Buzz Bin

by MICHAEL BOWEN & r & & r & Un-interaction & r & & r & Small restaurant in Cheney, Mom and early-teens daughter sitting at a table, platters of food before them. Mom's texting on her Blackberry, making the occasional (very loud) call; daughter's texting on her cell phone. In the half-hour we watched, their only interaction was to show one another something on the screens of their devices. As they left and got into their SUV, each was on her own cell phone, engaged in conversation -- with someone else. Is this surprising or typical? Discuss.

Dammit, Janet! Dammit, MTV!

They're planning a remake of The Rocky Horror Picture Show, and Tony and Matt are outraged. They're two guys from Spokane who started an online petition opposing any attempt by MTV to tamper with the Transylvanian classic. Apparently a lot of people agree that Tim Curry simply was Dr. Frank-N-Furter, because nearly 13,000 people have signed on. Visit the angry Website (the one headlined "[Expletive] You, MTV").

Keep America Beautiful

Through the efforts of Sen. Patty Murray and Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne, Hanford's Reactor B was recently declared a National Historic Landmark, which puts Kaiser's old Mead Plant in line to be named a National Historic Eyesore.

Consume and Conserve

Fifty bucks. That's all that's between you and the finest local food (from restaurants like Luna, Mizuna and Scratch), produce (from farms like Jackson, Olsen and Tolstoy), and wine (from the likes of China Bend and Townshend). Savor the tastes at the "Futurewise Feast with Friends" on Thursday, Sept. 4, from 6:30-9:30 pm at the Arbor Crest Winery. Visit and

Shrinkage and Scaldage

Last week, south of Tacoma, a bikini barista couldn't take it anymore when a flasher festooned with lingerie came by her java hut for the third time. So she threw boiling water on him. Don't sass back the next time that growly waitress at the diner passes by with the coffee pot.


The photo accompanying our story about the Spokane Falls Northwest Indian Encampment and Powwow ("Grab Your Bustle," 8/21/08, p. 55) incorrectly lacked a photo credit. It should have been credited to Roger Dubois, an instructor at Spokane Art School. We're sorry for the omission.