Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Barers Of Maple Valley Sets Post Record

This is the 339th post of the year on this blog.  This breaks the record set last year of 325 set last year.

Monday, December 28, 2015

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Popular Mariner Dave Henderson Dead At 57

Dave Henderson, a slugging Mariner Outfielder and later broadcaster has died of cardiac arrest at 57.
He also played for Boston, hitting a home run in 1986 to send the Red Sox to the World Series.  His career would later take him to the Oakland A's, the San Francisco Giants, and the Kansas City Royals.  He was known to later Mariner fans as color man working along side the legendary Dave Niehaus.  He was often referred to by his nickname "Hendu"

Highlights Of 2015

I decided to keep my year wrap up short.  From Bottom to top:
Our trip to Cabo San Lucas celebrating our 20th wedding anniversary (bottom)
Dedicating a bench to my wife's Grandmother Lillian Eldridge on the Prom in Seaside Oregon (middle)
Labor Day at Cabin in Packwood, WA (top)

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Sun Bowl?

Snow is falling, but not sticking at the Sun Bowl in El Paso, Texas.  Not exactly what I expected.  At the time that I'm posting, WSU is leading Miami 10-7.

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Shep's Pool Hall

Joe Drazan's Bygone Walla Walla blog continually posts memories of my hometown.  Shep's Pool Hall was long gone by the time I was 21. But lives on in people's memory.  The rare "Bubble Up" sign is what caught my eye in this picture.

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Republican Debate SNL Style

Watched this morning and found this hilarious. May not be so funny in November.

White Stuff On Ground In Maple Valley

We returned from work last night to find a dusting of snow on the ground at our Maple Valley home.  It was the first snow we had seen in a long time. Most of it had melted by the morning.  If your dreaming of a white Christmas, the weatherman say no.

Monday, December 21, 2015

Turtle Autograph

Turtles lead singer Howard Kaylan, whose classic 1960s hit "Happy Together" became a pop classic, is a Seattle resident and a customer at our Bellevue UPS Store.  He was kind enough to autograph a copy of his 2013 book, Shell Shocked.  Kaylan also played in Frank Zappa's band, "The Mothers". He was on stage in Switzerland when the venue caught fire.  That was the inspiration for the band Deep Purple to write the rock classic "Smoke On The Water".

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Wilson Leads Seahawks Back To Playoffs

The Seahawks will be back in the Playoffs as they beat the Cleveland Browns 30-13 victory.  Russell Wilson threw for 3 touchdowns to lead the 'Hawks to their 5th straight victory.   Russell Wilson became the first quarterback in NFL history to throw for at least 3 touchdowns with no interceptions for 5 consecutive games. 
Quite a turnaround for the Seahawks, who had a less than spectacular start to this NFL season.

Wilbur Leaving Democratic National Committee

Lona Wilbur has announced that she will not run for a third term as one of Washington's representatives to the DNC.  Wilbur, known for her warm smile and heartfelt speeches, was one of 4 members of the Washington delegation.  The representatives are chosen by the Washington State Democratic Central Committee, of which I am a member.  Wilbur is a member of the Swinomish Tribe and is completing her 8th year on the committee.  Among the duties of the DNC is picking the DNC chair, who is pretty much the face of the Democratic Party.

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Monday, December 14, 2015

The Beatles - It's Only Love

In honor of the 50 anniversary of the release of Rubber Soul, the Beatles singing "It's Only Love"

Twelve Days of Christmas performed by Bob and Doug McKenzie

A more recent send up of 12 Days Of Christmas with Bob And Doug McKenzies.

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Allan Sherman - 12 Days of Christmas

In the 1960s and 1970s, the late Allan Sherman would do parodies on songs, much like Weird Al would in later times.  This song, somewhat dated, would get play on KTEL, the rock station when I was a kid around the holiday season.

Friday, December 11, 2015

Beatle Album Rubber Soul Turns 50

It's the second Beatle album that I've owned. Rubber Soul was a gift from my baby sitter, who knew my love of the group. This month marks the 50th anniversary of the release of the album.
 What the album marks in music history, though, is indeed significant.  It really was the first Beatles album with a seemingly cohesive theme.  However, in this article in the Wall Street Journal, Marc Myers writes that the theme of the US version of the album was "engineered" by Dave Dexter.  The irony is that Dexter has been vilified by both the Beatles and rock music fans for editing the groups musical efforts, mostly favoring commerce over art.
The album marked a turn by the group from a teen age dance style music to a more adult acoustical sound and is credited to influencing artists such as Brian Wilson and Stevie Wonder.

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Back In The Neighborhood

The Belmont Woods Storm Water Storage Pond was at the highest level that I had seen yesterday.  The ditch was empty most of this year.  It fills during rain storms to prevent flooding.

