Thursday, August 22, 2019

Inslee To Run For 3rd Term

Hot off his unsuccessful run for President, Jay Inslee has announced that he will seek a third term as Washington governor.
The last Governor of this state to serve 3 terms was Dan Evens. Evans was elected to his 3rd term in 1972.
Inslee's predecessors, Gary Locke and Chris Gregoire, both retired from the position after two terms.

WOW! 14-Year-Old Singer Benicio Bryant Takes Risk With Original Song - A...

Maple Valley's Benicio Bryant, performing on America's Got Talent.

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Inslee Ends Presidential Campaign

KIRO radio reports the Washington governor Jay Inslee is dropping out of the 2020 race to be President of the United States.
Inslee is expected to announce whether he will seek a 3rd term as governor.

Michael Douglas Doesn't Get Why Fans See Gordon Gekko as a Hero | The Da...

Hollywood has a way of making heroes out of villains.  Michael Douglas says in this piece, he doesn't know why his signature character, Gordon Gekko is so admired.

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Like A Rolling Stone by The Rolling Stones Denver 2019

He's not your average 76 year old.   Rolling Stone front man Mick Jagger performs the Bob Dylan classic on their current tour.

Sunday, August 18, 2019

Peter Fonda Dies

In a sad a coincidence,  in the weekend when the 50th anniversary of Woodstock was being observed, Peter Fonda, who co-wrote and starred in the movie Easy Rider, also emblematic of the counter culture and also released 50 years from last month, has died of  lung cancer, he was 79.  
Fonda was from an acting family, his father was beloved actor Henry Fonda.  Sister, Jane Fonda was known as much for her protesting of the Viet Nam as for her many screen roles and daughter Bridget had a strong film career in the 1990s.

Who Did I Meet This Weekend?

I was handed this button after shaking hands with the new Rabbi at Temple B'Nai Torah, last Friday.  Rabbi Sydney Danziger, started her work at TBT this summer. She strikes me as an out of the box thinker.  She brought percussion instruments for attendees to play during the service.  Instead of being on the bema (podium), she conducted service from a stool on the floor beside her vocalist, Michaela, who strummed a guitar.

Saturday, August 17, 2019

Woodstock 50th Anniversary

No doubt the most famous single event of the counterculture, Woodstock, took place 
August 15-19th, 1969.  It featured artist like Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, and the Who, along with many more classic rock acts.
An attempt have Woodstock 50 to commemorate the festival, couldn't get off the ground.

Wilson, Cierra, Macklemore Invest In Seattle Sounders

An active Seattle Seahawk is now an owner of another major Seattle professional sports team.  It was announced this week that Wilson, his wife Ciara, Rapper Macklemore, and Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella were joining the ownership group of the Seattle Sounders.   The Sounders, who also play at Century Link Field, began play in 2009, and have one MLS Cup, won in 2016.

Friday, August 16, 2019

Wenatchee Had A TV Station

Someone saw my post on KNBS and pointed out that during the 1980s, Wenatchee, a city about the same size as Walla Walla had it's own TV station.  KCWT (Central Washington TV) operated from 1984 until 1993.

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Yesterday--The Movie

We saw Yesterday last weekend at the Bella Bottega Theatre in Redmond.  I am a Beatles fan as I grew up in the heyday of Beatlemania.  While many subsequent generations have embraced the band, living during the evolution of the group was an experience in itself.  The band was always doing new thing and rewriting the industry.  It really was a phenomenon beyond words.
In this movie, a struggling street musician, Jack Malik, finds that the world has forgotten everything about the Beatles.  That is everyone but him,  he finds out that he can kindle the flames of Beatlemania by singing songs of the group, since no one knows of there existence.  This makes for a great career for Jack. 
Hamesh Patel is marvelous as Jack and Lily James is wonderful in her role as his manager/love interest Ellie.  Kate McKinnon is a scene stealer in the role of Jack's manager Debra Hammer. I think all three performances are Oscar Worthy. 

