Tagged with 'The Marine View Driver'

The Marine View Driver: Streetcar Information that You Desire

The Marine View Driver: Streetcar Information that You Desire

By Mike Smith Many have been wondering what happened to the Seattle Streetcars on that fateful day where they were pulled from service. I can tell you what I know. Or rather, what I have been told. I’d... [Read more]

The Marine View Driver: Back on Track

The Marine View Driver: Back on Track

Or: Just so we’re tracking together. By Mike Smith It’s great to see you all again. I haven’t been on hiatus. I’ve been working hellacious hours. There is a new car in my life. It is called... [Read more]

The Marine View Driver: Boating, Beach Life and Wild Dreams

The Marine View Driver: Boating, Beach Life and Wild Dreams

Wherein the author enters the way-back machine. By Mike Smith This has been a superb April! So far we’ve had higher than normal temperatures and a couple of record-breakers last week. In times like... [Read more]

The Marine View Driver: Growing Up at the Age of Fifty Or So

The Marine View Driver: Growing Up at the Age of Fifty Or So

Wherein the author encounters his (ahem!) true self. By Mike Smith Getting old is a real eye-opener. It is also a little scary. I’ve begun to do things I never thought I would do. My time with friends... [Read more]

The Marine View Driver: Car, Meet Garage. Garage, Meet Car. Bam!

The Marine View Driver: Car, Meet Garage. Garage, Meet Car. Bam!

Wherein the author encounters yet another miraculous car healing. By Mike Smith Every day I drive up and down Lake City Way, aka LCW. There is an espresso stand near Nathan Hale High School that has at... [Read more]

The Marine View Driver: Rambling about Ramblings

The Marine View Driver: Rambling about Ramblings

Wherein the author encounters a tiled traveler’s greeting. By Mike Smith I’ve read a lot of heartfelt messages in my time on this orb. I’m a husband a father and a grandfather. Messages from... [Read more]

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]

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]

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]

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]

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]

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]

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]