Wally DuChateau

Always keep in mind, alcohol is a narcotic | Wally’s World

The other day a lady stopped me in Safeway and said her 17-year-old son had started fooling around with booze, as kids are prone to do.

Dealer never tires of trading cash for coins | Wally’s World

Well, with interest rates at an all-time low, a few Christmas expenses still coming due and an unexpected $1000 fee for a tooth crown, last week my finances had become so strained they were about to interfere with my social life, which can’t, under any circumstances, be tolerated. The last thing I needed was another bill. Nevertheless, I got one anyway: my pickup needed four new tires.

It’s an odd world where violence is OK, sex is not | Wally’s World

Hollywood rolled out the red carpet for the annual Academy Awards Sunday night. So, with the winners fresh in our minds – if you give a damn about such fanfare – this is as good a time as any to make a few personal observations about the current state of motion pictures.

Forget the science and enjoy the romance | WALLY’S WORLD

Well, this Thursday it’s time again for hearts and flowers and a glass of red wine. Time to gaze into each other’s eyes across a tiny table in a secluded little lounge, perhaps floating above the Seattle skyline.

Enumclaw native doing it his way, breaks into art world | WALLY’S WORLD

Make no mistake, in America you can do anything and become anything you want, even it it's illegal. All you have to do is work at it.

Getting ready for more pizza, drinks downtown | WALLY’S WORLD

If you’ve been around Enumclaw more than eight or 10 years and if, in your time, you have haunted any of the local bars, you’ll surely recall the old Rainier Tavern.

Chalet Theater…it’s a good thing | WALLLY’S WORLD

When I was a little kid, Enumclaw had two motion picture theaters: The Liberty was located where the police station is today and the Avalon was sandwiched in a space that’s currently empty between Harding Dentistry and Allen’s Furniture.

New life for the old grange hall | Wally’s World

Back in the day — way back before the turn of the 20th century — frontiersmen in the Enumclaw area were digging outhouses and falling trees on their land-grant property. They were affectionately known as “stump farmers.” The timber was of some value and they used the profits to purchase cows, hoping to develop dairy farms.

A Plateau rhyme for the Christmas time | Wally’s World

T’was the day before Christmas and o’re the Plateau, From Diamond to Buckley we’re all on the go;

Some holidays just stand out | Wally’s World

Looking back upon the Christmases I’ve known, a few stand out prominently from all the rest. This doesn’t mean those Christmases were necessarily the most enjoyable, only that they were more memorable.

Finding a perfect Manhattan close to home | WALLY’S WORLD

My favorite blended alcoholic drink is the Manhattan. Unfortunately, it’s very difficult to find a really fine Manhattan anywhere outside Manhattan, but I’ve enjoyed a few in some of Seattle’s more exclusive restaurants; for example, the Hunt Club in the Sorrento Hotel.

Getting to know The Parlor Room | WALLY’S WORLD

Tina Cullison graduated from Auburn High School, married Justin Solmonsen 20 years ago, and has been living in Graham ever since. A few weeks ago, she took over the site and much of the inventory that was formerly City Perk and, in its place, opened The Parlor Room.

Still considering white teeth, strong positions | WALLY’S WORLD

People occasionally ask what political party I’m affiliated with. More recently, they ask if I’m leaning toward Obama or Romney. If you’ve read these columns with any regularity for any length of time, the answer is probably clear.

It’s a whole new world when it comes to weed | WALLY’S WORLD

I can’t remember exactly when I first smoked pot. Perhaps that’s understandable because it was sometime during the Sixties – and you know what they say about remembering the Sixties.

You just might hear something poetic | WALLY’S WORLD

Some people call me a writer. Others feel it’s a bit more accurate to label me a columnist. When I tell them I’m also playing around with a few novels, they’re usually more impressed. “Oh!” one lady exclaimed and arched her eyebrow. “So you’re an author!” Others call me things that aren’t fit for a family newspaper.

It’s a wacky world of fashion | WALLY’S WORLD

Well, you know how it goes in the world of fashion: here today and gone tomorrow. At the moment, colored jeans are hot, but you wouldn’t be caught dead in pink jeans by next summer. (Of course. if you start wearing them 10 years from now, you’ll probably be rather cool again.)

Feels good to keep things local | Wally’s World

Well, I was gonna check my email the other night, which I’m sure is also a daily ritual for many of you. I clicked on the Internet but received, instead, a rather startling and unsettling result.

Monument to honor town’s past | Wally’s World

The other day I heard about a Black Diamond memorial to Washington state’s coal mining past, so I drove across the river to check things out. I suspect this project has been in various stages of development for a number of years, but this whimsical storyteller just learned about it.

Great farmers market found in Maple Valley | Wally’s World

This column has frequently showered considerable praise on Pike Place Market in downtown Seattle.

Great farmers market found in Maple Valley | Wally’s World

This column has frequently showered considerable praise on Pike Place Market in downtown Seattle.