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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]

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Surrender.

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Surrender.

by Dave Markwell With the cool mist of an early August morning breaking the sleepy grip of my night’s rest, I see my world in my yard and understand that it’s a good place to be. As the sun begins... [Read more]

Frank Ferrante returns from Australia with more of Groucho Marx

Frank Ferrante returns from Australia with more of Groucho Marx

by T.M. Sell Frank Ferrante was afraid. Every actor with a pulse is a little afraid before going on stage, but it’s a kind of fear and excitement and adrenaline that most use to drive their performances.... [Read more]

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Anticipation.

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Anticipation.

by Dave Markwell Two days ago I was ripe with anticipation awaiting my wife’s return home from her week-long adventure. Well, she’s home now and I have moved on to anticipating leaving her for a four-day... [Read more]

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Selfish.

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Selfish.

by Dave Markwell Tonight is a quiet time in my house. The dogs and I don’t make a lot of noise. My wife and daughter are gone for a week. My wife is at a “retreat” with a bunch of women. I’m not... [Read more]

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Bats…

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Bats…

by Dave Markwell I had the distinct pleasure of visiting with a batty old lady the other day. As the calendar pages turn on my life, I have come to appreciate and enjoy “bats” more than I have previously.... [Read more]

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Compliance.

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Compliance.

by Dave Markwell My son mowed the lawn after being asked one, single time. I did not have to cajole, bribe, beg or threaten. This is a new development. It felt like a parallel universe, one in which my... [Read more]

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Mirrors

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Mirrors

by Dave Markwell I had the unfortunate experience of passing a mirror the other day. I did not look as good as I felt and it made me mad. I felt like the mirror was tricking me, because in my head, I... [Read more]

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Dads’ Day…

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Dads’ Day…

by Dave Markwell Approaching another Father’s Day, I look forward to a thoughtfully handmade card and a shirt I probably won’t wear. I am happy to receive both. Each year, my wife and daughter hopefully... [Read more]

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Birds and Songs.

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Birds and Songs.

by Dave Markwell “A bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.” – Maya Angelou Unlike human beings, the song bird is unconcerned with having an answer. As human... [Read more]