A Dedication and Ribbon Cutting for the newly renovated Redondo Boardwalk will be held on Saturday, Nov. 5, starting at 1 p.m.

Guests will include Senators Karen Keiser & Mark Miloscia; State Representatives Mia Gregerson, Teri Hickel, Linda Kochmar, & Tina Orwall; TIB Executive Director Steve Gorcester.

The rebuilt boardwalk – which cost just over $4.7 million – consists of a concrete deck with wood stamp finish, stainless steel cable railing, and low level deck surface illumination, all while using the existing pile encapsulation.

With support from the Federal Highway Administration, Washington State Department of Commerce, Transportation Improvement Board and the City Council the Boardwalk has been restored and is recently re-opened to the public.

Here are the details:

WHEN: Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016, 1 – 2 p.m.



1-1:30 p.m.:

  • City Manager Michael Matthias – Welcome
  • Mayor Matt Pina – Acknowledgments
  • Elected Officials – Collaboration & Success

1:30 – 1:40 p.m.:

    • Ribbon Cutting, Plaque Dedication, & Photos

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THEN: In Nov. 2014, the Redondo Boardwalk was shredded by a storm. Photo by Gene Achziger.


NOW: The renovated Boardwalk has re-opened!

As a way of saying “thank you” to our military, Brown Bear Car Wash – including the Des Moines location – will offer FREE washes to all current or former members of the military on Veterans Day, Friday, Nov. 11.

The free “Bear Essentials” washes will be offered at Brown Bear’s 22 tunnel wash locations from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The Des Moines automated tunnel wash is located at 22706 Marine View Drive S.

The offer operates on an honor system and no verification or documentation is required. Drivers should identify themselves as a current or former member of the military to the wash attendant upon arrival. See for a list of Brown Bear’s 22 automated tunnel wash locations.

Brown Bear will also proudly donate $1 for every car washed on Veterans Day to Puget Sound Honor Flight. For the past two years Brown Bear has donated more than $18,400 to support Honor Flight’s mission of transporting Western Washington war veterans to visit memorials in Washington, D.C. For more information visit

The event is the company’s way of demonstrating appreciation for those who currently serve our country and have made sacrifices on behalf of all of us.

Over the past 10 years the family-owned, Seattle-based company has provided nearly 280,000 free “Beary Clean” washes to celebrate its August “birthday” and to honor former and current service members on Veterans Day.





South King Fire & Rescue paid a visit to Midway Elementary in Des Moines on Monday (Oct. 17) as part of a nationwide effort known as “Operation Warm.”

South King County Professional Firefighters Local 2024 in conjunction with the Firefighters Foundation and the Des Moines Aid Fund provided brand new “made in the USA” winter coats to 211 kids.

This is the fourth year that SKFR has put on an Operation Warm event and it was the biggest yet.

In addition to every Kindergartner and first grader getting a brand new coat there were tours of a fire engine and a visit from Sparky the fire dog.

Principal Rebekah Kim and Captain Ryan Herrera brought together nearly 30 volunteers to make it all happen.

For more information about Operation Warm please visit

From Advertiser DAL Law Firm:

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Many documents can comprise of one’s estate plan, including:

  • Revocable Living Trusts
  • Wills
  • Power of Attorneys
  • Health Care Directives
  • Community Property Agreements
  • Cohabitation Agreements
  • Prenuptial Agreements
  • Directive to Control Remains and Burial Instructions

Many clients think that they don’t need an estate plan because of their assessment of the size of their assets. Unfortunately, if something happens to you and you don’t have a Will, a probate court is going to decide what happens to your assets according to state law, without any consideration given to what your intentions may have been. In addition, having an estate plan is not only about your assets. You also want to ensure your spouse and children are taken care of, and also is very important for you to decide who you want to make decisions for you if you are unable to do so yourself.

It’s important to remember that an Estate Plan doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive, it just has to be done properly and serve your needs. As your needs change over time, you can always update your Estate Plan to ensure your plan continues to serve your needs.

Contact our office today at (206) 408-8158 for a consultation to ensure that you have a proper estate plan in place.

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Close to 50 local employers with full-time, part-time and temporary job opening will be represented at Highline College’s FREE Fall Job Fair, which will be held from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 26.

The event is free and open to the public; no advance registration is necessary.

Employers from a wide variety of industries will be represented. Attendees should be prepared to speak with recruiters, dress professionally and bring extra copies of their resume.

