Westside Story – Old Paint Cans


In the 1950s when I was a 12 year old kid, I used to go to the dump with my dad in his 1936 Chevy pickup truck. As soon as we left the highway, he let me drive the old truck around the dump. That is right; no high school driver’s training for me.

We had the entire truck-bed loaded with trash, garbage and junk. By the way, we called this magic place the dump, not some fancy name like Recycling Center, Recovery Site or Landfill. If you had something you wanted to get rid of, you hauled it to the smelly dump, fought through the army of flies and pushed it out of the truck, with no questions asked. There were no rules to complicate life. [Read more...]

Westside Story – Cashless in Seattle

Left - Con-man parking ticket. Right - legitimate ticket.

Remember that fun movie, Sleepless in Seattle? This story has nothing to do with that movie. Cashless in Seattle is a different kind of story. The scene I am about to describe could be in a movie, but it was not.

After my wife and I retired, we decided to dedicate one day a week as Date-Day. We pledged to set this one day aside each week to do fun things together.

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Westside Story – Drug Babies

Actual scene from Joe Boyle’s creative work environment during interview of local author, Shirlee Eskew Dashow, with her new book, Coke-Cry Revisited.

Readers, today was a fun day starting with a coffee meeting with local author Shirlee Eskew Dashow who has published her first book, Coke-Cry Revisited.

Coke-Cry Revisited. Titles fascinate me. I play with titles as I create my articles. I continually search for just the right words. I want my titles to be on target, say a lot in a few words and to capture the attention of my readers with the hope they will want to see the photos and read the entire article. [Read more...]

Westside Story – Pierce Transit Tests EZ Boy Recliners at Bus Stops

EZ Boy Recliner at Pierce Transit Bus Stop Test Site 8500 Bridgeport Way SW.

On December 25, 2012, we published a story titled Pierce Transit Fights Obesity.

Being community minded and wanting to be a part of the solution to American obesity, Pierce Transit experimented with installing exercise bikes at their bus stop test sights.

It turns out that most bus riders do not like exercise and are actually quite slothful.

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Westside Story – Missing Person


Hey, I miss you guys. My last article appeared in the June 17, 2014, Suburban Times. We have not shared one single Westside Story since.

I know some of you have been searching the obituaries for my name. Others thought I might be doing some hard prison time. There was even talk of putting my photo on milk cartons. My most loyal reader thought putting my photo on beer cans might be more effective. [Read more...]

Westside Story – Life Coach


Just yesterday, I was having coffee with my pal, Jimmy at the Black Bear in Lakewood. Jimmy commented, “Joe, you are a Life Coach.” I guess Jimmy is right. Marrium-Webster’s definition of Life Coach is, “an advisor who helps people make decisions, set and reach goals, or deal with problems. The word was first used in 1986.”

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Westside Story – Do Not Feed Wildlife


Do Not Feed Animals – Warning Sign Assateague National Park

One dark evening this summer I was hanging out on the covered patio at a Chincoteague Island, Virgina motel, which reminded me of a scene out of that classic 1942 movie staring Humphry Bogart and Ingrid Bergman, Casablanca. As I sat there under the whirling ceiling fans, I met a 67 year old woman named Jacqueline.

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