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The Marine View Driver: A Few Notes on Bicycle Safety (From a Bus Driver’s POV)

The Marine View Driver: A Few Notes on Bicycle Safety (From a Bus Driver’s POV)

In which the author gets a few things off his chest. by Mike Smith How to drive. In my daily travels as a bus driver, I’ve been encouraged by my astute observations that a few tips on how to properly... [Read more]

The Marine View Driver: Cruising in the Radio Flyer… er, Dodge Caliber

The Marine View Driver: Cruising in the Radio Flyer… er, Dodge Caliber

In which the author gets revenge on Cash for Clunkers. by Mike Smith I think I’ve written a little something about all the cars I’ve owned except one. My current car is probably the youngest... [Read more]

The Marine View Driver: Of Writer’s Block, Spark Plugs, Gas Tanks, & Pay Phones

The Marine View Driver: Of Writer’s Block, Spark Plugs, Gas Tanks, & Pay Phones

In which the author writes purely metaphorically, of course. by Mike Smith Having writer’s block is similar to having bad spark plugs. No matter how hard you step on the accelerator, your car just sort... [Read more]

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Arrivals.

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Arrivals.

by Dave Markwell My father-in-law came to town last week. He flew in from upstate New York on Saturday and will be here for a month or so. It’s always an adventure when “Hurricane Bob” hits town... [Read more]

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Friendly Apparitions.

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Friendly Apparitions.

by Dave Markwell Last weekend was busy. My son had a wrestling tournament, which tends to consume an entire day, and my daughter needed serving prior to this event. I was up early on a Saturday morning... [Read more]

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Legacy.

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Legacy.

by Dave Markwell As a young boy, I remember watching my beloved Seahawks games with my dad. He sat in his orange chair with the orange ottoman, while I sat on the orange couch. The seventies had some... [Read more]

The Marine View Driver: Hauling Containers with the Freightliner

The Marine View Driver: Hauling Containers with the Freightliner

In which the author learns about big-rig hillbillies and the fun of ownership. by Mike Smith This week we go a bit off road. One of the vehicles I used to own was a truck. I don’t mean an F150 or Silverado... [Read more]

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Two Pains.

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Two Pains.

by Dave Markwell Last week, I checked a to-do off of my list. After several months of dancing with emotions which ranged from annoyed to outraged, I spent an hour out of my day and cleaned up a crappy... [Read more]

Comedian Kermet Apio saves the world from itself, one joke at a time

Comedian Kermet Apio saves the world from itself, one joke at a time

by T.M. Sell Kermet Apio’s comedy career began at an early age. “Sesame Street went national when I was 5,” he recalls, and with it the meaning of his name. “I found that if I could make a joke... [Read more]

The Marine View Driver: Cruising with the 1992 Ford Tempo

The Marine View Driver: Cruising with the 1992 Ford Tempo

In which the author takes well-meaning advice from a friend but is not necessarily proud of it. by Mike Smith You may recall that I once owned a 1979 LTD—the one that had broken down in the middle of... [Read more]

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Polished.

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Polished.

by Dave Markwell Yesterday was a long day. It was a day filled with stress, emotion, busyness that goes nowhere, and feelings of lack and fear. These days happen. Having had enough of them, I understand... [Read more]

The Marine View Driver: My Very Brief Life as the Party Guest You Hate

The Marine View Driver: My Very Brief Life as the Party Guest You Hate

In which the author reflects on the cost v. benefit of owning a luxury car. by Mike Smith The one time I actually bought a car I had always wanted, and could simultaneously afford, I bought this BMW. It... [Read more]

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Avoiding and Outwitting in 2015!!!

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Avoiding and Outwitting in 2015!!!

by Dave Markwell “I understand that inside of me is a guy who wants to lie in bed and smoke weed all day and watch cartoons. My whole life is a series of stratagems to avoid and outwit that guy.” –... [Read more]

The Marine View Driver: Of Cars Shows, Car Zoos, and Car Museums

The Marine View Driver: Of Cars Shows, Car Zoos, and Car Museums

In which the author masquerades as a person with actual money. by Mike Smith Due to the Christmas Holiday, and my real busy slouching period this week, this is a short article. Plus, I’ve written this... [Read more]

The Marine View Driver: A Waterland Automotive Lexicon for the Holidays

The Marine View Driver: A Waterland Automotive Lexicon for the Holidays

In which the author gifts the reader an easier drive through life. by Mike Smith Cars have influenced our lives in many ways. One of the ways, of course, is in our language. The language of the average... [Read more]

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Merry…Holidays…?

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Merry…Holidays…?

by Dave Markwell While walking through the market the other day, I encountered an acquaintance and, this being the holiday season, I said, “Merry Christmas!!” I was very enthusiastic and sincere in... [Read more]

The Marine View Driver: Cattle Cars, or How to Drive While in Montana

The Marine View Driver: Cattle Cars, or How to Drive While in Montana

In which the author ponders nocturnal bovine encounters, the nature of memory, and other ruminations. by Mike Smith I think I’ve said before that I’ve owned 18 different cars in my life. I may be... [Read more]

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Hard to Say…

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Hard to Say…

by Dave Markwell The older I get, the more uncertain I have become about many things. Proving this point, I’m not even sure if this is a good thing or a bad thing. I often find myself perched on the... [Read more]