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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]

LETTER: ‘Political Cartoon’ illustrates resident’s frustrations with the City

LETTER: ‘Political Cartoon’ illustrates resident’s frustrations with the City

[EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is a ‘Political Cartoon’ posted as a Letter to the Editor, created by a Reader. It does not necessarily reflect the opinion of The Waterland Blog nor its... [Read more]

The Marine View Driver: Attempting to Cruise in the 1979 Ford LTD

The Marine View Driver: Attempting to Cruise in the 1979 Ford LTD

In which the author experiences every possible human emotion during a Mariners game. by Mike Smith Back in 1992 I bought a 1979 Ford LTD. I’d always wanted a big car. I liked the LTD as a kid and bought... [Read more]

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Hour of Whispers.

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Hour of Whispers.

by Dave Markwell Tonight I am sitting on an airplane flying over the vast nothing of the Pacific Ocean travelling from Hawaii to Seattle. My son lies next to me with his head on this fold down tray. My... [Read more]

The Marine View Driver: Pondering How a Driver’s Car is not a Castle

The Marine View Driver: Pondering How a Driver’s Car is not a Castle

In which the author compares rural rodents with urban drivers. by Mike Smith Why do people like cars? I know that not everyone likes cars. But a lot of people do. An overwhelming majority, I’d bet.... [Read more]

The Marine View Driver: Bringing Ya’ll Up to Date on the 1993 Buick Century

The Marine View Driver: Bringing Ya’ll Up to Date on the 1993 Buick Century

In which the author writes about actual current events. by Mike Smith Sandy and I have a reoccurring pattern in our lives. It has been a decades-long unbroken chain supplying us with the wheels we need... [Read more]

The Marine View Driver: Crossing the Border with the Datsun B-210

The Marine View Driver: Crossing the Border with the Datsun B-210

In which the author once again finds that the car does not make the man. (Or does it? Hmmm…) by Mike Smith When we had been married for a few years and had a new one-year old daughter, we needed... [Read more]

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: People we love…

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: People we love…

by Dave Markwell This morning one of my wonderfully goofy 6 am CrossFit girls made me love her. When she looked at me with hope and fear as she asked if we could play her iPod during the workout, I was... [Read more]

The Marine View Driver: Rebuilding the 1976 Dodge Dart

The Marine View Driver: Rebuilding the 1976 Dodge Dart

In which the author boldly declares, “YOU do it yourself. I’m hiring it out.” by Mike Smith When we started our family my mom practically gave us her Dodge dart. Prior to this we had... [Read more]

The Marine View Driver: More of Wrecking Yards and the 1992 Honda Accord

The Marine View Driver: More of Wrecking Yards and the 1992 Honda Accord

In which the perps learn to circumvent the limitations of insurance companies. by Mike Smith The third time the Honda was stolen was probably the most memorable. (I promise you’ll hear about number... [Read more]

The Marine View Driver: Of Russians, Mafia, and the 1992 Honda Accord

The Marine View Driver: Of Russians, Mafia, and the 1992 Honda Accord

In which the author learns there is more than one market for popular vehicles. by Mike Smith Have you ever seen those “In loving memory of” stencils that appear in the rear window of a car? I... [Read more]

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Mondays and Fridays.

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Mondays and Fridays.

by Dave Markwell “I think it’s kind of mean that Monday is so far from Friday, but Friday is so close to Monday.” – My eleven year old daughter, Helena. These simple, yet astute, words made me... [Read more]

The Marine View Driver: Cruising with the 1986 Chevy Nova

The Marine View Driver: Cruising with the 1986 Chevy Nova

In which the author learns the fine art of beating the insurance company. by Mike Smith I’ve been avoiding writing about the car thefts we’ve been fortunate to have bestowed upon us. The details... [Read more]

The Marine View Driver: A Fascination with Exotic Models

The Marine View Driver: A Fascination with Exotic Models

In which the author realizes he has an automobile-sized hole in his psyche. by Mike Smith You know what? I’ve never owned a sports car. It is kind of amazing when you think about it. I had plenty of... [Read more]

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Potluck.

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Potluck.

by Dave Markwell I enjoy potluck dinners very much. Though, I have learned through many years of attending these events to always bring what I like. Having been disappointed too many times in the past... [Read more]

The Marine View Driver: Cruising With the Chevy Celebrity (RIP)

The Marine View Driver: Cruising With the Chevy Celebrity (RIP)

In which the author finally has to send his gift horse to the glue factory. by Mike Smith Our youngest daughter used to borrow the Celebrity occasionally to go on dates with her fiancé Aaron. Several... [Read more]