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Pacific NW Cities Leads Nation in Ice Cream Consumption — Dave’s Diary

Can you ever have too many posts about ice cream during National Ice Cream Month?  I think not, especially when it's getting hot.  That being settled, where does all that dairy deliciousness come from? 

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Car Shows & Lemonade – What’s Not to Love! — Dave Ettl

Sunshine, cool cars and ice cold lemonade--what's not to love!  Don't let the location fool you, Crescent Health Care (Skilled Nursing Facility) and Crescent Place (Retirement Apartment) will be ground zero for fun for their 1st annual car display. 

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Apples Can Boost Your “Appetite” — Dave’s Diary

Ok, this one may move you beyond my usual “G” rating into a “Jeez Louise” type response.  You’ve been alerted!  An apple a day keeps the doctor away and now it seems the same piece of fruit could keep the sex therapist away too.

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Ready-Set-Wait – Slow Start for New Marijuana Business — Dave’s Diary [video]

The black market may yet take a hit -so to speak- from Washington's recreational marijuana business but there has to be a bunch of street thugs and cartel types who are chuckling at the roll out.

Long lines, no product, limited purchase, high prices--all that wouldn't fly on the street! But hey, it's a brand new business so buyers should expect baby steps

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Visions of America/UIG via Getty Image
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Yard Sale Secrets Revealed — Dave’s Diary

My wife loves yard sales. Good thing daughter “Kator the Gator” and I like cartoons 'cuz come Saturday morning Mom is up and gone. She finds great deals and has great fun doing it, too. But I wonder if she is aware of these tips from yard sale pros!

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Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images for Men's Health Magazine
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Risky Behaviors, and You Don’t Even Know It — Dave’s Diary

Coming in off a weekend of excess at the Bite of Yakima (it was great, hope you were there) I am reminded by my beast mode Mrs. that I need to hit the gym -- but instead I opt for Men's Health magazine. Baby steps, right? 

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What You Need to Know for a Legal Fourth of July — Dave’s Diary

We did it to ourselves. We may have had fun doing it, but the privilege is gone. We blew up too much stuff, started too many fires, hurt ourselves and others to a degree that the greater society stepped in and has taken away most of the fun! For most of us, except for community displays, the Fourth of July is fireworks-free.

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Memorial Hospital Wants Your Input on Policies — Dave’s Diary

Show of hands—who’s frustrated by Obamacare.  I thought so.  Don’t you feel like we were all left out of the process?  Wouldn’t it be nice if somehow we had a voice in how health care is administered in the Yakima Valley?

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Music Doth Sooth the Constricted Blood Vessel — Dave’s Diary

How far would you go to promote good heart health?  Would you go all the way to, oh say, the symphony--Or-- to your favorite TownSquare Media radio station?  Researchers at the University of Maryland Medical Center say music can make your heart soar and more!

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Pasadena Tops America’s 10 Snobbiest Cities — Dave’s Diary

Ever meet a real snob? They're out there -- feeling superior for no good reason. Do you know anybody who might be considered a snob? Are you one? Let's hope not, and let’s define our terms.

One definition is that a snob is a person who believes in the existence of an equation between status and human worth. The term also re

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