Friday, December 31, 2021

Betty White Dead At 99

 Betty White, who played on two iconic TV series, the Golden Girls and The Mary Tyler Moore show, both after reaching the age of 50, as well as being the oldest person to host SNL, has died. 

A big 100th birthday party had been announced for White, whose birthday would've have been January 17th.  Perhaps, a tribute will air in its place. 

Much like George Burns, a generation earlier. White's durability in an industry known for not always being kind to seniors, helped make her a beloved figure

Go Cougs

WSU playing Central Michigan in the Sun Bowl in El Paso today. 

Thursday, December 30, 2021

Snow In Our Backyard

 In the rush rush Puget Sound area, we often think of snow as cold and slippery as well as inconvenient. Our favorite events get cancelled and it's tougher to get to work  

It's easy to forget, though, how beautiful it can be.

Wednesday, December 29, 2021

John Madden--NFL Legend


John Madden, the coach who guided the Oakland Raiders to it's first Super Bowl victory and then went on to become an iconic football TV analyst has died.  He was 85.  

Madden was also known for an NFL video game that carried his name.  

Tuesday, December 28, 2021

Amazon Builds Hub In Maple Valley

It's down the road from the Sheriff's office and the fire station in Maple Valley.  Amazon has built a huge facility at what was once a gravel pit.

Monday, December 27, 2021

Sun Bowl Is On For WSU

 It looks now like the Cougs will play in the Sun Bowl.    It has been reported that Central Michigan, whose matchup with Boise State in the Arizona Bowl has been cancelled, will now play the Cougars. The Miami Hurricanes had been forced to cancel it's trip to the Sun Bowl because of COVID.
 The Sun Bowl will be played on New Year's Eve at 9am pst.  

Miami Pulls Out Of Sun Bowl Because Of COVID

 The Bowl game that the WSU Cougs worked so hard to get to may not happen.  The Miami Hurricanes have pulled out of the Tony The Tiger Sun Bowl because of players out with Covid.

The Cougs are already in El Paso where the game was to be played.  The last word that I have read is that the Sun Bowl committee is looking for a team to replace the Hurricanes.

Sunday, December 26, 2021

Football In A "Snowglobe"

It looks like the game is played in Chicago, but in reality, the Bears are visiting Seattle. 

Snow Covers The Ground In Maple Valley

Like, perhaps many of your gifts, the snowfall was late for Christmas.  
The fake snowman fits in perfectly.

Friday, December 24, 2021

Maple Valley Lights 2021.

We try to watch the Maple Valley Lights display every year. 
The show, which is very light hearted, features Christmas songs synchronized with a light display.
The display is in the Lake Wilderness Country Club subdivision in Maple Valley.

Chava Mirel's Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas

Local artist Chava Mirel sang this live on Facebook last year. 

Thursday, December 23, 2021

Driving in Maple Valley, Washington

Here is a snippet of our town.  I found this on You Tube.

Wednesday, December 22, 2021

Sam Adkins--Number 12 For The Seahawks

 In 1984, around this time, Seattle Seahawks president Mike McCormick announced that the team would retire the number 12 in honor of the crowds, that were so loud, it was virtually impossible for visiting team to win.  The thinking was there were 11 men on the field and one loud voice in the stands.  This has continued as the Hawks have moved from the Kingdome to Lumin Field. 

I started to wonder, strangely after 37 years, who was the last Seahawk to wear number 12.  The answer would be Sam Adkins.  A backup quarterback. 

Monday, December 20, 2021

♥♪♫ What Am I Doing Hangin' Round? ♫♪♥

One more tribute to the late Michael Nesmith of the Monkees, who passed away earlier this month.

Saturday, December 18, 2021

Seahawks-Rams Game Postponed

Because of a rash of players from the Rams testing positive for COVID, and a couple of Seahawks who have done the same.  Sunday's matchup between the Hawks and the LA Rams has been resheduled to Tuesday December 21st at 4pm. 

Friday, December 17, 2021

UW Law alumni tribute to Stan Barer '63

An amazing tribute to Stanley H. Barer, 1939-2021.

