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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]

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]