February 25, 2002
Kate's show: I called Kate Schuman this morning (she's
back here on the island) to see how her radio show at WSM-Nashville
went on Friday night...she had flown over there to get interviewed,
live. She tells me they played five cuts from her new CD (order
yours here) and she
also played three songs in the studio during the show.
She said it went well and was fun...I noticed a jump in the
number of hits on her website
Bright light, shine on: Yep, that was the moon last
night, which isn't even really full till tomorrow night - wasn't
it bright outside?
You could read the newspaper - it was VERY bright. One of
my sons got up and woke us, 'cause he thought it had snowed...
Changes: Brent and Kelly Snow (he runs Roche
Harbor) welcomed their baby earlier this month (on the second),
while Tori Zehner will be leaving Friday
Harbor House to have twins later this year...
You know Angie down at the Little Store? She's back from a
long trip to her native Germany. Welkommen back...
On Saturday's ferry, Republican Herb Meyer was working his
way around the boat, visiting friends...he's running for Congress,
you know. Also ran into Vonda, late of the town council (she
got to be mayor pro-tem in her last meeting; Gary was away) and
the Inns at Friday Harbor. She's finishing up at the Inns and
will be moving to Whidbey Island....
Sarah Staude was on the ferry this weekend - you'll remember
she graduated from FHHS in '96, and is working in Portland presently
for the American Field Services folks, setting up foreign exchange
students' trips. She was knitting, and asked me if I remembered
Elizabeth Farr at the old yarn shop in Friday Harbor...Sarah's
learning to knit from her mom Ellen, who teaches in Portland.
Keep it a small world, willya?
Dog days: Over the past couple of weeks, you may have
heard that Susan at Griffin Bay Books lost her dog Duncan (the
golden retriever at the door - I know you've met), and Mollie
at Skagit Valley College lost Hille, her longtime dog who was
a fixture up at the computer lab. NIce dogs, who had a lot of
Baseball tryouts: They're set for Sunday afternoon,
the 3rd. For kids who aren't already on a team.....
Once held by God.
Being away from his warm body
February 18, 2002
Kate steps out: This week local singer &
songwriter Kate Schuman (right) releases her new CD in grand
style this week with a 2+ hour interview on WSM in Nashville
on Friday. I've heard a pre-release copy of the new album, and
believe me, it's a good one. You can order your copy from her
website at http://www.kateschuman.com...
She'll be flying to Tennessee this week for the live interview,
which you can pick up online at WSMonline
at 9:30pm (our time) on Friday night (the 22nd).
In case you didn't know, WSM is the largest country music
station in the US and the world - their support of Kate's album
release is a great jumpstart for a talented songstress. You're
gonna love it.
Thank you cards: Thanks, you guys, for all the positive
feedback about the online
postcards about our little island. Beautiful pix, by some
of the best photographers on the island.
Overload: Seems like it ought to go the other way,
but the ferry
at 5 & 5:55pm on Saturday was overloaded (that means folks
have to go on the 8 whatever it is). Lots of islanders returning
home, far as I could tell. The boys and I, of course, went bowling,
and both of them got over 100 for the first time.
If the island seems a little empty, it's probably because
folks went skiing - seems I've heard the words "Big White,"
"Whistler," and "Stevens Pass" a lot this
Great day: Wasn't Friday incredible? Sunny, 55 degrees
(heat wave) with people driving around waving at each other with
their car windows down. Speaking of paradise.....all the grey
skies since are a little reminder that, yeah, it's still winter.
Quote: "Light, where is the light? Light the fire,
if you have desire! Thunder, rushing wind, nothingness. Black
night, black stone. Don't let your whole life go by in the dark.
"Evidently the only way to find the path is to set fire
to my own life". - Rabindranath Tagore
Up in the air: Since the first time I was
able to fly over our island, I've thought we should arrange for
everyone who moves here to get up in the air & see what a
wonderful place this is, and how incredibly wonderful it is from
the sky. I can't help but think that would help people understand
why some of us are working so hard to keep it in good shape for
our children & grandchildren (which, of course, we can't
do if we pave paradise, and put up a parking lot.)
Here's a shot from the air of Friday Harbor (click on it to
see a bigger photo) from Kenmore
Air, which provides seaplane service to the island from Seattle
and other points around the Sound.
Let 'em know: Melonie at Rock
Island wanted folks to know the Washington State Ferry System
has added a feedback
forum on their website for the proposed rate increases. Don't
let 'em decide without hearing from you.
