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?


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


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.

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.


February 24, 2009

This is bigger than just Micron, and everyone in the Valley should take notice of what’s about to happen. Housing will plummet again. The restaurants, florist, grocery stores, etc. around Micron and all over Boise will be affected by the shutting down of the wafer departments.

And think about Boise State’s enrollment and work with Micron. Will there be a decline there, too?

It’s going to get bad.