Saturday, October 31, 2015

Have A Fun And Safe Halloween!


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.

Friday, October 23, 2015

Mariners Pick Servais To Be Manager

The Seattle Mariners have chosen Los Angeles Angels Assistant General Manager Scott Servais to be the team's manager.  Servais worked with GM Jerry Dipoto when they were both in the Angel organization.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

5th LD Democrats Endorse Senator Mark Mullet, Along With Ritchie

A full house, which included some long missed faces, attended the 5th District Democratic Meeting in Issaquah and unanimously endorsed incumbent Senator Mark Mullet and hard charging Issaquah businessman Jason Ritchie for the Washington State House Of Representatives.  Mullet broke a 10 year hold of Republican representation from the 5th when he was elected Senator in 2012.  Ritchie challenged Dave Reichert in 2014 to Represent the 8th CD and had planned to run again for the seat, when the opportunity of an open seat in the state house presented itself.  Republican Chad Magendanz, who now holds the seat the Ritchie is seeking, is planning to challenge Mullet for his senate seat.  Both Mullet and Ritchie spoke at the meeting.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Trudeau Son Becomes Canadian PM

In  the late 1960s, Pierre Trudeau became Prime Minister of Canada, he was young, handsome, and Liberal, a far cry from earlier Prime Ministers.  He seemed to emblematic of the era, a throwback to our John F. Kennedy.  Pierre Trudeau led Canada from 1969-1978 and again from 1980 to 1984. 
This week the Liberal party is in power again after 10 years of  Conservative rule.  Justin Trudeau, son of Pierre is now in power and promises to bring progressive policies forward.  Trudeau has a Northwest connection, he received his degree in education at University Of British Columbia.  He also taught Math and French in Vancouver.   The outgoing Prime Minister was Stephen Harper, a Conservative.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

King 5 Reports No Evidence Of Race In Fred Jackson Car Crash

A report on the KING 5 web site contradicts a report on the TMZ Sports site by saying there was no evidence of a drag race in an accident where Seahawk running back Fred Jackson  ran his black Corvette into a stop sign on the road from the Virginia Mason Athletic Complex (VMAC) where the team practices.  TMZ Sports had initially reported that the accident occurred after a drag race between Jackson and fellow running back Marshawn Lynch.  More details are sure to emerge.

Goldberg Meets Las Vegas Rabbi Cohen

Cousin Tod Goldberg, whose breakthrough novel, Gangsterland, featured a hit man who goes under cover as a Las Vegas rabbi named David Cohen, poses with a real Vegas rabbi, named Cohen.  The real Rabbi revealed his astonishment of the coincidence in a you tube video.

Democratic Debate Cold Open | SNL


Comedy writer Larry David got plenty of internet attention with his spot on imitation of Bernie Sanders in the SNL opening.

Monday, October 19, 2015

The Moody Blues - Nights In White Satin



As Top 40 radio began to wear thin,  many turned to Album Oriented Rock on the FM band, where long album cuts highlighting instrumental music as well as often more sophisted vocals could be heard. This is one of the most memorable songs...

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Cougs Make Statement--Trap The Beavs

Quarterback Luke Falk tied a school record with 6 touchdown passes, all in the first half, as the Washington State Cougars defeated their Oregon counterparts, the OSU Beavers 52-31.
 Cougar fans know that their is no safe lead and indeed the high powered offense was held scoreless in the second half, however, a 4th quarter interception by Shalom Luani run for a touchdown, put this victory away for the Cougs.  The victory was especially sweet because it was Homecoming and had come one week after an overtime victory over the Oregon Ducks in Eugene.  This victory should make way for the Cougars to be nationally ranked.

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Holocaust Museum To Open In Seattle

I was happy to read in today's Seattle Times that a museum memorializing the Holocaust will open at 2045 2nd Ave. in Seattle.  The museum is scheduled to open for the first time tomorrow (Sunday, October 18th), after that it will be open the first and third Monday of every month and every Wednesday hours are 10am to 4pm.  For information, you can check the web site here.  The Times reports admission is free, but reservations are required.

Friday, October 16, 2015

Autumn Sunset

The sun goes down on Meydenbaur Bay near where I parked to attend a meet and greet at the 520 Bar And Grill  for Bellevue mayor Claudia Balducci.  Balducci is in a race to topple 20 year incumbent Jane Hague from the King County Council.  The honored guest of the evening was U.S. Representative Adam Smith.
Although the race is officially non-partisan, it is quite clear that Balducci is a Democrat and Hague is Republican.  Hague was first elected to the council in '94, since then, the Eastside has totally changed, becoming much more diverse and blue collar. 