February 11, 2002
Changes in the air...and on the schedule:
Did you notice the new Spring 2002 ferry schedules are out, and
effective last weekend? You can check it online
or go get one down at the terminal.
Don't be late.
Meanwhile, did you see the sunrise on Saturday morning at
about 7am? The colors were amazing...don't miss the next one.
To a loved one: You know how pretty it is here, most
of the time - here's your chance to send a postcard with a picture
from the island: click on http://www.byd.com/cards
and you'll get the idea.
More, in the air: Northwest
Seaplanes and West Isle Air have combined to form San Juan
Airlines, Clyde Franklin and Shane Carlson in charge. I called
to get a little more info this morning, but they're in meetings
most of the day....this should help pick up the slack left by
Harbor Air biting the dust last year; the area is also served
by reliable Kenmore Air
Kids rule: Lots of kid things happening last weekend
- the middle school had a well-attended dance, "Robin Hood"
was sold out at the Theater, and there were boys & more boys
on the ferries on Saturday as the high school lost to Life Christian
(we're eliminated from the playoffs) and six teams of 6th, 7th,
and 8th graders went to Mount Vernon to play their Saturday games.
Fire engines on the boat: Harbormaster Ed Barrett down
at the Port told me this morning one of the satellite buildings
at Rosario on Orcas was afire, and was a big enough conflagration
that they requested (and got) some of our fire engines.
The Nisqually returned to dock & gave the trucks
a lift over to Orcas to help out. You could still see the smoke
on this clear & pretty day by late morning.
Quote: "... all things share the same breath -
the beast, the tree, the man ... the air shares its spirit with
all the life it supports." - Chief Seattle, Duwamish
February 6, 2002
Windy, windy, windy: The gusts continued through the
night & into this morning...just the right kind, don't you
think? No rain to speak of, it's kinda warm (in the 40s), and
the wind's fun to walk in if you don't care what your hair looks
Nice winter day. Good for remembering dreams from before?
Do you remember what was happening two years ago at this time,
for example? Before that? Since? Good days for memories and dreams...
Westcott Bay Reserve: Speaking of getting out, have
you seen what the Westcott Bay Institute's doing out near Roche
Harbor? Their newly-re-designed website
The Westcott Bay Reserve (right) sculpture park boasts a rotating
exhibit of over 50 sculptures placed in an open 19 acre setting,
creating an outdoor museum. The sculptures include works in bronze,
stone, wood, metal, glass and ceramic by noted artists from the
San Juan Islands and all around the Pacific Northwest. The combination
of extraordinary art and extraordinary landscape works its magic
on the visitor; island residents and tourists alike have made
the Reserve one of their favorite outings. (The entrance, for
example, is graced by the mosiac below, by Chinmayo and Beth
The Westcott Bay Institute (a non-profit organization) was
formed as a volunteer group effort to create the Westcott Bay
The Reserve officially opened on September
8th, 2001. The Reserve was made possible through the generous
dedication of the land for open space, by Roche Harbor Resort.
A site map is available at the entrance showing the location
of trails, and listing the artists and their sculptures. A new
birding brochure is also available at the entrance that identifies
nearly 120 birds found at the Reserve.
Drop by & check it out.
Robin in the 'Hood: If you haven't seen FHHS' production
of "Robin Hood" yet, don't blow it - this weekend's
your last chance. The Theater has some
photos from the production....the work that Fred Yockers
& the kids do is truly inspired - the usual comment heard
in the crowd during shows is something along the lines of, "These
are just students? They're really good!"
Last two shows are Friday and Saturday night - be there.
Also: And...the Knowledge Bowl is tomorrow night at
the Theater - watch the best & the brightest square off on
Boys' basketball: The guys lost in their game last
night, setting up a playoff-determining rematch with LaConnor
(at neutral site Coupeville) tomorrow night - the winner grabs
third place and plays Saturday; the season ends for the loser.
Go get 'em, guys!
Quote: "Eventually, all things merge into one,
and a river runs through it. The river was cut by the world's
great flood and runs over rocks from the
basement of time. On some of the rocks are timeless raindrops.
rocks are the words, and some of the words are theirs. I am haunted
- Norman Maclean, A River Runs Through It
January 29, 2002
Snow excitement: What does it take
to make a few islanders go crazy? Just a few snowflakes...and
so far, that's all we've gotten here, even though Bellingham
schools were closed yesterday and parts of Seattle were dumped
on today, we're getting off light, with little in the forecast.
Sure was chilly last night though, as well as bright, with that
full moon lighting up the evening.