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Puget Sound Media Profiles Short Lived Walla Walla TV Station

It had been talked about in my childhood,  Walla Walla, at one time, had a broadcast TV station based in the town.  Now, many of my contemporaries will remember cable channel 13, this was a local access channel available to subscribers of what was then Teleprompter TV Cable.  I believe it was required at that time by the FCC.  That is not what we are talking about.  
Walla Walla had an FCC licensed TV station with the call letter KNBS.  It was on channel 22, I'm sure if it was on cable, it had an additional lower channel.   Popular western actor and former baseball player, Chuck Connors was involved in the management. 
Puget Sound Media a radio/tv blog did a post on TV station license applications, which stoked the memory for me of this mostly forgotten Walla Walla entity.  
Sources say that KNBS was on the air January 3 of 1960 to December 14th of the same year.  I was only 3 at the time it went off the air.
You can see Mike Cherry's great article on KNBS here.

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

The Beatles Play Seattle

Seattle historian Felix Banel has this great recount of the Beatles first concert in Seattle in 1964.  Click hereI don't know if the band itself played any subsequent dates here, but I was fortunate enough to see Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney in separate area concerts.

Monday, August 12, 2019

Black Diamond Is Expanding It's Council

The City of Black Diamond, just 10 miles from here, is expanding it's city council to 7 members, according to the Maple Valley Reporter.  Cities of 5000 or more are required to have 7 members, but cities  of 2500 or more can expand it's council at any time, according to the paper.  Black Diamond is expected is experience rapid growth due to the building of the Ten Trails housing development that has created much controversy in the last few years.

Sunday, August 11, 2019

Seattle Will Get Lenny Wilkens Way

Lenny Wilkens, one of the NBA's all time greats will get a street by what is currently Key Arena, named after him.
Wilkens coached the 1978-79 Seattle Super Sonics to it's only NBA world championship. He also played for the team from 1968-72, serving in the pretty much now extinct role as player-coach from 1969-72.  He was also player coach for the Portland Trail Blazers for one season, before retiring and spending another year as full time coach. 
Wilkens has continued to live in the area, doing philanthropic work and working to possibly get the NBA to return to Seattle.

Saturday, August 10, 2019

DixieChicks James Taylor Carolina in my Mind

It's too bad that we don't hear anything from the Dixie Chicks anymore.

Friday, August 09, 2019

Seahawks Kick Off 2019 With Win

In a game that didn't count but still got our spirits up, the Seattle Seahawks beat the Denver Broncos 22-14 in Seattle.

Thursday, August 08, 2019

Abbey Road Album Cover Picture Taken 50 Years Ago

Even though it's said to be the last album that the Beatles recorded, I believe it was the first one  that I bought.  The famous picture on the cover of  "Abbey Road" was taken on August 8th, 1969.
The first hit that I can remember from the album was "Come Together", but maybe the most enduring song was George Harrison's "Something". 
Both Abbey Road and the later released Beatle album, "Let It Be", contained song titles that in retrospect, suggested that the days of the Beatles as a music recording entity were coming to an end.  
Some facts about the shooting of this picture can be found by clicking here.

Wednesday, August 07, 2019

Jackie Christie's Most Outrageous Moments | Basketball Wives Legends

Since I began working in Bellevue retail, I have met some famous people.  Jackie Christie is the wife of Seattle native Doug Christie, who played in the NBA.  She was a frequent customer at our Overlake store  several years ago.
 I didn't get to meet Doug, but Jackie became well known in her own right by being featured on the VH-1 reality show Basketball Wives LA.  I also got to meet two of their children and Doug Christie's mom, who introduced herself to me on one of their visits.

