Friday, December 12, 2014

Did the Knappson House Seattle Seahawk Christmas Lights Survive the December 11 Big Blow?


I am told that which we are looking at here is the extremely bright Christmas display lighting up the Knappson House in Kent, Washington.

Since I am currently in Texas I have no way of verifying, myself, that this is the Knappson house.

It is well known the Knappson's are very supportive Seattle Seahawk fans, but, going to this extreme to display their supportive fandom seems like it might be just a little bit over the top.

I am not sure, but I think that which is hovering over the lit up tree on the right that be the trident symbol of the Seattle Mariners, which I guess may be a slight Christmas nod, by the Knappsons, to Seattle's baseball team.

The Knappsons are also known to be rabid University of Washington Husky fans, often wearing purple and attending games. I am unable to detect any U of W Husky element in the Knappson Christmas display.

I can not help but wonder what the December electric bill is going to be for the Knappson house.

Plus I wonder how well  the Knappson house Christmas display survived the December 11 mini-hurricane 's big blow through Washington.....

Sunday, November 30, 2014

A Showstopper Storm Surge Slaps Waves at Seattle's Alki Point Statue of Liberty

During my many years of living in Washington I do not recollect ever seeing a storm  tossing waves to the level they were tossed during what is being called a Showstopper Storm, yesterday, Saturday, November 29.

In the picture you are looking at the Statue of Liberty at Alki Point on Alki Beach in West Seattle.

If my memory is remembering correctly, and usually it does, the Seattle Statue of Liberty is normally nowhere near the water's edge.

Apparently the Showstopper Storm's high winds came at the same time as a high tide, with the wind causing a storm surge, pushing the water far higher than the norm.

You can see more photos of what the storm at the West Seattle Blog, which is where I found the photo above. The West Seattle Blog also has a couple videos of the storm.

For those who did not know that there is a Statue of Liberty in Seattle at Alki Beach, the reason for Miss Liberty being at that location is interesting.

From the Wikipedia Alki Point article...

The original name of the settlement was "New York Alki," "Alki" being a word in Chinook Jargon (Wawa) meaning "eventually" or "by and by." The name "New York" may have been chosen because it was the state of origin of several of the settlers. However, the next April, Arthur A. Denny abandoned the site at Alki for a better-situated site on the east shore of Elliott Bay, just north of the plat of David Swinson "Doc" Maynard. This site is now known as Pioneer Square.

So, the original settlers thought that the town now known as Seattle would become another New York, eventually.

Well, Seattle did become a big city, eventually. I suspect much bigger than the original settlers ever dreamed it might become...

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Is The Skagit River Getting Ready To Test Mount Vernon's New Flood Wall?

Two days after Thanksgiving the Skagit River is in flood mode.

In the photo that would be my great nephew, Spencer Jack, and an un-identified girl friend playing in the Skagit River, which is currently flooding Lion's Park at the north end of Mount Vernon's downtown.

I do not know if the Skagit is expected to reach a flood level high enough to trigger the first test of Mount Vernon's new flood wall.

For some reason I thought Lion's Park was also protected by the new flood wall. Clearly I was in error.

This would appear to be, currently, a very mild flood.

I remember a Thanksgiving Weekend Flood of the Skagit River, back in the last decade of the previous century. Hundreds of people, including the National Guard, worked through the night to build a sand bag flood wall to save downtown Mount Vernon from a record breaking flood.

But, just as the river began to crest, with a huge crowd on high ground watching the expected calamity, suddenly, just as the river began  to go over the wall of sand bags, it dropped a foot. A miraculous Act of God? I'm sure that is what some thought.

But soon sirens began wailing and the news spread that the Skagit River dike had breached downriver from downtown Mount Vernon, flooding Fir Island with a catastrophic wall of water.

When the flood subsided the breach was repaired. And then two weeks later it happened again. Another record breaking flood.

I hope Mount Vernon's new flood wall does what it is expected to do, which is keep downtown Mount Vernon dry.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Spencer Jack Taking His Snowy Thanksgiving Turkey To Leavenworth

This morning I learned, via Facebook, that my great nephew, Spencer Jack, has taken his dad, my favorite nephew Jason, on a pre-Thanksgiving visit to Washington's #1 themed tourist town, Leavenworth.

I did not realize til seeing the photo documentation that so much snow has landed on the ground in Washington, well before winter's arrival next month.

I have visited Leavenworth in the dead of winter, in the Christmas time frame, to find the ground covered with a lot of snow. I recollect cross country skiing on Leavenworth's cross country ski trails.

Til this morning it had never crossed my mind to wonder why Leavenworth is named Leavenworth. Why would a Bavarian themed town share the same name with an infamous prison in Kansas?

According to the Wikipedia Leavenworth Prison article that particular Leavenworth is named after Colonel Henry Leavenworth, who chose the site of the future prison to be a fort, which I guess he named after himself.

In the Wikipedia Leavenworth Washington article I learned  that the Washington Leavenworth is not named after the same guy who has a prison that uses his name....

The first route across Stevens Pass was built by the Great Northern Railway in 1892. The town site was across the Wenatchee River from Icicle and was named Leavenworth the same year the rail construction began. Captain Charles Leavenworth, president of the Okanogan Investment Company, purchased the land in the present-day downtown and laid the streets parallel to the new railroad tracks.

I have absolutely no memory of train tracks in Leavenworth, let alone a train station, which the Wikipedia article says is called Icicle Station.

I really think it would behoove Leavenworth to change the town's name to something more Bavarian, a name more suited to its Alpine look.

However, having said that, I am drawing a total blank as to what a Bavarian type name for Leavenworth might be....

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Heading to Tacoma Today to Pour Wine at the Lost & Found Thriftique


Come on down, or up, to the Lost & Found Thriftique in beautiful downtown Tacoma for an Open House where I am expected to be attired like a waiter, complete with apron, so as to look respectable, whilst serving a variety of fine Washington wines to cold, thirsty shoppers.


As you can see the address for Lost & Found Thriftique is 118 North Tacoma Avenue.

You can find the Lost & Found Thriftique on Facebook.

Operating Hours are from 10 am til 5 pm.

Or til the wine runs out....

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Elf's Warning Santa Not To Eat Brownies Left For Him In Washington Or Colorado

I saw this on Facebook and thought it was a bit amusing.

Santa's Elf giving the ol' guy pre-flight instructions well ahead of the upcoming Christmas, warning Santa that "No Matter How Tempting, Do Not EAT any Cookies or Brownies Left Out For You in Colorado or Washington!"

Probably good advice for Halloween trick or treaters too.

Monday, September 29, 2014

In Washington Marijuana Is State Approved With Loving Farms Open For Business

This morning, via my nephew, Spencer Jack's dad, for the first time I saw an advertisement for Marijuana.

I am guessing this ad appeared in the Skagit Valley Herald, and if not there, likely in some other Skagit County publication.

At the top of the ad it says, "It's here, State Approved Marijuana".

Then we are informed "No Medical Card Required & Public Welcome 21 and Over No Minors Permitted".

This locally owned and operated operation is called Loving Farms.

Loving Farms is on Facebook.

I don't know if it is a state of Washington warning type deal like that which the government insists be on cigarette packs, but the Loving Farms ad has what appears to be a warning type message...

This product has intoxicating effects and may be habit forming. Marijuana can impair concentration, coordination, and judgment. Do no operate a vehicle or machinery under the influence of this drug. There may be health risks associated with consumption of this product. For use only by adults twenty-one and older.  Keep out of the reach of children.

Sounds like good advice. Keep this stuff away from Spencer Jack....