Stick: You can’t beat it

Cardboard tube passed over again: The National Toy Hall of Fame has inducted a new toy. Taking its place next to the bicycle, Mr. Potato Head and crayons is — the stick.

We expect demand for the stick will be great this holiday season, so avoid the lines at Wal-Mart and get yours now. Just don’t forget to pass along this advice: Kid, don’t poke your eye out.

Beats Boeing stock as an investment: A Bellingham man bought 10,000 copies of the Bellingham Herald’s election issue for $1,700, hoping he’ll be able to sell them as collector’s items and turn a profit.

The investment may actually pay off if he waits to sell until after the folded-newspaper hat has been inducted into the Toy Hall of Fame.

Watch your P’s and Q’s, too: President-elect Barack Obama and President Bush are scheduled to meet Monday at the White House as part of the transition leading to the Jan. 20 inauguration.

Some may recall Bush administration staffers were annoyed to find that Clinton staffers had pried the W’s from West Wing keyboards when Bush took office. Our advice to Obama: On Jan. 20, bring some extra O’s.

Jon Bauer, Herald Staff

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