Memorial Day

homeI grew up the child of a submariner. I won’t say a “Navy brat.” My dad was enlisted and none of us were allowed to be brats. But we were fortunate to have a wonderful life as a result of his service. My dad is blessedly still alive (and happily with my mom after 52 years of marriage), so every Memorial Day I say “thank you” — to my dad (and my mom) and those who have served, are serving, and help keep the families together during all that service. Military families are a special bunch. They move a lot. Spouses are alone a lot. Children don’t know who to believe is the “authoritarian” parent.My mom scared the bejeezus out of us. But then my dad came home and he expected every order to be obeyed. It’s tough when you’re 7. But we figured it out. I had two younger brothers while my father served. My third brother was born when he retired from the U.S. Navy. My dad wasn’t even 40 (if you’re doing the math, my dad may have fudged on his age a bit at enlistment, but what do I know). Continue reading

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Alaska Airlines and the Brave New World of Flying…

This past weekend I went to Disneyland. I went with my husband and our 9-year-old. It was the first time for both of them, so it was destined to be a fun trip, and it really was. But I was struck AGAIN by how much less pleasant flying has become. Continue reading

Let’s Talk About Seattle Traffic

Traffic.  It’s ubiquitous.  And it matters to everyone.  The I-5 bridge collapse was hard on traffic – and especially for the people who live on the Skagit River in and around Mount Vernon.  And yesterday’s Fed Ex truck on fire at Seneca Street on I-5 — that was miserable for folks trying to get into our out of Seattle (or just get past downtown).  Heard of the Mercer Mess?  Yeah, it’s a mess — and will be for years.  Of course, people have to have somewhere to live, and most of  ’em can’t live downtown — yet.  So, until those nearly 8,000 new apartments are built and leased, transportation will remain a necessity, but all those solo car drivers add a lot of traffic to already congested city streets, and you know who it irritates the most?  All  you drivers! Continue reading