Posts Tagged ‘seattle’

Census Comparisons

March 24, 2010

King County (Seattle’s county) is definitely lagging (hugely) behind the other counties that I have lived in – Oakland County (Oak Park/Southfield/West Bloomfield) and St. Louis County (WashU). Wonder why? Size is one issue (King County is huge), but the participation spread seems to be large enough to have another cause. Mail delivery speed is actually a likely cause as well, of course.

On a related note, Detroit proper is having major problems with the census; it’s not in any of the counties I am comparing below, but I really hope they find a way to get Detroit properly counted so it gets the federal funds it so desperately needs – for a good article, see This article got me interested in checking out the participation in general.


County Census Comparisons for King, Oakland and St. Louis

Family Pics, Take 2

August 31, 2009

As a followup to my previous post about the pics Eliza Truitt took of our family, she just posted a blog entry about her favorites of the pics; worth clicking on to see many of them in larger form:


August 2, 2009

With the growth of the Sounders FC in Seattle, it is only natural that Aviva would want to play soccer (by Aviva wanting to play soccer, we mean, I want Aviva to like soccer of course; so does her Zayde (grandpa); he refs tons of soccer games each week). So after getting a pair of soccer-ball decorated shoes, on her feet they went!

Crown of Queen Anne

July 12, 2009

This past weekend was the Crown of Queen Anne Fun Run and Walk in support of the Queen Anne Helpline, along with the Children’s Parade and Queen Anne Community Festival. We decided to get up early and walk it – which we were glad we did; the weather was perfect, and Aviva was an ideal participant (by that, I mean, she slept the entire 3.3 mile route; the stroller tends to do that to her!). Next year, she’ll possibly (likely?) be walking by this time – weird!

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Updated Family Picture, as of April 23, 2009

May 6, 2009

Updating my post from December 2008, it is time for a new family picture:

(Via Stick Figure Family)

In all seriousness, here’s a picture we took on our walk yesterday up to Kerry Park – one of the great viewpoints in Seattle; conveniently, it is only a few blocks away.

Walk at Kerry Park

Ole! Ole! Ole!

March 22, 2009

Last Thursday was the opening game of the new Major League Soccer team in Seattle – Sounders FC; they won the opening game 3-0 over the New York/New Jersey Red Bulls. While a few of my high school friends were mocking me (on Facebook) for being excited for the game (especially as the game was on the first day of March Madness), the entire team is energizing Seattle sports – they’ve sold over 22000 season tickets, and this opening game was televised live on ESPN2, with 35000 fans in the audience. Even our friend Rudy was very excited! I think a lof ot the excitement is that a new team (combined with the year the Washington Huskies basketball team had), started to turn the fate of Seattle sports back from the dismal year of 2008 – as ESPN put it, that was the worst year for a city in the history of sports.

This game surely provided that excitement for the rest of the year – we looked much better than the Red Bulls (last year’s championship runner up) across the board, dominating the offensive end, and clearly being faster and more physical. The weather was a crisp 45 degrees, and the fans were fully enjoying themselves. A great start for the franchise! Right as the game ended, I remembered I had my portable video camera on me, so here’s a sense of the ambiance.

(you’ll need to visit the actual post to see the video).

Worst Year in History of Sports? Seattle

December 24, 2008

Seattle SportsESPN’s current homepage says it all (Sporting News also recently had a front page article on this topic as well).

Let’s count the ways:

  • Football – Seahawks (4-11, after being favored to win the division, and of course, us having season tickets), Huskies Football (0-12 – first BCS team to lose all of its games), Cougars Football (2-11)
  • Basketball – Sonics are now in Oklahama City, so no NBA team left – and even they are 2-24
  • Baseball – Mariners were a woeful 61-101, firing their general manager and coach
  • Hockey – No NHL team here, unfortunately
  • The senseless loss of Ed, the Tuba Man😦

Not a good one – on the upside, there’s a new soccer team coming to town – Sounders FC!

To add on to the pain for us, I am primarily a Detroit Lions fan, and they’ve hit 0-15, the worst record in NFL history… not a lot of good times watching football this year.

Quoting the article:

“Has any city ever endured a year in sports like the one the Emerald City is just completing? A 101-loss, last-place baseball season, despite a payroll of $117 million; a 62-loss, last-place NBA season; a 12-loss, last-place college football season (the first 0-12 season in the history of the Pac-10); an 11-loss (and counting) NFL season; four coaching/managerial changes; one general manager dismissal; and, of course, the hijacking of its basketball team to Oklahoma @$&%ing City. Sure, other cities have lost their teams or endured epic losing seasons, but for it all to happen in one calendar year? To end December without a single head coach or manager who was employed in January returning for the next year?”

Civilization – We Ain’t

December 24, 2008

The snow continues in Seattle (another 1-5 inches expected from last night through today, with more to come), and the city’s troubles in coping aren’t getting any better.

