Wednesday, June 30, 2021
Tuesday, June 29, 2021
Monday, June 28, 2021
Sunday, June 27, 2021
Saturday, June 26, 2021
Will he become a Seattle institution or just the answer to a sports trivia quiz? Our new NHL Ice Hockey franchise, the Kraken has named Dave Hakstol as it's first head coach.
He has experience coaching in the college ranks, leading the program at the University Of North Dakota for ll years. In 2015, he was picked to coach the Philadelphia Flyers, leading the team to three winning seasons, before being fired in the 2018-2019 season.
In 2019, he was the assistant coach for the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Hakstol is a native of Warburg, Alberta, Canada.
Thursday, June 24, 2021
People like me who endured cool temperatures and rainfall and welcomed the sun returning, earlier this month, may need to be careful what we wish for. Record breaking hot weather is due for this weekend with temperatures rising above 100 degrees, extremely rare for the Puget Sound region.
While we are fortunate enough to have air conditioning here at home, we are hoping that will hold out during the coming weekend.
Wednesday, June 23, 2021
Tuesday, June 22, 2021
Monday, June 21, 2021
Sunday, June 20, 2021
Saturday, June 19, 2021
Today, as this is being written, is June 19th, marking Juneteenth, now a national holiday.
Up until probably a week ago, I did not know much about the holiday, which is sad. It commemorates an extremely important event, two years after the Emancipation Proclamation, the last bit of slavery in our country ended.
This is a holiday that we all can celebrate, because it helps us remember how precious freedom can be.
Thursday, June 17, 2021
Mike Gastineau, former Sports Radio 950 afternoon host, has an interesting interview with Ricky Pierce, an NBA journeyman (played for several teams in his career), on the Podcast, Sonics Forever.
Pierce played for the Seattle Super Sonics in the early 1990s, but Pierce has another Washington connection, he played for the Walla Walla Community College Warriors. Pierce attended WWCC, according to the interview, with plans to attend Washington State University. Instead, Pierce would go to Rice University.
The lower picture is the Dietrich Dome, where WWCC basketball is played.
Pierce played for a total of 8 NBA teams in his career.
You can hear the interview by clicking here.
Wednesday, June 16, 2021
Tuesday, June 15, 2021
I just watched the last episode in the last season of The Kominsky Method. Since the show streams, I won't include a spoiler, but I will say that it wasn't what I expected.
The Kominsky Method is a Netflix series created by Chuck Lorre (who also created Two And A Half Men and The Big Bang Theory). It is about an aging acting coach, Sandy Kominsky, played by Michael Douglas.
One thing that I thought was remarkable was the number of big time actors, some playing characters and some playing themselves, yet the mix worked.
Monday, June 14, 2021
He survived 4 elections in two years, but it wasn't enough to keep Benjamin Netanyahu in power. Naftali Bennett (pictured above) has replaced Netanyahu and becomes the country's 13th prime minister.
Bennett is the son of parents who immigrated to Israel from the US. He was born in Haifa, the youngest of three sons.
Bennett served in the military and has been the country's minister of defense. He has made millions in Israel's growing hi-tech field.
Bennett was at one time Netanyahu's chief of staff, but the two have since parted ways. Although Bennett is considered a pro settlement nationalist, it's thought that he may be pragmatic enough to restore bipartisan support from the US.
Sunday, June 13, 2021
Jim "Mudcat" Grant, who led the Minnesota Twins to it's first World Series is dead at 85. In that year, 1965, Grant became the first African-American pitcher to win 20 games. Grant would start 3 games in that series, winning two. Years later, Grant was traded to the team that beat him in that series, the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Saturday, June 12, 2021
Friday, June 11, 2021
Thursday, June 10, 2021
I was shocked and saddened to hear of the death of Jim Baum. Jim was a home and building inspector working primarily in South King County.
Jim and I, along with other 5th members occasionally met for beer and trivia at Mark Mullet's Zeeks Pizza, in the Issaquah Highlands. We once drove to Olympia to have lunch with Senator Mullet.
We were both centrist Democrats, often at odds with the progressive wing, we exchanged political ideas often through texts.
Jim Baum will be missed.
Tuesday, June 08, 2021
The Wall Street Journal reports an eight party coalition is set to be sworn in that could end the 12 year reign of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Netanyahu has survived a number of elections, although his administration has been plagued by a number of scandals. It is also thought that Netanyahu's hardline approach has been harmful in garnering support for the nation amongst world leaders.
Monday, June 07, 2021
Sunday, June 06, 2021
Saturday, June 05, 2021
Friday, June 04, 2021
Deb and I posed on Palm Canyon Drive in Palm Springs, as we spent the Memorial Day Weekend at the family timeshare in Indio. We had originally planned the trip in February, but the state was pretty much locked down due to COVID at the time.
The temperatures were scorching, although we spent much of the daytimes hours at the pool, using massive amounts of sunscreen.
One of the highlights of the trip was seeing my cousin Tod Goldberg and his wife, Wendy. Although we speak frequently on social media, I had not scene them in person in over a decade.
I may post a few more pictures in subsequent writings.
Thursday, June 03, 2021
I debated whether to use that corny headline. We just came back from spending the Memorial Day Holiday weekend in the Palm Springs area. Mayor Sonny Bono, famous as part of the 1960s and 1970s singing duo, Sonny And Cher, is immortalized with a statue in the center of town.
The concourse of the Palm Springs Airport is also named after Bono.