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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]

The Marine View Driver: Summer Diversion, or Memories from Across the Valley

The Marine View Driver: Summer Diversion, or Memories from Across the Valley

In which the author waxes historic, lyrical, and ironic. By Mike Smith One of the places I used to live as an adult was in Kent. Right on the Benson Highway. The Benson Hwy is not commonly known to most... [Read more]

The Marine View Driver: My First Car Show of the Summer

The Marine View Driver: My First Car Show of the Summer

In which the author gets Loopy about his Return to Renton. by Mike Smith I attended the current annual Renton Car show a couple of weekends ago, an event dubbed “Return to Renton.” And they did... [Read more]

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Hard things…

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Hard things…

by Dave Markwell Life is full of hard things. Work, kids, money, fear, hope, relationships and change all serve to challenge us in ways that stretch us, sometimes uncomfortably so. The confounding element... [Read more]

The Marine View Driver: I Was Late for the Protest… Did I Miss Anything?

The Marine View Driver: I Was Late for the Protest… Did I Miss Anything?

In which the author writes of inadvertent dialing, traffic, and irony. by Mike Smith I dash dialed a friend the other day. A dash dial, in case you were wondering, is like a pocket dial of your smart... [Read more]