Free career workshops are also available to prepare for the fair. Learn more at

Participating Employers:

  • Advanced Health Care
  • Aegis Living
  • Apartment Advantage Staffing
  • Aquatic Management Group
  • Associated Recreation Council
  • Bahama Breeze
  • Camp Fire Central Puget Sound
  • City of Des Moines Parks and Recreation
  • Comcast
  • Confluence Health
  • Creative Living Services
  • Digestive Health Specialists
  • Express Employment Professionals (Kent)
  • Federal Way Public Schools
  • FedEx Ground
  • Highline College Human Resources
  • Highline Public Schools
  • Iden’s Dealer Services
  • Keiro Northwest
  • Korean Women’s Association
  • Life Care Centers of America
  • Macy’s
  • Northwest Hospital & Medical Center
  • O’Brien Auto Group
  • Phoenix Protective Corporation
  • Port Jobs – Airport Jobs
  • Primerica Manivanh & Associates
  • Puget Sound Educational Services District (PSESD)
  • Renton School District
  • ResCare Homecare
  • Robbins and Company
  • Seattle Goodwill
  • Silver Cloud Inns & Hotels
  • Sound Transit
  • State of Washington, Department of Corrections – Monroe Correctional Complex
  • Tacoma Community College
  • The Hertz Corporation
  • University of Washington Medical Centers
  • US Bank In-Store Greater Seattle
  • U.S. Marine Corps
  • Uwajimaya
  • Village Green Retirement Campus
  • Washington State Convention Center
  • Washington State Patrol
  • Wesley Homes
  • Wyndham Vacation Ownership
  • Young Minds Development Academy

WHEN: Wednesday, October 26, 2016: 11 a.m.–2 p.m.

WHERE: Highline College’s main campus, Building 8. Highline College’s main campus is located midway between Seattle and Tacoma at South 240th Street and Pacific Highway South (Highway 99); address: 2400 S. 240th St., Des Moines, Wash.

INFO: For details, visit

Des Moines United Methodist Church will be holding a unique concert of Music with Julia Adams (violin/viola) and two Composers – Justin Henderlight (oboe) & Steven Luksan (piano/organ) this Saturday, Oct 22, at 7 p.m.

Free Admission – $10 donation encouraged for Hope for Children of Africa.

Des Moines United Methodist Church is located at 22225 9th Ave S, Des Moines 98198; phone: 206-878-8301.

More info at

Community members are invited to a wide range of events sponsored by Highline College’s Marine Science and Technology (MaST) Center during fall quarter 2016.

All events are FREE and open to the public, and will be held at the MaST Center in Redondo unless otherwise noted (the MaST Center is located on the Redondo Dock next to Salty’s at 28203 Redondo Beach Drive S.).

The event schedule is subject to change.

For updates and more information, visit

Here’s the schedule:

October 22, 10 a.m.–12 p.m.

October 26*, 5:30–7 p.m.

Marine Mammal Stranding Team Training
Attend an orientation session to learn about the MaST Center’s Marine Mammal Stranding Team. This unique team provides hands-on experience with marine mammals, public education and public outreach while helping the amazing creatures in Puget Sound. The content of each session will be identical. Open to participants 16 years of age and older. *October 26 training will be held at Foss Waterway Seaport, 705 Dock St., Tacoma, Wash.

October 29, 10 a.m.–2 p.m.

Fear on the Pier
Visit the center for a Halloween-themed Discovery Day event featuring creepy and cool critters of Puget Sound, skeletons, slime and more. Underwater pumpkin carving, hosted by Underwater Sports, will begin at 1 p.m. Visitors will be able to watch the carving live on big screen TVs. Marine-themed costumes encouraged.

November 54–7:30 p.m.

This annual event is put on in conjunction with the Des Moines Arts Commission and features art and science activities for all ages. Enjoy hot chocolate and coffee as well as Salty’s chowder available for purchase. Learn more:

December 15, 7:30–9:30 p.m.

Argosy Christmas Ships
Get a front row seat to the annual Argosy Christmas Ships Festival. Visitors are welcome to enjoy the aquarium while they wait or warm up with a bonfire on the beach. Performance at Redondo: 9–9:20 p.m.

More Free Fun: The MaST Center also offers monthly presentation as part of its Science on the Sound series as well as weekly Discovery Days, when its aquarium is open for public viewing each Saturday10 a.m.2 p.m. Learn more:

About the MaST Center:
Highline’s MaST Center promotes understanding, appreciation and preservation of the marine environment through hands-on research, education and community activities that highlight the beauty, complexity and importance of the south Puget Sound ecosystem. It offers an aquarium, research space and a unique waterfront laboratory and classroom and provides a venue to educate and engage the community in issues impacting Puget Sound, including coastal development, storm water runoff, marine pollution and salmon recovery.