Wednesday, December 09, 2015

Issaquah Flood

Commutes were delayed this morning by overflowing rivers and creeks after two daysof  steady rain and a nasty windstorm. This picture was taken at Newport Way and Front Street in Issaquah.  Also, stretch of Highway 169 from Cedar Grove to Jones Rd was closed due to flooding.

Cougs Headed To Sun Bowl

The WSU Cougars will face the Miami Hurricanes in The Sun Bowl in El Peso, Texas on December 26th.  The Cougs are coming off a 7-4 season, which concluded with a disappointing loss to the Huskies.

Tuesday, December 08, 2015

Creed--The Rocky Saga Continues

I went into Creed with the lowest of expectations.  The Rocky Balboa character, once a hallmark in film achievement, had become totally cartoonish.  You just couldn't take  it seriously after watching the many sequels.
 This movie features the son of Apollo Creed, Rocky's arch rival and later friend who died fighting a robot like Russian in Rocky IV.  Adonis Creed, played by Michael B. Jordan was conceived in Apollo's extra marital affair.  Apollo's widow, looks up the angry boy, who seemingly can't help getting into fights, She wishes to raise the boy, who had lost his mother to an undisclosed death.
Adonis quits his job as a financier to attempt to become a professional boxer.
I think the reason this works is the movie deserts comedy which is where Rocky sequels turned and gotten back to drama.  Rocky is back in Philadelphia, seemingly near broke, his wife and best friends are gone.  In other words, the show goes back to it's roots.  As a result, you get that feel good feeling that the first Rocky, almost 40 years ago, was able to deliver and that sequels were not.

Saturday, December 05, 2015

Chanukah Song Part 4

It's that time of the year,  Adam has released his 4th version of the Chanukah song in a 20 year span, so at that rate, he should have a song for each night by the time I'm 80.  Happy Chanukah and Seasons Greetings!

Tuesday, December 01, 2015

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Seahawks Win Costly

The Seahawks 39-30 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers keeps their play off hopes alive, but the injury to tight end Jimmy Graham does not make it easier.  Graham (above) will need surgery on the patellar tendon on his right leg.  Graham, who was acquired from the Saints for Seahawk center Max Unger, injured the leg diving for a pass in the end zone. 
The game was played in front of a home crowd, was perhaps the most exciting of the season.  Russell Wilson, who was celebrating in 27th birthday, throw for 345 yards and a career high 5 touchdown passes.  Steeler quarterback Ben Roethlisberger threw for 456 yards, the worst air attack the Seahawks had ever suffered. 

Christmas Trees In Maple Valley

The first thing you see entering Maple Valley from the North is Foley's Produce.  The name may not be familiar, but the site would be.  We dropped by today to purchase a Christmas Tree/Hanukkah Bush.  They also have apple cider and honey.  During the summer and fall, they sell fruit and vegetables.  They currently have a full lot of trees.  They are located at 21419 SE Renton-Maple Valley Highway Maple Valley, WA 98038.

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Cougs Best Regular Season In Years, Ends In Downer

Cougar Coach Mike Leach doesn't show high regard for reporters, opponents, or his staff and for that matter, himself in this diatribe after our 45-10 defeat in the Apple Cup.  Hostility developed between Leach and reporters for his not speaking to questions about the health of the starting quarterback Luke Falk.
 Falk was carted off the field in the Cougars victory over Colorado, it was not known until game time that back up quarterback Peyton Bender would play.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Sly And The Family Stone Co-Founder Cynthia Robinson Dies

Cynthia Robinson, trumpeter and co-founder of the brassy funk band Sly And The Family Stone has died.  She is known best for her ad libs in various songs of the Stone, like telling everybody to "get up and dance with the music"  in the song of the same name.  She also added the "Hey Hey Hey" in "I Wanna Take You Higher".  The Family Stone took rock music to a new level and most likely inspired Tower Of Power, Chicago, and Steely Dan. 
Robinson also played with Graham Central Station (which featured her cousin Larry Graham), George Clinton and Prince. 
A native of California, Robinson was 69.

Monday, November 23, 2015

WSU Ranked--Update On Luke Falk

WSU is ranked by 20th in the nation by most polls according to USA Today.   It is the highest ranking for the Cougs in 10 years.  The Cougars handily defeated Colorado last Saturday. 
The Seattle Times reports that WSU star quarterback Luke Falk had suffered a concussion in the game that may not be career ending or season ending. That is according to WSU Athletic Director Bill Moos.  The Cougar camp had been pretty closed mouth after the game and all of Sunday.
 Has status for the Apple Cup this week is uncertain.

