Saturday, May 27, 2017

From Last Weekend

The estate wineries south of Walla Walla are framed by the beautiful Blue Mountains.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

The 12s Mourn Seahawks Great Kennedy

Hall of Fame Seahawk defensive tackle Cortez Kennedy has died.  Kennedy was found in his Orlando home.  His death is still under investigation.
In 1990 he was the third player taken in the NFL draft. He was known for being extremely quick in spite of being over 300 pounds.
 In 1992, he was named defensive player of the year in spite of the fact  that the Hawks were only 2 and 14. He was selected to 8 Pro Bowls.  Kennedy, known as "Tez" to the fans, played his entire 11 year professional career with the Seahawks.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Popular British Actor Roger Moore Passes

Roger Moore, who played James Bond through most of the 1970s, has passed away at 89.  Although the movie character was originally played by Sean Connery, Moore's persona was pretty much how I perceived the James Bond character. After all, the first few Bond movies that I saw, starred Moore in the lead role.
 The suave British actor also played Simon Templar in the TV version of The Saint which was viewed both in America and in England.  He also played the part of Beau Maverick in American TV series, Maverick.    He did the intro to Burl Barer's True Crime Uncensored, of course Burl has written of both Maverick and The Saint.
Moore was knighted  by the Queen in 2003


Oxarc bought our family business in Walla Walla in 2000. My brother still works for them. It makes me proud when I see the name on the fire extinguishers at the Best Western in Walla Walla where we stayed. 

Marts To seek House Seat

Democrat Tola Marts has announced that he will seek the nomination for Washington's 8th Congressional District.  The position has been held by former King County Sheriff Dave Reichert, a Republican, since 2005. 
Marts has served on the Issaquah city council since 2009.  He is currently the council president. If he faces Reichert, he would be the first Democrat opposing him that has held public office.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Funny Sign At El Corazon

Sign is actually friendly and welcoming and funny.  El Corazan is on South Palouse in Walla Walla.

Still Around Back Home

Located across the street from the Best Western where we stay,  Greiner's Radiator is one of the businesses that I remember from my childhood that is still around.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Traffic Reporter Taylor Post Hits 30K

Dec 13, 2016, 91 comments
Nov 24, 2013, 9 comments
Not the happiest of news.  But after 6 months, the post of Tracy Taylor's departure from KING 5 has amassed over 30,000 hits.  It jumped over the 4 years old Meeghan Black story in only a few weeks. 
This was a few weeks before Tracy's birthday which is on Christmas, so most  people  had thought she was only on vacation.  What's interesting is that this is only a local story.  It speaks well of Tracy's popularity.  She has since worked on air on special assignment project and traffic report fill in on KIRO 7 TV.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Iconic Seattle Rocker Dies

Chris Cornell of the 1990s grunge band Soundgarden has died.  Cornell was 52.  The death is being investigated as a possible suicide.

Reid Scott on acting as "CBS This Morning" host on "Veep"

Reid Scott plays Dan Egan on the Veep.  Formerly an aide to the Veep/President, Dan is finding out his new position as the morning anchor on CBS This Morning isn't all it's cracked up to be.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Sirius XM Launching Beatles Channel

Sirius XM subscribers can now have The Beatles 24 hours a day on it's channel 18,  Beatle music has been heard on the 60s and 70s channels, however, now fans of the Fab Four have a station dedicated to the iconic band's music.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Congats T-Birds!

Congratulations to the Seattle Thunderbirds for winning their first Western Hockey League title!

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Taylor To Fill In On 97.3 Radio

Tracy  Taylor, who has been reporting traffic on KIRO 7, will fill in on KIRO's news partner and former sister station KIRO FM.  The station's regular afternoon traffic reporter will fill in during the mornings, while Tracy will do traffic on Ron And Don's afternoon drive program.  Candy Harper, the usual afternoon reporter will fill in for Chris Sullivan in the mornings, while Taylor will be filling in for Candy.  Taylor will continue her morning reports on KIRO 7.  Many remember Tracy doing traffic on the radio at Sports Radio KJR.

