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Monday, March 9, 2015

Mr. Cope's Cave: 40

Posted By on Mon, Mar 9, 2015 at 9:52 AM

We went out to dinner Friday night, my wife and I, and for a pretty good reason. I will admit that I do not enjoy eating in public, out where every Tom, Dick and Harry can see what might dribble down my chin. Of course, like everyone else, my wife and I used to go out to eat quite often when we were young and energetic and didn't much care what dribbled down our chins. Our first date was going out to dinner. Probably our second date, too. And our third. We used to make a habit of it, going out to dinner. Or breakfast. On occasion, we would go out to dinner and breakfast. Hubba hubba.

Once we were married, we tried to go out to dinner at least once a weekend. There was no food group we were afraid to try. Italian seemed to be our favorite, but it's possible it was just my favorite, and she was too polite to tell me. She's like that... willing to put her own preferences secondary to mine. And to her daughters' and granddaughters'. And father's and mother's and brothers' and friends' and about everyone else in her life. She's like that... choosing to make other people happy. It makes her happy to see them... and me... happy.

But Friday night, it was her preference to go out to dinner, and I went along with it. She had a pretty damn good reason, and instead of what I would normally do under different circumstances—e.g., volunteer to run down to Jacksons and pick up a couple of jumbo burritos and some nacho cheese—I complied with her wishes. This time, I did what she wanted. You see, it was our anniversary. Our 40th anniversary. Forty... years.

I'm still letting that sink in.

We went Italian. It's not so much my favorite anymore, but it was as good a choice as any. And it of reminded me of our first date. And then, once I started thinking about our first date, I went on to think about the rest of it. The 40 years. They have been good, all 40 of them. I shudder to think what they might have been like without her there.

Thank you, dear and lovely lady.

Incidentally, first bite... I am not making this up... the first damn bite of my salad, and I had blue cheese dressing dribbling down my chin. She went home with me anyway. Hubba hubba.
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Saturday, August 9, 2014

Need Something To Do Sunday?

Posted By on Sat, Aug 9, 2014 at 6:00 PM


Only you... can wish Smokey a happy birthday. 

That's right, the burly fellow is turning 70 and you're invited to celebrate the occasion. Smokey knows how to party, and this time he's doing it at Idaho Botanical Garden with fun activities for kids, birthday cake, and yes, dispersion of fire safety knowledge. Maybe leave the fireworks at home for this one. 

11 a.m. FREE. Idaho Botanical Garden, 2355 Old Penitentiary Road, Boise, 208-343-8649, idahobotanicalgarden.org. 
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Friday, August 8, 2014

Mr. Cope’s Cave: The Hole That’s Never Filled

Posted By on Fri, Aug 8, 2014 at 10:00 AM

My dad would have been 100 today. It’s been 17 years now, and when people say there isn’t a day goes by that they don’t miss their mom or dad, believe them.

He loved this song. Perhaps he was thinking of his own parents whenever he heard it, like I do now.


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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Need Something To Do Tuesday?

Posted By on Tue, Jul 1, 2014 at 10:34 AM


When the kids are out of school, your mental stability falters. It's hard to stay sane when you balance the regular aspects of life with kids running around all day breaking things and testing the limits of parental tolerance. Lucky for you, there are fun, free programs in the area that will help you take a load off. 

The Treasure Valley Children's Theater will both entertain and educate in a performance titled It's Electrifying at the Garden City Library this afternoon. It's something the kids will enjoy, and perhaps future thespians will spring up from the inspiration provided. Also, keep your car keys away from those outlets. 

2 p.m. FREE. Garden City Library, 6015 Glenwood St., Garden City, 208-472-2941, notaquietlibrary.org.
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Saturday, June 14, 2014

Need Something To Do Sunday?

Posted By on Sat, Jun 14, 2014 at 6:30 PM


Nothing says "I love you" like a good burger. 

Tell dad how much you love him by taking him to The Counter for a burger on the house. If you teach a man to make burgers, he is obnoxious at barbecues your entire life. If you give a man a burger, you nip that in the bud, while still expressing gratitude. 