Saturday, November 21, 2015

J-Rod Comments Spark Outrage

In the early days of 5th LD Rep Jay Rodne's service, he was never much of a target.  Democrats would always focus efforts toward defeating then Rep Glenn Anderson and Senator Cheryl Pflug.  Rodne was considered a moderate Republican, who would straddle the middle on most issues.
That has changed and in a big way.  A few years ago, Rodne spoke out against marriage equality.  He has taken to walking up to the Democratic booth at festivals and debating issues, in it's self, not a bad thing to do. 
His latest foray has been statements criticizing the President and Governor Inslee on their stance on Syrian immigration.  After the Paris attacks, Rodne called Muslims barbarians and posted on facebook that Obama want to bring a million and a half Muslims into the country.  The Seattle Times called the statements false, using it's truth needle. 
The issue of bringing in Syrian refugees is indeed a sensitive issue, but before choosing sides, Rodne should get his facts straight and after that, articulate an opinion. 
Jay's district encompasses  North Bend, Issaquah, Carnation, and Maple Valley.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Damage From Tuesday's Storm

In the aftermath of last Tuesday's storm.  One of our Belmont Woods neighbors suffered damage to their fence. So far, I have not heard of a name for this one, but I'm happy that no damage was detected to our property.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

By Ken Levine Calls 10 Years Party A Success

Ken Levine celebrated 10 years of blogging by inviting all of his readers to an actually party in LA.  To invite people you really haven't met is quite a leap of faith, but according to his post, it was a success.   The blog, which publishes daily, was recognized one year in Time Magazine as one of the best in the country.  You can read the post and see pictures here.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Turn On The Lights! Lights?

A huge storm hit the region yesterday, bringing heavy rain and wind.  We returned home last night happy to see our power was on, then in the middle of dinner, the power suddenly went out.  Luckily it was only for a half hour or so.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Ken Levine Celebrates 10 Years

I read Ken Levine's blog because it is funny and updated every day.  Ken is hosting a party in LA tonight for all of his blog readers to celebrate 10 years of blogging.  Who knows if 3 or 300 will show up.  If I lived in LA or had enough notice, I would attend. However, I here in windy, rainy, Seattle, so I'll have to read the post on his blog or look on youtube.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Art Fletcher--An African American Republican

Most people know that I'm a die hard Democrat, but I remember a Republican that is worth noting.   1968, Art Fletcher ran for Washington Lt Governor against the Democratic incumbent John  Cherberg,  narrowly losing.  He was the first African American to run for statewide office, and to this day, the closest to winning. At one time, a Pasco City Councilman, he would be eventually tapped to be assistant Secretary of Labor by the Nixon Administration.  He later was assistant ambassador to the UN. .
Fletcher would go on to serve in subsequent Republican presidential administrations.  He was a political ally of three term Washington governor Dan Evans.  He is noted as the "Father of Affirmative Action" and is credited for coining the slogan of the United Negro College Fund, "a mind is a terrible thing to waste".  Fletcher died in 2005

Sunday, November 15, 2015

SNL Paris Opening - SNL

I turned my DVR to SNL this morning to see what satire they would perform on the opening.  Instead, they did this beautiful tribute to Paris, which suffered it's own 9/11 last Friday.

Last Minute Coug Drive Trips Bruins

After losing the lead late in the 4th quarter, WSU quarterback Luke Falk engineered a 75 yard drive ending in a completion to Gabe Marks in the end zone for a 31-27 victory on UCLA.  It was the Cougars first victory over a ranked team since 2013. The Cougs are now 7-3 and a bowl bid is almost a certainty.

Friday, November 13, 2015

KJR's Slickhawk

For the last few years, on the Mitch Levy program on 950 KJR, there has been a voice known as "Slickhawk".  He is Matt Mikolas and is technical director for the show.  From his outfit and effects, it looks like a well deserved nickname.  This picture curtesy of the NASORB blog.

Monday, November 09, 2015

Mariner Trade Brings Boog

Last week, the Mariners traded Danny Farquar, Brad Miller, and Logan Morrison to the Tampa Bay Rays for 3 of their players,including one with a name familiar to boomers.  Boog Powell was an outfielder in the Ray's organization, who may be playing in the bigs for the M's in 2016.
In the 1960s and 70, there was a clean up batter for the Baltimore Orioles named John Powell, better known as Boog Powell.  This Boog Powell is no relation to that Boog Powell, but received his nickname in honor of the former Oriole.  Our Boog's real name is Herschel Mack Powell IV.

Sunday, November 08, 2015

Where Is The Joke? Trump On SNL

Was it a put down or praise? Donald Trump appearence on SNL mostly a miss.

