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The Marine View Driver: A Jump Across the Pond

The Marine View Driver: A Jump Across the Pond

In which the author tells you where he is going. by Mike Smith In less than a week I leave for France. It is a place of introverts and tiny cars. I find France full of irony. The French people don’t... [Read more]

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Ship building.

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Ship building.

by Dave Markwell “If you want to build a ship, don’t herd people together to collect wood and don’t assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea.”... [Read more]

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Bad news…and GOOD NEWS!!!

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Bad news…and GOOD NEWS!!!

by Dave Markwell Bad news: You’re going to die. Good news: (at least if you’re reading this…) You’re NOT DEAD YET!! I write this as a simple statement of fact. If you’re not dead yet, it means... [Read more]

The Marine View Driver: The Fine Art of Making Things Up

The Marine View Driver: The Fine Art of Making Things Up

In which the author dreams a dream. by Mike Smith I like to entertain myself with questions like: What would I do with a quarter of a million dollars? I mean besides the obvious, “…quit working hard... [Read more]

The Marine View Driver: The Fine Art of Converting your Car to a Pickup

The Marine View Driver: The Fine Art of Converting your Car to a Pickup

In which the author loads a bit much into his trunk, and other stories. by Mike Smith When I started writing this column I had intended on describing the many times my cars had been stolen and the entertaining /... [Read more]

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Persist.

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Persist.

by Dave Markwell Several years ago while neglecting to appropriately monitor my young son; I heard some strange, yet familiar, noises coming from the driveway. The sound was my leaf blower pull cord being... [Read more]

Laugh at Motherhood – ‘Listen to Your Mother’ on Saturday May 9

Laugh at Motherhood – ‘Listen to Your Mother’ on Saturday May 9

South King area businesses along with Des Moines resident and past columnist for the Waterland Blog, Joy Steele, are proud to sponsor and produce the Seattle performance of ‘Listen To Your Mother. ‘ Joy,... [Read more]

The Marine View Driver: Late-night Cruising and Pranks in the Chevy Nova

The Marine View Driver: Late-night Cruising and Pranks in the Chevy Nova

In which the author employs a vehicle for various impish activities. by Mike Smith Since the statute of limitations has expired on my youth, there are certain stories I can now divulge. The typical high... [Read more]

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Distracted Driving…

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Distracted Driving…

by Dave Markwell Recently adding a teenage driver to my household, I have become increasingly aware of “distracted driving”. It has been VERY clearly expressed to my son that ANY whiff of him texting,... [Read more]

The Marine View Driver: Cruising in a Rental to Yellowstone with them Furreigners

The Marine View Driver: Cruising in a Rental to Yellowstone with them Furreigners

In which the author partially performs with appropriate pride a challenging and scary feat. by Mike Smith My oldest daughter lives in France. Her in-laws are a very kind and generous typical French family.... [Read more]

REMINDER: The 3rd annual Burien UFO Festival is Wednesday night, April 1!

REMINDER: The 3rd annual Burien UFO Festival is Wednesday night, April 1!

Scene from the inaugural Burien UFO Festival on April 1, 2013. Photo by Michael Brunk. REMINDER: The 3rd annual Burien UFO Festival (‘BUFO’) will be this Wednesday night, April 1 (April Fool’s... [Read more]

The Marine View Driver: Nightmares, or “Night Repairs” (If There is a Difference)

The Marine View Driver: Nightmares, or “Night Repairs” (If There is a Difference)

In which the author sees himself dimly. by Mike Smith Have you ever had one of those times where your personal fortitude and patience finally play out? A time when you feel as though you have had enough,... [Read more]

The Marine View Driver: More on Living With Car Thievery, Part II

The Marine View Driver: More on Living With Car Thievery, Part II

In which the author stumbles through efforts to gracefully conclude his good deed. by Mike Smith As I wrote last week, my car was lost… and then it was found. Oh, hurray. I had preferred it stay... [Read more]

The Marine View Driver: More on Living With Car Thievery, Part I

The Marine View Driver: More on Living With Car Thievery, Part I

In which the author describes helping the poor, getting ripped off, and cheerfully paying his way out of a game of chance. by Mike Smith About three years ago I took on an unusual task. Unusual for me... [Read more]

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Card Dealers…

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Card Dealers…

by Dave Markwell On a Tuesday morning, a lovely friend informed me that she was pregnant. (NOT mine!!) She is a married mother of three equally lovely little girls, including a fine set of twins. This... [Read more]

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]