Happy Mother's Day

Our Garden Is In Full Bloom.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Jenny Durkan To Seek Seattle Mayor Position

Jenny Durkan, a former US Attorney during the Obama administration, has announced her plans to seek the open Seattle Mayor position.   Durkan, although relatively unknown outside of politics, is the daughter of the late Martin J Durkan, a former state lawmaker who as a senator chaired the Senate Ways and Means committee for almost a decade. 
Although this will be her first run for public office, Durkan has worked for former Governors Mike Lowry and Chris Gregoire.  As an attorney, she has represented Paul Allen in a cable TV case.  She has also been involved in local police reform.  According to the Seattle Times, she assisted US Attorney General Eric Holder to help shape the Obama policy on cybercrime and terrorism
If elected, Durkan would become Seattle's first female mayor since Bertha Landes was elected in the 1920s.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Reichert For FBI??

Rumors are swirling that Washington's 8th District Congressman Dave Reichert, could be appointed FBI Director. 
Reichert was King County"s first elected sherriff after being appointed to the position by Ron Sims. As an investigator with the King County Police, he was on the task force to capture the Green River Killer.

Donald Trump and Megan Mullally sing "Green Acres" (2006)

Ok, he's not a great singer, but this was a much different Donald Trump than what we see these days.  It seems like he once had a playful sense of humor.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

J Michael Kenyon, Sportscaster, Newspaperman, Seattle Character

J Michael Kenyon, whose radio call in talk show may have paved the way for Sportsradio KJR has died.  Kenyon, who began his career as a beat writer with the Seattle PI under his real name Mike Glover, was one of the great local characters along with people like restaurateur Ivar Haglund and fellow newspaper writer Emmett Watson.  He was also a wrestling promotor and historian.    He was known for telling rollicking stories and becoming bigger than the subject of the story that he covered.  A colleague compared him to Hunter S. Thompson, the legendary reporter whose misadventures got in the way of the stories he covered.

Tuesday, May 09, 2017

Mayor Ed Murray Expected To End Bid

News sources are predicting that Seattle Mayor Ed Murray will soon announce that he will not seek a second term as Seattle mayor.  Murray bid reelection bid seemed to be pretty smooth until he was hit with a lawsuit alleging sexual misconduct in the 1980s
A few new candidates have surfaced including ex mayor Mike McGinn and State Senator Bob Hasegawa.

Monday, May 08, 2017

The Brandon Roy Mystery

Last week, a scary report came out that Brandon Roy, one of the area's most popular sports figures, had been shot in a melee near a relative's house in Los Angeles.  Then denials came from members of the Nathan Hale basketball team that he coaches.  No word from Roy himself. 
The silence and confusion has lead to all sorts of speculation including thought that Roy could be involved in something not good.
Roy starred at Garfield High and the U-W, then went on to play for Portland Trail Blazers.  Since June of last year, he has coached the local Nathan Hale High School basketball team, leading them to a 29-0 season.

Sunday, May 07, 2017

Horsemanship On The Trail

Saturday, on the pipeline trail by Belmont Woods in Maple Valley, I snapped this picture of a couple women on horseback. I had not seen horses on that trail in years.

Saturday, May 06, 2017

Bearded Dave Letterman Inducts Pearl Jam Into Hall Of Fame

I love watching the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction ceremony on HBO.  It is interesting how every presenter manages to include 4 letter words into their speeches, even a rapper band that thanked God  for it's success. 
This year, another great Northwest band was inducted, Pearl Jam.  Within recent memory, Nirvana and Heart received the honor.  I was quite taken aback at Dave Letterman's beard.  I just didn't think someone that age could grow one that thick.  Originally, Neil Young was going to present the band, but backed out.  I think that is good because Letterman made for a better story.

