No time for an unglamorous cold

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No matter where or how you catch a cold, there’s nothing festive about a bug that plugs your head and causes a major investment in aloe-infused tissues. A perky and positive friend told me this cold I seem to have brought back from my travels to Paris is rather glamorous. Hello? Have you seen me with bedhead in flannel PJs?

I don’t feel sick, just drug out and tired. I’ve gone out and about a few times but have limited incoming and outgoing hugs and handshakes. Last week an opportunity to meet and visit with Keith Morrison of Dateline fame brought me out from under the quilt. Then there was the Marine Corps Birthday Ball and all things Veterans Day.

I’m staying hydrated, going to bed early, getting up late and squeezing a nap in to boot. But a couple weeks of this and I’m so over it. Apologies for an abbreviated version of Main Street this week. I’ll practice gratitude and positive thinking and be back among the living soon!

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Things to Do Highlights: Tonight the North Idaho College Music Department hosts Gathering of the Bands, 7 p.m. at Schuler Performing Arts Center. Free admission. A second concert is Thursday at 7 p.m.

Tomorrow is the 10th annual Souport the End of Homelessness luncheon event to benefit the St. Vincent de Paul’s warming centers in our communities. From 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Silverlake Mall, just $15 buys sampling of more than 50 homemade soups.

CYT (Christian Youth Theater) opens on Friday with Seussical at the Kroc Center, 7:30 p.m. Show runs through Nov. 24. Info: www.cytnorthidaho.org

On Friday Soroptomist of Coeur d’Alene’s 37th annual Women of Distinction Awards Luncheon is 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Cedars Floating Restaurant.

The 11th annual Wild Turkey Dodgeball Tournament starts at 6 p.m. Friday at Mullan Trail Elementary, with official National Amateur Dodgeball Association rules. Info: 773-0539 or www.postfallsidaho.org.

Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. is the 29th annual Coeur d’Alene High School Holiday Gift and Food Faire at the high school.

The Avondale Arts and Gift Fair is 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Avondale Golf Course.

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Welcome the newest member of the Main Street Birthday Club ... Jonesy Rei James Paul. The bundle of joy arrived at Kootenai Health on Nov. 7 and is the first child of Jayme and Christopher Paul of Coeur d’Alene. Jonesy weighed in at 8 pounds, 12 ounces. His grandparents, Jonathan and Raydeane Owens of Coeur d’Alene and James and Deea Paul of Tennessee, are over the moon with happiness. Let the spoiling begin!

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Happy birthday today to Matt Backs, Cheyenne Tate, Desiree Janke, Timarie Lindquist, Tonya Yost (50!), Margaret Ogram, Jennifer Currie and Jeannette Laster. Tomorrow best wishes to Bobby Robinson (90!), Mamie Johnson, Jane Hansen, Jill Satterly, Tim Curry, Ann Jaworski and Robert Chatters.

On Friday Christopher Banks, Cheryl Siroshton, Mark Fisher, Teresa Eatherton, Jan Marie, Joan Antonich, Charlie Miller, Mark Gustofson, Christina Ethridge and Mary Scalise blow out the birthday candles. On Saturday Wayne Manis, Peter Smith, Colleen Allison, Greg Kosareff, Jim Morris, Sue Spinazza-Halliday, Chris Fillios, Karen Pichotta, Kilie Ellison, Dan Ripley and Stan Purcell take another trip around the sun.

Nov. 17 birthdays belong to my daughter Melani Oleson Gonzalez, Susan Weathers, Al Hassell, Sally Richards, Kareen Link, Maddie Kate Hansen, Neil Oliver and Laura Simon. On Monday my very first nephew Leighton Scharf, Dennie Thorpe, Gina Mote and Michelle Rielly will celebrate. Aaron Baldwin, Nate Ziegler and Debbi Thostenson blow out the candles on Tuesday.

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Kerri Rankin Thoreson is a member of the National Society of Newspaper Columnists and the former publisher of the Post Falls Tribune. Main Street appears every Wednesday in The Press and Kerri can be contacted on Facebook or via email mainstreet@cdapress.com. Follow her on Twitter @kerrithoreson.

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