Basketball: You know the boys & girls both play
this afternoon at home - drop by and see them take on visiting
Concrete if you've got time.
Gravel pit: There's a public meeting tonight at 7pm
regarding the development of the Lafarge property into a community
park. Drop by to let people know what you think (if you ask me,
it's a great idea!) & find out what others think. See you
at the middle school commons.
Vonda & Ed move on: The news that Vonda Sheiman's
moving to the mainland has made it around the island...she's
had a pretty big impact in her ten years here, and leaves her
position at the Inns at Friday
Harbor as well as her Town Council seat open. She's been
in a leader in the local GOP since she arrived, with her tenure
marked by nice bi-partisan touches like putting up Democrat state
rep Jeff Morris whenever he's in town. She'll be missed.
Kayak company expands scope of operations: Bill &
Colleen Wright with San
Juan Safaris have received permission to operate from the
marina in Friday Harbor by the Port of Friday Harbor. They've
worked for years from Roche Harbor; they'll launch from both
locations this coming summer.
Also, Colleen's done an awesome job with the redesign of their
website - check it out!
For the birds: Dick Wright, who retired from teaching
at FHES a few years back, has put together a wonderful
website to help folks identify birds in the area. The colorful
graphics help you tell a Black-headed Grosbeak, Chestnut-backed
Chickadee, and a Red-breasted Nuthatch apart (which is actually
Cool site - way to go, Dick!
Local guy goes for Congress: Republican Herb Meyer
is one of several GOPers going for incumbent Congressman Rick
Larsen's (D) spot this fall. Herb's got his website
going and is offering his experience with the Reagan administration
as one of his strong points.
Quote: "Conservation is the foresighted utilization,
preservation and/or renewal of forests, waters, lands and minerals,
for the greatest good of the greatest number for the longest
time." -Gifford Pinchot
January 21, 2002
Time warp & MLK: A big thanks to all of you who
wrote to tell me the date for last week's entry should be 2002,
not 2001. Don't you do that with your checks, too, for the first
month or so?
And yes, today's the day to take a moment to remember Dr.
King, what he did, and what we still have left to do.
Hail, yes: Yep, that was hail we had falling around
the area earlier this morning. It's been a day, so far, with
everything - rain before dawn, snow (especially in the hills)
and so far, no sunshine.
So let's leave some blue up above us
Let's leave some green on the ground
It's only ours to borrow, let's save some for tomorrow.
Leave it and pass it on down"
- Chorus to "Pass It On Down" by the country music
Inn & out: There's been some turnover on the local
b&b scene, as San Juan
Inn's Linda Francis turned the keys over to Steve Judson
in late autumn, and Trumpeter
Inn's Don & Bobbie Weisner have headed south, leaving
the place to Mark Zipkin and his wife Aylene. Sounds like Hillside House is also
on the verge of selling, too - Dick Robinson says he and Kathy
are ready to take some time off. They sure deserve it....
Islander notes: Saw the Whale Museum's Albert Shepard
on the ferry last night - he was coming back from Houston, where
he had spent the week teaching, doing outreach for the museum.
He said something about it being 76 degrees there....
Lisa Nash Lawrence tells me 16 kids from Spring Street School
(including her Mara, who is 5'9" now) are spending three
weeks in Belize...she gets e-mail from Mara - sounds like things
are going great for them down there.
Next time you go to the Fitness Club, drop by the hot tub
area and see Wendy Harford's
new painting on the wall - it's ten feet wide, and really brightens
up the place. Commissioned by the club, Wendy finished it just
Have you eaten at Mi Casita lately? As luck would have it,
I've eaten there six times since New Year's Eve, and the average
wait was about seven minutes before the food came. Greg and the
folks there do a super job - and the food's good, which is why
it's always crowded there, even during the winter.
Mark over at Trumpeter
Inn tells me the trumpeter swans were hanging around in the
Morrisons' pond, out in front of their property last week. It's
always good to have our friends back....
Sounds like Kevin Pope's OK after flipping the family van
last week out Cattle Point...his dad is Tim, the water guy. Kevin's
sister and a friend are OK, too - there's a picture of the van
on the San Juan Islander
page. Kevin summed up why he was lucky: "Seatbelts work."
Mike Cohen with Project
Nature Connect tells me he's able to offer more because his
scholarship base is expanding, courtesy of a grant from a university
Mountain Valley Growers has written a nice
review about Lee Sturdivant's Bootstraps
Guides. She's not just famous, she's well-reviewed.