Here’s episode #72 of our SoKing News Podcast Weekly Recap, which is sponsored by a generous grant from J-Lab’s Encore Media Entrepreneurs program, supported with funding from the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation, and the Nicholas B. Ottaway Foundation:

SoKing News Weekly Recap for Oct. 14-17, 2016: Gunshots remain a mystery; woman found dead in car; Former Des Moines City Council takes temp gig in Burien; Redondo boardwalk re-opened; Puget Sound Weather Geek forecast; Jack Mayne on local politics; ‘The Final Take’ & more…

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By Jack Mayne

Des Moines Police are investigating the shooting of a woman’s dog in a city neighborhood last week, but no charges have been filed pending its outcome, said Interim City Manager Michael Matthias.

The dog is owned by Mica Purcell, who told the Des Moines City Council on Thursday evening that a 7th Ave neighbor shot her dog. Purcell she was hoping her appearance at the Council meeting would get some support from residents.



On her Facebook page last Wednesday Purcell wrote:

“My precious Roma was shot in the face Sunday night. I am not allowed to take her home per Des Moines Animal Control officer at this time. The man who shot her will not be charged with anything according to Des Moines Police Department.”

To the Council, she said, “my dog was shot (in the face) by my neighbor.”

“I think we should all be concerned that anyone pull out a gun and use it for any reason – I thought there was a law against … discharging a firearm in Des Moines and I know there is but apparently there are reasons that this can be permitted and I just don’t think that other than a human life being in danger I cannot see any reason that we should be able to use deadly force for anything.

“It is very scary for myself, its very scary for everyone who lives in my neighborhood that is not doing very great right now, we are all very uncomfortable with what has happened.

Resident Harry Steinmetz, an attorney, told the Council “discharging a firearm in a residential neighborhood has implications that you simply cannot see.” He said a firearm gets discharged and then “the bullet gets pulled out of a kitchen cabinet” across the street.

“Discharging a firearm at an animal that is not threatening your life should not be allowed in the city of Des Moines. It is unsafe for the people of the city of Des Moines.”

Steinmetz said the city should look at whether the city ordinances cover the situation outlined by Purcell, and if the law does not cover the situation, changes should be made.

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Chelsea Levy, Sound Transit government and community relations officer, told the Council that the Sound Transit third bond issue request, termed ST3, was a major multi-billion dollar expansion of the currently under construction portion that will continue through Des Moines to the Federal Way transit center. Current expansion will end at Highline College.

The new issue would expand heavy rail tracks, add highway bus routes and add “116 miles throughout the region,” said Levy. The expansion would link Everett through Seattle and King County to downtown Tacoma and eastward to Issaquah.

SeaTac resident Joel Wachtel, during comment period, said the upcoming Sound Transit $54 billion dollar bond issue would take “at least” 25 years to pay off.

“You don’t get what you pay for with ST3,” he said, and added he was representing Smarter Transit, a group formed to oppose the issue. To put the issue into context, he told Des Moines Councilmembers their budget was only $18.8 million.

Wachtel said Sound Transit has admitted that the issue would not reduce traffic “which has been Sound Transit’s main selling point.” Further, the tax will be collected for as long as it takes to pay off the multi-billion dollar issue.

“ST3 is a forever tax without firm termination date,” he said.

by Dave Markwell

I don’t work on Tuesdays. By “don’t work”, I don’t mean that I lie on the couch eating delicious grilled sandwiches all day. (Though, this, frankly, sounds like a pretty damn fine day…) Tuesdays are my day to pick up the pieces of my home life neglected since the previous Tuesday: Laundry gets done. Nominal housework gets done and all the running around that needs to happen happens.

Last Tuesday was a lovely day. As such, it was a yard day. Early autumn weather in this state is a crap-shoot. I happened into some good luck and did not waste it. I fired up my line-trimmer, mower and blower and chopped and raked and mowed and blew my tidy edges.

It was a day I needed. Being a yard guy, I find peace in my little “meditation-in-motion” chores. I think big thoughts, solve my problems and return to a certain center that is sometimes hard to find; it can be an elusive target.