Tuesday, August 06, 2019

Fortunato Running For Governor

Outspoken State Senator Phil Fortunato has announced his candidacy for State Governor.  Fortunato, was elected to the state senate from the 31st Legislative District in 2017.  Although his district is within 50 miles of Seattle, his views are light years apart. 
Fortunato is a frequent speaker at pro gun rallies.  My guess is that as part of his law and order stance, he would work to recriminalize recreational pot use.  I've nicknamed that position "guns not grass". 
Fortunato has said that he would make homelessness his main issue, something that may resonate against the very Liberal to moderately Liberal voting block in Seattle and King County. 
Loren Culp, a police chief in the Eastern Washington town of Republic, has also announced his candidacy for governor on the Republican side. 
Current two term governor Jay Inslee is now running for president of the United States, but has not ruled out a run for a third term.  Other contenders for governor in 2020 include Attorney General Bob Ferguson, King County Executive Dow Constantine, and Land Commissioner Hilary Franz, all Democrats.

Monday, August 05, 2019

2019 Blue Angels At Seafair

We watched the Blue Angels show at Seafair from our friend's house in Newcastle.  Just south of Bellevue.

Sunday, August 04, 2019

Seafair Sunday

The Blue Angels are usually the most memorable part of Seafair.

Saturday, August 03, 2019

Howard Lapides--True Crime Sidekick Passes

Howard Lapides  was an agent representing A-list stars, but he had a passion for true crime investigation. Lapides was heard with Burl Barer on the Internet radio program True Crime Uncensored.  Howard was heard asking very pointed questions to various guests who were writers, investigators, victims and in rare instances, criminals themselves.   
Lapides died Thursday after battling cancer. 
I met Lapides a little over two years ago, when Deb and I visited the Outlaw Radio studios in the Los Angeles area to sit in on Burl's show.
Ironically, only weeks ago, Howard filled in as main host while Burl was undergoing heart surgery.
Burl said on his facebook page that True Crime Uncensored would continue today (Saturday) at it's scheduled time (2 pm Pacific), 

Friday, August 02, 2019

Dolly Parton and Brandi Carlile, “I Will Always Love You”

Maple Valley's star in residence Brandi Carlile performing with Country legend Dolly Parton at the Newport Folk Festival.

Thursday, August 01, 2019

Nick Buoniconti--Football Great

Nick Buoniconti--who played middle linebacker for the Miami Dolphins during the teams best years, which included being to this day, Pro Football's only undefeated team, has died at 78.  Buoniconti was the most and maybe only memorable name for what was known as the "No Name Defense", a unit of players, that were not really famous at the time, but as a unit, got the job done. The Dolphins appeared in 3 straight Super Bowls from 71-73, winning the last 2.
Buoniconti was also known for working to find a cure to paralysis.  His son was paralyzed in a college football game. 
I remember rooting for the Dolphins, partly because they were an expansion team that had many lean years before becoming a Super Bowl caliber team and also because Miami seemed like a cool town to visit.  I had always enjoyed watching college football's Orange Bowl.
Buoniconti was inducted into the Pro Football Hall Of Fame in 2001.

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Goats escape into the neighborhood! (with sound)

This was the scene in the Issaquah Highlands Tuesday as more than 100 goats who wear used to clear vegetation escaped into the streets.  You can read more by clicking here. 

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

San Diego Charger Legend And Cougar Alum Lincoln
Keith Lincoln, one of two "Keiths" to graduate from WSU and rule the sports world, died last weekend.   The other Keith, of course, would be Keith Jackson, the voice of college football in America.
Lincoln was a fullback for the San Diego (now Los Angeles) Chargers in the old AFL.  He helped the Chargers win the 1963 AFL championship.  At this writing, it is the city's only sports championship. Lincoln ran for 329 yards in the Chargers 51-10 victory on the Boston (now New England) Patriots to help win the title.
The Chargers drafted Lincoln out of WSU in 1961.  He would later become alumni director at the school.
Lincoln was 80.

Sunday, July 28, 2019

Old Beach Cottage

It's probably in the worst condition of any house on Seaside's Prom, but it shows a lot of potential for anyone who maybe is project minded.  It is located in the 500 North block of the Prom.

