Eastside Neighborhood Association meeting

Thursday night I went to the general meeting for my neighborhood association. About 25 people were there, including the president, Jody May.

A fellow from the city Parks & Rec department gave a long update about what's going on with parks in the city. A lot of it was incidental to the neighborhood, but a few things were in our part of town:

  • They're about done with buying Madison Scenic Park from the school district.
  • At one point, the Sonics were looking a sponsoring a renovation of the Lions Park basketball court, but nothing's come of it. (Imagine that!)
  • He also talked about the Woodland Park Trail, although I can't find my notes, so I don't remember what he said about it!

At some point the topic of the old Madison School came up, and Jody noticed that a couple of representatives of the church buying it were there, so after the parks guy, she asked one of them to talk.

New Bridge Community Church has just about completed buying the old school from the school district. (Hmmm....) But they won't be able to be in it for a while, because there's a lot of work to be done first. (Asbestos & such, IIRC from an earlier presentation.) Questions from the audience about blackberries, the ball field, and graffiti.

Apparently people have been climbing up on the school roof and partying! But the church guys say they want to be good neighbors even before they move in.

Then Jessica Archer got up and talked about the neighborhood sign project. The ENA got a $2000 matching grant from the city to put up entrance signs...now we have to raise the match! I'm going to be posting all the info about the project to the ENA site once I get it from Jessica.

We're waiting...

From kgw.com:

Washington's closely watched same-sex marriage case was argued before the state Supreme Court in March of last year, and the long, long wait for a decision continues.

Some court-watchers are now speculating that this hot potato could stay under wraps until after the November election.


"We had obviously hoped we'd have a decision by now. The whole country is watching," says Jeff Kingsbury, the Olympia city councilman who is anxious to wed his partner of 14 years. With a laugh, he adds "After all, if you plan a traditional summer marriage, it takes time."

The court, per custom, is mum. Chief Justice Gerry Alexander, who once said he hoped the court could produce an opinion during the legislative session, now says "I can safely tell you that the court is aware of the intense public interest in this case. Beyond that, we WILL rule and then you will know what each and every one of us thinks."

Is Ralph's really refusing to fill prescriptions for Plan B?

Last night at a party I heard that Storman's (which owns Ralph's and Bayview, but I don't think Bayview has a pharmacy, right?)is refusing to fill prescriptions for the morning after pill. Does anyone know if this is true? I spend a lot of money at these stores, and if this rumor is true, I guess I'm going to be spending a lot of money buying extra gas to drive out to Top Foods instead.

Our Friend the Nutria

Flickr images tagged with nutria. You'll notice that former Beatle Paul McCartney wore nutria fur before changing his ways. Nutria Photos

Talk about wifi

I've been lazy not posting this over here (I've had my reasons), but over at Better South Sound we're trying to get a discussion going on municipal wifi and why it might be a good idea for Olympia.

From my point of view, if its a good idea for Philadelphia, its a good idea for Olympia.

Here are some posts to get you started:
City-wide in Philly and statewide in RI? Why not Oly?
Wifi in Olympia?

Various wifi links (by epersonae)

After you get beyond the geekiness of it all, and consider the digital divide aspects, it is a pretty interesting topic, so get over there and talk about it!

High Camp

Today on the front page of The Olympian is an article titled, "Meandering Journey Spoils Prom Night for Local Teens." This article is hee-larious. I must admit, I don't sympathize with those teenagers much, because I didn't give a rat's ass about the prom, except for the fact that I wasn't asked, and I was hoping a certain someone would at least try. Sure, it must have sucked for them to have missed the prom. But damn, someone should make a movie based on the event. I am looking at you, John Waters. Think about it. Two teenage girls on the night of their dreams, hoping to get drunk, make out with some hot dudes, maybe even get laid. They get into the limo, expecting to be taken to dinner at the luxurious Space Needle. Instead, they are taken on a Limo Ride to HELL. Their driver turns out to be a sadistic and insane murderer who escaped from the insane asylum. The highlight of my imagined film, would have this line, which was in The Olympian article, and stated by one of the girls fathers':

“I’m not angry. I’m disappointed for the seniors, who missed their prom,

Attention historians

Ann Shipley, who works at TESC, has completed a book titled: "Memories: The History of the Thurston County Fair." The book is due out in August. From The Olympian :

The first Thurston County Fair was in 1871 in Columbia Hall, where the 4th Ave. Tav now sits in downtown Olympia, Shipley said. Since then, it's been held in almost 20 different locations, including along the shores of Capitol Lake.

During the early years, horse races were a big draw.

“They had women's races as well as men's,” Shipley said. Milking contests and boxing matches also were headlining events.

The fair has missed more than a few years since 1871 — it often was cancelled because of a lack of money or support. During World War I, the Thurston County Fair disbanded and community fairs and school agricultural shows were held in South Sound instead.

One year, it was connected to the Pet Parade and held at the American Legion Hall near Capitol Lake. Another year, it was planned for October and was rained out.

“It was interesting to see how the fair was affected by whatever the cultural or political climate was at the time,” Shipley said.

Wooden Boat Show

26th annual Wooden Boat Show: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Percival Landing, downtown Olympia. Bring the family and enjoy this annual event featuring wooden boats of all sizes and types, local entertainment, arts and crafts booths and an international food court. 360-491-5098.

Will we see the Lady Washington?

Dan Gillmor on “New Media"

Dan Gillmor, a noted journalist and chronicler of the technology business, recently gave an interesting speech at Columbia University. I thought it might be of interest to readers of OlyBlog, because of how it describes the kind of thing that Rick has started here. You should read the full text on his blog, but the key sentence for me is this:
Everything I've been working on in the past few years is about an evolution of journalism from the lecture mode of the past to something much closer to a conversation.

Help build an Independent Media Center in Olympia!


There's a lot going on with the project to build an Olympia Independent Media Center (IMC)! Its a great time to get involved! There will be an Olympia Indymedia meeting 6:00 pm Tuesday, May 16 at Media Island, 816 Adams St. (by the public library). Help build our new IMC website and media production space!

Finally, Olympia IMC has space to create media. Media Island is offering us a whole room for media production. Media Island also has a lot of equipment we can use like a copy machine, computers, printers, video equipment and more. Help make this space and equipment useful to local media activists.

The Oly IMC website is live! There is still alot of work to be done on it, but the newswire is working and people are already posting to it. To post, click on "PUBLISH >>" on the left side of the page. You can be a part of creating a new open publishing news and media node for the Olympia, WA community!

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