Moho at the Broho

If you think about it, there are not too many ways to get your mom to go into the Brotherhood Tavern, but Mother's Day and the WROC fundraiser did the trick. We saw lots of music, dancing, poetry and stories. Much fun was had by all, even those of us who are not mothers. It was great to see everyone's mom (although some of them looked a bit out of context). Oh, and there was a raffle -- didn't win it. I hope this becomes an annual event, 'cause it was a hoot!

local potlucks?

I'm thinking of going over to Lions Park one day a week with food and just see if anybody else wants to come and eat and chat. Nothing formal. :) Maybe Wednesdays. Anybody interested? [crossposted at the Eastside Neighborhood Association forum.]

Brushes With Fame

Many years ago I had a comic book series called "Brushes With Fame." One rule is that it had to be convoluted. For example: I had a girlfriend long ago who had once puked on Adlai Stevenson in 1956 when he lifted her up (she was an infant at the time). Or, I had a housemate who had a grandmother who worked as a maid in the Governor's Mansion in Maine when Muskie was Governor, and according to him the Muskies used cloth toilet paper. Or, I knew someone who once served in the Peace Corps with a guy who advertised the fact that he was "the nephew of the Three Stooges."

Wooden Boat Fair

Believe me, my young friend, there is NOTHING--absolute nothing--half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.
The Water Rat, Wind in the Willows
I spent a couple of hours on Percival Landing at the Wooden Boat Fair this afternoon. For several reasons, I don’t get down there very often, so I was glad to have the chance this weekend – and that the weather was as nice as it was. (It isn’t always nice at all, this time of year.)

I have to admit a weakness for small boats, though I’ve managed to avoid getting sucked into owning one very often. For a long time, I was able to mooch a boat fix off of friends and acquaintances, but that hasn’t worked well at all for a long time. It’s a big step, in terms of time commitment, to go from an occasional day-sail to being responsible for a boat.

Most of the boats on display at the Fair are medicine far too powerful for the paltry boat-weakness that I’m infected with. Still, they are often very beautiful and the people who keep them looking that way are candidates for a certain kind of sainthood in my book.

There were two highlights for me. The first is the Sand Man, which just gets to looking better and better. The last time I saw it was on blocks over at Swantown Marina, with its deckhouse sitting on the pavement. Now, it’s floating and looking pretty. They had the engine running while I was on it and it sounded very good: smooth, relaxed, and powerful. The Sand Man Foundation has done a wonderful job with this relic of an older Olympia.

The other is that the Grapeview Point Boat Works had an array of small, wooden boats in classic designs. There was a beautiful Caledonia yawl, a cute little peapod-type with a lug sail, and a Shellback dinghy. I was pleased that a local builder had brought some new work to show off, in amongst the classic Monks and Gearys.

Almost enough to get me on the water again. Here are a couple of other interesting little boats. The first is a little sailing dinghy. I hope I look as good at its age; it was built in 1937.
Wooden Sailing Dinghy
The second is the cutest tug I've ever seen. It's only 14 feet long.
Mini-tug 'Smitty J'
Cross-posted at Peregrinate.

Real Estate stats for April

From Ziprealty:

Olympia, WA April 2006 Market Update

Here are recent real estate statistics* for Olympia, WA. These numbers represent single family (SFR) homes and condos. Percentage of homes on the market where the price has been *reduced* as of 5/05/2006: 21.3%

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 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...


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!

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