Thursday, September 30, 2021

Mariners Are Red Hot

Fans celebrate the Mariners 4-2 victory over the Oakland A's. It was the fourth victory in a row for the M's, who have now won 9 of the last ten games. 
With a handful of games left, the M's are just a half game back in the wild card race.
The team has not been to the playoffs since 2021.

Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Wish Me Luck

Sports fans in the area can now bet on NFL games, as well as a variety of other sports (if you bet on the Mariners making the playoffs, you could wind up winning big).
On my day off, I drove to Snoqualmie Casino, where I bet on three games, none of them involving the Seahawks.
This Sunday, I will find out how I did.

Monday, September 27, 2021

Shatner Going Into Space?

 He's not an astronaut, but he played one on TV. However, multiple sources say 90 year old actor William Shatner, who played Captain Kirk in Star Trek, has been chosen to go on a space flight on Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin in October.  

At 90, Shatner would be the oldest to enter what was famously referred to on the show as "The Final Frontier."

Sunday, September 26, 2021

Happy Birthday

 I'm still missing my Dad who would have been 92 today.  

Saturday, September 25, 2021

Autumn In Maple Valley

Fall is here. One of the prettier trees in the neighborhood 

Friday, September 24, 2021

Matt Amodio Becomes Jeopardy! Millionaire

 He has lasted through many guest hosts and one hosting controversy, but Matt Amodio won his 28th Jeopardy! game and became the third contestant to hit one million dollars in winnings. 

Amodio, who is a PHD student from New Haven, Connecticut, joins Jeopardy! legends Ken Jennings and James Holzhauer as fellow million dollar winners, however, Amodio is the first to cross that milestone since the passing of host Alex Trebek. 

Thursday, September 23, 2021

Plant Life Rejuvenates On Pipeline Trail

So to those who say reading this blog is like watching the grass grow, we show you this. ...
Actually, I'm amazed with how quick green grass came in where a serious fire burned a sizable chunk of the field, last month.

Old KYYX Radio Ad

 This old KYYX ad from the early 1980s, feature's the station's unlimited hydroplane, the Miss KYYX.     The driver of the boat, was Brenda Jones, whom, I believe, became the first woman to race on the circuit. Further discussion revealed that Jones was the first woman to race after World War 2.
 Thank you to Garry, for posting this on the KYYX Facebook site. 

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Mariners Win 82nd--Clinch Winning Record

 In the last few weeks of the season, the Mariners have clinched a winning season, after the team's 82nd victory of the 162 game season.  Seattle beat the A's 5-2 last night. It will be the first winning season for the team since 2018.

With 11 games left, the Mariners are three games back for  a wild card spot in the MLB playoffs. 

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Stan Barer, '63, Gates Volunteer Service Award 2021

Congratulation to Stan for winning the Gates Volunteer Service Award. 
 I learned quite a bit about our family's history just with this video.  

Q13 Personality MJ McDermott Announces Retirement

Legendary Seattle TV meteorologist  MJ McDermott has announced that she is retiring from doing the morning forecasts. on Fox Q13.
McDermott, a viewer favorite because of her friendly delivery, has been with the station for almost 19 years, the last 18 on the morning show.
McDermott said she plans to sign off on October 1st, but may stay a little longer to help train her replacement, Brian MacMillan, who is currently working in Portland. 

Monday, September 20, 2021

One Of Those Football Weekends

 Tough football weekend for me as both the Cougars and Seahawks blew what seemed to be safe leads and lost their respective games.  

Sunday, September 19, 2021

No Available Help Closes Area Starbucks

The area seems to be hit with a labor shortage, which can be as bad as unemployment. 
At the Starbucks at Four Corners in Maple Valley, only the drive through was open.
The note pictured above was on the door.

Saturday, September 18, 2021

Go Cougs

 This week, the WSU Cougars are home taking on the USC Trojans.  The Trojans are coming off an ugly loss to Stanford that resulted in the firing of head coach Clay Helton.  

WSU beat Portland State last week for it's first victory of the season. 

The game begins this afternoon (Saturday, September 18th) at 12:30 pdt. 

Friday, September 17, 2021

Happy Blue Friday!

 Seahawks take on the Tennessee Titans this Sunday at 1pm at Lumen Field.

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Yom Kippur


15 Year Old Is Charged In Death Of Maple Valley Jogger

 The Seattle Times reports that the July death of Greg Moore, whe was jogging near Maple Valley, may not have been an accident,  but rather the results of an attempt to "scare and bump" the man.  

A 15 year old, who turned herself in last week, is charged with felony murder and hit and run. 