11 a.m. until 10 p.m. FREE. The Counter, 3505 E. Monarch Sky Lane, Meridian, 208-972-3393, thecounterburger.com.
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Thursday, April 24, 2014

Rrrrrrrooooooaaaaaarrrrrrrrrr!

Posted By on Thu, Apr 24, 2014 at 4:05 PM


Steven Spielberg's 1993 masterpiece Jurassic Park offered a few helpful tips in relation to dinosaurs: If you don't move, Tyrannosaurus Rex can't see you, if you have to pee in an emergency scenario just hold it in, and build your storage cabinets with a mirrored, reflective surface in case velociraptors raid your kitchen. Hopefully you won't have to take any of these into consideration, but you've been warned. 

Featuring life-sized thunder lizards, jungles and archaeological dig sites,  Jurassic Quest provides the opportunity to ride dinosaurs, dig for fossils and more when it comes to Expo Idaho this weekend. If you want to be a hero, gather all the dinosaur flicks you can find, facilitate a movie marathon/sleepover and take the kids to dinosaur paradise. You will forever go down in parent/uncle/aunt/grandparent/sibling/odd-but-loveable next door neighbor history as the coolest ever. 

Saturday-Sunday, 10 a.m. $13-$22, Expo Idaho, 5610 N. Glenwood St., Boise, 281-251-7237, jurassicquest.com.
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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Need Something To Do Wednesday?

Posted By on Wed, Apr 9, 2014 at 1:33 PM


That Burger King crown looks pretty good on you; have you ever wondered if you're a descendent of royalty? Perhaps you're the great-great-great-grandnephew of a famous author, war general or horse thief. There's only one way to find out.

Learn how to discover your history at the Genealogy Lecture Series at the Idaho State Archives. While the presenters will not present you with a carefully navigated family history, they will point you in the direction you need to go to access the tools that will unfold the story of your past. Finally, you'll have someone to blame for your lack of hand-eye coordination. 

6 p.m. $15-$25. Idaho State Archives, 2205 N. Old Penitentiary Rd., Boise, 208-334-2620, history.idaho.gov/idaho-state-archives.
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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Need Something To Do Tuesday?

Posted By on Tue, Nov 19, 2013 at 12:45 PM


Legos are less an object, more an institution. There are few people who don't have memories of creating things with the multi-colored plastic blocks, while some continue to be fascinated by them well into adulthood. Combine them with a funny hat parade and there's no telling what can happen. 

You can do just that at Imagine the Fun! presented by the Boise Public Library at Hillcrest. Snacks will be provided and everyone will have the opportunity to be creative. 

6 p.m. FREE. Library at Hillcrest, 5246 W. Overland Rd., Boise, 208-562-4996, boisepubliclibrary.org.
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Monday, September 2, 2013

Need Something To Do Monday?

Posted By on Mon, Sep 2, 2013 at 6:00 AM


GEORGE PRENTICE
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Take a deep breath and relax. Summer is over, the kids are back in school and you can give all your attention to your pursuits and passions. Unless, of course, you have toddlers at home.

Lucky for you, there is a way to keep them entertained and educated. Bring the little ones to Toddletales at the Boise Public Library where they can mingle with others their age and enjoy storytelling. Who knows? You may have a little bookworm on your hands.

7 p.m. FREE. Boise Public Library, 715 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise, boisepubliclibrary.org.


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Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Need Something To Do Wednesday?

Posted By on Wed, Aug 28, 2013 at 8:00 AM

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Anxious to get into fall/winter mode? Have you been longingly watching your VHS copies of The Mighty Ducks and The Cutting Edge? Have a whole brood you need to entertain?

Check out Family Night at Idaho IceWorld. Admission is $5 per person and includes skate rentals. You've been waiting for your chance to show off that triple axel—this is your time to shine.

6:30 p.m. $5. Idaho IceWorld, 7072 S. Eisenman Rd., Boise, idahoiceworld.com.


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