Inside out

Posted: Sunday, July 09, 2000

Fourth follies

The lined, water-filled pit was dug near the Sandy Beach playground for Fourth of July tug-of-war matches. But after the formal festivities, hot kids eyed the muddy pool and leaped in. One youngster even challenged five friends to a one-sided tug. ``Yahoo!'' he yelled as he was dragged through though the muck. Not a bad idea for a hot day.

They should know better

The National Park Service has enough presence in Alaska to get past the usual ``Frozen North'' stereotypes. But a NPS book a vigilant Juneauite spotted at a San Diego area national park gave the same old, same old about the 49th state: describing it as mostly ice and snow, ice and snow, ice and snow.

Praise helps

How do you make a playwright happy? Compliments work best, even if they're not all that coherent, according to theater icon Edward Albee, appearing at the Last Frontier Theater Conference last month in Valdez. Writers need to do their work, and get praise he said: ``Unanimously good reviews, no matter how idiotic they may be.''

Change is brewing

Why does this not surprise us? Seattle's Interstate-5-side Rainier Brewery has been taken over by a coffee company. Tully's Coffee is erecting a 12-foot green ``T'' to replace the long-standing giant red ``R'' atop the plant. Those wanting to celebrate history can hit a nearby bar for a brew before viewing the R at the city's Museum of Science and Industry.

Big time for Bigfoot

It's hard being a semi-mythological, semi-human being. Just ask Bigfoot (aka Sasquatch.) The large, hairy creature that may not exist was recently spotted at the Lower Hoh Reservation, in northwest Washington state. Bigfoot tracker Cliff Crook said he found many clues leading him to believe the tracks were created by the beast. But Dr. Jeffrey Meldrum of Idaho State University concluded there was not enough evidence to continue an investigation. Think what that did to his (her? its?) self-esteem.

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