Wednesday, June 29, 2016

KIRO Anniversary Today

Today marks the 75th anniversary of KIRO Radio 710 boosting it's power from 1000 watts to 50,000 watts, becoming the first station west of Minneapolis and north of Salt Lake City to do so.    Felix Banel, KIRO's historian had this report on the Dave Ross Show on KIRO 97.3 FM this morning. Click here

Latest Goldberg Evanovich Effort The Pursuit Released

Just in time for the summer beach season, the latest in the wildly successful Janet Evanovich-Lee Goldberg writing efforts "The Pursuit" was released on June 21st.  The series covers the wild adventures of FBI agent Kate O'Hare and her unlikely partnership with outside the law conman Nick Fox.  You can order your copy, click here.

Monday, June 27, 2016

The Veep Season 5 Finale (Spoiler Alert)

If you have recorded this show or plan to watch it on (On Demand) you should stop reading.
The last episode of season 5 gives many opportunities for a twist to allow Selina to stay in power.
After a tie in the House Of Representatives in the last show, Selina's chance to be elected president go out the window. According to the constitution, after a tie in the electoral college and the House, the issue of electing a president goes to the Senate where they pick amongst the VP candidates. Pretty strange.  Selina has come to despise her pick, the charismatic Tom James, but in a last desperate attempt to hang on to power, agrees to serve as his Vice President, after he refuses to consider her request to be Secretary Of State.
At this point, you figure that is how season 6 will open, however, James loses in the Senate.  When the tie vote goes to the sitting Veep, Andrew Doyle, he picks the opposition Vice President Laura Montez.  Selina has lost all power and position. 
A heavy drinking session with of all people,  goofy Richard, leaves the idea that she may wake up and the loss would be a dream, however, it's not the case. 
Selina's body man, Gary, goes on a shocking profanity laden diatribe on Selina's staff similar to Selina's many outbursts.  Times in the series when things were grave, only to have a twist.
Senator Montez is inaugurated and in shades of 1980, when the Iran hostages were released at the time of Reagan's inauguration, we learn that Tibet gets it's independence, an accomplishment that Selina had so badly wanted.
It was a surreal episode and you would think that would wrap up the series, however, the show has been renewed for season 6.  It should return in late April.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Bellevue Strawberry Festival

The Strawberry Festival takes place each year in Bellevue at Crossroads Park.  Deb and I, along with a couple friends attended yesterday.  Crossroads Park is just up the hill from where we work at The UPS Store. The festival is sponsored by the Eastside Heritage Foundation with help from the support from the City Of Bellevue.  It honors the days when strawberry farming was one of Bellevue's main activities. Attendees can choose from a variety of food booths, including ones serving such favorite dishes as strawberry shortcake.  There is also plenty of games for the kids and live entertainment.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Britain Says "See You" To The EU

Great Britain has voted to leave the European Union.  The implications remain to be seen.

Friday, June 24, 2016

1964 Lotus Elan Laps Around Pacific Raceways

Cousin Sam shows both his driving and reporting chops, while Uncle Arny rides along and provides commentary.  The pair took Uncle Arny's Lotus on a spin around Pacific Raceways.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Ex Sonic Announcer Calabro Gets Portland Gig

The Puget Sound Radio blog reports that the NBA's Portland Trail Blazers have tapped former Seattle Super Sonic voice Kevin Calabro to be the team's TV voice.  Calabro was with the Seattle NBA team for 21 years.  Recognized as one of the NBA's best voices, Calabro further endeared himself to Seattle sports fans by not following the team when it relocated to Oklahoma City.
While this keeps Calabro in the Northwest, this can be seen as a sign that the NBA's return to Seattle does not look imminent.