Saturday, July 27, 2019

Sunset On The Oregon Coast

Watching from Mo's at the Seaside Turnaround where we were eating dinner, the sun sets into the Pacific.

Friday, July 26, 2019

Seaside Bubble Man - March 2019

One of the cool things about Seaside, Oregon!

Kamala Figure Strikes A Pose

This really nice Kamala Harris figure stands between Obama and Ichiro on my office shelf.  I got this from an ad on Facebook.  Harris wears a gray power suit and high heels.

Thursday, July 25, 2019

Top Gun: Maverick - Official Trailer (2020) - Paramount Pictures

After three decades, Tom Cruise is set to reprise his role of Pete Mitchell in the sequel to the 1980s blockbuster, Top Gun.  Top Gun: Maverick is set for release in June of 2020.
 I thought that I was the only one who remembers the Goose's infant son in the movie.  The son sat on the piano while Goose and Maverick sang Great Balls Of Fire, while Goose's wife and Maverick's girlfriends watched in the bar. In the next scene Goose died in a training exercise.  Well, Goose's son will be a grown up fighter pilot in the coming sequel.

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Mike Trout At T-Mobile

Angel Center fielder Mike Trout, an 8 time MLB All Star and 2 time AL MVP, comes to bat against the Mariners at T-Mobile Park.  Trout would later get a home run in the game as the Mariners sadly lost to the Angels 9-3.

Monday, July 22, 2019

Edgar Martinez Joins The Hall

Edgar Martinez accepts the Hall Of Fame plaque just before making his wonderful speech where he credited Mariner fans for helping him get the support to enter the Hall.

Sunday, July 21, 2019

Shaggy Sweet Entertains In Downtown Bellevue

Deb and I joined friends Marjie and Rick at Bakes Place in Downtown Bellevue, Friday, to watch the band Shaggy Sweet.  Shaggy Sweet is a four piece band consisting of 3 guitar players and a drummer.  They do a lot of shows around the Puget Sound area.  Their music consists of a lot of original Blues music, along with some Rock and a little Country, some Gospel influence and a few popular covers.   It was a great show.

Congratulations Edgar Martinez!

One of Seattle's most popular sports figures ever, Edgar Martinez, enters the Baseball Hall Of Fame.

Saturday, July 20, 2019

50 Years Ago--Man Walks On The Moon

50  years  ago today, the nation was glued to it's TV set as Neil Armstrong became the first human to set foot on the Moon.  Buzz Aldrin, would minutes later become the second.   I'm sure most didn't notice Armstrong's now famous words of " That's one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind."  Those words reverberated in the news media soon after.  
I wonder if Armstrong was picked for the first walk because his name is more memorable than Aldrin's. 
 I was hoping at the time that July 19th would be the day, since it is my birthday.  July 20th, however is a round number so NASA, which was it turns out was very PR savvy at the time, may have decided that would be a more memorable date.   
While the nation, including myself had it's eye on the Spaceflight of Apollo 11, Massachusetts  Senator Edward Kennedy, the brother of slain President John F. Kennedy and Senator Robert F. Kennedy, was involved in an auto accident, soon to be known to the world as Chappaquiddick.  The drowning of a passenger in Kennedy's car, may have been the reason that he would never get the Democratic nomination to be president.  Kennedy, however, was able to avoid prosecution and continue what history would point out as a very significant career in the Senate. 
By the way, while Armstrong and Aldrin were doing the actual moon walk (not the dance of a couple decades later),  Michael Collins continued to circle the moon in the main space capsule. 

Friday, July 19, 2019

Seattle NHL Team Picks Hall Of Fame Player For GM

With just two years to go until the first puck drops, the Seattle NHL expansion franchise has named Ron Francis as it's new general manager.  Francis, who played 22 seasons in the NHL and is 5th in all time points.
Francis has played on two Stanley Cup winning Pittsburgh Penguin teams.    He previously had been general manager with the Carolina Hurricanes.
The Seattle team has yet to pick a nickname, but getting a known general manager should get it on the right track to build a winning franchise.

