Wednesday, September 30, 2009

A Fun Mariner Video

The Mariners just won their 82nd game of the season--that's 21 more victories than last year.
Since Felix Hernandez won his 18th game last night, it means that they somehow won 64 without the young pitching phenom on the mound. I want to thank former Mariner announcer Ken Levine for this piece showing the amazing prediction of current Mariner announcer Mike Blowers. Congrats to the Seattle Mariners on a winning season.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Wounded Seahawks Fall Short

With numerous key players like quarterback Matt Hasselbeck on the sidelines with injuries, the Seattle Seahawks squandered a 13 point lead and lost to the Chicago Bears 25-19. Olindo Mare missed two field goals and the Seahawks coughed up numerous oportunities to put the game away. The 'Hawks second loss in a row drops them to 1 and 3.

Walking Sports Tour A Hit

If you are a real sports fan, you would happily bid high at a charity auction for a beer with ESPN Senior writer Jim Caple. The ESPN senior writer has covered the best players in every sport and is full of amazing facts and anectdotes. Last night, I took the "Sports On Tap" tour with Mr Caple and it was so much fun. The tour starts with at the Pyramid Ale House and winds through the SODO area to FX McRory's. Jim explains the history of Seattle sports which he covered as a reporter for the Bellevue Journal-American and later the Seattle P-I. He later became a beat writer with the Minnesota Twins. He is a native of Longview and grew up a San Francisco Giants fan.
On most nights, Seattle columnist Art Theil joins the tour, but last night, it was just Jim and I. As we walked past Safeco Field, he told me about the late Newspaper reporter Royal Brougham to which the street that runs between Safeco and Qwest is named. We also talked about the old Seattle Pilots baseball team, which predates the Mariners. Jim Caple is very engaging and entertaining and the tour gets great reviews. It is part of three tours, offered by "Seattle By Foot." There is also a walking coffee tour and a regular downtown tour.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Alan L Barer Hits 80

My father turns 8o tommorrow, we will celebrate with a party next week. My Dad was born one month before Black Tuesday, an irony since he has always enjoyed following the stock market. He is a graduate of University Of Washington and Walla Walla High School. He retired about 10 years ago from the family business in Walla Walla to live up here in the Puget Sound area. He is a history buff and loves to share his experiences and the family's unique history on his blog.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Thank You City Of Maple Valley

Thank you to the City Of Maple Valley for fixing the sidewalk at SE 244th and 238th Place SE. It was a hidden tripping hazard before the city came out to repair it.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

On a warm clear night, the Moon shines over Maple Valley

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

King County Democrats Endorse Mallahan For Seattle Mayor

He was largely unknown a year ago, even by political insiders, but Joe Mallahan tonight received the sole endorsement of the King County Democrats for Seattle Mayor. Mallahan, a T-Mobile vice president, along with his opponent, Mike McGinn, knocked incumbant Mayor Greg Nickles out of the race in the August primary. Mallahan was emotional in his acceptance of the endorsement, promising to bring a different style of politics to city hall. The endorsement was significant in the fact that Mallahan had come under fire from some Democrats who were not supportive of some of wireless provider T-Mobile's policies.

Glenn Johnson honored

WSU Communications professor Glenn Johnson is honored in his 30th years at WSU. In addition to his classroom duties, he is stadium announcer for the WSU football and basketball teams and the mayor of Pullman.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Nightmare By The Bay--Seahawks Fall Short

While things were "rosy" this weekend for the Huskies, Cougars, and for the most part, the Mariners, things did not go well for the Seattle Seahawks. Lead by Frank Gore, the San Francisco 49ers defeated the 'Hawks 23-10. Gore had touchdown runs of 79 and 80 yards and amassed 207 yards overall. In addition, Quarterback Matt Hasselbeck went down late in the second quarter with a rib injury. Also lost to injury was tackle Sean Locklear.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Cougs Beat Mustangs