Thursday, May 04, 2017

Bellevue's Skateboarding Policeman

Went too fast for a great picture but Officer Craig Hanaumi is Bellevue's skateboarding cop. Officer Craig uses skateboarding to connect with local teens. Here he is at the Crossroads Park behind our store.

Bygone Walla Walla Blog Covers Memorable Event

Even as a 7 old in 1964, meeting the governor was Washington was a thrill.  That year, Governor Al Rosellini visited Walla Walla to campaign for reelection.  I remember my parents bringing me to the event that probably kindled my love of politics.  Joe Drazen published pictures from the event in his Bygone Walla Walla blog.  Sadly the Democratic Rosellini would later lose to his Republican opponent Dan Evans in the general election that year.

Wednesday, May 03, 2017

Tuesday, May 02, 2017

Legendary Washington Liberal Mike Lowry

Mike Lowry, former Washington Congressman and Governor, known for speaking his mind with arm waving speeches, died on May Day from complications from a stroke.
  Lowry was elected to represent Washington's 7th district in 1978, returning what would become Washington's most Liberal district back to the Democrats.  Jack Cunningham, a Republican, had been elected to the seat in a special election after Brock Adams had been appointed to be Secretary Of Transportation in the Carter Administration. 
Lowry ran for the US Senate twice, losing to both former Governor Dan Evans and Slade Gorton.  Lowry spoke of his Eastern Washington roots.  He was born in St John, Washington and graduated from Endicott High School.  He was a graduate of Washington State University.  Still, his Liberal views made it difficult for him to run statewide.
He was elected Governor of Washington in 1992 when Bill Clinton became president. His term was marred by sexual harassment charges and he did not seek a second term.  He would later run unsuccessfully for Lands Commissioner.
Before his election to Congress, Lowry had served on the King County Council.

Monday, May 01, 2017

Cory Kahaney Entertains Seattle Audience

Comedienne Cory Kahaney entertained a crowd at Temple De Hirsch Sinai last night..  It was part of the New York Deli Night fundraiser.  Kahaney, who does modern type jokes, along with Jewish humor has competed on America's Got Talent and Last Comic Standing as well as performed on Craig Ferguson and Stephen Colbert.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Ciara And Russell Wilson Welcome A Daughter

Very few Seattle athletes have been able to make news in the off season as Seahawk quarterback Russell Wilson, it has been announced that Wilson's wife Ciara has given birth to a daughter, Sienna Princess Wilson.   It is the first child for Wilson, Ciara has a son from a previous relationship.

Beautiful Day At The Lake

Dasher and I took advantage of a rare sunny day in what has been a rainy Spring to walk the trail to Lake Wilderness Park in Maple Valley.

Friday, April 28, 2017

ESPN Makes Huge Staff Cuts

Former Seahawk quarterback Trent Dilfer (above) was one of 100 ESPN staffers losing their jobs this week.  Declining subscribers and ad revenue are being blamed for the large staff reductions which included many familiar names including baseball analyst Jason Stark.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Beastmode To Play For Raiders

Sources say the Seahawks have worked a deal where running back Marshawn Lynch can come out of retirement and play for the Oakland Raiders.
The Seahawks still had the rights to Lynch, who retired after the 2015 season.  Lynch wants to play one year for Oakland, his home town.

Could Mark Cuban Run For President In 2020?

Mark Cuban's name has been brought for a run at the US presidency in 2020.
Mark Cuban seems to be no friend to Donald Trump.  To some, they seem one in the same, obnoxious billionaires.  Both have been involved in reality TV. 
However, one difference between the two gentlemen is that Cuban did not grow up wealthy.  Cuban made his wealth during the dot com boom and sold out in time to avoid the big bust. 
He bought the struggling Dallas Mavericks in 2000 and turned them into a perennially playoff team.  The team won the NBA title in 2011.
Cuban endeared himself to many local sports fans to voting against the Seattle Sonics successful bid to move to Oklahoma City.
Mark Cuban has been a regular member of the investment panel on the popular reality TV show The Shark Tank.  He seems to invest in more quirky ideas than the other panel members and is known for being the "techie" on the show. 
Cuban at one time had stated that he answered every email that he received.  I emailed him and did indeed get a response. 

