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!
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."
Believe me, my young friend, there is NOTHING--absolute nothing--half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.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.)The Water Rat, Wind in the Willows
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%
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:
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.
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."
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!