In what looked like another hopeless Saturday afternoon, the Washington State Cougars overcame a 17 point deficit to beat the SMU Mustangs in overtime 30-27 in Pullman today. It was the second major college upset in the state. Earlier, Washington shocked USC 16-13. Both games were won by field goals.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Dwight Pelz Visits 5th District Democrats

Washington State Democratic Chair Dwight Pelz spoke to the 5th Democrats last night at the
King County Library Service Center. While he was warmly received, the meeting could probably not be called a "lovefest" as he was peppered with questions as from concerned fellow Democrats on topics such as Washington's "Top Two" Primary, support for 5th District Candidates, holding Democratic elected officials to the platform and support for Democratic non-partisan candidates.
Pelz also questioned each of the attendees on how they felt about the health care issue. The room seemed evenly split between the cautious "Public Option" and the bolder "Single Payer" coverage. Pelz also mentioned that Democrats encompassed the fastest growing segments of the population, while Republicans compressed shrinking demographics. After the meeting Pelz joined thirsty 5th District members at the Issaquah Brewhous.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Seattle Radio Legends

Michael Hood of BlatherWatch, a blog that covers Seattle radio, posted this picture of KJR DJs from the mid 60s, in this picture are Larry Lujak, Jerry Kay,Dick Curtis, Jerry Kaye, Lan Roberts, Dick Curtis, Lee Perkins, and Pat O'day. In a few years, white shirts, and slick back where in most cases gave way to printed shirts and shaggy hair. KJR, a hit music station back then was the dominant station in the market.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Seahawks Kick Off Mora Era With Victory

The Seattle Seahawks executed well on both offense and defense today and beat the St.Louis Rams 28-0. Matt Hasselbeck, in his first game since Thanksgiving last year passed for 276 and three touchdowns. He did throw away a couple of scoring opportunities with interceptions in the early going. Julius Jones had a 119 rushing yards including a 62 yard touchdown run. Second year Seahawk Phenom John Carlson caught 2 touchdown passes.

Dawn Of A New Era

Jim Mora makes his Seahawk debut at 1:15 at Qwest Field as the Seattle Seahawks take on the StLouis Rams. After appearing in the playoffs five consecutive seasons under former coach Mike Holmgren, the Seahawks finished a disappointing 4-12 last year.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Women Against Fantasy Sports????

Yes, there is such a site . When I heard the morning guys on KJR talk about it, I thought that it was "tongue in cheek" but no it's dead serious. My guess is that these ladies have a little too much time on their hands. They should probably start their own league.

A Month To Go On Maple Valley Farmer's Market

Maple Valley holds it Farmer's Market every Saturday until October 10th. The Market, takes place at the Rock Creek Elementary School and lasts until 1:00.

Friday, September 11, 2009

In Memory Of 9-11

Wa Hi Football Season To Begin

The High School football season is upon us. Here is a look at how my alma matter, Walla Walla High School is preparing.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Don Brown's Life And Times Of Lillian Eldridge

This video was played at Lillian's birthday party, enjoy! Don Brown is Lillian's son and my wife's uncle. He lives in Houston, Texas and was not able to come to the big party.

Tuesday, September 08, 2009

More Milestone birthdays around the corner.

Happy Birthday Cuz

Burl Barer wishes his brother Stan a happy 70th here

Saturday, September 05, 2009

Mariners On A Roll

The Seattle Mariners have won four straight now, a streak that started with two wins over division leading LA. While it's not realistic to think that they are in the race, it looks like new manager Don Wakamatsu is bringing a winning attitude to the team. I'm real excited to see whats in the future for this ballclub.

Wednesday, September 02, 2009

5th District Democrats Picnic

The political season got into full "swing" when the 5th District Democrats held their annual summer picnic at Lake Sammamish State Park. One of the "hits" of the afternoon was the dangling Elephant pinata. Here I am taking some hacks.