Thursday, February 14, 2019

Happy Valentine's Day

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Snowy Backyard

Snow continues to pile up after what has seemed to be a pretty mild winter.  This picture was taken outside our back door this morning. It's been with us for over a week and it's getting worst.
  On an unrelated topic, thank you to blog for plugging two of the posts on this blog. Tracy Taylor's new podcast and Pat O'Day's Beatles feature.

Monday, February 11, 2019

Brandi Carlile's Grammy Performance.

Brandi Carlile - greatest singer of our time ! from Takashi Masusaki on Vimeo.

Carlile Wins 3 Grammys And Audience Heart

Maple Valley's Brandi Carlile won 3 Grammys in categories presented before the national telecast of the awards last night and  delivered, once again, a stirring performance of "The Joke" her anthem of hope to society's marginalized.
Carlile's performance, perhaps in front of her largest audience ever, rocked  the auditorium and lit up Twitter.
Carlile had been nominated in 6 categories, her wins were for Best Americana Album, best American Roots song, and best American roots performance. Her losses were in Record Of The Year, Song Of The Year, and Album Of The Year.  Her nominations alone in those categories were a major victory in her long career. 
Carlile had just one nomination previous to this year's ceremony.  This was her first Grammy performance.

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Gardner Minshew Honored In Seattle

Gardner Minshew II grabbed the imagination of all Cougar fans as he led WSU to it's first 11 win season.  Now the graduate transfer quarterback from East Carolina has won Male Sports Star Of The Year at the MTR Western Sports Star Awards sponsored by the Seattle Sports Commission.  He is the first Cougar to win that award.  
Minshew swept into Pullman like a new sheriff  in a western movie to lead a team rocked by the tragic death of quarterback starter apparent Tyler Hilinski after the previous season. His mustache inspired fans (both men and women) to wear fake mustaches.
Briana Stewart of the WNBA champion Seattle Storm was honored with Best Female Sports Star.

Saturday, February 09, 2019

Snow Stops Activiy In Area--Creates Road Hazards

The UPS  Store in Crossroads closed early yesterday as a heavy snowfall dumped on the Puget Sound region. I was on the road by three.  It took about 45 minutes to get out of Bellevue and on to I-90. I-90 was a breeze to Issaquah, then spent about one hour on the exit to Front Street.
It was another hour to get  home as Issaquah-Hobart Road and Cedar Grove Road were very slippery. I was finally home at 7pm.
Today, the area continues to be blanketed with snow.

Friday, February 08, 2019

Deb On Live

My wife (top picture 2nd row down 3rd from left) and friends went to New York this weekend and got to be in the studio audience at the Live With Kelly and Ryan talk show.  The morning show features Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest (bottom picture), along with celebrity guests.  This show featured Donny Wahlberg and Kate Walsh.

Thursday, February 07, 2019

Frank Robinson

Baltimore Orioles legend Frank Robinson has died.  Robinson won baseball's triple crown in 1966 and was Major Leagues first African American Manager when he was hired by the Cleveland Indians.

Wednesday, February 06, 2019

Tuesday, February 05, 2019

Seattle Traffic Reporter Has Podcast

Tracy Taylor, the Seattle area traffic reporter for KIRO 7 (weekday mornings) and KIRO FM (weekday afternoons), now has a podcast.  She will talk about traffic news throughout the area along with some human interest stories.  To listen, you can subscribe at iTunes or click here.

Monday, February 04, 2019

Maple Valley Wears White Today

It began snowing in the area last night and by this morning, our backyard was completely covered.  
Schools in the area are closed perhaps easing the commute.  I have a regularly scheduled day off so I  haven't driven anywhere, yet.  Snow effects travel times in this region much more seriously than an other places.  
This picture was taken in our backyard around 7:30 this morning.

Namath Featured On Super Bowl Pregame Coverage

After the first two Super Bowls, it was widely thought that the NFL was vastly superior to what was then the AFL.  In 1969, even though the NFL's Baltimore Colts were favored over the AFL's New York Jets, Quarterback Joe Namath guaranteed a Jets victory.   The Jets would shock the country with a 16-7 victory over the Colts.  It's widely though that this meant the AFL had arrived.  It's  said to have spurred on the merger that brought the AFL teams into the NFL.  
Since that game was 50 years ago, CBS paid tribute to Namath in it's pregame coverage of this year's Super Bowl.

Sunday, February 03, 2019

Seaside Sunsets

Even summer days in Seaside can be cloudy and cold, but during our winter visit last week, it was sunny and warm.  We were able to watch two spectacular sunsets.  In the bottom picture, the reflection of the sun off the window makes a great effect.

Saturday, February 02, 2019

Seaside Coin Operated Telescope

One thing I can still find in Seaside since I started visiting as a child are the telescopes along the Prom. I don't think about them or use them that much, but I sure would miss them if they were gone.