This Tuesday was especially necessary as I am somewhat broken right now. Life, as it does, has presented me with a challenging time. I write this not to inspire any sympathy or pity. It’s simply life. Gratefully, I am armed with the awareness that difficult times pass. Nothing lasts – the good or the bad. I share my brokenness not as a salacious conversation starter, but only with a hope that other broken people don’t feel alone.

As I logged steps behind my lawn mower, I pondered my broken bits and while little clarity revealed itself to me, I was somewhat comforted by the understanding that I am not alone either. Though not happy about anyone else’s misery, the knowledge that we all have our own pocketful of broken bits does serve to dull the sharp blade a bit.

Every one suffers varying degrees of trauma, tragedy, abuse, struggle and hardship. Parents die young, cars crash, economies turn and relationships change. These events are simply life. They are the price we pay for breathing air on this earth.
An idea spawned by the smells of fresh cut grass and 2-cycle engine exhaust is that perhaps our broken bits are the best things we have. Having our own sack of broken bits allows us to access other people’s broken bits. When we truly “get it”, we can connect. This empathy creates the axis for the genuine heart-to-heart human connections upon which our world turns.

Understanding our own fear, uncertainty, and conflict allows us to understand others’. And this is a good thing. It is said that: “Friendship multiplies happiness and divides grief.” This division of grief is powerful and it can only exist with the understanding of our own broken bits. This little reframe on our “brokenness” suddenly makes it kind of beautiful. Not fun, but still beautiful. We can serve better and be better for those who deserve us to be better, including ourselves.

So, while the broken bits we carry in our pockets can make us uncomfortable, they may also be necessary for us to grow and give and live better lives. This idea makes those sharp little devils jabbing into our leg a little more tolerable. It is easy in our brokenness to lock the doors and close the shutters. We want to isolate and protect the unbroken bits. But perhaps we should just be sprinkling our busted little shards all over the place, so that others can have a look and maybe feel a little better about their own broken bits and not feel alone. No one is alone.

[EDITOR’S NOTE:”Feel Good Friday” is a regular column written by Des Moines resident Dave Markwell, whose first book is called “A Feel Good Life” (buy it on Amazon here). He also runs the new Waterland Arcade, located at 22306 Marine View Drive South. Dave extols to all neighbors: “Enjoy where we live. Put your feet on the pavement and truly feel how great it is to live here!” Also, Dave needs more friends – find him on Facebook here.

Photo from a Nov. 2011 storm at Three Tree Point courtesy Randy Schmidt.

The potent remnants of Super Typhoon Songda are expected to slam into the region on Saturday afternoon (Oct. 15), and there’s a chance that things could get very bad very quickly as a 12.1 high tide will happen at 4:47 p.m.

The National Weather Service has issued a High Wind Warning, predicting winds between 20–40 MPH with gusts up to 65 MPH(!) – from 3 p.m. Saturday through 2 a.m. Sunday.

High winds combined with a high tide – combined with a low pressure surge – could equal flooding on the area’s shorefronts, including the recently re-opened, renovated Redondo Boardwalk.

So if you live near Puget Sound, you may want to get sandbags in place ASAP. King County Flood Control District Chair Reagan Dunn is urging residents living near flood prone areas to take advantage of the county’s FREE sandbag program.

“When properly installed, a sandbag barrier can mean the difference between keeping homes, garages and other structures safe and dry, or suffering thousands of dollars’ worth of damage,” said Steve Bleifuhs, King County River and Floodplain Manager.

Sandbag Distribution Locations: Available to all King County Residents

  • KentCity of Kent, Russell Road Park between Russell Rd and S 240th St Kent, NE corner of parking lot, Sandbags and sand are currently available. Self-service. Bring your own shovel.
  • RentonKing County Roads Facility155 Monroe Ave NE, Renton, Open 24/7 Self-service, limited to 25 sandbag per vehicle.
  • SeattleDelridge Community Center4501 Delridge Way SW, SeattleSouth Park Neighborhood731 S Sullivan SeattleHelene Madison Pool13401 Meridian N Seattle, Meadowbrook Community Center10517 35th Ave NE Seattle, Currently unavailable at Delridge Community Center. Currently available at other locations. Limited to 25 sandbags per address.

Courtesy Three Tree Point residents the Haighs comes this video shot during Friday’s first storm:

A big storm in 2010 ended up destroying the Three Tree Point home of Dane Johnson and Kathy Justin on Nov. 23, 2010 – read about their ordeal here.

The Des Moines Auxiliary of Seattle Children’s Hospital will be holding its annual Fall Luncheon on Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016 at Des Moines United Methodist Church, located at 22225 9th Ave South.

