Westside Story – Roadway Catapult

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With over two decades in law enforcement, I have investigated plenty of cases involving unnecessary injury and death to innocent victims. While it is true I am retired, I can still spot potential trouble from a mile away.

Check this guy out. He loaded a heavy water heater onto the trunk deck of his car and then with some flimsy cord and a single bungee cord, tied the load down by running the line through his open back windows. Down the road he goes. [Read more...]

Westside Story – Old Paint Cans

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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...]

Around the Sound: Goodman’s Garden sparkles

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STEILACOOM – Ann Goodman’s garden on Stevens Street is decorated for the season–pumpkins, ghosts, and other goodies–including a rare bouquet of blue glass bottles. Ann says they’re her tribute to Dale Chihuly–Tacoma’s renowned glass artist (see photo gallery below). A retired elementary teacher, Ann moved to town six years ago and set about taming the patch of blackberries that grew on the site. [Read more...]

Around the Sound: Island Dragon produces great cider

The humble potato harvester, developed in the 1950s, primarily for scooping potatoes from the fields and into waiting trucks, is a versatile device: it’s not just for potatoes.

A few decades ago, one Northern Idaho community, finding itself strapped for cash to purchase fancy, state-of-the-art snow removal equipment, instead rounded up a couple of potato harvesters. By the time the snow fell that year, a city crew and the revamped harvester went to work handily removing accumulated snow from downtown streets.

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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...]