More Lights In Belmont Woods

This house, on the corner of the next cul-de-sac, was featured on the blog a couple months ago for it's Halloween decorations.
For Christmas, it does not disappoint.

Thursday, December 16, 2021

Christmas Lights In Belmont Woods

Down the street from us, this house really lights up the neighborhood.

Wednesday, December 15, 2021

Stan Barer Dies

 We lost Stan Monday night.  He was 82.   He had been fighting cancer for well over a decade, seemingly winning every battle.  The last couple years were very tough as he lost his wife, Alta to cancer in 2019 and son, Aaron in 2020.

Stan was my cousin, my grandfather and his father were brothers.  Stan was brother to Burl and Jan.  We all grew up in Walla Walla.  Stan attended Green Park School and graduated from Walla Walla High School (Wa-Hi).

Stan left Walla Walla to go to the University of Washington.  After finishing law school, he joined the staff of Senator Warren Magnuson.  After playing a big part in writing the Civil Rights Act of 1964, he would go on to become the senator's administrative assistant.  

Over lunch many years ago, Stan told me how he felt there was underlying discrimination growing up as he felt that many clubs had not picked him for membership because of his Jewish faith.  That apparently galvanized his commitment to civil rights. 

Stan became a Washington insider.  He was in the "kitchen cabinet" of several presidents.  He played a part in an historic trade deal with China.  He was written up in the Walla Walla Union-Bulletin as an "expert on export".

Stan would go on to practice law in Seattle for several years in a huge firm known as Garvey, Shubert, And Barer.  He would also became part of the ownership group of Saltchuk Resources, which ran several local shipping companies including Totem Ocean Trailer Express and Foss 

With his wife, Alta, Stan became an active donor in the arts community, as well as many charity causes.  His donation to the University Of Washington allowed more students from around the world to attend. 

Stan also served on the University Of Washington Board Of Regents.  

Just last September, it was announced that Stan had won the Gates Volunteer Service Award.  

It seems silly, but one of my favorite memories of Stan was when we were going out for dinner with his mom, my Aunt Dorothy.  Stan and Alta had come to meet my then fiance, now my wife.  Stan and I were sitting on the couch dipping crackers into chopped liver at my aunt's apartment. On a more serious note, he was a rock of comfort in the deaths of both of my parents.  

A private service will be held this week with Stan's immediate family.  A celebration of life for Stan's large circle of family and friends will be announced at a later date

Stan will really be missed.

Tuesday, December 14, 2021

Maple Valley Golfing Reindeer

At first, I thought it was a "golfing Santa", but the "golfing reindeer" is my favorite Christmas decoration in the neighborhood.  We see it when we walk the dog and has been a yearly tradition as long as we can remember. 

Overnight Snow

Barely visable, the first trace of snow that I've seen this season, is on the ground.

Monday, December 13, 2021

a sample of Maple Valley Washington

I found this on You Tube.  This is one of the first things that I see when I enter Maple Valley coming home from work.

Saturday, December 11, 2021

Remembering Michael Nesmith from The Monkees - Dead at 78, Rest In Peace!

You Tube historian David Sundstrom reflects on the life of former Monkee, Michael Nesmith.

Friday, December 10, 2021

Ex Monkee Michael Nesmith Dead At 78

Reports say that Michael Nesmith, who gained fame in the mid 1960s with The Monkees, a rock band created for a TV show, has died.   Although the band was originally fictional, the group released a number of successful hits, although a scandal was created when it was learned that the band didn't play it's own instruments.   Eventually, the band, would start playing the instruments. 

Nesmith, from Texas was indeed versed in music and had written the Linda Ronstadt classic "Different Drum".

Nesmith's mother invented the correction fluid known today as "liquid paper"    Nesmith inherited the bulk of his mother's estate.

My favorite member of the Monkees, when the show was on, I wanted the "double breasted shirt" and the wool cap, that Nesmith wore on the show. 