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Retired Supreme Court Justice Stevens Dies

Justice John Paul Stevens, who was picked by Republican Gerald Ford to replace the well known civil libertarian Justice William Douglas, has died.  Stevens served 34 years on US Supreme Court.
Stevens was one of a seemingly disappearing number of court appointments that were picked by Republican presidents, but whose decisions were mostly considered more to the Left.
Stevens voted to limit the death penalty, promote racial equality, and preserve abortion.
Stevens was a native of Chicago and a devoted Cubs fan.

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Blazers Will Replace Radio Announcer Wheeler

The Portland Trail Blazers have announced that Brian Wheeler, the NBA team's radio voice for 21 years will not return for the 2019-20 season.  Wheeler, formerly a radio host on Seattle Sports Radio 95 KJR, had missed a good portion of this past seasons with health concerns.

Monday, July 15, 2019

20 Years Ago Today--A New Era Begins For Seattle Baseball

I attended what was then Safeco Field for the opening of Seattle's brand new outdoor baseball stadium. I had won the above ticket for the game in an office drawing and attended with co-workers.
 The future looked much better for the Mariners at the time then the Seahawks.  Well, the Mariners had one great season in 2001 at Safeco,  but since that season, they have not been able to put another play-off team together. Meanwhile the Seahawks have been to 3 Super Bowls, winning one.
Safeco Field is now named T-Mobile Park.

Inslee Quip Goes Viral

Jay Inslee says that he was half joking when he said that his first act if elected president would be select soccer star Megan Rapinoe as his secretary of state.  Rapinoe plays for the Seattle Reign, here in Inslee's home state.

Sunday, July 14, 2019

The Third Class FCC License

My goal as a child was to get into radio.  It may be because as I remember, the tower of KTEL, a few blocks away, was visible from the house on Leonard Street where we lived until 1965.   It could be that when we moved to a new house, I had the bedroom that once belonged to Bob Garred, who had gone on to become a national radio voice before his passing. It may have been the memory of  my dad taking me to KTEL, back when we lived on Leonard to visit Burl, who at the time, was working as a Rock And Roll DJ at night and on weekends, while going to high school during the day.
At the time, to get a radio job, you needed a 3rd Class FCC Radio Telephone License with Broadcast Endorsement.
When I started my Junior year of High School, I studied to get my license.  To get the 3rd Class License, I had to pass elements 1 and 2 which were very easy, but element 9 was rather difficult and I was not great at passing tests..
During Spring vacation, we went to the Seattle area, of course we were all in Walla Walla at the time.  We stayed at the Thunderbird in Bellevue, which eventually would become one of the two Red Lions in that town, it would eventually become the Doubletree and then, later, be torn down for high rises.  The test was administered on certain days at the Federal Communication Commission  on the 32nd floor of the Federal Building in Downtown Seattle.
Both my sister and I were dropped off at the Federal Building to take the course.  I knew that I passed elements 1 and 2, but was not sure about element 9.
I found out that I passes all three elements and received the license looking like the one above, my sister passed elements 1 and 2, but was unable to get a broadcast endorsement.  Her's looked like this

When I got my first radio gig, it was a KUGR at WSU.  The license was not needed because it was heard on the cable system, rather than the "air".  I remember that was so the station could play commercials, giving valuable experience to a radio sales force and to production engineers.
 I finally got a gig at KTEL where I did need my third phone, which I proudly posted, but I was mad to find out a few months later that operator licenses where being phased out and operated were getting a permit in the mail with no test needed.  I believe today, operators at any level are not licensed.

Friday, July 12, 2019

Traffic Jam On West Lake Sammamish Parkway

Traffic on the Lake Road, Wednesday evening on the home commute, was the worst that I had ever seen or at least, remember under normal conditions.  It must have taken at least half an hour to get where I turned onto the road from Northeast 8th until I got to the roundabout, normally a 10 minute drive.