Click on one of her book titles to see more.
keeps at it: I saw Serena from WH on the ferry last night - she
was returning from releasing a young re-habbed eagle out near
Concrete. I asked her what he did (I assumed the bird would just
fly back here...), and she said he just flew up to a tree, sat
there, and looked around.
Zero to Six, our local rock band featuring much of the Leighton
family, had their album release party at the Grange Friday. Now
go buy the CD.
Schools need the support: The Maintenance and Operations
Levy ballots will be mailed in late February for the early March
election. This one's a no-brainer - this levy kicks in approximately
20% of the money the schools use (the rest comes from the state)...and
we're up a creek without the funding. Vote Yes on this one...if
you have questions, check out the informational
Quote: "The care of the Earth is our most ancient
and most worthy, and after all our most pleasing responsibility.
To cherish what remains of it and to foster its renewal is our
only hope." - Wendell Berry
Basketball: Our FHHS boys are doing great, looking
for a spot in the playoffs for DAve Anderson's last year here,
and the girls are playing with enthusiasm and skill...but what
about the 6th, 7th, and 8th grade boys? Their
standings are posted on the internet, or you can ask them
how they're doing on the ferry any Saturday, as they travel to
Mt. Vernon to play. You can also see several of the six teams
here next Saturday as they play their only home games on the
island of the season at FHHS.
Quote: "Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn
as if you were to live forever." --Mahatma Gandhi
January 15, 2002
New Year slides in: The last few days remind us why
we're here - it's been sunny (if a little chilly) and beautiful
outside. Seems to get the new year off to a good start, doesn't
Passages: Just heard that Utah Johnson passed away
at the medical center on Friday; longtime entertainer & vaudeville
vet Stan Kramer died earlier this month. They'll be missed....
Baker back East: Remember Cindi Baker, who was the
first Park & Rec director, starting back in '94? She wrote
to say hi from back east where she & Keith & the kids
live now...says she just landed a fulltime P&R job there,
and that the kids are doing well & playing sports - cross
country skiing, soccer, and basketball. She does get things going:
she was the first girls' soccer coach for FHHS when the program
got started in '95. Good to hear good things are happening for
More P&R: By the way, Island Rec (which is what
we call the Park & Rec here) just launched its new website,
which contains program info and more. It looks good - check it
out at http://www.islandrec.org.
Superman leaves: Clark McAlpine has resigned as director
at the Whale Museum. Clark came along six years ago and has been
a a prime force behind settling down the Museum's cashflow, finances,
and operations and management. He came to the island with a history
of getting hired at troubled YMCA's and other non-profits, fixin'
'em, and moving on. His steady hand on the keel will be missed,
but he's done a super job.
And...he was always running, no matter how busy things got.
His runner-coach enthusiasm infected a lot of islanders, and
will live on.
Crook caught: I had several friends (they asked me
not to identify 'em here in the Update) who were broken into
in the past couple of months here on the island. This being one
of the safest places around to live - that kinda thing is pretty
unsettling on an island where people are used to feeling secure.
But the San Juan Islander folks reported last week a likely
suspect had been caught (apprehended after a scuffle with detective
Jeff Asher - the guy was carrying a gun). Jeff and several deputies
led the investigation that rounded him up.
It's good we all look after each other.
Quote: "Let me not pray to be sheltered from dangers
but to be fearless in facing them. Let me not be for the stilling
of my pain but for the heart to conquer it." -- Rabindranath
December 31, 2001
Full moon rising: The last couple of nights were wonderful
for walking outside in the moonlight, with the full moon providing
plenty of light to dance by. Nice time to run, too.
Passing: You've probably heard by now that Craig Carlson
drowned last week in Costa Rica...tough times for Lisa and the
Quieter: Most of the folks I've talked to seem to have
a pretty quiet New Year's Eve planned, with lots of curling up
at home with a little glass of wine & playing with the kids
Have a good one.
December 28, 2001
Snow way: Seemed to me everyone
at the post office today was saying that it was cold enough to
snow (actually, 35-40 isn't, but that's what people say). The
weather report, history, and a finger in the air all suggest
there won't be any snow, but it's nice to imagine.
Weren't the folks at the post office great this holiday season?
Those lines out into the lobby were long and relentless, and
so was the good cheer by the folks behind the counters. Happy
holidays, you guys!
Loopty loop: You noticed how beautiful it was on Christmas
Day...blue sky and just enough chill to be seasonal. I took a
walk around the loop of Pear Point, passing all sorts of folks
who were also out walking in the brightness of the day.