Doors open at 11:30 a.m., and the luncheon is catered by Tuscany at Des Moines Creek.

There will be a speaker and the tickets are a donation of $25 each.

The proceeds will go toward the uncompensated care fund of Seattle Children’s.

For more information or to reserve tickets call CeCe at 206-824-4726 or Sylvia at 206-241-5444.

WLB Real Estate Sponsor Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Northwest’s Open House – set for both this SATURDAY, Oct. 15 and SUNDAY, Oct. 16 – is a one of a kind 1919 Tudor style home on a large corner lot in Seahurst!

This unique home awaits your creativity and hard work to be restored to its original glory!

Views of the sound from the main and up, with 2 bedrooms on the main and 2 upstairs.

Finish the basement to add even more living space.

Close to schools and parks and it’s an easy walk to Olde Burien and Town Square.

Don’t miss this one!!

OFFERS: Seller will review offers on Offer Review Date (may review/accept sooner): 10/20/2016

Here are some photos (click images to see larger versions/slideshow):












Here are the details:

WHAT: Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Realty Open House.

WHENBoth SATURDAY, Oct. 14: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. & SUNDAY, Oct. 16: 10:30 – 1:30 p.m.

WHERE: 2404 SW 151st St, Burien 98166 (click for MAP, or see below)


  • List Price: $350,000
  • MLS Number: 1041840
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Bathrooms: 1.5
  • Year Built: 1919
  • Approximate House SqFt: 1,340 s.f.
  • Approximate Lot SqFt: 10,530 s.f.

Site Features:

  • Corner Lot
  • Cable TV
  • Gas Available
  • Value In Land

Marketing Remarks:

Wonderful opportunity in coveted Seahurst neighborhood.

This one of a kind 1919 Tudor style home on a corner lot awaits your creativity and hard work to be restored to its original glory!

Views of the sound from the main and up.

2 bedrooms on the main and 2 upstairs.

Finish the basement to add even more living space.

Close to schools and parks and it’s an easy walk to Olde Burien and Town Square.

Don’t miss this one!!

Offers: Seller will review offers on Offer Review Date (may review/accept sooner) – 10/20/2016

Click here to see the full, detailed listing.

Click here to view all of Berkshire Hathaway’s Open Houses, and click here to “Like” them on Facebook.

Burien General dentist office seeking full-time chairside Dental Assistant.

Experience and references required.

  • Salary-negotiable, DOE.
  • Mon-Thurs 8-5.
  • Must be dependable.

Please email resumes and references to: [email protected].



This past Sunday (Oct. 9), Resurrection Lutheran Church presented Chaplain Lou Cox of the Des Moines Police with a check for $4,941.11 to benefit the police department’s Chaplains’ Fund.

This fund is used to help victims of domestic violence who need to be removed from a dangerous environment and given temporary shelter and supplies (see video below).

The members of Resurrection are committed to helping in the community by donating their time and a portion of their offerings to local organizations that are helping those in need. In addition to the Chaplains Fund a donation of $4464.69 was given to the Des Moines Food Bank in May. Members have served at the Des Moines food bank and at various events such as Brews and Blues, Des Moines Waterland Festival and the Back to School Fair.

In August the Church hosted a Block Party for its neighbors with food, music and a big toy for the kids. The church is also a designated Red Cross Emergency Shelter in the event of a natural disaster.


For more information on the church:



Phone: 206-824-2978

Address: 134 S 206th St., Des Moines WA 98198

For more information or to donate to the Chaplains Fund

Call 206-878-3301

Des Moines Police
21900 11th Ave S
Des Moines WA 98198

Checks can be made out to The Des Moines Police Foundation with “Chaplains Fund” in the memo line.


The Port of Seattle will be holding a Community Meeting and Open House on the Flight Corridor Safety Program – intended to remove around 2,800 trees at and around Sea-Tac Airport – on Tuesday, Nov. 1, from 6 – 8:30 p.m. at Bow Lake Elementary in SeaTac.

Removal and replanting of the trees will ensure Sea-Tac complies with all Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulations protecting approach and departure surfaces into and out of the airport.

The Community Meeting and Open House will provide airport communities with additional details about the program, including information stations with subject matter experts and an opportunity to offer questions and comments to Port of Seattle Commissioners.

More than 4,000 native, low-height trees will be planted by the Port in the first phase of the three year program to replace approximately 1,200 trees on Port property. The Flight Corridor Safety Program is divided into phases for trees on Port properties, publicly owned and commercial properties, and residential properties.

