Saturday, January 01, 2011

A Year In Review: Barers Of Maple Vally Look At 2010

I'm sure that you have seen many of these, my plan once again is to look at the past year, in this case 2010 as posted in this blog.

January Seahawks finished the 2009 season with a close loss to the Tennessee Titans, it would be their fourth loss in a row and lead to the removal of their coach Jim Mora.
Barers Of Maple Valley received more hits than it ever received on a single day when announcing that KJR Traffic Reporter Tracy Taylor was leaving radio to report traffic on KING 5 TV.
Original Sonics radio announcer Bob Blackburn passed away.
The Seattle Seahawks hired USC Coach Pete Carroll, who had little success previously in the NFL but had lead the Trojans back to greatness.
A major earthquake hit the impoverished country of Haiti, killing an estimated 230,000 if it's inhabitants and leading to a series of fundraisers and humanitarian efforts.
Felix Hernandez signed a new contract with the Mariners as optimism grew for the 2010 season.
Also a new wine bar opened up in Maple Valley. DaVine is still pouring in the Lake Wilderness shopping area.

February I cannot believe that it has been almost a year since we saw Billy Joel and Elton John in concert together at the Key Arena.
The New Orleans Saints it's their first Super Bowl title while playing in it's first Super Bowl. Representing the recovery from 2005's Hurricane Katrina, the team was able to win the hearts of America.
We took a trip to the Palm Springs area and enjoyed a little break from winter.

March My Alma Matter Walla Walla High School finished fourth in the state boys basketball tournament and a new comprehensive health coverage bill is passed by Congress.

April We participated for the second year in a row in the "Passport To Woodinville" wine tasting festival. The Seattle Seahawks pick Left Tackle Russell Okung from Oklahoma State in the NFL Draft. Cousin Burl Barer was featured in the radio conversation blog Blather Watch.
He may have been the best player to put on a Seattle Seahawks jersey and the greatest Left Tackle of all time. Walter Jones officially retired from professional football.

May By popular demand, 88 year old Betty White hosted SNL. Mariners are sputtering and Ken Griffey, Jr is caught sleeping in the clubhouse during a game. 8th District Congressman Dave Reichert is caught on tape explaining his pro-environment votes are to take only an attempt to weaken his opposition, eventually loses the endorsement of the Seattle Times. She played Mary Anne on Gilligan's Island, Dawn Welles was interviewed on "Outlaw Radio".

June I posted pictures of my Memorial Day Weekend trip to Walla Walla including my old house at 104 Leonard.
Ken Griffey, Jr, arguably the greatest Seattle Mariner to put on the uniform, retired.
Former T-Mobile executive Dean Willard kicks off his campaign for 5th District House of Representatives in the Washington State Legislature.
I attend the Washington State Democratic Convention.
Greatest Men's College Basketball Coach John Wooden died at 99.
July We took a trip to Seaside, Oregon with with stops at Astoria and Cannon Beach, we climbed the Astoria Column.
We flew to Las Vegas as Deb was attending the UPS Store international Convention. We stayed at the Caesar's Palace and I won one hundred dollars playing Blackjack in the swimming pool.
A shooting at Lake Sammamish park threatened to cancel the 5th District Democratic Pic Nic, but Marcie Maxwell, who does not live in the 5th, but we wish she did, stepped up and volunteered her backyard, the picnic was a rolling success.
Cliff Lee, a blue free agent acquisition for the Mariners, was traded to the Texas Rangers, he would lead them to the World Series in the fall.
After winning tickets, I took my nephew Ethan to the practice round of the US Senior Open at Sahalee.
August We watched Bernhard Langer beat Seattle's Freddie Couples in the final round of the US Senior Open.
Mariner manager Don Wakamatsu, who was the toast of the town a season ago, was fired as the team was hopelessly in last place.
Dean Willard was beaten by David Spring and Glenn Anderson in the primary, a race that caused deep division in the district.
We took a Seaplane ride to the San Juan Islands to honor family friend Andy Epstein for his 80th birthday.
We watched Herbie Hancock perform at Zoo Tunes.
Representative Reuven Carlyle hosted Puget Sound area Jewish Democrats at this Queen Anne home.
September Rockaroke at Snoqualmie Casino, entire bar sings happy birthday to Deb's Grandma Lillian, who is celebrating her 91st birthday.
Seahawk season begins with a come from behind win over San Francisco 49ers. Fans start becoming believers in Pete Carroll.
Seattle Storm become the first Seattle professional sports team to win a second championship.
My father's blog is published in hard copy.
Our Dog, Rusty, takes first prize in the "Savvy Senior" competition at a dog festival at the University Village.
October Cousin Stan apears on the front page of the Seattle Times with interim University Of Washington president Phyllis Wise.
Seahawks trade Wide Receiver Deion Branch to New England
Dad and I journey to Walla Walla, where there is a big controversy over a mural hanging over a toy store on Main Street.
Sylvester Cann, who was Dean Willard campaign manager, gets national attention by having Barack Obama autograph is I-pad. It is thought to be the first time in history that a president has sign the devise.
San Francisco Giants win their first World Series since moving to the Bay Area from New York in 1958. Tim Lincecum, who the Mariners skipped in the draft was the ace for the Giants. The Texas Rangers ace was Cliff Lee, acquired at mid season from the M's.
November Heartbreak as Cousin Jan Curran passes away after a decade long battle with Lung Cancer. Jan was an inspiration behind this blog.
The heart and soul of the Seattle Mariners, Dave Niehaus dies suddenly and unexpectedly of a heart attack. The entire area mourns.
My Father-in-law and I watch the New York Giants beat the Seattle Seahawks from a suite in Qwest Field.
We watch Maple Valley native Brandi Carlile perform with the Seattle Symphony.
Deb, Rusty and I make it home by the skin of our teeth after a huge snow storm hits the area. A normally 45 minute drive takes hours, but we are happy to have made it home.
December Legendary Sports broadcasters Ron Santo and Don Mededith pass on
Stormy weather continues to hit the area.
We visit the Winter Wonderland house in Woodinville.
Seattle Seahawks lose three times in a row but remain in contention for the play-offs.
Happy New Year!

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