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John Riggs

How are you feelin'? I'm married with three kids, love cooking (when I find the time) and love old video games. I'm a retro nerd who loves to reminisce about the '80s and '90s and am an autism-awareness advocate. - PSN, Xbox Live and Wii U, game with me! @johnblueriggs (also on Instagram, Twitter and Pintrest)
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Words That May Have A Different Meaning in Washington State Than Other States

Have you ever been in another state and bring up something in casual conversation only to get strange looks from the people you're speaking to? I think it's because we have some words that are widely used in the country but, for various reasons, have a slightly different meaning to us here in Washington. Movoto.com came out with a list of some of those words. See if you agree.

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John Riggs Tries Yakima Crossfit for the First Time [VIDEO]

I've heard a lot about Crossfit for the past few years, but I'd never quite heard what it was exactly. It always sounded like a hardcore, intense workout strictly for fitness fanatics. But after a quick visit to one of their classes, I learned firsthand that this is far from the truth.

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‘Tis the Season for Fire Safety — Tips on Avoiding House Fires This Time of Year

Every year, stories emerge about people's houses catching fire. Their home is ablaze, all of their presents are turned to ash and it is often caused by something 100 percent preventable.
"It takes only seconds for a tree to ignite and the entire room to become engulfed in flames,"
-- State Fire Marshal Charles Duffy.

Here are a few tips to ensure you and your home stay safe this holiday season.

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How to Wrap Christmas Presents Like a Pro [VIDEO]

If you're anything like me, you're terrible at wrapping presents. I have a terrible time properly aligning the wrapping paper, I never wrap it tight enough, I seem to never know how to crease and fold the paper -- it's pretty embarrassing. This guy from Japan shows a great technique for wrapping a present. I'm going to give this a shot next time I wrap something.

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French Toast Crunch is Back and I Have an Advanced Box to Share with You

In the mid-'90s, General Mills released a spin-off of Cinnamon Toast Crunch called 'French Toast Crunch.' They were bread-shaped cereal bits with the taste of cinnamon and maple syrup. I absolutely loved them as many did. It was discontinued in the U.S. back in 2006, but there was enough of a public outcry to bring it back. Now, General Mills has sent me a box of it, for ol' times sake.

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Yakima Maker Space Offers Workshops for the Christmas Season

Yakima Maker Space is a great place to take your kids, and I promise you'll be amazed as well. And just in time for the holidays, they're offering several all-ages workshops and events in the coming days. Here are a few seasonal offerings you can take advantage of.

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Tieton Cider Works / John Riggs
Tieton Cider Works / John Riggs
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Celebrate Yakima at the ‘I Heart Yakima’ Holiday Party Dec. 9 at Tieton Cider Works

The good people with 'I Heart Yakima' are throwing a holiday party at Tieton Cider Works on Dec. 9 and you are invited!

Bring your ideas, because they're planning what they call an 'Idea Jam' to come up with new ways to showcase how awesome Yakima truly is

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Another Great Year for the Sunnyside Lighted Farm Implement Parade

Sunnyside's Lighted Farm Implement Parade is easily one of the largest parades in the region, bringing thousands to town to see something spectacular. It's always our pleasure to be included in this parade. This time I had my daughters helping wave as I drove. Here's a very quick peek.

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