Nesmith's passing leaves Micky Dolenz as the only surviving member of the Monkees.  Davy Jones and Peter Tork preceded Nesmith in death. 

Michael Nesmith was 78.


Adams Out For Season


Safety Jamal Adams who has drawn the wrath of Seahawks fans, not only for his salary, But what the Seahawks gave up to acquire his services, will be out for the season with a shoulder injury.

The Seattle Seahawks gave up two first round draft choices and a third round pick to acquire Adams from the New York Jets in 2020.  After recording 9.5 sacks last season, a record for a defensive back, the Seahawks awarded him with a contract making him the highest paid safety in the league.

Thursday, December 09, 2021

Mitch Unfiltered's "Loserville" - Music Video

Those who know me, know that I have a very optimistic attitude toward Seattle sports.  This video shows fans of Seattle sports frustration with developments lately and was featured on the Mitch Unfiltered.  
Written and performed by Seattle sports podcaster Mitch Levy, it is very creative and well produced! 

Wednesday, December 08, 2021

Record Setting DJ Kent Phillips Retires

 Puget Sound Media
does a wonderful tribute to retiring morning man for KPLZ, Kent Phillips.  Phillips was on the air at that station for 35 years, a record, according to the post.  Early in his career, he worked at Walla Walla radio station, KUJ while going to Whitman College.

You can read all about one of the area's all time favorite radio personality by clicking here.

Tuesday, December 07, 2021

No Time To Die--Review

Last Sunday while Deb was having her girlfriends over for Christmas Bunco, I slipped over to the Regal Cinemas in the Issaquah Highland to watch the latest, and maybe, last, James Bond flick, No Time To Die.  

I've always enjoyed the Bond movies, which were packed with action, with little investment in the plot.  This installment of the series, has a very intricate plot. It draws on past shows that I may or may not have seen.  It also is a very emotional and vulnerable James Bond. 

I'm not totally comfortable with this new portrayal of Bond, or with Daniel Craig in the role.  That said, I did enjoy this movie which is packed with plenty of action and some spectacular scenery, The movie is about two hours and 45 minutes, 

Monday, December 06, 2021

Cougs To Play In Sun Bowl

 The Washington State Cougars will face the Miami Hurricanes in the 2021 Sun Bowl at 9am on New Years Eve.

It will be the third trip to El Paso Texas for the Cougs in their football history to play in that game.

Sunday, December 05, 2021

Bob Dole Dead

 Bob Dole, the longtime senator from Kansas, who ran unsuccessfully against Bill Clinton in 1996, is  dead at 98.

Friday, December 03, 2021

Six13 - Bohemian Chanukah (a Queen adaptation)

Darn it, it's wrapping up, I hate when it comes early in the season.  We are at the 6th of 8 nights of Chanukah, so I thought that I would share this. 

Tis The Season

With his green glowing necklace, Dasher poses by the big snowman.

Thursday, December 02, 2021

U-Dub Names New Coach

Early this week, the Washington Huskies named Kellen DeBoer as it's new football coach.  DeBoer had been coach at Fresno State for two seasons.

Second year head coach Jimmy Lake was fired during the season, one that the Huskies would love to forget. 

Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Mariners Make Free Agent Splash

 Congratulations to the Mariners for the free agent signing of Robbie Ray.   Ray, the 2021 AL Cy Young Award winner is reported to have signed a deal with the M's worth 115 Million Dollars over 5 years.  

Ray had pitched this past season for the Toronto Blue Jays.    This is perhaps the most exciting move the team has made in years, although fans have seen big signings that didn't turn out as planned.  

The Mariners have not been to the playoffs since 2001.  The longest post season drought of any team in major league sports. 

Street Sweeper Ignites

The Maple Valley Fire Department was dispatched to the Belmont Woods neighborhood when a street sweeping vehicle caught on fire. No word on damage. Picture of the enflamed vehicle below.

Dunn Will Run For Congressional Seat

 Longtime County Councilman Reagan Dunn has announced his intensions to run against Democratic 8th District Congresswoman Kim Schrier.  Schrier became the first Democrat ever elected to that seat in 2018.

