tidmarsh-jensen

Posted By on Wed, Jul 30, 2008 at 4:55 PM

Yesterday my mom sent me a newspaper clipping. It was a wedding announcement for Twin Falls residents James Robert Tidmarsh and Ryan Frank Jensen who were married on July 5 in South Lake Tahoe, California.

Alongside a photo of the happy couple, squeezed into a small white space, my mom wrote: "Announcement in the Statesman - we have come a LONG way!"
Amen, ma. (Now everyone knows where I get it from.)
In the coming days, I expect to see at least one letter to the Statesman's editor chastising the paper for publishing the announcement. I will, however, be sitting in my little corner of the world applauding the Statesman's staff. Even if they did get $120 out of the newlyweds for the two-column box.
Congratulations on your marriage, gentlemen. Never having had the courage to tie the knot myself, I can only offer you the good advice someone gave my sister prior to her recent wedding. Marriage is a garden, tend it. 

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Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Always and forever ... I love technology

Posted By on Tue, Jul 29, 2008 at 9:59 AM


I love technology. My idea of a perfect vacation is two weeks in a fancy hotel in some metropolitan city—stateside or abroad—surfing the Web and watching TV and movies, stopping occasionally to shop, take in a museum and eat great local food, all of which requires technology working at it's electronic best.
Over the course of yesterday and today, here at the swank offices of BW, we lost Internet and e-mail access and our phone system went down. Fortunately the server we use to get the paper put together stayed strong, and everything is (mostly) up and running again. It was tough, though, and our increasingly heavy reliance on e-mail and Google was brightly illuminated by the light of the BSOD.

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Communication Black Out

Posted on Tue, Jul 29, 2008 at 4:00 AM

Been e-mailing us and can't get a response? That's because our e-mail has been down since about 10 a.m. Monday morning. Our IT guy is working his fingers to the bone trying to get the problem fixed, but in the meanwhile, we encourage you to reach us the good old fashioned way—the telephone.

Call us at 208-344-2055.

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Just Kidding

Posted By on Tue, Jul 29, 2008 at 4:00 AM

We know we just told you to give us a call if you needed to get in touch with us since our e-mail has been down for more than a day. Well, 86 that plan.

Turns out our phones are down for the time being as well.

While our crack tech team is working on the problem, we're pretending we're living in the Old West and are moments away from hand-printing the paper.

For now, we suggest smoke signals or semaphore flags if you need to reach us.

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We're Back

Posted By on Tue, Jul 29, 2008 at 4:00 AM

Barring any other technical difficulties (or apocalyptic plagues) Boise Weekly is back in touch with the outside world.

That's right, we've got phones and we've got e-mail. Not since fire was first given to humanity has there been a happier group of people than this technology-dependent staff.

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Saturday, July 26, 2008

the cigarette diet

Posted By on Sat, Jul 26, 2008 at 12:35 AM

I just spent the last half-hour vegging out in front of CNN's online video coverage. That's what happens when the house is TV-free, you find yourself trolling the Internet for news videos at midnight on a Friday.
After a week of talking about almost nothing but the economy--it seems that whether I'm at a business lunch, a concert or a in the middle of an interview the economy just keeps creeping in--I happened on a slew of economy-related news on CNN.
A woman who killed herself the day of her home foreclosure; yet another foreign analysis of the U.S. economy; how a tighter budget affects relationships and marriages ...
But there was also this trumpeting tidbit: New York City's uber-rich mayor Michael Bloomberg and gazillionaire Bill Gates have teamed up to throw a half-billion at smoking. In CNN's story, Bloomberg says if we do nothing smoking will kill a billion people by the end of this century (he also brilliantly quips that "smoking is preventable" while Gates beams with approval next to him). A billion, huh?
Let's do something radical here and think about this logically. Not one smoker in the United States is ignorant to the long-term health effects of smoking--in particular the one really permanent side effect we could simply call death. Not one. Beyond the United States, the situation is no different. I've bought cigarettes in developing countries. On the outside of each pack is printed a skull and crossbones or disgusting and graphic photos of lungs, fetuses or cancer-ridden mouths. People get it. Smoking will kill them. Do they need a couple of self-righteous non-smoking billionaires launching a campaign to reiterate what they already know? No.
What they need is money to feed their kids. What they need is money to keep a roof over their head. What they need is money for medical care. What they need is money invested in their futures.
That wealth is distributed so unevenly in this world is shitty, but it's also just a hard fact of the system we've created. But don't add insult to injury by choosing to piss away money telling people something they already know. Do something real to help.
One out of every 171 Americans is losing their home. 850 million people--almost all of whom are in developing countries--don't get enough food. And yet Bloomberg and Gates are worried about a billion people who knowingly made a decision that could kill them.
I know these two men are well-traveled. Are they so isolated in luxury that they don't see what's around them? I've fed starving and half-naked homeless kids in the streets of Bolivian cities. I've given money and food to gangs of malnourished street kids in Cambodia. I wear a bracelet on my arm everyday because it was a purchase from a kid in Morocco who wouldn't have eaten that day had I not given him two Euro for the jewelry.
And yet, Bloomberg and Gates toss out $500 million on cigarettes. I assume neither of them has ever been a smoker. Too bad, then they'd know that in the absence of food, a cigarette curbs the appetite every time.

