Wally DuChateau

WALLY’S WORLD: Just a few nickels can make everyone happy

I had an old, wooden, dilapidated shed on the South 40 behind my house.

WALLY’S WORLD: Hunker down or fly south

As I sat at the breakfast table, with the fragrant odor of Yuban coffee wafting about my nostrils while gazing through the steel-gray fog and clouds surrounding my house and scattered across my field, I shivered at the thought of stumbling outside into the freezing temps to get some firewood and fully realized with astounding clarity that this would be my destiny for at least another six to eight weeks.

WALLY’S WORLD: Artistic types not better than us, just different

This column has brought me a great deal of fame in our mossy little corner of the world.

WALLY’S WORLD: Air travel simply isn’t fun anymore

It’s a sure sign of age when you find yourself saying, with increasing regularity, “Things are different today.”

WALLY’S WORLD: Olson is driven to building street rods

Unlike many, if not most, guys, I’m not much interested in cars. Never have been.

OUR CORNER: The year 2011 should be an improvement on 2010

Well, friends, it’s been quite a year.

WALLY’S WORLD: Wishing readers the happiest of holidays

‘Twas two days before Christmas and o’r the Plateau, I drive here and there, meeting people I know; It’s still early evening as I drive down 410, And cruise into Buckley where I stop quite often.

WALLY’S WORLD: Time to slip away, find romantic nightspot

Christmas is a romantic time of year and therefore, you would correctly presume, romantic personalities rise to their full fruition during the holiday season.

WALLY’S WORLD: It’s different for 10 percent

Our economy is so screwed up it would boggle the mind of a Hindu holy man and King County still has an unemployment rate near 10 percent.

WALLY’S WORLD: Drink up and enjoy a long, happy life

There are some ridiculous rumors floating around the Plateau about my drinking habits.

WALLY’S WORLD: Thanksgiving spurs fond family memories

Since the very first pilgrim/Indian feast in 1621, Thanksgiving has been a time of family gatherings.

WALLY’S WORLD: Folks moving Enumclaw’s way, even bad ones

So, I went bouncing up the steps to KeyBank, clutching a certificate of deposit interest check tightly in my grimy, little fist, intending to cash it to secure a few nickels and hoping to greet Cherri, Rosita and all those charming tellers.

WALLY’S WORLD: Monday night a special time at Krain cemetery

Well, friends, just in case you haven’t yet geared up for the occasion, I would remind you that this Sunday all those terrifying, unholy creatures of ancient folklore will once again stagger, float and crawl across our fields and streets.

WALLY’S WORLD: Lot of work brought Chinook Scenic Byway

Once upon a time, way back in the early 1980s, Doug Williams of Whistling Jack’s fame, Bob Grubb of Greenwater and Jeanne Lyman of Crystal Mountain, along with two or three of their associates, sat down over coffee or beers and decided many tourist attractions around Mount Rainier could use a little promotion.

WALLY’S WORLD: Major facelift for antique mall

I was stumbling down the street last week when I saw an attractive, middle-aged woman walking toward me.

WALLY’S WORLD: Recovery? We’re all waiting

Well, friends, we’re still waiting for the promised economic recovery

WALLY’S WORLD: More from the theater

Continued from last week:So, I’d be sitting in the old Liberty Theater with 20 or 30 other impatient kids. We would talk excitedly, squirm about… Continue reading

WALLY’S WORLD: Community could saddle up to a western

Gene Groesbeck was Enumclaw’s premier movie tycoon from the early days of motion pictures until the mid-1950s.

WALLY’S WORLD: Neither party willing to deal with sick economy

Well gang, in the last year it has become quite apparent our economy is more screwed up than anyone suspected and there’s no quick fix on the horizon.