Westside Story – DuPont Bus Service?


A recent article in The Suburban Times informed us of the City of Dupont‘s desire to explore the possibility of providing the city with bus service.

Decades ago I voted to increase my tax bill in order to bring Pierce Transit buses to Lakewood. I did not personally plan to use bus service and all these years later, I still do not personally benefit from local bus service. It is doubtful I will ever ride the bus. [Read more…]

Westside Story – 811 Call Before You Dig

If Call Before You Dig Employees wore uniforms like the Scarecrow below, it would be easier  to spot vandals in our neighborhoods.  We could then try to protect our public and private property in the destruction pathway of Call Before You Dig.

Our Federally mandated 811 – Call Before You Dig program is an excellent idea with one major flaw. Call Before You Dig employees lack good judgement and common sense. While this may seem like a bold, opinionated and condemnatory statement, all you have to do is look around at their graffiti handiwork to see evidence confirming my point. It is like Call Before You Dig employees have to earn low scores on a common sense / intelligence test before being selected for the job. [Read more…]

Westside Story – Young Author

Morgan, hanging out at Starbucks with her dad, is obviously socially mobile and ready to find a story idea.

Here I am pushing 72 years of age and I am playing with the idea of becoming a writer.  I will admit that it is a late start, but I have always done things late.  I was born late.  I graduated from high school and college late.  I joined the Sheriff’s Department late.  I retired late.  The way I see it, if I live to be age 100, I have a little over 28 years to become an accomplished writer.  So I am reading books on writing and taking college courses to become a better writer. [Read more…]

Westside Story – Christmas 2015 Canceled


Do you remember the stories I shared with you titled Christmas Community Angels and Christmas Angels – 15th Year? Christmas Angel Joan Eisenhardt phoned me a few days after the giant Greater Lakes Mental Healthcare Holiday Gift Give-A-Way program to report on the results. She had amazing things to tell me, which means I have amazing things to tell you.

The first person in line at arrived at 1:00 a.m. the morning of Friday, December 12, 2014, for the scheduled 9:00 a.m. opening time. The second client arrived at 2:00 a.m. By 6:30 a.m. the line stretched around the building. They arrived by car, bus and on foot. [Read more…]

Westside Story – Christmas Angels – 15th Year

Gift storage vacant cubicle.

On March 5, 2014, I wrote a story titled, Westside Story – Community Christmas Angels.

The two women featured in my story have done it again.  On December 12, 2014, The Friends and Family Holiday Give-A-Way was held. Christmas Angels, Joan Eisenhardt and Kathy Sweeney, volunteered for a solid year in their effort to create a joyous Christmas holiday for 500 low income Greater Lakes Mental Health Care clients who suffer from a variety of debilitating mental illness conditions.  Greater Lakes, which must be considered a community asset, is located in the City of Lakewood at 9330 – 59th Av SW.  T: 253-581-7020. [Read more…]

Westside Story – Grim Reaper – Part III

Emergency Department

At the end of Grim Reaper – Part II, the final paragraph left readers clinging to edge of their computers.

For those of you who missed that riveting final paragraph, I quote, “What happens next is nothing short of amazing. Until Grim Reaper – Part III in this popular series, you should be asking yourself, 1) Does Joe pass out? 2) Does the nurse pass out? 3) Does the EKG start smoking and burst into flames?” [Read more…]

Westside Story – Grim Reaper – Part I

Grim Reaper

Two thoughts motivate me to write this story. One, what I have to share could save a life, yours or someone you love. Two, if my story fails to save any lives, it is my hope my tale will be entertaining.

Publisher Ben Sclair and I reviewed the oral version of my story, and we both agreed it would be better if I serialized the story in order to tell my tale in bite size pieces.

Let’s start. [Read more…]