Wally DuChateau

WALLY’S WORLD: Rendezvous with the town’s latest wine bar

Monkey Rides didn’t last long. The shop might have worked in some districts of Seattle – again, Belltown – but not in a suburban community like ours. The building stood empty for several months. Now I’m happy to report the place has been extensively remodeled, to say the least, and has opened as a restaurant.

WALLY’S WORLD: Celebrate the Fourth just like our forefathers

It was early June 1776 and a group of elected representatives from up and down the Eastern Seaboard gathered in the Philadelphia Colonial Capital building – later to be known as Independence Hall and immortalized on the back of our $100 bill – for the express purpose of deciding whether they should declare war on England. They were, of course, all males because in those early days men were simply assumed, without any question, to be far more skilled in the “dirty” business of forging a nation.

WALLY’S WORLD: Theory ponders life in parallel universe

Today I find myself in a philosophical mood. When this has happened in the past, it's frequently resulted in a philosophical column. This is no exception.

WALLY’S WORLD: Vow tohave an outdoor wedding

Traditionally, June is the month for weddings. Most marriages are conducted in a church. But during the past 30 years, an increasing number of nuptials are defying custom and are taking place outdoors.

WALLY’S WORLD: So where’s my good luck?

You may not know Ann and Toby Larson unless you spend an occasional afternoon haunting the Lee lounge, in which case you probably know them quite well. And, if that’s the case, you might have played the pull tabs with them. Or joined them in the football pool. Perhaps the state lottery? You see, the Larsons are gamblin’ fools.

WALLY’S WORLD: Great addition to Cole Street corner

Well, if you go back far enough, there was a stable and/or blacksmith shop at the corner of Cole Street and Initial Avenue. Then along came retired flight attendant, Marilyn Nelson. She bought the building and planned to open another antique mall after, she said, “a little remodeling,” which was a slight understatement to be sure.

WALLY’S WORLD: It’s amazing how fresh the real world sounds

Today I’d like to address the younger set, if any of them happen to read these columns. Say, those men and women younger than 25 years of age.

WALLY’S WORLD: Point with pride to Enumclaw’s St. Elizabeth Hospital

Just in case you didn’t know – like, you’ve been living in a cave or something – we have a new hospital.

WALLY’S WORLD: Constitution works, even if few read it

There’s a painting by an artist whose name escapes me, if I ever knew it, that depicts Christ floating above the Founding Fathers during the… Continue reading

As Radio Shack closes its doors in Enumclaw, Gammon looks more to music

In the next few days, Enumclaw’s Radio Shack will close its doors. Permanently. And there you are. Another vacant building on Cole Street. Craig Gammon has been managing the business for the past 17 years. Most of you probably don’t know him in that capacity because you’ve never been in the store, which is precisely why the place is closing.

WALLY’S WORLD: Bennetts creating a taste sensation at Rockridge Orchards and Cidery

A couple of days ago, I was treated to the damnedest collection of taste sensations I’ve experienced in a long time. As mentioned in one of these columns a few weeks ago, I’ve experimented with a wide variety of wines and refined my preference accordingly, but I was completely unprepared for the vino I stumbled across that particular afternoon.

WALLY’S WORLD: Lee changeshands, but stays in the family

Diane Mills is the stepdaughter of Les Stehr, who has owned the Lee Restaurant and Lounge for the past 35 years, give or take a few days. Now, she owns the place.

WALLY’S WORLD: GOP has alienated this independent voter

Throughout much of my life, I’ve been apolitical. I was either too busy chasing ladies to pay any attention to politics or else I didn’t perceive any difference between the candidates: they were all a bunch of crooks. I didn’t bother to vote, though there was one exception. In the late 1960s, during my more wild and rebellious days, I took the advise of pop-subversive Abbie Hoffman and I voted for his pig.

WALLY’S WORLD: Enumclaw mayor traded art scene for City Hall

Liz Reynolds is an energetic, bright-eyed, middle-age, “young” lady who’s a friend of mine.

WALLY’S WORLD: To truly know wine, ask an expert

During the past 30 years, I can’t remember having dinner without a glass of wine. It’s healthy, you know. Good for the heart. In that length of time I’ve sampled many types of vino and fine-tuned my tastes. Still, I’m no connoisseur by any stretch, which is why I like to discuss the subject with someone who is.

WALLY’S WORLD: Sometimes the personality is addictive

Good morning, class. Today’s topic is addiction and some of the mistaken ideas we have about it.

WALLY’S WORLD; Museum offers a look into community’s past

In case you didn’t know – and I suspect that’s especially true of a large number of newcomers – Enumclaw has a historical museum at the corner of Marion Street and Washington Avenue.

WALLY’S WORLD: Movies offer great lines

What goes around, comes around, and Sunday evening it’s time for the Academy Awards.

WALLY’S WORLD: Understanding economy too tough for us

In case you haven’t heard, those with liberal political views have a new hero: Rolling Stone reporter Matt Taibbi.

WALLY’S WORLD: Neither rain nor slee t … nor computers and chicks

Despite the dominance of instantaneous e-mail, the U.S. Postal Service isn’t about to follow the Pony Express into oblivion.