How the state of Idaho stole Christmas


Leave it to the government to shut down a gift shop just before Christmas. This year I decided I wanted to send Idaho centric gifts to the family. I made my first stop at a popular restaurant, which has a gift shop. You can purchase local sauces as well as travel-themed mugs and outdoor clothing. There wasn’t much on the shelves other than a few children’s pajamas and a few bear paw slippers. I noticed that some waiters were wearing hoodies and asked how I could buy some. I was given a web address. When I got home I looked at the gift shop. He sells gift cards. To be used during meals. It won’t help the parents who live two thousand miles away.

I miss the old Idaho store at Magic Valley Mall. A quick web search shows that there are current locations in Pocatello and Boise. I’m not scheduled to arrive at either of these places soon.

Gee, let’s close right before Christmas

I found a link for the gift shop at the State Capitol. Click here and you can see my disappointment. “The Capitol online gift shop is currently undergoing renovations,” he explains. Are you telling me that the site is down 17 days before Christmas? The government bureaucrat is synonymous with inefficiency. Can someone pass me my blood pressure medication?

If I buy Idaho themed gifts, I want to buy them from someone in Idaho.

Amazon is not run by bureaucrats

Time is running out for gifts arriving before Christmas, I typed Idaho into the Amazon search bar. Although we have an Amazon center in the Treasure Valley, I don’t know if the products I found are from here. But I ordered hoodies because there was a promise they would arrive long before Christmas. I sure didn’t do it out of loyalty to Jeff Bezos!

Interior photos of Scramble City Comics (August 2021)

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Wiley C. Thompson