As most of my fans and readers are aware by now, I hail from Idaho–the
“Famous Potato” state. Our license plates, twice awarded “Plate of the Year” by the National Association of License Plate Collectors, read “Famous Potatoes”. As I recall there was a period of time when Idaho-uns decided this state motto was hokey and sought to change it to something more sophisticated and classy. They lost.
Sure, Maine grows fine potatoes but they have a silly motto: “Dirigo”, which is Latin for “I Direct”. What kind of motto is this? A dumb one, if you were to ask me. And no one did.
I am not trying to impress you, but my cousin Corrie’s grandfather—that would be my father’s sister’s father, invented the TATER TOT. I am serious. The man, Henry Chase, along with the Grigg brothers, came up with the idea to form potato scraps into small…
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Don’t tell anyone, but I have considered converting to Mormonism. This has nothing to do with politics and where my vote will go in November. It’s because I am just back from Utah, where I swear to god, I discovered the Latter Day Saints do not believe in hell or eternal damnation.
One would think having grown up in Idaho, which is swarming with LDS, I’d know more about their faith. Truth is, my mother is a very devout Catholic, and when the Mormon missionaries showed up on our front step, as they too often did, she’d profess her adoration of the pope in Rome, while politely, yet firmly, closing the door.
So I assumed this was not a religion I should look into and had few Mormon friends. We heard rumors about LDS issues like the fact that Joseph Smith did not believe in caffeine so drinks…
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