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Seattle To Host All Star Game In 2023

The Seattle Times reports the the 2023 All Star Game will be played at T Mobile Park. 
It will be the first Mid Summer Classic to be played in Seattle since 2001.
This will be the third time for Seattle to host the game and the second time since the team moved to it's open air stadium.

Lake Tahoe Ski Area Will Change Name

 Squaw Valley, the Lake Tahoe ski resort is changing it's name.  The term "squaw" has been determined to be racist and misogynist according to the resort.  The resort is now known as Palisades Tahoe.  

Many people say what is the big deal about this or that name,  it is usually from people that are not of that culture,  perhaps, we should do a better job of putting ourselves in other's shoes.  Would we be happy with any name that would be potentially hurtful to any of us?  "Pale Face Road"?  This is not to say that I support every name or symbol change, but before we get angry, let's look at all that's involved.  We need to look also at how Native Americans have been depicted through the years and how that effects self esteem and whatnot.      

I believe that the resort is a commercial venture, so they are free to do as they wish.  Either way, I'm sure the skiing will be just as good. 

Monday, September 13, 2021

Hey It's Luke Willson

Retired Seahawk tight end Luke Walker, looking more like the lead singer in a rock band, than an ex player, filled in for Walter Jones on King 5's 5th Quarter yesterday.
The popular ex Seahawk was commenting on the Seahawks victory over the Indianapolis Colts.

Jim Moore Speaks Out In Local News Column

 It's now been a week, but  Jim Moore, until last November, a host on 710ESPN, made waves in a column that he wrote for the News Tribune.   The local sports station had just had more lay-offs and it was announced that Mike Salk, who along with broadcast partner, Brock Huard, left the air to do an occasional podcast, was returning (without Huard) to the morning show.  

Moore, knowing that it could endanger his career in the industry, decided to speak out about a specific incident between him and Salk, who was Moore's boss, that set in motion events that predicated his dismissal from the station.  

Thank you to for the heads-up on this report. 

Sunday, September 12, 2021

Go Seahawks!

 Seattle Seahawks start the 2021 season today against the Colts!

Saturday, September 11, 2021

Friday, September 10, 2021

Kool And The Gang At Muckleshoot

What a fun week, just two days removed from a vacation, we watched the classic R&B group Kool  And The Gang at the Muckleshoot Events Center in Auburn. 

Dinner At Budd's Broiler--Tri Cities 5

On our Last evening on vacation, we had dinner at Budd's Broiler, just down the walkway from our hotel.  We enjoyed a great meal and a gorgeous sunset.

Thursday, September 09, 2021

Water 2 Wine Cruise Richland--Tri Cities 4

On Labor Day, Deb and I took the Water2Wine Cruise from just outside the place we were staying,  It was fun and the food is good.

The Lodge Richland--Tri Cities 3

The Lodge At Columbia Point is not only on the shore of the Mighty Columbia River, but also connects to a great walking/bike riding trail that is along the river bank. 

Wednesday, September 08, 2021

Tri Cities 2

This is what our windshield liked like as we arrived.  There were thousands of insects flying into our windshield and grill. 
Driving the car was dangerous and likely illegal.
The next day (Sunday), we found an open car wash, where we had to drive through twice to get the car totally clean 

Tuesday, September 07, 2021

Chicago At Chateau Ste Michelle August 28, 2021

On last snippet from the Chicago Concert.  

Labor Day Weekend In The Tri Cities

Two years ago, returning from Walla Walla, we spent a night at The Lodge at Columbia Point.  
This Labor Day Weekend, we returned.  I will share some of that trip in the next few days.

Saturday, September 04, 2021

More Chicago

A little snippet of last week's concert.  From Saturday, August 28th, 2021.

Friday, September 03, 2021

Grand Opening Of Kraken Iceplex

 Ice Skating this close to summer?  The new Kraken Community Iceplex  will have it's grand opening on September 10th-12th and the public is invited to skate at the new facility.

The Venue is the new NHL team, the Seattle Kraken's  practice facility and is located at the newly redeveloped Northgate Mall. 

Fans who want to skate must register online.    Registration costs 15 dollars to register and an addition 5 dollars to skate. 

Wednesday, September 01, 2021

Mentink Becomes First Woman Ever To Be Color Commentator On Mariner Broadcast


Congrats to Angie Mentink, who after years of being Mariner on field reporter, broadcast host, and a network sports anchor, became the first woman ever to be color commentator on team's game broadcast.
Mentink in the booth for one game this past week.
The former professional softball player,  is a cancer survivor and has endured some silly on camera events.
Angie has always brought great dimension to the broadcast, earning my nickname for her, the golden girl of Summer.