Monday, October 20, 2014

Sunday By The River

I couldn't resist snapping this picture of the Snoqualmie River from our friend's backyard in North Bend.  Temperatures were at a record breaking 70 plus degrees, making it pleasant to be outside.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Kerry Brock is inducted into the Murrow Hall of Achievement

A former Tri-Cities newscaster, a WSU graduate and a sister of my classmate Kathy Brock.  Kerry Brock gives a touching speech as she is honored at the Morrow Symposium.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Percy Harvin Trade Shocks Area

The Seattle Seahawks are now big news in this area outside the sports world, so fans and non-fans alike are in a state of shock at the news that Percy Harvin has been traded to the New York Jets.  I received the news on the Twitter feed on my phone while having coffee with my dad at Starbucks and spent a second wondering if it was a joke. 
Percy Harvin, although spending much of last season sidelined by injuries,  was probably the team's most exciting player, he will be remembered running back a kick-off for a touchdown in the Super Bowl, one of the most memorable moments in Seattle sports history.  It put an exclamation point on a great victory.  This year, while healthy, his numbers were less than exciting, but fans seemed to think a breakthrough was immanent. 
The Seahawks will receive a conditional draft choice from the Jets for Harvin.

Maple Valley Golf Course To Close

The Elk Run Golf Club, once, one of three Maple Valley Golf Courses, will soon be closing for good.  According to the Covington-Maple Valley Reporter, it is part of the "Donut Hole" land sale.  The Donut Hole entails a piece of land that is unincorporated within the city.  It has been a local controversy for over a decade as far as what to do with the land, most of which houses a county maintenance facility.  The area has been sold to private developers.  It includes 9 holes of Elk Run.   Golf course officials say that it would not be profitable to run the course simply as a nine hole facillity. 
Elk Run has always been my favorite place to play golf in town because of the beauty of the area and it's affordability.  It leaves the Lake Wilderness course as the only golf facility in town, although Druids Glenn and Maplewood courses are nearby.  Maple Valley's Taylor Creek Golf Course closed several years ago.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

We Pack Collectables

We recently packed and shipped a baseball autographed by 1960s pitching legend Sandy Koufax at The UPS Store at 15600 NE  8th in Bellevue.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Paul Revere & the Raiders -The Smothers Brothers Show - 1967

In tribute to the late Paul Revere.

Severe Weather In Bellevue

After mild weather through most of the fall, a heavy rain downpour hit Bellevue.  The 15600 block of Northeast 8th Street where we work (Crossroads) was flooded.  If you look closely, a car was can be scene disabled by the deep water in the distance. 
The area also got the first tornado warning in 17 years  after a waterspout was sighted over Anderson Island.  A short thunder and lighting storm occurred in the evening.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Go Hawks

Fans around the Sound will be donning their Seahawk jerseys today for Blue Friday,  The Hawks take on the Dallas Cowboys this Sunday at Century Link Field.

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Where Are They Now (1985)?: "Brakeman Bill" McLain (Part Two)

It's kind of  chilling think of a nostalgic "where are they now" piece on Brakeman Bill, running in 1985, almost 30 years ago.  The Brakeman Bill  aired in the afternoon on KTNT channel 11 out of Tacoma.  The station no network affilliation, so it ran mostly reruns, syndicated shows, news, and sports.  It became available by cable in the Walla Walla area, where I grew up, in the late  60s. The station was what was known in the business as a "superstation", since it had no network affiliation, it would run on cable stations throughout the state. 

The Brakeman Bill Show ran in the afternoon, about the time children would come home from school, it featured Bill McLain as a railroad worker with the Puppet Crazy Donkey. As a grown-up, you wonder what a Brakeman would have to do with a donkey.  

My favorite show at the  time on channel 11 was the "Dennis The Menace" reruns.  The show had actually been cancelled years earlier.  Eventually, the station would be known as KSTW, while still remaining a superstation.  It showed the Tacoma Cubs, Puget Sound Loggers, and later on the Seattle Super Sonics and the Seattle Mariners.    We still have channel 11, hear in Maple Valley, but rarely watch it.