Pear Point loops around from near the Fairgrounds, down Argyle,
past Jackson Beach and around for 4 miles back into town. Great
place to walk, or to watch runners, or to run, or to bike...
Pacific Rim bites the dust: Back in 1994, internet
service provider Pacific Rim Network from Bellingham dialed the
islands into the digital age by starting the first ISP to serve
the islands. In short order, they were suffering from lousy connections,
flakey modems, and myriad other techo-probs, and were soon (in
'96) supplanted by local ISP's like Rock
Island and a couple of years later by Interisland, among
others. In 1997, they were bought by the biggest hosting provider
in the world, Verio, and over the past three years, tech support
for the old Pacific Rim accounts has faded to near non-existence.
It all comes to an end next month, as Verio sold the Pac Rim
accounts to Earthlink, which will discontinue them by early February.
That's how it began, and the whimper with which it ended.
Quote: Simplicity is making the journey of life with
just enough baggage. -- Charles Warner
Joe's famous: Remember Joe Bongiorno, who grew up here
& lived here till he moved to Seattle four years ago? A familiar
sight at the Ale House where he cooked and waited table, he also
ran MellowSounds Studio, where he turned out some pretty nice
Now he's released his latest album, "At
Peace," which just got reviewed on Solo
Piano Publication's website as well as receiving a positive
(actually sorta gushing) review from the Victory Review. He's
booking weddings for next summer already, so you better call
Mapped: If you want a good online
map of the island and town, go see Larry Morris' renderings...they're
easy to read & easy to make plans with.
Art walk: This is great time of year to visit the galleries
around here...it's not crowded, the shop owners have time to
visit with you, and I can't think of a place that doesn't have
All connected: One of the more positive messages that
seems to be going around this troubled world is the notion that
we're all connected...Jim Nollman explores this from the perspective
of communication between species on his acclaimed website,
which examines the way we knowingly & sometimes unknowingly
relate. A good place to start with understanding where Jim's
coming from: An interview
with a fellow named Derrick Jensen you might have heard of, which
is part of Jensen's book "Listening to the Land."
New Year - make your plans: The Soroptimists and the
San Juan Community Theatre are sponsoring a $75 a person gala event at the Theatre
New Year's Eve...are you going?
Roll Tide: I know you've been wondering how the tides
& changes shift - now you can look online
and see when high tide is.
Remember: In this time of uncertainty and reflection
about where our country's headed, it's a good time to remember
that there's enough suffering already...not just here, but in
the world around us.
It's a good time to look and begin to plan what things we
can do to make the world a better place, and to help with the
healing. Much needs to be rebuilt, including a sustained (but
currently shaken) belief that the future hold a fulfilling, secure
life for all the people of the planet.
Happy new year...let's hope it's a good one.
December 19, 2001
It's the pits - yay!: In what should prove to be a
huge deal for the island, and for the future of the island, the
folks who own the now mostly-closed gravel pit (LaFarge) have
agreed to sell the shoreline part of it and donate 55 acres of
it to a consortium of the county, the Land Bank, and the Port,
affiliated with Island Rec (the Park & Rec folks.)
P&R commissioner Alan Marriner tells me this could result
in ballfields (that's the plan) for the kids here. We presently
have a dearth of fields - you have only to try and get practice
time for your softball or baseball team in the spring to get
the idea. Former Island Rec commish Lee Sturdivant tells me,
"This is the most wonderful news," and she should -
she's been working on this and similar projects for years.
This IS wonderful news...and a good chance to take care of
80K: By the way, you know Lee sells her four Bootstrap
Guides from her website...she's sold over 80,000 o fthe books
- amazing! and a wonderful achievement.
Jam it: There's a Christmas jam for island musicians
at Front Street Cafe starting at 6pm this Saturday. Bring your
guitar, bring your drum....rump-pa-pa-pum. See you there!
Feral cats get a chance: There a new organization that's
set up just to take care of feral cats on the island. The
Cat's Paw Foundation hopes to capture, spay/nueter, and help
get the cats adopted or relocated.
Eat: Have you ordered your Christmas goodies from Felicity yet?
December 15, 2001
Beginning to feel a lot like Christmas:
Brrrr. The weather
report for this morning showed a windchill of 32 degrees this
mid-morning (which is when I hiked to town and back). With the
wind, it felt like winter was really coming....
Get inside and warm up.
One way to get into the season is to drop by Roche
Harbor's Old Fashioned Christmas Caroling tomorrow night
- folks dress up in Victorian outfits, and it feel a whole lot
like you were dropped into the village 110 years ago. Starts
Passing: John Stam passed away last week. His helpful,
cheerful attitude will be missed...
