Monday, September 24, 2018

Seattle City Council Approves Key Arena Remodel

The Seattle City Council, often accused of being anti business, anti sports and anti mainstream, has unanimously approved a remodel Seattle's Key Arena in a principally privately financed deal.  The new arena will be home to the Seattle Storm, who just won it's third championship, and hopefully an NHL expansion team.
The long range goal will be to bring an NBA franchise back to the area.
The last scheduled event in the Key in it's present form is an October 5th NBA game between the Golden State Warriors , featuring ex Sonic Kevin Durant and the Sacramento Kings, who at one time had been thought to have been ready to move to this area.

Friday, September 21, 2018

Blue Friday

Seahawk fans wear blue to cheer the team to victory.

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Phlash Phelps KRXY Olympia, Washington December 1999


I'm so mad that Phlash Phelps has different hours. He used to be on Sirius/XM 60s on 6 until 10am. Now he is off at 8. I love listening to him on the radio. Here he is working in Olympia prior to getting the satellite radio gig.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

World Series And The High Holidays 1967


I'm going to try to tie two things together that may seem unrelated so let me set up the background. In grade school in Walla Walla, every student who had a perfect attendance would get to stand up in front of the school.  As part of the handful of observant Jews in Walla Walla, we would not get the chance to do so.  The reason is that we would go to shul instead of school during the Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur. The spacing between the two holidays guarantees that in no year, would both holidays both would occur over the weekend.   
My Grandmother Esther Barer (bottom picture with my Grandpa) was a very special woman, she was all about community.  She organized the local Sunshine Club, The Garden Club, and other clubs in town.  She was tall in stature, loud and extroverted.  A native of Portland Oregon and a devout Jew, she taught Sunday School.  Of course at the time,  the student body consisted of my sister and me .  She was determined that all the Barer children would grow up and be aware of their Jewish heritage in spite of living in a town where Judaism was probably the town's smallest sustaining community.
As a child, I did not like any sports at all, at least until I was assigned by a tutor to write a paper about baseball.  Somehow, overnight, I became a lover of sports.  I began collecting baseball cards and read about sports history, wanting to watch and talk about it as much as I could.  
I watched my first World Series game on TV on October 5th, 1967, the second game of the series at my Grandma's house.   I was out of school because of Rosh Hashana (I thought it was Yom Kippur through the years, but research proved otherwise). I remember it was an exciting series between the St Louis Cardinals and the Boston Red Sox, at the time, the games were played in the day and the Series was as big as the Super Bowl is today.  School students would bring transistor radios to listen to the games. Grandma had brought me home after the services.   My sister went to school that day.  She wanted to get perfect attendance recognition.   
My Grandmother was furious, she said that we need to go to services on the High Holidays.  In her loud voice, she emphasized the importance of going to service on Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur.  
I think she may have been as angry with my parents as she was with my sister.  In any case, every year, no matter where I have lived, I have always attempted to attend all High Holliday services.
I'm still a big sports fan and have watched many World Series games on TV.  I still have never attended one as yet, although I've been to many MLB games.  I don't remember if my sister was perfect in attendance for that year.

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Seattle Storm Honored



In true Seattle fashion, it was a rainy day as the city honored the WNBA champion Seattle Storm with a parade and rally at Key Arena.  Thanks to Crosscut for the story and picture of  Storm veteran Sue Bird with the Championship trophy. (middle picture)
Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan declared 1st Ave North outside Key Arena will be renamed Seattle Storm Way. (Bottom picture)  It was the Storm's third WNBA championship. Bird, was a part of all 3 championship runs.  The first in 2004 after Bird was on the US team that won the Gold Medal in Women's basketball in the Summer Olympics in the same year.

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Cougar Flag

The. Cougar flag is a tradition on ESPN's Game Day.  There is actually two flags, the one you see in this picture and a white and crimson one that often appears. 
Cougar supporters take the flags wherever Game Day take place.
Game Day, the college football pregame show,  is broadcast from  a college campus chosen by the network.  So far, it has not broadcasted from Pullman.

Friday, September 14, 2018

Buchan Celebrates 50 Years At UB

A friend sent me a column from the UB.  Jim Buchan celebrating 50 years of writing sports at The Walla Walla Union-Bulletin.  I wanted to link to the column, but could not find it  online.  I did find a letter to the editor from his fellow WW sports writer Skip Nichols regarding Buchan's service to the paper.  Remember that links to the UB only stay up for a limited time.
I remember reading articles by Buchan when I was in grade school.  I'm now 61.  According to the column, he began as a sports writer at the Bulletin under the late Jim Reding.  Reding would go on to become sports editor for the Seattle PI.  
Buchan became sports editor in 1983 until his retirement in 2010. He know writes a column and does feature reports.
I never personally met Buchan, but after moving to this area from Walla Walla, I still had a Walla Walla phone book.  This was the early 1990s.  I was watching a Sonics game and the announcer was  saying something about Whitworth College (a college in Spokane).  He could not remember the names of Whitworth's teams. I also wondered.  I, sitting at home, looked up Jim Buchan and called him to ask, without any sign of disgust that a stranger was calling, he told me it was the Pirates.
Congratulations to Jim Buchan on 50 years.  