Saturday, November 07, 2015

Cougs Notch 6th Win Now Bowl Eligible

It won't guarantee an appearance in a bowl game, but the Washington State Cougars became bowl eligible by beating the Arizona State Sun Devils 38-24.  Quarterback Luke Falk threw for 497 yards and 5 touchdown passes to assure the win. 

Friday, November 06, 2015

Red Dog Closed

The first sign of entering Maple Valley coming from Seattle, Bellevue and all points north is the Red Dog Saloon.  The bar, which usually had dozens of motorcyles parked in front has been closed for weeks.  The reader board in front says that a reopening is planned but does not disclose when that will take place.

Hollywood Car Customizer George Barris

George Barris, known as the "king of car kustomizers" has died.  Barris is credited to designing some of the cars that were seen TV during the 1960s and beyond.  He developed the car for The Munsters. which was supposed to be a trick out hearse.
He is most famously credited for the design of the Batmobile, which was designed from a 1955 Lincoln Futura.  The car ran on two atomic batteries and was slowed by parachutes.  Barris was born in Chicago and raised in California. He was 89.

Wednesday, November 04, 2015

Scmoozing On Election Night

In this picture in the Issaquah Press, I (second from left) can be seen celebrating at the victory party for city council candidates in that town.  The party was held at the Issaquah Brewhouse and included candidates Bill Ramos, Paul Winterstein, and Jennifer Sutton.  Also in attendance were Issaquah Mayor Fred Butler, former Issaquah Mayor Ava Frissinger, Councilman Tola Marts, and 2014 legislative candidate Essie Hicks.

Monday, November 02, 2015

Ducks On The Pond

2015 has been a dry year.  It has been a while since the storm water run off pond in the Belmont Woods sub division in Maple Valley has been full, but Sunday's rain filled it and allowed three duck couples to take a leisurely swim.

Royals Crowned Baseball Champs

The Kansas City Royal overcame a 2-0 deficit  to force game 5 of the 2015 World Series into extra innings and an eventual 7-2 victory. That gives KC it's first championship since 1985.  2015 Hutch award winner Alex Gordon was on the winning team.

The Mamas & The Papas - Monday Monday

Sunday, November 01, 2015

Burl With Sean Young

Burl Barer poses with Sean Young, I believe that Burl met Sean, when she was a guest on Outlaw Radio, the internet radio program that Burl does weekly in the LA area.

Friday, October 30, 2015

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Happy Birthday, Dasher!

Dasher looks at his presents with his Mom and Great Grandma (top picture).  He turns 4 today.

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Mets Foil Cubs Again

Not long after when I first got interested in baseball, I read a magazine article about a star player for Detroit named Al Kaline.  Kaline was a veteran outfielder who was playing his last season in 1968.  He has never played in the World Series and this was his last chance.  As it turned out, the Tigers went to the series that year and became world champions.  During the season, on the NBC game of the week, after the Tigers had clinched the American League, Curt Gowdy mentioned that Kaline had gotten a letter or telegram from Chicago Cubs star Ernie Banks congratulating him for being able to play in the upcoming series and hoping that he (Banks) would get the chance.
The next season (1969) it looked like Banks and his team would get the chance.  Stocked with all time greats like Ron Santo, Billy Williams, Fergie Jenkins, and Banks, it looked like it would be the Cubs year.  How could you not love the Cubs?  They played in Wrigley Field, a beautiful traditional baseball field in  the middle of a neighborhood.  At that time, it had no lights and the all the games were played in the daytime.  Everyone loved Ernie Banks, considered one of baseball's ambassadors.
However, post game play was not to be.  The New York Mets, who were only 7 years old, most of them as a baseball laughing stalk. Suddenly they starting winning and winning.  The Cubs were sputtering, soon the Mets had overtaken the Cubs.  The Mets would go on to win it all and go down in history as the "Miracle Mets".
This year, The Cubs won a post game series for the first time since 1908,    It looked like this was the year for them to go to the World Series and perhaps win it. Except once again, someone stopped them in the National League Championship Series.  After 46 years, the Cubs dream was once again crushed by the New York Mets.

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Three Dog Night Lead Singer Dies

His name may not be familiar, but the voice and the name of the group is.  Cory Wells was one of three members who sang lead for Three Dog Night, a band who recorded a multitude of memorable hits in the late 60s and 70s.  The band's songs still enjoy frequent airplay.  The members of band functioned as a unit that not many people who heard the music seemed to know the names of the members.  At least I didn't.  Wells was a native of Buffalo.  He sang lead on the novelty song "Mama Told Me Not To Come" about a man who went to an out of control party in spite of  his mother's warning.