Friday, February 01, 2019

Old Seaside Theatre Remodeled, Modernized, Reopened

After sitting empty for almost 30 years, The Times in Seaside, Oregon has reopened as a brewpub and a single screen theatre (remember those).
The theatre, in the heart of the town, closed in 1989, giving way to a multiplex theatre on the highway. The Times turned into a "white elephant", empty for an entire generation.
The theatre is run by the owners of two area restaurants.  It shows second run features for $5, 3.50 for children and $4 for military and seniors.   It also shows live NFL football and other sporting events. The menu is basic sports bar cuisine along with beers that are brewed onsite.
Deb and I watched the movie Instant Family at the theatre last Sunday.

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Portland Trail Blazer Basketball

For the second year in a row, we went to watch the NBA in Portland.  This year, the Blazers won again, beating the Atlanta Hawks.

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Memories Of The Family Business

A friend of mine found these picture on the Bygone Walla Walla page.  People asked if I was one of the sons in the business title, but I was actually the great grandson of B. Barer.  The sons were my grandfather IJ Barer and his brother Dave.  The business, which was founded in the early 20th century sold steel and welding supplies as well as bought scrap metal.  It was located at 11 N. 4th in Walla Walla.  Shown above is the steel warehouse on Rose Street.
The business was sold to Spokane based Oxarc in 2000.

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Multnomah Falls

On our way to Portland, we visited Multnomah Falls, about 36 miles away.  It is said to be the most visited natural attraction in the Pacific Northwest.

Monday, January 28, 2019

Morrison--A Boston Celtic From Walla Walla

My uncle posed the question "who knows the Wa-Hi grad who would play for the Boston Celtics..?  A little research (google) showed it was Red Morrison.  Morrison would play two seasons for the Celtics before returning to college to study pre-med.

Sunday, January 27, 2019

New Phone Books Are Out

You don't see those much anymore, but they are still around.  We got our Maple Valley phone book yesterday.  What only a decade or so, used to be an essential part of living, has all but disappeared in the digital age.

Friday, January 25, 2019

Preview - Mystery 101 - Hallmark Movies & Mysteries

Cousin Lee Goldberg has a new endeavor, Mystery 101, which he co-created and co-wrote with Robin Bernheim, will air this Sunday, January 27th on the Hallmark Movies And Mysteries channel.  If the movie does well, it could launch a TV series.  Jill Wagner and Kristoffer Polaha star.

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Bohemian Rhapsody Film Earns 5 Oscar Nominations

Bohemian Rhapsody picked up 5 nominations for this year's Academy Awards including Best Picture and also, Best Actor for Rami Malek, who portrayed Queen's lead singer, Freddy Mercury.
In addition, the picture received nominations for sound editing, sound mixing, and film editing.
Having watched the movie last November, I really think it really has a chance.  The music still rings in my ears today and the theatre audience applauded when the movie came to an end.

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Welcome To Cooperstown, Edgar

My wife and I with Edgar Martinez in 2015.

Edgar Finally Makes Hall Of Fame

After nine failed tries, retired Mariner Edgar Martinez has finally been elected to the Baseball Hall Of Fame.  Edgar, one of the game's most consistent hitters endeared himself to the Seattle area not only with his baseball prowess, but his down to earth personality.

Wa-Hi Boys Basketball Championship Of 1999 Celebrated

Wow, time flies!  Walla Walla High School recently celebrated the 20th anniversary of the 1998-1999 state boys basketball championship of the Blue Devils.  I had already left the area 10 years before,  but was able to follow the action through the Seattle paper.  
One of the leaders of the squad, Kyle Bankhead, would go on to star at Gonzaga where he still ranks as one of the top 3 point shooters in that school's history.
Thank you to Mike for sending this article from the Walla Walla Union-Bulletin.

Monday, January 21, 2019

Sunday, January 20, 2019

Saturday, January 19, 2019

Marcie Maxwell Running For Renton Mayor

Former 41st State Representative  Marcie Maxwell has indicated on facebook that she is entering the Renton Mayoral race.  Maxwell left the state legislature to become senior education policy advisor for Governor Jay Inslee in 2013.
Maxwell has been working in real estate in the Renton area.  She is unique in that she is advocate for both small business and social justice. A natural people person, I would see her as a consensus builder, a role needed in today's political world. 