Overall, the program has identified approximately 2,800 trees to be removed in the three phases based on location: 1,200 trees on Port property, 1,400 on publicly owned or commercial properties (about 1,200 on Washington State Department of Transportation property, many on land set aside for future Hwy 509 expansion), and an estimated 180 on residential properties. Trees on residential properties will not be affected until 2018. Each resident will be contacted and offered a number of alternatives to choose from to best meet their needs.

For more information and Frequently Asked Questions on the program, visit the project webpage here or visit


Event details:

WHAT: Port of Seattle Community Meeting on tree removal plan

WHEN: Tuesday, Nov. 1, 20166 to 8:30 p.m. – program begins at 7 p.m.

WHERE: Bow Lake Elementary School, 18237 42nd Ave S., SeaTac, WA.  map link

WHO: Port of Seattle Commissioners and Flight Safety Corridor Program project staff

EDITOR’S NOTE: Cass Huff is a 14-year old special needs student at Mt. Rainier High School in Des Moines. In 2016 she was named “Citizen of the Year” by the City of Burien. She has also served as a Columnist for our sister site The B-Town Blog.



by Cass Huff

Hello B-Town Readers!

I apologize for not writing for a very long time. I have been recovering for these last couple months from my most recent (and hopefully last) surgery! One thing that happened recently is that I started high school!! It’s going okay so far.

A couple more exciting things that have happened in my life are, I was grand marshal in the Burien Fourth Of July parade, I won Citizen Of The Year from the City Council, (as I mentioned earlier) I finished my 39th, and hopefully final surgery, and I was on the news a couple of weeks ago for an organization that’s very close to my heart, Melodic Caring Project.

Melodic Caring Project is an organization that streams live music to hospitalized/chronically ill kids and teens. I am the Honorary Development Director. (If you want a blog on that later please let me know in the comments below.)

So as I mentioned earlier, I have been recovering from my previous surgery. It was a big one, the biggest one I’ll ever have actually. Back in early May I had a spinal fusion but leading to the spinal fusion, I was in the hospital for eight weeks. I will spare you the details. Yes that is very long stay for a thirteen almost fourteen year old girl, well, it’s a long stay in the hospital for anyone.

Most of the time, when people think a child or anyone for that matter, goes in for a major surgery they think it’s hard on the patient. But what they don’t realize is that the surgery also effects everyone around them. It affects the family, the friends, and even the staff who are taking care of the patient. When I was in the hospital, my mom stayed there with me 24/7. She only went home twice to nap throughout the entire eight weeks. It was a big toll on my grandma’s, my dad, my sisters, my friends…everyone. As well as it being hard on everyone, everyone who was on my team, nurses, doctors, residents, we all became sort of a family in a way. I know it sounds cliché but it’s true. I played dozens of tricks on them (especially the residents) and we developed bonds.

When you go from seeing all of these people at least a couple times a day, every day, for eight weeks, to only seeing them every time you go to the hospital for an appointment (once every couple months) is a pretty hard transition. So yes, that stay was hard on everyone. But we also had a lot of fun. And I got to meet some more people!

Alright! Well, this is a pretty long blog, so I’m going to go. Until next time!

Over and out!

by Chris Scragg
Puget Sound Weather Geek

If the transition from summer to fall felt like a comfortable adjustment, then buckle up; because this weekend will make you feel like you stepped into December…in 2006.

The typical hallmarks of stormy weather are expected this weekend; incessant heavy rain, blustery winds and dark days. Saturday however, may bring more than the typical Northwest storm.

Super Typhoon Songda

Category 3 Typhoon Songda is churning 700 miles southeast of Japan. All forecast models are projecting this monster to get caught up in strong west winds. From there, the remnants of the typhoon transitions into a post-tropical storm and hitches a ride all the way to our shores. At that point, the future is unclear.

There are two options provided by the weather models:

  1. Former Typhoon Songda swings north. Fierce winds batter the Oregon and Washington Coasts, but winds further inland are much less intense.
  2. The center of the storm landfalls on Vancouver Island, sucking strong winds into the Puget Sound causing much damage to the region.

This has the potential to be an historically catastrophic windstorm for the Northwest – the effects could be similar to the major Hanukkah Eve windstorm of December 2006.

Meteorologists have not yet issued warnings due to the lack of certainty in the forecast.

My advice: prepare for the worst case scenario and stock up supplies.

For the latest local weather, be sure to follow the Puget Sound Weather Geek:

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