How to Use OlyBlog

This book offers technical advice about how to do things on OlyBlog. It's a collaborative project; if you've got questions you'd like answered (or if you need help using the blog), please email Thad Curtz. If you know how to do something that you think other people might like to do, feel free to add a page about that to this book. (Unfortunately, comments on a book page like this or new child pages added to this book with the link below do not seem to show up in the Recent Posts list; you need to do a separate post announcing them if you want people to know about them ...

If you think you can improve an advice page that's already been written, please feel free to add your comments and advice. Please don't just change what somebody else has said, at least not for now; let's see how just adding comments, suggestions and corrections works for a while.


New member saying hello

As I approach my 56th birthday, new endeavours seem increasingly important. is my first attempt at online communicating. Forgive my naivete about the topic. I own Bella Boutique in downtown Olympia. I moved here (the first time) in 1955. My father was stationed at Fort Lewis.I moved here again in 1964 (Ft. Lewis again).I remember lots of things about the "old" Olympia and I have a great interest in the "new" Olympia. I moved to Seattle to go to the University of Washington, graduated, went to Australia to teach and deliberately moved back to Olympia. I look forward to engaging in conversation about our great town.


Hello everyone. I am excited to be here. I am completely green to this but am estatic to learn. I have been living in Olympia's Westside for about 3 years now. I love this city and am happy to be doing something for it. If anyone could give me a nudge in the right in direction in how to start, I'd love to run with it. As Karin said; I look forward to many thrilling conversation about our great town.

New to the area

Hello, I have recently accepted a position with the Washington State School for the Blind as an itinerant teacher in the area. The first time I took in the scenery from the marina downtown I was blown away. I love the water and the mountains and here I have both. I am looking forward to getting to know Olympia and  becoming involved in the community.

John Patric Crumudgeon Author & Ethnologist

At my summer home in Long Beach, WA, summer of 2013, I am carefully reading John Patric's (Hugo Frye) book 'A Yankee Hobo in the Orient'The 512 page book is a slow read because John Patric uses old fashion words and vernacular, but he is a keen observer of the Japanese family, business operation and manufacturinga practices to conserve meager food and raw material supplies.while traveling in Japan in the mid to late 1930's.    The book was written in 1951 after the war since he comments on government, places and people in Japan before the war when foriegners were held in awe and repect and assumed to be all rich.    During the book's passages, he relates strategies for traveling cheap, eating cheap and sleep cheap.   He occasionally gets tricked into spending his meager money by families who invite him to spend the night, not knowing he was would be expected to buy the fancy canned food and fresh fish expected of him by the hosts.    John Patric's attitude toward the U.S. & Japanese Governments is along the lines of Ayn Rand's view of how governments screw everything up and should l let the market place rule with less government interference.     John walks long distances to save cab  and bus fair.   He sleeps on the grass mats overnight hotels.    Patric observes total devotion to the Emperor.  Patrick is an early day 'ethnologist' who watched every facit of Japs making lumber and offer explanations for the various economical approach to conserve energy and materials before and during the war.    In 1955, I met John Patric at his house in Snohomish, Washington.   I recall a house with clutter everywhere.   Suggesting there was no woman of the house.    More comments as a read further.

Letters-to-the-Editor Submitted to But Not Published in Olympian

How are those "Unpublished" letters published here.  Are they segregated from general posting or just part of the mix?  Are they promoted, e.g., disseminated through Facebook, Twitter, other social media?

Walt Jorgensen