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Chicago "Make Me Smile" [live 1970]



Classic Chicago, in fact, I believe this is the first song I ever heard by the group.. They played in Walla Walla in either 1969 or 1970, but I did not see the concert. About that time, they started to get heavy airplay on the radio.

Monday, October 12, 2015

Jason Ritchie To Run For State House Rather Than Congress

In a surprising move, 5th LD Democratic sources have reported that Jason Ritchie will run for the state house of representatives.  Ritchie, who challenged Dave Reichert for Congress, had been preparing for another race for that position upon the idea that Republican Reichert would challenge Governor Jay Inslee.  However, Reichert at this time, has indicated his desire to stay in congress. 
Ritchie plans to run for the seat to be vacated by Republican Chad Magendanz, who is expected to challenge incumbent Senator Mark Mullet for that position.

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Kathy Griffin Entertains At Snoqualmie Casino

Deb and I joined the Todds for an evening of laughs as Kathy Griffin brought her show to the Snoqualmie.  The comedian follows in the footsteps of Joan Rivers, with insulting jokes about Hollywood celebrities and public figures.  Pushing and occasionally crossing comical boundaries, Griffin parodied Gwyneth Paltrow, Donald Trump, all of the Kardashians, and much more.  Even locals were not safe as Griffin read stories from the Snoqualmie police blotter. 
Many may find Griffin mean and may not enjoy her humor, however, on stage she is very relatable. although her material is rapid fire and on the blue side, the award winning comedian comes across as someone you may enjoy joining for a cup of coffee.

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Cougs Beat Oregon In Shocker!

The WSU Cougars are celebrating a 45-38 double overtime over perennial Pac 12 powerhouse Oregon.  The Cougs were trailing 31-21 with 4 minutes left in the game however a field goal and a last minute touchdown allowed them to tie it the score at the end of regulation play.  In the first overtime the teams traded touchdowns. In the second overtime, quarterback Luke Falk dove into the end zone.  A Cougar interception sealed the deal.

Beauty In Washington

Last weekend we took a little trip to Nooksack Falls near Bellingham, this picture barely does it justice.

Friday, October 09, 2015

Mariner Manager McLendon Fired

Lloyd McLendon, who in his first season, lead the Seattle Mariners to a rare winning season, has been fired after a very disappointing 2015.  The Seattle Mariner were a chic pick at the beginning of the season.  However they never got on track and finished again with a losing record.  Word is that new GM Jerry Dipoto wants a field manager that shares his vision.  Dipoto is reported to be a fan of the new thinking in baseball, while McLendon is considered "old school".  Edgar Martinez, who rejoined the club as hitting coach in mid season, has been invited to stay in that position.

Burl Barer at the McFeely Tavern featured in the novel HEADLOCK



Burl Barer goes back to his hometown of Walla Walla and finds a relic of the past.

Thursday, October 08, 2015

Behind The Scenes--New Day Northwest

From our appearance on KING 5's New Day Northwest, a few of air shots.  Top picture, our props are staged before taken into the studio.  The pumpkin man, who is the size of a small kid, was used in the show's closing.  Bottom picture, the studio audience was invited to get it's picture taken with it's great host Margaret Larson. 

Wednesday, October 07, 2015

Back On TV--Talking About The UPS Store On KING 5's New Day Northwest


We had to shorten our segment but this is how it turned out.  It's our first time on the show since early 2014.

Tuesday, October 06, 2015

Mike And Deb On New Day Northwest

After a brief hiatus, Deb and I will be on New Day Northwest  (Wednesday, October 7 at 11:00), on KING 5 in Seattle.  Should you read this, and this has already happened, don't worry, we will once again post a video of the segment here on the blog.  As always, we will represent The UPS Store, this time the topic will be small business solutions. Margaret Larson is the host of New Day Northwest.

Monday, October 05, 2015

Go Hawks!

Seahawks face Detroit Lions on Monday Night Football

Saturday, October 03, 2015

Radio Personality T-Man Seeks Office

Rob Tepper, known in the area as the former bombastic radio voice T-Man of KUBE-FM is running for school board according to the SeaTac Media Blog.   Tepper is seeking an open seat on for position 2 in the Lake Washington School District which encompasses Kirkland and Redmond.  According to Tepper's web site, he says he wants "the best and safest learning environment possible...."
Tepper goes on to say he is from a family of educators and that he has gone to every school board meeting over the past year.

Friday, October 02, 2015

Remembering Roseburg Oregon

Our hearts go out to the Roseburg, after 10 students were killed and several others injured at Umpquah Community College.

Thursday, October 01, 2015