NELKE: Celebs in Cd’A are bigger news elsewhere

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Maybe itís the proliferation of the internet these days.

Maybe itís more of them are finding out about our not-so-secret beauty of a place to live.

Whatever.

More and more posts are suggesting that more and more of the rich and famous are hanging out in the Coeur díAlene area ó at least for a few days.

A couple of weeks ago, a power couple with a combined eight letters, a hyphen and a period in their nicknames visited the area, played in our water, ate our food.

Likewise this week, the reports go, with another ďfamousĒ power couple.

THATíS NICE.

As we wrote roughly a year ago in this space, this sort of news usually causes us to raise our eyebrows a little ó then we go back to whatever it is we were doing.

It happens.

You canít blame celebs for coming to our area.

One reason they probably like it here is because we donít go all TMZ on them. Other than perhaps a few whispers, they can pretty much go about their business without being disturbed.

We stand next to them in line, waiting to get into a downtown night spot.

We nonchalantly say ĎHií to them as we reach for a cheese stick at the local grocery store.

We walk by them in the aisle at the local home improvement big box store, then moments later think, ĎHey, wasnít that a former locally grown college basketball star who went on to play a little bit in the NBA?í

Then you realize that they, like you, sometimes need to run out and buy a light bulb and perhaps a box of nails, and you move on.

We dine next to them at lakefront restaurants, and aside from sneaking glances at them, we pretty much let them be.

They play our golf courses.

We stand next to former major leaguers while watching Ironman.

To our way of thinking, if the rich and famous want to take a boat across Lake Coeur díAlene and dine at said waterfront restaurant, fine by us ó just as long as they yield to any walkers, joggers or cyclists using the Centennial Trail, and they look both ways before cross the road that runs across the lake.

Other than that, theyíre just one of us.

OUR OFFICE at The Press is roughly one block away from The Coeur díAlene Resort. If we were looking to beef up our celebrity coverage, we could simply build a cubicle for one of our reporters in the lobby of The Resort, and instruct them to go all paparazzi when the time is right.

But we choose not to.

Besides, if the cubicle was by a window facing the lake, chances are our paparazzi reporter would get caught up in the view out the window, become distracted and miss when the celebs did show up.

Which would be just fine for them ó and us.

Mark Nelke is sports editor of The Press. He can be reached at 664-8176, Ext. 2019, or via email at mnelke@cdapress.com. Follow him on Twitter@CdAPressSports.

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