Dunn's mother Jennifer Dunn held the seat from 1993-through 2005.  She was succeeded by then King County Sherriff Dave Reichert, who held the position until 2019.  

Reichert will chair Dunn's campaign.

Monday, November 29, 2021

Beat Washington

 Seahawks are on Monday Night Football (Monday, November 29tth, 2021)

Sunday, November 28, 2021

Happy Chanukah!

 The eight days of Chanukah have started!

WSU Coaching Search Ends--Jake Dickert Has The Job

 After an impressive finish after being named interim coach after the dismissal of Nick Rolovich, Jake Dickert has signed to become permanent head football coach of the Washington State Cougar football team. 

The Cougs are 3-2 under Dickert as head coach including the team's first Apple Cup victory since 2012.  The Cougs also defeated Arizona and Arizona State on Dickert's watch.  One of his losses was to the Oregon Ducks who were the number 3 team in the nation at the time. 

Dickert was formerly the defensive coordinator under Rolovich. 


I found this parody yesterday on Pandora.

Saturday, November 27, 2021

NEW 2019 Chanukah Song #5 (Adam Sandler original cover)

I discovered this version of The Chanukah Song too late last year.  This talented guy put up an unofficial "5th Version" of the song.  He seems to also have Adam Sandler's style down. 

Friday, November 26, 2021

Cougs Take Cup

A huge celebration at Husky Stadium where the WSU Cougars beat the Washington Huskies 40-14.

Apple Cup 2021

 Go Cougs!

Thursday, November 25, 2021

50 Years Since DB Cooper Hijacking

 Before Microsoft, Starbucks, and Amazon, the Pacific Northwest got very little attention nationwide.  However, in 1971, a man named DB Cooper hijacked a plane headed from Portland to Seattle and was able to extort 200 thousand dollars.  The sum would be worth 1.3 million in today's dollars.  

He received the money and four parachutes in exchange for freeing passengers and most of the crew in Seattle.  He then ordered the plane to take off to a destination unknown.  With just the pilots aboard, Cooper lowered the rear door and jumped from the plane, he was never seen again.  In later years, some of the money was recovered near the banks of the Columbia River. 

In spite of the terror that this caused for all involved, Cooper became something of a folk hero like Bonnie and Clyde, Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid and in today's lexicon, Thelma And Louise, and  the Barefoot Bandit. 

Happy Thankgiving

 Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 24, 2021

Ichiro Will Be Inducted Into Mariner Hall Of Fame

 Ichiro Suzuki, one of the most popular Mariners of all time, will be inducted into the team Hall Of Fame on August 27th, 2022.
Ichiro was a super star in the Japanese baseball league when the Mariners signed him.  He would go on to win MVP and Rookie Of The year in 2001 as the Mariners would win 116 games.   At the time, I thought the M's would be the team of the century, maybe what the Yankees were during the 20th century. 
Ichiro is team leader in almost every offensive category.
Ichiro's induction will take place in a ceremony before a game with Cleveland. 

Monday, November 22, 2021

Somber Anniversary

 On November 22nd, 1963, President John F. Kennedy was assassinated while riding in a motorcade in Dallas.  Today, it probably seems like ancient history to most people, but it did happen in my lifetime.  

Luckily, there has not been a successful assassination, since.  I had meant to correct that to no successful assassination of a US President, so the commenter in correct.

Sunday, November 21, 2021

At The Game

The 12th Man flag is raised at Lumen Field where the Seattle Seahawks face the Arizona Cardinals.

A True Unsung Hero--Roddie Edmonds

 I got a text from my wife yesterday, it was a link to a man that I had not heard of.   Roddie Evans!  What Edmonds did, was so heroic, that I don't know why there has not been a movie done about his life.  

Edmonds (1919-1985) was a master sergent in the 106th Infantry Division, 422nd Infantry Regimen of the US Army during World War II.  He was captured at the Battle Of The Bulge in December of 1944.  Edmonds,  the highest non commisioned officer at the POW camp, was given orders to identify all of the Jewish soldiers who had been prisoners at the time, so they could be separated from the others.  