Thursday, September 13, 2018

KIRO Nights Host Leaves Unannounced


For viewers and listeners of media, sudden departures of air personalities is not an uncommon occurrence,  however, I was taken aback that Zak Burns, who hosted KIRO Nights on 97.3 KIRO left the station.  There seemed to be no indication of any trouble.
Burns started on air as a partner to Jason Rantz, a Conservative, who went solo for years in the slot after Ron And Don, the station's long running afternoon drive show.
When Rantz left to take over the morning position at KTTH, Burns became the host.  Burns seemed Liberal, but seemed more focused on entertainment and pop culture. although  news headlines were touched on.  His co-host, Gee Scott has taken over main host.
The show would begin with the sax solo in the Marvin Gaye classic, "What Goin' On".  Burns, on the show, alluded to past addictions and that his dad was  a former NHL player.
A couple inquiries to KIRO employees  did not result in finding any reason behind Burns leaving the station.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Storm Does It Again

The Seattle Storm have beaten the Washington Mystics to win it's third WNBA championship. Final score Seattle 98 Washington Mystics 82.

The Famous Reno Arch

We returned on Labor Day.  While arriving in Reno, we snapped this picture of the Reno Arch.  As we arrived at the airport, there were many travelers who attended the nearby Burning Man Festival. They were not hard to spot. 
We had a smooth flight home on another prop jet.

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Remembering 9/11


One of my favorite pictures from the trip. We visited the Chollar Mine in Virginia City.
For just 15 dollars each you can tour this preserved gold and silver mine,   preserved, pretty much in it's natural state.
Work conditions were not pleasant, so you get a real appreciation for what it's like to be a miner.
I think it's much better than going to a museum.

Sunday, September 09, 2018

Happy Rosh Hashana!


Cruising The Lake

Celebrating Deb's grandma's 99th.

Virginia City Bar

Virginia City is a ghost town preserved to look much like it did in the 1800s.

Beautiful View Leaving Tahoe

This beautiful rock on US 50 has a tunnel going through. It is on the Road between. Stateline and Carson City.

Saturday, September 08, 2018

Sailing On The Safari Rose

We took the Sunset Cruise on the Safari Rose and enjoyed Lake Tahoe.  Here is the famed "Viking Castle".

Friday, September 07, 2018

Hard Rock II

Displayed here is an outfit worn by AC DC guitarist Angus Young.  It is at the Hard Rock in Stateline, Nevada.

Thursday, September 06, 2018

Burt Reynolds Dies

CNN reports  iconic sex symbol of the 70s, Burt Reynolds, has died of a heart attack.

Earl Thomas Is Back With Seahawks

Free Safety Earl Thomas, who missed the entire pre season due to a hold out is back with the team for the season opener.  
Thomas had hoped his skipping camp would lead to having his contract reworked or to a trade, so far, he has not been successful in either.  Thomas is the last remaining member of the Seahawk's famed Legion Of Boom.

Great Rock Memorabilia

Autographed guitars, like this one by The Monkees, can be found at the Hard Rock at Lake Tahoe.  This is as somewhat ironic because the group is said to have had other musicians play their instruments, at least in their early years.

Wednesday, September 05, 2018

Solid Gold Soul

An amazing impersonation of the late Aretha Franklin was just one part of Solid Gold Soul.  
The live show at Harrah' s in Stateline, traced the history of Motown.   It was hosted by Bobby Brooks Wilson, the son of the late singer Jackie Wilson.

Tuesday, September 04, 2018

Tahoe Car Show

In the village near our hotel.  A lot of cool cars from the 50s, 60s, and early 70s.  Here I am pictured with a '61 Corvette.

Monday, September 03, 2018

Lake Tahoe From 9000 Feet

Right outside of our motel was the Heavenly Village Gondola which took us to an observation deck where we could see the entire lake.

Sunday, September 02, 2018

Local Band Queensryche Still Rockin'

I didn't see this concert, but it was great to see one of the great Seattle bands on the Marque.
I worked with the mother of the original bassist of Queenryche Eddie Jackson  many years ago. I'm not sure if he is in this configuration of the group.
I did get to meet Eddie more than 20 years ago.

Saturday, September 01, 2018

California-Nevada Stateline

The Lake Tahoe area is unique in that border of two distinct states runs through a street. 
On one said is the rather bucolic California side with motels and resorts.  The Nevada side with legalized gambling, is lined with high rise casinos.