Wednesday, July 19, 2017

The Jet City Players

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

More McMenamins

I love the way the property is laid out.  There is plenty of outdoor seating. Something unique to the Seattle area.

Memories Of The '60s--The Beatle Cartoon

So most people my age may remember The Monkees TV show, but how many remember that The Beatles had a cartoon series.  It ran from 1965 to 1969 on ABC TV.   Reruns later ran on MTV in 1986.
The speaking voices of the 4 Beatles was provided by two voice actors.  The songs were real Beatles songs.  The band itself was not involved in the project, although their voices were used in the previously recorded music. 
The show consisted around two episodes, each framed from a Beatles song. There was a "follow the bouncing ball" singalong in the middle.  The intro to each show played their music while the group was depicted running from it's crazy fans.  A phenomenon we know as Beatlemania, which was rampant at the time. 
The Beatles were reportedly initially not fond of the TV show, but later came to like it.  The cartoon, I believe, went a long way toward cementing the band's place in American culture.  Most of the Beatles songs that I knew were the ones that I had heard on the cartoon.
The Beatles would eventually release the movie "Yellow Submarine" which was also animated.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Larry And Diane Rock At Mike's 60th

Bellevue Crossroads UPS driver Larry Hays arrived at my birthday party with guitar in hand along with his friend Diane, who belted this Janis Joplin tune.

More Of McMenamins

There the grounds of McMenamins are really neat. Tavern On The Square is the prime eating spot.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Jet City Players Headline 60th Birthday Surprise

Thank you to my brother, Danny for this great picture!   My wife drove my to the Bothell Village for what I thought was dinner with my in-laws.  I was determined that it would be a quiet dinner.  Boy, was I wrong!
Yes, my in-laws were there, but so were my brothers and friends as my wife had planned a surprise party.  She told me that she had planned it for months. 
The Jet City Players performed, they are a danceable pop band with a rock edge.   The lead singer is the lovely Marcie J.  We were also treated to Larry Hays playing guitar while his friend, Diane sang some rock and roll.  A great time was had by all.
Deb and I spent the night at the Bothell McMenamins Anderson School. 

McMenamins Anderson School

A great place to stay! We spent the night here after last night's party.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Maple Valley's Lake Wilderness Elelementary

School is out for the summer and apparently, the originally structure for Lake Wilderness Elementary School is gone forever.
Students will attend classes, starting this fall, in a new facility, which I believe is seen in the background.
Things work quickly in the Tahoma School District.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Heritage Distilling--BSB

The radio commercials say "you can't spell baseball without BSB".  Heritage Distilling commercials have been all over the radio. Heritage Distilling is one of the vendors at Safeco Field where the Mariners play.
  BSB stands for "Brown Sugar Bourbon". I am not a bourbon drinker, but I decided to try BSB when we attended the game last Sunday. I had it mixed with club soda and it was real good. 
On my next visit to a Mariners game, I hope to bravely try the grasshoppers.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Mariner's Cano Is All Star Game Hero

Robinson Cano's 10th inning home run propelled the American League to a 2-1 victory in the 2017 All Star Game. The Seattle 2nd baseman joined Ken Griffey, Jr and Ichiro as the only Mariners to be named MVP in the mid-summer classic.  Cano has been battling injuries this season as has the Mariner's other all star, Nelson Cruz. This year's game was played in Miami.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Maple Valley Council Discusses Golf Course

Maple Valley's city owned golf course may be in for some changes.  The Covington-Maple Valley Reporter said in an article that Lake Wilderness Golf Course that improvements to the facility were discussed at the Maple Valley City Council's June 26th meeting. City Manager Laura Philpot reported that the course is now breaking even.
 It is now the only course within the city limits.  The restaurant on the course, reportedly, is losing money.  That is no surprise as the city and nearby Covington have seen a flurry of new restaurants.  Changes discussed have included upgrading the course and making the restaurant available to only golfers using the course at the time.

Sunday, July 09, 2017

Happy Together Tour

The Cowsills rock Snoqualmie Casino.  The Turtles will headline.

The Turtles

Howard Kaylan now a Seattleite, actually for many years a resident of the area, performs for his adopted hometown for the first time in years.  The Turtles once again headlined the Happy Together Tour, which this year also featured Ron Dante (voice of the Archies), The Cowsills, The Boxtops, The Association, and former 3 Dog Night singer Chuck Negron.
The fun took place at Snoqualmie Casino.

Go M's

Felix Hernandez is on the mound for the Mariners and I just missed a foul ball.

Saturday, July 08, 2017

Celebrating 22 Years!

Today is our 22nd anniversary. Deb and I married at the Grand Atrium at the Washington Mutual Tower  in Downtown Seattle on July 8th, 1995.

Friday, July 07, 2017

Wednesday, July 05, 2017

The Rocket's Red Glare

We watched fireworks yesterday on the shores of Lake Sammamish.

Cool Dogs

Dasher hunts for a ball, while friend Charlie watches from the shore on a sunny 4th of July.

Monday, July 03, 2017

A Beautiful Summer Day

Mt Rainier adds a lovely touch to this picture taken in the 4 Corners area of Maple Valley.

Saturday, July 01, 2017

Housesitting At Lake Sammamish

Watching Dasher's buddy Charlie on the shores of Lake Sammamish.