“BOISE’S GREAT,” SAYS A WRITER WHO LIVES THERE

March 24, 2009

A totally sweet article from writer Anthony Doerr (Idaho’s current writer-in-residence) about the city of Boise ran in the April 2009 issue of Smithsonian magazine and on smithsonian.com, and  I recommend checking it out.  Here’s an excerpt:

Boise, contrary to the notions of Easterners I meet now and then, is not located in Indiana, Ohio or Iowa.

See?!  Isn’t that awesome?!  And so true!

In all seriousness, though, the guy writes one mean (by which I mean FREAKING AMAZING) article about our fair City of Trees, and he does it in a ridiculously descriptive way that makes me want to cry because I can’t yet write half as well.  Oh well, at least somebody is living up to his potential, right?

HERE’S A LINK TO THE ARTICLE.

After reading a new feature on smithsonian.com, ELTRAV.COM's new favorite band of Boiseans might just be The Doerrs.

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NICKELED AND DIMED BY CITY OF BOISE

March 16, 2009

So I got a parking ticket in downtown Boise last week.  And yup, it was my fault.  I left my car parked in a metered spot in front of my work building for a little too long.  I wasn’t thrilled, but I can’t really blame anyone else, can I?

Well, checking out the back of the ticket for info on how to pay the dang thing, I noticed that one can now pay off tickets by visiting www.cityofboise.org.  So I went there and sure enough, there’s a new function called “e-payment.”

“Woot!  I don’t have to write a check or call the dang place anymore,” I thought to myself.  (Not that I get tons of tickets, but I think I’ve gotten one once before forever ago.)  I filled out the information I needed to and clicked submit.  Then, whaddya know?  There’s a $2 service charge for paying online.  A two-freaking-dollar service charge on a $12 ticket!  Do you believe that?!  And what’s worse, they didn’t even mention it until the end.

Dear El,

Oops!  It appears, now that your transaction is nearly complete, you owe us 17% more money than you thought you did!  Sorrr-rrry.

Sincerely,
City of Boise

At least I could’ve gotten the above mocking email to go with it.  Then I would’ve felt properly ripped off.


DOWNLOAD THE NEW ELTRAV.COM NANNERPUSS RINGTONE!

March 4, 2009

I just couldn’t help myself.  I kept watching the Denny’s “Nannerpus(s)” commercial and decided I simply had to have it as my ringtone, so I recorded the audio into an MP3.  Now, there are two versions of the commercial–the Super Bowl one where it starts with, “It’s Nannerpuss!!!”, which cuts off the word “pancakes;” and the regular version with no intro but a full pronunciation of “pancakes”–so I had to splice the two together.

I hope you’re able to enjoy it as much as I do!

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Click above to download the Denny's Nannperpuss MP3 ringtone.

Secondarily, I’m also testing out using the service on yuntaa.com to house the files that WordPress won’t allow.  Let me know what you think of the page the ringtone link redirects you to.


“LETTUCE PREY” — FOR SOMETHING COOL TO WEAR!

March 1, 2009

A new ELTRAV.COM exclusive t-shirt (and magnet, mug and button) design has been born!

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Check out The “El” Store to get yours!