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Pitcher Author Jim Bouton Dies

Jim Bouton,  who pitched for the Seattle Pilots in the area's first go round with  Major League Baseball, then rocked the sports world with his tell all book, Ball Four, has died.  
Bouton began his career as a hard throwing right hander with the New York Yankees.  He pitched in 2 World Series with the team.  
After injuring his arm, Bouton made a comeback as a knuckleball pitcher.  He was picked by the expansion Seattle Pilots in 1969.  He took notes at the time and was able to publish Ball Four. A hilarious look at baseball players doing what they do off the field.  
The book seems relatively tame these days, especially after years of steroid scandals in the sport. 
Bouton would later pitch for the Portland Mavericks, an independent team in the Northwest League. Although, unlike Seattle, it was not Major Leagues, it was another Pacific Northwest baseball team with an interesting cast of characters.  

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Nearing Completion

The finishing touches are being put on resurfacing of our deck.  It should be ready soon for the best days of summer.  We had the deck built, a few years after buying the house in the late 90s and has been fun place to enjoy warm Spring, Summer, and Fall days.

Tuesday, July 09, 2019

Perot Dead

CNN reports that billionaire H. Ross Perot, whose campaign for the presidency in 1992 had inspired many and may have opened the door for Donald Trump's later successful campaign, has died at 89.
Many will compare Perot with Trump, however, Perot did not seem to flaunt his wealth.  His appeal was more across the board than Trump, and Perot's anger seemed to be more toward traditional politicians than any ethnic group or citizen.

Outdoor Fireplaces Offered In New Homes

At the new Fox Pointe housing development, just a few blocks from our house, I was intrigued with the outdoor fireplace, allowing home owners to entertain on their decks during the area's sometimes cool, but clear Spring and Summer evenings.

Monday, July 08, 2019


We were married 24 years ago today at the Grand Atrium at 1201 Third Avenue in Downtown Seattle.

Sunday, July 07, 2019

Heart crazy on you

Guitarist Nancy Wilson's pose and leg kick at 2:30 are classic.  Seattle's Heart doing Crazy On You.

Friday, July 05, 2019

Thursday, July 04, 2019

Mad Magazine To Stop Publishing

Mad Magazine, the monthly publication that satirized pop culture, is ending publication later this year.  The magazine poked fun of everything, usually in a relatively harmless way. Alfred E. Neuman, a gap tooth boy, whose catch phrase was "what, me worry", was the mascott of the magazine always on the cover mocking whatever was the  month's subject. 
When network TV was at the height of it's popularity, it was a badge of honor to have Mad to make fun of a certain show, with goofy character names and characturistic cartoons. 
It was sort of SNL in a comic book. Only it preceded the NBC show by about 24 years. 
The magazine began in 1952. 

Happy 4th Of July

Wednesday, July 03, 2019

Santana "Black Magic Woman & "Oye Como Va" @ White River Amphitheater 6...

Here is a video from last weekend's Santana concert.  You can actually see the performance in this one.

Tuesday, July 02, 2019

Unique Sign For Bellevue City Council Candidate

This seems like a normal candidate sign , which was posted at an entrance to the Crossroads Mall parking lot, but a close look indicates that Bellevue city council candidate is a Democrat.  That is great, except Bellevue city council positions are non-partisan.  
I applaud Mr. Bible for being a Democrat and being the first candidate I can remember stating party when running for a non-partisan office. 

Monday, July 01, 2019

Happy Canada Day!

Since Canada is just 2 hours away, we tip our hats to those celebrating Canada Day.

Sunday, June 30, 2019

Doobie Brothers And Santana At White River

I knew that I wouldn't get a good shot of the performers, so between acts, I wanted to show how much fun the folks attending the concert were having.  We were even tossing a couple beachballs around.

The White River Amphitheatre opened in 2003.   Taking backroads, it is a relatively short drive from our house.

