Friday, March 05, 2021

James Donaldson "Dunks" Hat Into The Ring


 James Donaldson, a former Washington State Cougar men's basketball stand out and NBA player has announced his candidacy for Seattle mayor.  Seattle's current mayor, Jenny Durkan has already announced that she will not run for a second term.

The 7 foot Donaldson was a towering presence on campus at WSU when I attended in the mid-late 1970s.  Donaldson went on to be drafted by the Seattle Super Sonics where he played three seasons to begin a 16 year NBA career. He later would run a physical therapy business in the Seattle area. 

In recent years, Donaldson has become an outspoken advocate for mental health awareness.  

This will be Donaldson's second run for the position. He previously ran in 2009.

Thursday, March 04, 2021

Sports Radio 950 KJR Will Carry Kraken Games


 Legendary Seattle radio station KJR and the city's NHL expansion franchise, the Kraken, are joining forces.  The station will broadcast Kraken games to it's Seattle audience and livestream games worldwide  on iheartradio.com and the iheartradio.com app.   The station will also do regular live broadcasts from Climate Pledge Arena and the Kraken Training Center.

Everett Fitzhugh is the new team's play by play announcer. The team begins play this fall. 

Tuesday, March 02, 2021

Seattle's mayor tells New Orleans' mayor 'eyes off' Russell Wilson after...

Seattle Seahawk fans have become concerned with growing talk of Russell Wilson's dissatisfaction with the team.  In a video on Twitter, New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell invited Wilson to play for the Saints.  Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan tweeted back saying hands off or we will come after the NBA New Orleans Pelicans.
In reality, mayors don't trade players and take basketball teams, but it was free publicity for both. 

Monday, March 01, 2021

1996 Mariners-Indians Seattle Earthquake

I mentioned this in the previous post, Deb and I were in our Kirkland condo, where we lived until 1998.  At the time, the Mariners were good and must see TV.  Edgar Martinez had gotten a big hit and suddenly we heard banging, we thought that a couple of guys who lived above us were watching the game and stomping their feet, in reality, it was an earthquake, a fairly mild one, but the game was called and I had since forgotten this, but it was continued the next evening. 
This May 3rd will mark the 25th anniversary of that event. 

Dasher And I Say Good Morning!

One of my favorite coffee cups has a rough depiction of Dasher and me 

Sunday, February 28, 2021

20 Year Anniversary Of Nisqually Earthquake


 Today (Sunday February 28th) marks the 20 anniversary of the Nisqually Earthquake which shook the Puget Sound region.   

I remember when it struck, the area had previously experienced a number of small tremors in the previous few years, one interupting and stopping play in a Mariner game.  There was a shake, but unlike previous ones, this continued a little longer.  Items were falling off the bookshelf.  I was happy when the shaking stopped, but had to look outside to see if there was any more damage. 

Our house was safe, but that was not quite the case in the area.  You can read more about the damage toll by clicking here.

Saturday, February 27, 2021

Reboot To Classic TV Comedy Frasier In Works


 Fans of the TV show from the 90s and early 2000s, Frasier will be happy to know that plans are under way for a reboot.  The return will apparently be streamed on Paramount Plus.

Reboots, which have been trendy lately, are similar to movie sequels, it generally takes a TV show from where it left off and continues the situations of those characters.  

With Frasier, the death of John Mahoney, who played Frasier's dad, Martin Crane, makes this trickier.  Martin, the retired cop, played the everyman to his elitist sons, Frasier and Niles.

The show ran from 1993 to 2004 and won a record 37 Emmy Awards.

Friday, February 26, 2021

Dick's Food Truck Comes To Crossroads--Home To Future Location

The legendary Seattle hamburger joint, Dick's Drive-in announced that it will be back in Bellevue after 47 year absence. It will be located in Crossroads Mall on North East 8th Street. 
To celebrate the announcement, the company's brand new food truck set up shop in the parking lot, last night, near where the new location will open.

With a line that wrapped around the corner, the food truck was the place to be last night.  
Construction completion and grand opening for the new location is scheduled for the late part of this year. 
Thank you to Deb Barer for the picture.