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Reflecting on the Best

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For the last few weeks, one of my colleagues at Boise Weekly has been addressing me as "the duck," as in, the lame duck. Several weeks ago, I gave my notice to Boise Weekly and we began searching nationally for my replacement as editor.

News broke publicly last week in the Idaho Business Review, and I've spent the last week explaining to people all over the city that I'll be relocating to Washington, D.C., next month. All that explaining happened to coincide with the heavy lifting of our annual Best of Boise issue, an edition that always serves as a reminder of what a great place Boise is.

And though I've helped put about a dozen Best of Boise issues to press over the years, this particular BoB is one I've compiled with much reflection and pride. While other "Best of" competitions in Boise highlight a few of the city's true gems, they miss the mark in offering either too broad a scope or too narrow.

We hone in on what's special about the Boise area and only the Boise area--hence the razor-sharp focus on only local establishments. And we don't pick and choose which locals compete with a cliquey, invitation-only competition.

The result is a list of people and places that create and better this unique city in which we live. It's a place I've been proud to call home for many years and one to which I'll no doubt visit with pleasure. And when that day comes, I'll eagerly pick up the most recent edition of Boise Weekly's Best of Boise and start making a list of the best things to do while I'm here.

While we're talking best of ... One of the best events Boise Weekly hosts annually is coming up, and since it's a bit earlier than normal this year, I'd like to take another opportunity to remind you to mark Wednesday, Oct. 17, on your calendar. We'll host our annual Cover Auction at the Idaho State Historical Museum that day. Doors open at 5 p.m. and the auction starts promptly at 6 p.m. I hope to see you there.

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