by Inlander Staff & r & & r & Hello Debty & r & Sanrio has premiered its new Hello Kitty Platinum Plus Visa card. (Mommy and Daddy don't need to know that it sometimes features a 14 percent APR.) Kids can use it to purchase such necessities as Charmmy Kitty quilts, Chococat collages and key chains featuring that naughty little cat, Badtz-Maru. Because if a little girl really loves Hello Kitty, she should show it by carrying a nice monthly credit card balance. (Must be 8, er, 18 to apply.)
Francly, It's Marvelous & r & At a recent international wine competition in Indiana, Barrister Winery's 2004 Cabernet Franc ($25 a bottle) placed in the top 3 percent of more than 3,000 commercial wines entered; every single judge awarded it a gold medal. Learn more in our Food section's Fresh & amp; Tasty column next week; in the meantime, visit www.barristerwinery.com or call 465-3591.
Thespians to the East & r & San Diego native Brian Doig has been named executive director at Coeur d'Alene's Lake City Playhouse. Doig has been active with the theater for nearly three years -- as actor, director, board member and more. Todd Jasmin has changed titles from technical director to Lake City's artistic/technical director. Former Artistic Director Tracy Vaughn will continue to direct productions at Lake City.
"No Fair!" in Chinese? & r & At Saturday's Garland Street Fair, for sale in a knick-knacks booth: Item, one Nixon-Agnew campaign button, $7. Item, one Chairman Mao button, depicting the Chinese Communist dictator hovering over the Forbidden City ... just $5.
Tricky Dick opened up China, so now he's worth more in open-air markets operated by the running dogs of capitalism?
Let the Receptionist Handle It & r & At a "listening session on cooperative conservation" at the Convention Center last week (see story on page 11), Spokane Mayor Dennis Hession (looking increasingly burdened as a summer of scandals progresses) was treated to a refreshing anecdote by Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne (who was mayor of Boise before he was governor of Idaho).
"It was one of those days when I stayed late, and everyone else had left, and the phone rang," recalled Kempthorne. "It was a woman who had some problem, and we went 'round and 'round on the phone. She finally asked who I was. 'I'm the mayor!' I said.
"Oh. I don't want you," said the woman. "I want someone lower down."
So, Mr. Hession, our advice: Delegate like crazy. And don't answer any phones after quittin' time.
The new one is smart and funny and action-packed, and it’s bigger and better and sleeker. And Downey does it again, this time ramping up Stark’s arrogant wisecracking, telling anyone who’ll listen (mostly women) that, via the creation of his powerful Iron Man suit, he’s brought years of uninterrupted peace to the world.