'Cleaning up years of rotten wheat and bird crap'

'Cleaning up years of rotten wheat and bird crap'

Worst Jobs 2015
My brother had warned me about the rats.

'The brutal fact remained: I was not good at my job'

Worst Jobs 2015
I tell everyone I was fired for streaking.

'I would review the bank accounts of these doomed bastards'

Worst Jobs 2015
About 10 years ago, a younger, broker, more confused version of myself did what many other directionless people do and marched down to a temp agency to ask for a job.

'The empty apartment looked as if wild animals had squatted in the house'

Worst Jobs 2015
They mailed me a key to a storage locker, where the overhead light flickered like something out of a terrorist interrogation room.

'The worst Denny's west of the Mississippi'

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My first teenage job experience gave me a cautionary lesson about the lust for the almighty dollar.

'Every five minutes or so I'd smash the contents down with my feet'

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The grating of the machine, the paper particles swirling in the air — I can still hear it rattling in my dreams.

'All those deaths before had been merely names and ages'

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There is no logical reason for me to have been the man a few million people trusted for their morning news.

'Customers ... swoop in like a tornado, leaving your sorted stacks of thongs in a hopeless heap'

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Working at Victoria's Secret wasn't the worst minimum-wage job I've ever had.

'My first shift ever in retail was from midnight to 8 in the morning on Black Friday'

Worst Jobs 2015
My first day working at Old Navy was also my first day working in retail.

'Still half thinking that I'm dressing for a TV commercial, I climb in'

Worst Jobs 2015
As an actor, you take any job you can get.

Nature Calls

Distilled: The Inland Northwest's rite of passage, in the waning days of summer
I'm stuck. Somehow, while the rest of my floating crew is heading down a patch of frothy Spokane River rapids in their mustard-yellow tubes, mine has found a home perched on top of a glistening, jagged rock.

Capping a Career

Spokane's Joe Dahl is set to anchor WSU's offensive line in his senior season
Joe Dahl, drenched with sweat after practicing under the relentless Palouse sun, slowly made his way off the field to find a place to sit. "I feel like the old guy," Dahl says.

Fired Up, Ready to Go

Eastern Washington takes aim at a fourth straight Big Sky title
The smoke enveloping the Inland Northwest isn't utterly out of place considering the flaming red turf and the sign proclaiming EWU's Roos Field "the inferno." But the wildfires are causing some headaches for a team getting ready to defend its Big Sky title, make a run at a national championship — oh, and open the season against powerhouse Oregon on the road, with their former quarterback now wearing whatever insane combo of green, yellow, silver and white that Nike deems worthy.

Under the Dome

Idaho hopes this is the year the Vandals turn things around — for real this time
Unfortunately for Idaho's football program, the preseason news about the team hasn't really had anything to do with football. You'd think a team that's only won five games over the course of the past four seasons would welcome anything that distracts from their on-field struggles, but that hasn't been the case.

Pine Bowl Pride

Whitworth's second-year coach has the Pirates believing
Rod Sandberg, the hyper-enthusiastic coach of the Whitworth University football team, long ago replaced his blood supply with Red Bull.

Far Ranging

The Chase Gallery's juried exhibition casts a wide net across the region's artistic fields
Sometimes the mark of a juror is readily apparent on an art exhibition. Curated by Ryan Hardesty, Chase Gallery's All Media Juried Show reflects both Hardesty's contemporary sensibilities and regional roots.


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