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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]

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]