Monday, April 24, 2017

Tracy Taylor Back On KIRO

She announced last night on facebook that she would be on KIRO 7 this morning and there she was.  Tracy who filled in on the station the week before last was back on this morning.  While Rachel was doing the traffic from the studio, Tracy was reporting from her car.  Apparently, KIRO has noticed the social media firestorm that follows when Tracy is in the news.
Thank you to Puget Sound Media for the picture.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Presentation At Seattle Holocaust Museum

In observance of Holocaust Remembrance Day, Peter Metzelaar tells of his experience of his mother and him evading  Nazi persecution through the Dutch underground.  Non Jews risked their lives to help save Jews and other persecuted minorities.  Pete told of living in the closet of a farmhouse with planks on the floor. As the trail got hot, the pair had to seek shelter elsewhere. 
Not only did they run from the Nazi's, their country was being hit by Allied forces.
The presentation took place at the Holocaust Center For Humanity in Downtown in Seattle

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Erin Moran--Joanie On Happy Days

Erin Moran, who played Joanie, the bratty little sister of main character Richie Cunningham in the TV comedy Happy Days, has died. Happy Days was a coming of age series that ran from the mid 70s to the mid 80s based in the 1950s, a period viewers perceived as a simpler time.
  At first it was a story of High School aged Richie Cunningham and his buddies, good kids who hung around a drive in and got often got in trouble in their attempts to meet girls and have a good time.  Joanie was the little know it all who often threatened to tell on the older brother and his friends.  Arthur Fonzarelli was the dropout interloper who was distrusted by adults, but often kept Richie and his friends out of trouble.  Eventually the Fonz became the focal point of the series.
Moran, whose recent troubles had appeared in tabloids, sadly becomes another tragic TV child actor who died too soon.

Tracy Taylor Starts A "You Tube" Channel

Tracy Taylor is starting her own You Tube Channel, a great way to connect with her fans.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Annual Maple Valley Fishing Derby This Weekend

Are you "Hooked On Fishing"?   The Maple Valley annual trout fishing derby is this weekend starting tomorrow April 21st at 3pm at Lake Wilderness Park.  The Rotary will be serving breakfast, starting at midnight Saturday and for one night, camping in tents will be allowed in the park for one night only.  There will be prizes awarded.  The fun continues until 3:00pm on Saturday.
Hooked On Fishing is jointly sponsored by the Greater Maple Valley Chamber Of Commerce, in partnership with Maple Valley Rotary and the City Of Maple Valley.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Aaron Hernandez Found Dead In Prison Cell

Did not see this coming, days after being acquitted in a double murder charge, former Patriot star Aaron Hernandez was found dead by hanging in his prison cell.  He was still serving a life sentence on a different murder charge.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Monday, April 17, 2017

The Veep Is Back

The once a year 10 some episode season of The Veep is on again.  Selina Meyer, who lost her election for president last season, has not lost any of her charm or sincerity, because she really didn't have any in the first place.  Meyer is struggling with life as a private citizen and her staff is scattered around showing their incompetence in other fields.
Online reviews of the first three episodes ranges from bad to great.  I watched the season premier last night and found myself somewhere in the middle.
The Veep stars Julia Louis-Dreyfus as President Selina Meyer. The show, in it's sixth season, airs Sunday nights on HBO.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Former Patriots Star Acquitted

CNN reports that former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez has been found "not guilty" in the case of a double homicide outside a Boston nightclub in July of 2012.