Friday, January 18, 2019

Holy Blue Mountain It's Adam West Way In Walla Walla

The late Adam West, who grew up in Walla Walla, has an honorary street named after him there.  Adam West Way is in the Northeast part of town near the actor's boyhood home.
The city has planned it's third annual Adam West Day this September 21st.
Perhaps the city will eventually have a Drew Bledsoe Way,  honoring the former Wa-Hi quarterback, who went on to star for the New England Patriots.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Broadway Superstar Channing Had Seattle Ties

Carol Channing, perhaps the best known actor on Broadway, died yesterday in Rancho Mirage, California of natural causes, she was 97.
Known for her starring role in Hello Dolly, Channing was born in Seattle in 1921.  Her father was the editor of the Seattle Star.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Northwest Baseball Great Mel Stottlemyre Dead

Mel Stottlemyre, a Central Washington product who would go on to be an ace pitcher for the New York Yankees and later a pitching coach for teams including the Mariners has died after a long battle with cancer.  Stottlemyre's son, Mel Jr was later also a pitching coach for the M's.  Both Mel, Jr and brother, Todd, pitched in the major leagues.
Larry Stone, a Seattle Times columnist, was working in Yakima for the local paper when Stottlemyre owned a sporting goods store in that town.  Having crossed paths both here and there, Stone wrote this column. Click here.

Monday, January 14, 2019

Ron And Don Praised By Station

Apparently KIRO FM put this meme on the Ron And Don Facebook page praising their accomplishments during their long Seattle radio stint.  It, of course wasn't enough to stop listeners from angry posts on social media.
If not today, soon the afternoon drive on 97.3 will have new hosts. Please give them a chance.  Let's remember that they had no part in Ron and Don leaving.  Many of the fans of Ron And Don may not have liked them at first. The show had a way of growing on you.
Let's remember that someone had that shift before Ron and Don came aboard. If you would like to read some of the old posts that I have made on the show, click here

Sunday, January 13, 2019

The Mountain

On a sunny Sunday, Mount Rainier appears majestically.  Taken at the Black Diamond Bakery.

More Storm Damage

We were lucky enough to not have any damage to our property in last week's devasting storm, but some of our neighbors were not as lucky.

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Larry And Diane

Our friends Larry (former UPS driver) and Dianne played at Soul Food, a coffee house in Redmond.

Friday, January 11, 2019

Ron And Don Are Gone

Long running talk show duo Ron And Don, have left KIRO FM  in Seattle.  The pair had worked the afternoon slot for over a decade starting with KIRO AM 710, and then moving to the FM 97.3 station once the 710 turned all sports.
The show, hosted by Ron Upshaw and Don O'Neil, was ideal for long home commutes as they covered a variety of contemporary topics, as well as personal ones.
They were also known for cause radio, helping raise money for various  human interest stories.  They were instrumental in comforting the area during many area tragedies.
Producer Candy Harper will be promoted to co-host with reporter Mike Lewis who has done fill in work for KIRO's hosts and Todd Herman, who hosted a show on KIRO's Conservative sister station, KTTH.  

Wednesday, January 09, 2019

Paul McCartney Breaks Down His Most Iconic Songs | GQ

I really love this journey through the Beatles songwriting through Paul McCartney.

Tuesday, January 08, 2019

Mitch Levy Makes Appearence On KISW

Mitch Levy, whose long career as a morning host came to a sudden end after getting arrested in a Bellevue prostitution sting, was on Seattle radio yesterday for the first time since August of 2017. Levy was a guest of the BJ and migs morning show on KISW 99.9.
Levy, who began doing a podcast known as Mitch Unfiltered last fall,  revealed the guest spot on his Twitter feed over the weekend.  On the show, Levy broke down the Seahawk playoff loss and  about his podcast.  You can hear Mitch by clicking here.

Monday, January 07, 2019

Emily Blunt and Dick Van Dyke at the Golden globe

He's older, but still witty and charming.  Dick Van Dyke appears on the Golden Globes.  Van Dyke is 93 years old.

Sunday, January 06, 2019

After The Storm

Crews clean up debris in Maple Valley's Belmont Woods after a powerful storm wreaked havoc overnight.

Natural Light Beer Commercial With Raymond J. Johnson, Jr.

Either funny or annoying beer commercial from the 70s. Featuring the fictionally named character Raymond J. Johnson, Jr.

Saturday, January 05, 2019

Go Seahawks!

Hat In The Ring

Our governor, Jay Inslee, appeared on MSNBC to speak about a potential run for the White House.

Friday, January 04, 2019

Seahawks Face Cowboys Saturday

It looked to be the lost season, the Seattle Seahawks, after losing Richard Sherman, Kam Chancellor, Michael Bennett, and Cliff Avril lost every pre-season game and two of the first regular season games. 
The team came back and won 10 of the next 14 games and is playoff bound.  The Seahawks will face the Dallas Cowboys tomorrow at 5:15 PST tomorrow (Saturday January 5th).

Thursday, January 03, 2019

Daryl Dragon--The Captain

Daryl Dragon, known as "The Captain" in the 70s soft rock group, The Captain And Tennille. is dead at 76.
The band, consisting of Dragon and his wife, vocalist Toni Tennille had a series of hits in the mid 70s including the pop standard "Love Will Keep Us Together", written by Neil Sedaka.