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FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Of hands and hearts…

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Of hands and hearts…

by Dave Markwell The other day I helped a buddy pour some concrete. After we were finished, I looked at my hands. They were nicked and dusty and sore. I saw new wounds and old scars. I’m not sure I’ve... [Read more]

The Marine View Driver: Seventy-Five Cent Racing, or For Whom the Tolls Aren’t Baleful

The Marine View Driver: Seventy-Five Cent Racing, or For Whom the Tolls Aren’t Baleful

Wherein the author rants about so-called traffic solutions while enjoying a seventy-five cent race. By Mike Smith I was driving along 405 in Bellevue the other day and saw a couple of guys racing. I thought... [Read more]

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: The Day After.

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: The Day After.

by Dave Markwell The day after Thanksgiving is a good day. Glorious leftovers create opportunities for many different sandwich combinations: ham and stuffing, turkey and mashed potatoes with a deviled... [Read more]

The Marine View Driver: My Sure-fire Investment Advice… Free of Charge

The Marine View Driver: My Sure-fire Investment Advice… Free of Charge

Wherein the author rambles about childhood, famous people, a fast car and how to lose in finances. By Mike Smith When I was a small child we lived in Normandy Park. At some point during 1962 or 3 my father... [Read more]

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: The things we love the most…

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: The things we love the most…

by Dave Markwell My daughter played “Frosty the Snowman” on the piano last night. As I watched and listened and smiled, I saw my little girl as a young woman and was happy and sad at the same time.... [Read more]

The Marine View Driver: DWO, or “Driving While Observant”

The Marine View Driver: DWO, or “Driving While Observant”

Wherein the author writes about the exact opposite. By Mike Smith A few thoughts for those who are allergic to driving near, behind, or accommodatingly around buses. In other words, let me vent after a... [Read more]

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Uneventful.

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Uneventful.

by Dave Markwell I cleaned my kitchen this morning. I did this while warming some cinnamon rolls in the oven for my kids to enjoy on a cool and drizzly morning. Pandora radio played as I scrubbed some... [Read more]

The Marine View Driver: Bringing some Innovation to Trick-or-Treat

The Marine View Driver: Bringing some Innovation to Trick-or-Treat

Wherein the author starts out quickly then hits the Sugar Wall. By Mike Smith TodayishalloweensoI’vebeeneatingcandyalldayandI’mfeelingprettyenergetic. Eatingcandymakesmereallyhavealotofnervousenergy.... [Read more]

The Marine View Driver: Of Clichés, Metaphors and Things Like That

The Marine View Driver: Of Clichés, Metaphors and Things Like That

Wherein the author vents a private peeve. By Mike Smith I have a friend who likes to garden. She is quite thorough and conscientious about her gardening. She will spend hours a day digging out weeds a... [Read more]

The Marine View Driver: Blind Man Running

The Marine View Driver: Blind Man Running

Wherein the author tells you a few things. (Yeah, I know… for a change!) By Mike Smith I saw a blind man running today. I’ve mentioned that I see amazing things while driving my bus; if I was... [Read more]

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Twelve.

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Twelve.

by Dave Markwell I have an alarm set on my phone for 3:30 pm. I didn’t set this alarm. I suspect my daughter set it to remind me to pick her up from school back in the days when I used to walk over... [Read more]

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Full Circle.

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Full Circle.

by Dave Markwell While hanging out at my buddy’s house many years ago, I stumbled into helping his mom with some yard work. I recall trimming back various trees and shrubs, all done very delicately.... [Read more]

The Marine View Driver: Bus Driving and First Aid

The Marine View Driver: Bus Driving and First Aid

In which the author shares a little bit of downtown. By Mike Smith I see a lot of strange and wonderful things while driving my bus. Of course, driving in downtown Seattle after 5:00 pm give you many unexpected... [Read more]

The Marine View Driver: What Makes You Happy?

The Marine View Driver: What Makes You Happy?

In which the author pitches a sure fire way to buy a car. By Mike Smith I work in downtown Bellevue. At least, that is where I report for work. Most of you know that I am a part time bus driver for Metro.... [Read more]

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Flat Rats.

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Flat Rats.

by Dave Markwell While enjoying a ribald boy’s weekend experience a few weeks ago, in between beers, meat and cards, I had a conversation with a buddy. Eric, (Erock to his friends) is an old and good... [Read more]

The Marine View Driver: Up and Running, with a Side of Drama

The Marine View Driver: Up and Running, with a Side of Drama

In which the author talks of high Caliber repair and the transmission of doom. And, some musical theater. By Mike Smith My gosh, I got some heart-felt advice from readers about my car and I really appreciate... [Read more]

The Marine View Driver: A Return to Quietude

The Marine View Driver: A Return to Quietude

In which the author looks optimistically at auto repair. By Mike Smith For the half a dozen or so that read this column, you may recall that I have owned about 18 different cars. I’ve owned many models... [Read more]

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Lucky.

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Lucky.

by Dave Markwell While walking around the supermarket the other day, I saw an older, kind of chubby guy wearing a pair of blue and white striped coveralls. They weren’t the working type of coveralls.... [Read more]