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Todd’s Take: I Missed My Son’s First Day of School… Again.

Anyone in Yakima with a social media account has most likely had their feed littered with pics of kids heading off to their first day of school. My Facebook account is no exception.

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The 10 Most Interesting Buildings In Yakima

This list is sure to create some controversy as I'm sure I'll accidentally leave a well designed building off the list. My apologies to anyone who feels slighted but these are the coolest buildings in Yakima from my perspective as someone who has lived here for a year and a half...

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Macklemore "Camping Trip" tour logo silhouetted on ceiling at the Season's Performance Hall
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Todd’s Take: Camping Out With My Son, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis in Downtown Yakima [PHOTOS]

Last night's sold-out concert headlined by Washington natives Macklemore (aka Ben Haggerty) and Ryan Lewis proved to be a massive hit by both those who saw the show and those who came out to the Season's Performance Hall in downtown Yakima just to take part in the pre-function.

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Todd’s Take: My Secret Hideaway – Our Cabin On Chinook Pass [PHOTOS]

Every once in awhile, I need to unplug. Like most of us, the daily grind can beat me down. Email, cell phone ringing, interruptions at work, getting kids to and from activities, etc. That is why I was relish the chance to head to my family's cabin in the Nile Valley.

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Todd’s Take: I’m Rich! (Or So I Thought)

Is there any better feeling than putting on a pair of pants or a coat and finding a $20 bill in the pocket you'd long-since forgotten about?

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IowaStateFair.org
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Iowa State Fair Has Worst (Best?) Logo In History

Marketing and advertising agencies get paid BIG BUCKS to develop themes, slogans, commercials and campaigns to promote everything from toothpaste to state fairs.

To think that no one -- NO ONE -- balked at the logo for this year's Iowa State Fair says that they're either a.) completely oblivious or b.) have a REALLY twisted sense of humor!

See for yourself why, in their words, "nothing compares" to the Iowa State Fair. Now that I think about it, it brings a whole new meaning to "riding the Zipper at the fair."

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Todd’s Take: Summer Fun On I-90! Some Dude’s Boat Fell Off Its Hitch In the Middle Of the Highway [VIDEO]

On Saturday, after helping to announce the 64th annual Moxee Hop Festival parade, my wife, son and I jumped into our car to head to Seattle to pay homage to Ken Griffey, Jr. as he returned to the Emerald City to have his jersey number officially retired by the club.

We were pressed for time because we wanted to get there as early as possible to get our hands on on of the 20,000 replica Hall of Fame plaques that were being handed out for free to the fans on a first-come, first-served basis.

Then, somebody threw a monkey wrench into our travel plans.

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Photo courtesy: Bob's burgers & Brew/Yakima
Photo courtesy: Bob's burgers & Brew/Yakima
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Yakima Restaurant Server Pays It Forward To Local Police

This random act of kindness recently showed up in my personal Facebook news feed.

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Watching "The Wicks" at Chinook Fest last year (TSM/Todd Lyons)
Watching "The Wicks" at Chinook Fest last year (TSM/Todd Lyons)
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Todd’s Take: My Seven-Day Facebook ‘Marriage Challenge’ — In One Day!

A couple of days ago, a friend of mine "tagged" me to take the seven-day Facebook "Marriage Challenge."

I'm not sure of the rules or object of the game, but I do know this -- there's no way I'll remember to post a pic of me and my wife for an entire week, so I figure I'll do it all at once!

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MLB.com
MLB.com
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Todd’s Take: Ken Griffey, Jr. Takes Fans Questions After Hall of Fame Induction [VIDEO]

I had a dream of mine come true this weekend when I was able to attend the 2016 National Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Cooperstown, New York to see Mike Piazza and Mariners great Ken Griffey, Jr. enter the Parthenon dedicated to the greats of the game.

While the ceremony itself on Sunday at the Clark Sports Center was certainly a highlight (being spotted by family and friends on the MLB Network's television coverage was cool too!) I think I may cherish the roundtable discussion the two players had with hall-of-fame writer Peter Gammons the following day at Doubleday Field. Unlike their humble and heartfelt speeches the day before, neither player broke down into tears this time as it was a much more casual and lighthearted conversation with many laughs.

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Frazer Harrison / Kevin Winter / Ethan Miller / Karl Walter, Getty Images
Frazer Harrison / Kevin Winter / Ethan Miller / Karl Walter, Getty Images
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Top 50 Metal Bands of All Time

Loudwire counts down the Top 50 Metal Bands of All Time.

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Category: Opinion, Reviews, Rock
Photo courtesy Blake Noble
Photo courtesy Blake Noble
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Chris Cornell’s Opening Remarks To Sold Out Yakima Crowd At Capitol Theater [VIDEO]

I went to a Chris Cornell concert and a Tourette's Syndrome convention broke out.

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