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Thursday, July 24, 2008

Plaster-Cast Your Torso This Weekend

Posted on Thu, Jul 24, 2008 at 4:00 AM

Bike, hike or car pool to the multimedia art show titled The Embodiment Project. Organizers of the event are part of an intergenerational women's art collective working to help women discover ways to improve their self-esteem using art. The art showcase was produced by local women who, in an effort to express themselves through art, have plastered their own torsos and decorated the 3-dimensional pieces. Women of all shapes and sizes created artistic representations of their bodies in the hopes of opening dialogue about body image.

The weekend of artistic events begins Sat., July 26 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. and then continues with a series of workshops held between 10:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Sun., July 27 including an opportunity for another casting party for those interested. Performances throughout the weekend include the Bois of Boise, DeLush, Pat Folkner, Boise Hoopla and the African Drum and Dance Ensemble. Support the cause by donating between $7 and $15 and all proceeds go toward a grant process to assist women's art projects. For more information, visit www.myspace.com/theembodimentproject. Location: 3801 Tamarack Dr., in northwest Boise between Catalpa and Taft streets.

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Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Know When to Fold 'Em

Posted By on Tue, Jul 22, 2008 at 4:00 AM

On the events page of the Statesman's Web site (yes, we visit it on occasion) is a listing for Stone Temple Pilots playing at the Venue in August and one for Kenny Rogers at the Venue in October.
Looks like someone got Idaho and Indiana mixed up yet again. Both STP and the Gambler are playing a place also called The Venue, but located in Hammond, Ind.
Since BW world headquarters are so close to the Venue here in Boise, we were excited about seeing if Kenny and Scott wanted to hang out with us before their shows. Darn.
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one down, two to go

Posted By on Tue, Jul 22, 2008 at 12:08 AM

Tonight: Josh Ritter and Andrew Bird. Tuesday: Lyle Lovett. Wednesday: Ani DiFranco. I don't think I've seen this many shows in a week since ... since ... shit, I'd like to say since high school, but I don't think I've ever seen three shows in three days.
Big nod to Knitting Factory. All three are KFCH shows and all I can say is way to come into town and kick some serious ass. The Big Easy never, ever, ever, EVER would have tempted me to put down my book and get out of my house three nights in a row. Never.
The show tonight, in a word: transcendent. It's tacky and cliche, I know, I know. Bird I plan to get to know better after our introduction tonight. Ritter blew it up. Last October's show at the Egyptian had a very intimate, reserved feeling about it. Tonight's show tore up the rule book and lit it on fire. From a lights-out "Idaho" to the encore's finale of an exuberant "Kathleen," I came away from tonight's show with one thing in mind: Josh Ritter is about to be too huge for the likes of a venue Knitting Factory's size. Lyrically he runs circles around Bob Dylan. And his endearing stage presence gets him even further. Props to the band. Poof ... he's Dylan, he's Springsteen, he's much too big to stand around greeting fans in the lobby, doling out hugs and smiles. Oh those were the days of the Egyptian ...
And we'll all say we knew him when.

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