NFL Owner Dan Rooney

Dan Rooney, son of the founder of the Pittsburgh Steelers has died at 84. Rooney took over for his father, Art and guided the team to 6 Super Bowl titles, one in a controversial game with the Seattle Seahawks.
Rooney's most notable NFL contribution is probably the "Rooney Rule" which requires teams to interview minority candidates for head coaching positions to fill such vacancies.  It was established in 2003.
He was also appointed ambassador to Ireland in 2009 and served until 2012.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Another Rock Icon Passes

Reports indicate J. Geils of the J Geils band was found dead in his Massachusetts home.  John Warren Geils was the leader of a 1970s blues band who gained a new popularity by the rise of MTV.
Their best known hit was probably Centerfold from 1983, the story of a man's heartbreak of his school days crush appearing in a nude magazine.

Happy Passover

Monday, April 10, 2017

Obama As Supreme Court Justice? Sign Me Up!

I don't think that this writer of a letter to editor in the Seattle Times is particularly fond of President Obama.  But he does bring home an interesting point.  The US Senate Republicans, by using the so-called nuclear option to get Neil Gorsuch confirmed to the Supreme Court could possibly come back to bite what is now the majority party, but may not be in as little as 4 years down the road. 
Now I doubt that Barak Obama desires to be picked to serve as a Supreme Court Justice, but there is precedence.   Look up William Howard Taft.

Sunday, April 09, 2017

Mariner Food Offering May "Bug" Fans

The city of Seattle is known for it's multi-culturalism and also for being on the cutting edge of many trends, but the latest buzz or maybe chirp concerns a new offering at the Mariner's Safeco Field.  The team has announced that one of it's food vendors, Poquitos, will sell Chapulines, that's grasshoppers, as a food offering. 
Are fans tire of hot dogs, peanuts, and Crackerjacks?  With the wave of new ballparks starting in the 1990s, food offerings increased, Safeco Field was one of the first parks to offer sushi
Grasshoppers can be served with a taco or in a cup on it's own. 
The Mariner team itself needs to do a little "hopping", the team is off to a horrible 1 and 5 start.

Saturday, April 08, 2017

Pearl Jam Inducted Into Rock Hall

The 1990s Grunge style band Pearl Jam has joined Nirvana and Heart as Seattle area artists inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame.  The induction ceremony was last night (Friday April 7th)  in New York.  David Letterman made the induction speech for the band in place of Neil Young, who was ill. 
Other artist joining the Hall include Yes, Journey, ELO, and Joan Baez.

Thursday, April 06, 2017

Popular Traffic Reporter Taylor To Return For Fill In On KIRO 7

Seattle's popular traffic reporter Tracy Taylor announced on her facebook page that she has returned to the airwaves on KIRO 7 in a fill in role.  Taylor whose departure from KING 5, spurred angry comments on a number of blogs, including this one, said she will be on in the 4:30-7:00 timeslot.  She did not indicate how long the engagement would last.  The article on this blog in early December, reporting on her leaving KING 5, continues to be the most viewed post, with over 27 K hits, more than twice the second most popular post. 

Don Rickles Dead At 90

CNN reports that comedian Don Rickles had died.  He was 90.

Pepsi Pulls Cringeworthy Kendall Jenner Ad

A huge backlash has cause Pepsi to pull an ad that had good intentions but was poorly received.

Wednesday, April 05, 2017

Film Shows How Maccabi Tel Aviv Put Israel "On The Map"

Dani Menkin, who made the documentary film "On The Map", stands on the right at the Jewish Community Center on Mercer Island where his work was shown to a full house.
 Sports films usually are based on a David vs Goliath theme, this movie was a true story. After
 World War II, basketball gained popularity in Europe.  European basketball was dominated by teams from Spain, Italy, and Russia.  In 1977, the Maccabi Tel Aviv team, from a country not known for it's sports successes, showed it's ability to compete for the championship. 
It had been a dark time for Israel, not long after the Yom Kippur war and the Munich Massacre.  The country itself was enduring a government scandal.  The country's moral had been dismal, but the rise of the Maccabi team, captivated the country.  Featured in the film were Hall Of Famer Bill Walton, former NBA Commissioner David Stern, and members of the team.
The film was extremely captivating and moving.
The film was shown as part of the the Seattle Jewish Film Festival.