100K: Check out the bottom of this page...your Update
(that's this thing you're reading) just turned four years old
last month and is about to turn 100,000 pageviews. Wow! It's
so cool you read this...thanks for your support. And...thanks
for writing. I love hearing from you. (Many of your comments
are posted in the guestbook.)
Christmas comes slow: Does it happen with you, or just
with people who have kids? The last few days before Christmas
seem to slow things down, and the kids get more and more into
"Is it Christmas yet?"
It's great. The lines at the post office have been trailing
out into the lobby, which gives you time to visit with the rest
of the folks in line.
It's slow. Like President Taft after a big meal. Like the
taffy you're making for the holidays. Like the big trucks on
Roche Harbor Road when you're in a hurry.
Enjoy the ride.
Roberto's goes Japanese: In this town we have two Mexican
restaurants, Chinese, Italian, Mediterranean fare, English pub
fare, Thai food...so what are we missing? Japanese! The restaurant
that was Roberto's (up above the Blue Dolphin on the corner across
from the ferry parking lot) opened this week as Shogun.
The place started the year as Tapas on Tap, a pizza place,
went through the summer as the Lighthouse, and emerges, phoenix-like,
in its new incarnation. Charles from China Pearl is behind all
this, so go check it out.
And - most locals still call whatever's housed there Roberto's.
Dan's the man: Have you seen Dan Levin's new
Solstice: The winter solstice marks both the coming
of winter AND the coming of longer days...take a moment on Thursday
and remember how the seasons go round...
Pipes up: You know Michael who runs the Carpet Connection's
daughter Regan? She lives in Seattle with her husband Michael
& new baby Piper...they were on island last weekend to get
Piper (now 6 months old) baptized over at St. David's Episcopal
Speaking of transitions, West Davis retires as pastor at St.
David's at the end of the year. He'll be much missed...
Quote: "The only thing that is troubling with
all these people is that they are all absolutely stick-thin.
If everyone wants to be famous and everyone looks up to these
famous people as idols, having the perfect figures and feeling
pressure to look like that ... I think a lot of these eating
disorders do come from that."
-- Singer Charlotte Church, 15, discussing Britney Spears
and Christina Aguilera with the New York Daily News.
Chamber of Commerce elects officers: outgoing prez
Andy Duke announced today that Cathy Cavanaugh and Clark McAlpine
(from the Whale Museum) have been elected to the C of C board
to replace Kathy Johnson and Libby Thompson, whose terms ended
this year. New officers for 2002 include Farhad
Ghatan - President, Victoria
Compton - Vice President, Tori
Zehner - Treasurer, Ellen Johnson - Secretary.
Enter Stage Left: You have to see Stage
Left's The Christmas Carol at the Theatre
this weekend or next...they do excellent work. Two of the
shows are donations only - tomorrow's at 5 is one of them).
While you're there, take a moment at look over Joan Benny's
photos in the lobby...she's
also the Ghost of Christmas Past in the show.
Late shopping: If you're like me, it's bad enough that
kids are surrounded by the media portrayals of violence and such,
but who wants to buy 'em that for Christmas or holiday presents?
Think before you buy - the people at Lion
and Lamb prepare reviews so you can see what you're buying
your impressionable urchins. Good site by good people.
Congressional jostling: Word on the street is that
Herb Meyer's running for Congress against one-term incumbent
Rick Larsen. Long-term GOP member Herb worked for President Reagan
as an assistant to Bill Casey in the CIA, and as vice chair for
the CIA's National Intelligence Council. Presently he lives down
in Cape San Juan...
Is it hard for someone with a spy background to get in office?
Two notable examples in the last couple of decades are Andropov
in the Soviet Union (he was the KGB head for a while, and in
charge before Gorbechov) and the President's dad, who was CIA
director for a spell.
Should be an interesting race.
Harry madness: Remember the lines that ran from the
movie theater all the way up to the Little Store when Harry Potter
opened in mid-November? The lines are shorter, but Harry enjoyed
a nice five week run here....unusual for a little two-screen
Much was made (correctly, I think) about how HP made children
want to read again...does the release of the movie remind them
how much fun it is to go to the movies and not read? Naah...I've
heard at least two kids say the book was better than the movie,
and that the movie wasn't as good as the book.
But I did have one kid-friend say, "Good! Now I don't
have the read the book."
He's gonna love books on tape.
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