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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Westside Story – Stop Watching – Start Living

Photo: TV Test Pattern

Recently I spotted a thought provoking sign and was compelled to take a photo which I have attached below.

Foto: Warnig Sine.

Foto: Warnig Sine.

Back in 1949 when I was only 6 years old, a miracle was taking place inside our house. We were one of the first families in the neighborhood to buy a black and white TV. We loved our new fangled gadget with the tin foil wrapped around the top of the rabbit ears antenna.

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