Instead the next morning, according to reports, Edmonds brought all 12,000 plus soldiers out and lined them up, along with himself.  He said that they were all Jews and they would have to shoot them all.  He further told the comandant, that if he shot them, he would be prosecuted for war crimes,, because the Geneva Convention requires that captured soldiers only give their name, rank, and serial number.   The comandant backed down and Edmonds stand may have saved the lives of over 300 Jewish soldiers.

Edmonds did not tell his family about his act and it was after his death that his son was given the soldier's diary about the event.  

Edmonds is honored in the Jerusalem Holocaust Museum, Yad Vahem, as Righteous Among The Nations, which is Israel's highest honor for non-Jews. 

A move is underway to have Edmonds receive the Congressional Medal Of Honor.

Edmonds was a native of Knoxville Tennessee. 

Saturday, November 20, 2021

Cougs Wallop Arizona

 It definitely was not Arizona weather last night as the Washington State Cougars walloped the Wildcats, 44-18.  This gave the Cougs a 6th win making the team "bowl eligible".  

Cougar star running back Max Borghi had 139 yards and 2 touchdowns.  Another possible touchdown was called back after a replay showed he was down. 

Apple Cup Week will now start as anticipation grows for this Friday's game, the first since the Mike Leach era.

Thursday, November 18, 2021

Hannukah Cards

Hannukah, as I have mentioned, is around the corner! Individual Hannukah cards are available at The UPS Store at 1100 Bellevue Way NE 8A Bellevue, WA.  Look for this display.

Wednesday, November 17, 2021

Neil Diamond The Chanukah Song

I found a version of this song by someone other than Adam Sandler with its own words last year, but it was too late to post.  This year, it looks like it's gone.  But it isn't and I'll post it next week.
I did find this Neil Diamond version of the song.  Just a reminder, Chanukah is early this year, so get your shopping done. 

Monday, November 15, 2021

The Eagles Desperado

From the concert at Climate Pledge.  One of my favorite Eagle songs.

Sunday, November 14, 2021

Washington fires suspended coach Jimmy Lake after altercation with player

Last year, fans of the Cougars and Huskies were both excited about two new head coach hires.  Because  of COVID, most of that excitement got put on hold. 
Now, with a full season in the PAC 12, yet to wrap up, neither of those hires is still around.  Huskie Head Football coach Jimmy Lake was fired today after an altercation with a player last week.  This follows the firing of WSU's football coach  Nick Rollovich's firing last month. 

Brian Casey Wins Walla Walla City Council Seat

Congratulations and good luck to my classmate and buddy, Brian Casey for winning a close race to serve on the Walla Walla City Council. 

I went to school with Brian from, 4th or 5th grade up until our graduation from Walla Walla High School (Wa-Hi Blue Devils) in 1976.  Coming from a family of ranchers, he was a people person and a go-getter. Good looking and popular, he has always been very inclusive.

I bump into Casey once in a while while I'm in town..  Although our political views, I think, are much different, I was happy to see him win.  

Saturday, November 13, 2021

Go Cougs!

 WSU takes on Oregon at 7:30pm  this evening (November 13, 2013).

Friday, November 12, 2021

Ken Levine Podcasts History Of I Love Lucy

In what could arguably be his best podcast yet, TV writer, blogger, Ken Levine celebrates the 250th episode of his weekly presentation with the history of the televsion classic, I Love Lucy.  
Although I remember watching the show in my youth, the series was off the air by the time I was born. 
It ran in daily syndication.   I remember it as a goofball housewife whose husband yells all the time. 
The couple's neighbors Fred and Ethel were just as memorable. 
In the podcast, Ken gives the backgrounds of the actors, how it got on the air, and some of the innovations that the show spawned.  His easy to listen to presentation highlights Ken's versatility. 
If you are a TV history buff, this episode is a must listen.
Ken also has a daily blog that has run for 16 years.