Santana At The White River

We had a very enjoyable afternoon  and evening at the White River Amphitheatre in Auburn, enjoying two classic rock bands, The Doobie Brothers and Santana.

Although the weather had been miserable for most of the week, it couldn't have been much better for the show.

Santana, who played at Woodstock is booked to join many other popular bands at a festival celebrating the 50th anniversary of the legendary rock event in August.

Saturday, June 29, 2019

Former Seahawk Owner Behring Dies

Ken Behring, the former owner of the Seattle Seahawks, has died at 91.  Behring bought the Seattle Seahawks, at a time when the team's popularity was quite high.
Behring, however, was not well liked.  He lived in the Bay Area of California and was a real estate developer, at a time when Seattle did not have warm feeling toward developers or what was perceived as many Californians moving into the area. Behring was often shown on the Seahawk sidelines during the game in a golf shirt, while Seattle fans were used to the previous owners, who were seldom or never seen. It was not long that Behring became the symbol of California conspicuous consumption.
Owning the Seahawks from 1988 until 1997, the team went through some of it's worst years and fan support waned.  Behring decided he wanted a new tax supported stadium.  When it appeared he would not be able to get  that, he attempted to move the team to the LA area.  A move that failed when community leaders persuaded Microsoft billionaire Paul Allen to buy the team.  The rest is history.
Although Behring is remember as one of the least popular sports figure in Seattle history, his charitable contribution are reported to be quite significant.

Friday, June 28, 2019

Big Weekend Concert

We will be watching legendary rock group Santana this week at the White River Amphitheatre.  The Doobie Brothers will also perform.

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Walla Walla History For Today

The Royal Motor Inn as a brand new motel and restaurant in my home town of Walla Walla. This picture was taken in the Spring of 1967.
 It was considered a destination place upon opening, but eventually, the restaurant was torn down and the place had many different renditions.   I'm not sure if a motel is operating at the site today. You can find memories of Walla Walla at Bygone Walla Walla.

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Whatever Happened to Judy Strangis from Room 222 and Electra Woman & Dyn...

Judy Strangis pulled off the remarkable feat of making a minor part memorable, at least to me.  Strangis played the shy teenage high school student, Helen Loomis in the ABC comedy/drama Room 222.

At an impressionable age, it was my favorite show at the time.

The show, about a teacher and his peers and students in a Los Angeles High School,  began it's run as a comedy with a laugh track and eventually transitioned into a drama with contemporary issues.  

Monday, June 24, 2019

Hotel California By Eagle Eyes

More from Saturday night, Eagle Eyes, an Eagles tribute band played Hotel California to wrap their performance.  Of course, they were called back for an encore.  

Word has been received that the band will return to Bake's Place in Downtown Bellevue in late September.

Sunday, June 23, 2019

Eagle Eyes Plays Bellevue

Last Night Deb and I joined 8 other family and friends at Bake's in Downtown Bellevue to watch Eagle Eyes, an Eagles tribute band hailing from Vancouver Island in Canada.

The band, consisting of 4 members not only played the songs of the Eagle, but basically, transformed themselves into the band, arguably the most popular American group.

I found it amazing that a band could assemble, where each member can not only sound like, but can copy their appearance and mannerisms to the point that you forget the fact that they are indeed a tribute band.  It is indeed, a special skill.

The band pretty much covered the Eagles songbook, save for Desperado,  the band saying that a piano would be needed to cover that classic.

Friday, June 21, 2019

Work Continues On Maple Valley Highway

Work has been going on for most of the spring on widening and improving Highway 169 in Maple Valley.  The work on the city's main arterial, will add an additional lane in each direction from Witte Road Southeast in the Lake Wilderness shopping area to Southeast 240th Street.
The work also includes sidewalks, a bike path, turning lanes, and a retention wall.  There is also a bike path.
While the work may make a quicker commute for now, work is taking place to build at Southeast 240th Street (below), which may continue the cycle of growth and the problems it brings to the city.