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The Marine View Driver: New Year’s Resolution for the Ages(d)

The Marine View Driver: New Year’s Resolution for the Ages(d)

Wherein the author hits on a sure-fire resolution delivery system. By Mike Smith Since it is a new year I’ve been thinking about resolutions. I don’t have much luck keeping resolutions. I am much... [Read more]

The Marine View Driver: Dinner With the Least of These

The Marine View Driver: Dinner With the Least of These

Time to wrap up the holidays. Let’s go out for dinner! By Mike Smith Welcome (and goodbye) to the Christmas Season. Last weekend was the eighth annual Christmas Dinner for the Homeless at our church.... [Read more]

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]