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Who’s Jacking Our Headphone Jacks?

The Bull Pen needs your help! They have a thief among them!

Someone in the building is stealing headphone jacks. In our line of work our personal headphones are like your toothbrush, so when someone messes with them or takes them without returning them, it upsets us...

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Iowa: The First Battleground For The 2016 Presidential Nomination
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Odds and Ends on Facebook Swap Sites — Especially Odds

I've been on those swapping/selling stuff Facebook sites for quite a few years, but this is the first time I've seen this:

What unusual thing have you found on a Facebook swapping/selling site...

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What We’ve Learned From ‘Hamilton,’ the Musical

The other day my daughter Shaylee was sitting at the counter working on the clay figures that she makes almost daily when she asked me, "Mom, can we go see the musical 'Hamilton...

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The Dating Game Has a New Term: ‘Benched’

There's another new term in the jungle of dating terminology: benching.

It's a sports analogy for having to sit out of a game while others play...

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Challenge Accepted: Rik and Michele — Plus Their Friends Reesha and Andy — Begin YAC’s ‘Surge’

The Yakima Athletic Club holds weight-loss challenges twice a year -- in January and June. They call the June challenge "The Surge."

I usually manage to suck Rik into joining the weight-loss challenges, but this time I've roped in Reesha from 107...

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Half Full or Half Empty? Do You Keep Your Gas Tank Topped Or Do You Push It To The Limit? [POLL]

Rik hopped in his wife's Subaru to discover that the thing was on empty. This isn't the first time this has happened to him, though. He says she does it all the time...

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Time-Lapse Videos of Yakima Sunsets Show What You Might Be Missing [VIDEOS]

My son Benjamin recently got a GoPro camera. He captured some pretty amazing time-lapse video of the Yakima skyline.

Take a look:

 

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What’d You Think of Sam Hunt’s CMT Outfit? [POLL]

Sam Hunt has a sound and style all his own!

Rik was talking smack about what Sam was wearing at the CMT awards last night, saying how he was dressed to go golfing in the 1950s...

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Is Country Losing Its Identity? [POLL]

When you think of the CMT Awards do you think of Pitbull, 5th Harmony and Elle King?

Yeah ... me either. And as much as I love all types of music and the mixing of music genres I was sitting there thinking ...

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Graduation Day Brings Out Emotions — And Cameras! Show Us a Photo of Your Grad!

Two down, two more to go. My second oldest, Benjamin, has graduated from Naches Valley High School.

As a mom, it's a bag of mix feelings -- I'm happy to see them enter the next stage in life, but sad that they no longer need me...

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Did You Go to Baccalaureate? Do You Even Know What It Is?

What is Baccalaureate? Rik had never heard of Baccalaureate, and I really didn't know how to explain it to him -- which is funny, since one of my sons graduated last year and I attended a Baccalaureate, and now I have another child graduating in a couple days.

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Need a Hug? How About Hiring a Stranger to Come Over and Cuddle You Awhile? [POLL]

If you're lonely and hungry for human touch this may be an option for you: Book a cuddlist session.

It will cost you $80 an hour to hire someone to cuddle you.

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