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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]

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Sir!!!

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Sir!!!

by Dave Markwell Here is a repeat of my only column that I wish was never written…it’s the anniversary of the event that inspired the words that I wish I did not have to write… “Sir!!!” My friend... [Read more]

The Marine View Driver: Cruising With the Chevy Celebrity

The Marine View Driver: Cruising With the Chevy Celebrity

In which the author learns that you really should look a gift horse in the mouth. by Mike Smith My in-laws wanted to give us a car they were no longer using—a 1987 Chevy Celebrity. The mileage was low... [Read more]

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: The Primary Objective

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: The Primary Objective

by Dave Markwell I’ve heard it said that the hardest thing to write is a simple, true sentence. I believe this. It is much easier to add words and use literary magic tricks to convey a thought than... [Read more]

The Marine View Driver: Cruising With the Volkswagen Beetle

The Marine View Driver: Cruising With the Volkswagen Beetle

In which the author becomes acquainted with German ingenuity in a buttocks-shaped package. by Mike Smith I sold my 1968 Mustang toward the end of high school and purchased a foreign car, a people’s car,... [Read more]

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: A Morning.

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: A Morning.

by Dave Markwell I have been reviewing old columns for another compilation project. I believe that this was my very first column. I still like it. I hope you do, too… This day belongs to the dogs. They... [Read more]

The Marine View Driver: Cruising With the Ford Mustang

The Marine View Driver: Cruising With the Ford Mustang

In which the author experiences his first bona fide car chase. by Mike Smith I bought this car used from the Ford dealership on 1st Ave. in Burien in 1975. And yes, this is how we partied in those days.... [Read more]

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Unsentimental.

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Unsentimental.

by Dave Markwell Well, the kids are back at school. This event seems to be lacking some of the significance of years past. I’m not sure why. I don’t feel jaded or like I’m becoming unsentimental... [Read more]

The Marine View Driver: Cruising With the ’52 Chev, Part III

The Marine View Driver: Cruising With the ’52 Chev, Part III

In which the author learns to never buy a car that is older than he is… and that has blue flames. by Mike Smith My old flame had another interesting modification. I’m not sure why, but the... [Read more]

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Bifocals.

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Bifocals.

by Dave Markwell This morning a couple of my favorite CrossFit members bought me a coffee. Tanya and Roxane had finished their workout and, per their Friday ritual, traveled down the street for a coffee... [Read more]

The Marine View Driver: Cruising With the ’52 Chev, Part II

The Marine View Driver: Cruising With the ’52 Chev, Part II

In which the author learns to never buy a car that is older than he is… and that has blue flames. by Mike Smith In addition to the missing hand brake (and muffler), the trunk on the ’52 Chev... [Read more]

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Untethered.

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Untethered.

by Dave Markwell Last night I took my first “actual” shower in seven days. My son and I spent a few days traveling around the state, fishing, eating beef jerky and bathing in the lakes and rivers... [Read more]

The Marine View Driver: Cruising With the ’52 Chev, Part I

The Marine View Driver: Cruising With the ’52 Chev, Part I

In which the author learns to never buy a car that is older than he is… and that has blue flames. by Mike Smith Cars are like catnip to high school boys. Perhaps to girls too, but I’ve never... [Read more]