A run down of how it’s impacting us:

  • Mail, which usually falls under the motto of “Neither rain, nor snow, nor sleet“, has come to a halt by us – we’ve received mail once in the past 5 days, and we’re not expecting it to really resume soon. Turns out, we’re not the only ones having problems here – according to the Seattle Times, about a tenth of the city didn’t get mail on Monday (225,000 delivery points out of 2.5 million), and UPS and FedEx aren’t faring much better.
  • The city and county are asking people to stay off of the roads, and use mass transit – but then again, the bus system is not really working. They claim half service, but if you look at the cancellation list, many, many routes are canceled – including all of the routes that go up to the top of Queen Anne (the 2,3,4, and 13). The last few days, we’ve had to hike down to the bottom of the extremely steep and icy hill (on a good day, this take 10-15 minutes – it took us 45), and wait for a different route.
    • In fact, on the way down last evening to meet Joelle, so we could walk up again, I had to stop and call 911 to help a gentleman who had fallen and could no longer get up (it was a hip/leg problem). The fire department responded immediately (see dispatch number F080118221 at the Real-Time 911), but there was at least a half-hour wait for an ambulance at the point I left the man in the capable hands of the medics. The fact that all of the roads around us were closed due to the ice likely didn’t help.
  • Road Closures are still all around, including Queen Anne Ave (the Counterbalance), as I’ve mentioned, but also quite a few of the streets through downtown. Partially, this is due to Seattle’s environmental policy – no salting, and rubber plows only – which is now starting to cause quite a debate. The official city policy is to “pack the snow down, and wait for it to melt” – usually, this works, but then again, usually there’s not a week-plus of snowfall.
  • Garbage, Recycling and Food/Yard Waste is on hold indefinitely, until the roads become clear. Thankfully, we don’t have too much of any of these, so it’s not a huge deal – though our yard waste bin is now full after I learned to use a saw in breaking apart the branch that fell off our tree the other night. As one of the local newsman said this morning, “thankfully, it’s cold out there – so the garbage is being refrigerated, and won’t smell so bad”
    • The neighborhood kids have been sledding non-stop, which is cool to watch, but one of them took our garbage can’s lid to use as a sled (we leave our garbage/etc… in the alley year-round). Hopefully, the city has replacements when it does pick up again.

On the positive side, working from home has been really easy, and the dogs sure love the snow:)

Facebook Quotes on the Snow

December 22, 2008
Counterbalance Ski Slope (i.e. Queen Anne Ave)

Some of the facebook comments on the snow have made me laugh; some of my favorites (just from the last day) from my friends are: (Names withheld to protect the innocent)

  • …has decided, as a Michigander, this snow is serious. The snowboarders have now constructed a jump!
  • …All Queen Anne busses canceled yet again; shock! – Not so easy to follow the advice of “please use mass transit and stay off of the roads.”
  • …is amazed at the way Seattle is resembling Schweitzer, except without ski lifts.
  • …is wishing she had a snowmobile to drive through the streets of Seattle, no really, they were just outside our building!
  • …will be hiking in to work tomorrow.
  • …uploaded some photos of Snowpocalypse. Now it’s bed time.
  • …says Holy Snow Batman!
  • …is really happy he had an emergency Channukah party and thanks everyone who trekked out and brought latkes and applesauce. Happy Channukah! and happy snow day!
  • …is …more snow? Are you kidding???
  • …is going to scream…they are now saying 6 more inches of snow in Seattle this pm, not sure we can take much more, Seattle just isn’t equipped for this.
  • …is cross country skiing around Green Lake!!! So much snow!!
  • …just got in from watching people sledding, skiing, and snowboarding down the Ave.
  • …is not interested in fighting the bus system for chanukah parties. Got something on cap hill?
  • …is dreaming of a white hanukah.
  • …is going to snowshoe to find a sports bar.

(If any of these are yours, and you’d like me to delete it from my post, just say the word, by the way)

Dreaming of a White (Lead-up to) Hannukah!

December 21, 2008

Seattle, on average, gets 3 inches of a snow a year. So far, this week, we’ve received quite a bit more than that – by some accounts, we’ll have a foot by the time it’s all said and done. While this is nothing by Michigan standards, Seattle is a different beast; not only is the city not really prepared for it (snowplows, etc…), and not only is it much more hilly (especially our neighborhood and the main street up to it – not my video by the way), but the city just isn’t used to it – so everyone goes out to play, and the city pretty much shuts down. In fact, on Wednesday, Seattle schools shut down just because of the threat of snow; it never actually did. But ever since then, boy has it been snowing (and snowing, and snowing) – and it’s been fun to take advantage of, and thus, take pictures of!

Dogs love the snow – so of course, they were out to play a lot. Videos were taken. (If you are in a RSS reader, you might need to visit the page to see these).

Today is actually my birthday, but we had to cancel my birthday party due to the  treacherous conditions; we didn’t want anybody to have to drive. Instead, my sister brought over a cake to the house, and we celebrated with me and the girls (Joelle, Elana, Little Hobey (to-be), Molly and Shay); I actually rather enjoyed it!

FInally, to cap a great weekend, Hannukah started tonight, so we took a walk over to Kavana’s Hannukah Party, which met just down the street.


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