Early Spring is Blooming in Seattle

 Posted by on February 22, 2015 at 11:48 am  Outdoors, Photos  No Responses »
Feb 222015
 
Pink Camellia blooming

Pink Camellia blooming

While much of the Northeastern and Midwestern US has been bombarded with snow and ice storms, we’ve had a very mild winter in the Seattle area this season. The highs have been in the 50s and even 60s off and on for the past couple of weeks. The sun–long forgotten by most Seattleites during the winter–has recently made frequent appearances to replenish our bodies’ diminished stores of Vitamin D from the dark days of winter.  Here are a few signs of spring blooming in my neighborhood.

Yellow and white daffodils blooming

Yellow and white daffodils blooming

 

Purple crocus blooming

Purple crocus blooming

 

Cherry tree blooming

Cherry tree blooming

 

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Sub-$2 Gas in the Seattle Area

 Posted by on February 3, 2015 at 9:58 am  Family  No Responses »
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Gas for $1.79 in Seattle area

Gas for $1.79 in Seattle area

How low can you get? Gas prices that is. As everyone knows, gas prices have been falling precipitously for the past several months. I was surprised when I found this Arco station in Renton WA selling gas at $1.79 a gallon the other day!

Not too long ago, I remember pumping gas at $4.25 a gallon and spending close to $90 to fill up my tank. Now I’m spending half that. For a while, I was starting to think that I would never see sub-$2 gas again in my lifetime. It’s not all positive though. While low gas prices directly help the consumer, it can also encourage more consumption of oil and driving gas guzzlers.

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Deflated in Seattle After Super Bowl

 Posted by on February 2, 2015 at 3:51 pm  Sports  No Responses »
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Deflated ball after Super Bowl

Deflated ball after Super Bowl

Seahawks fans like myself are still processing what happened in the final 30 seconds of the Super Bowl last night. The team hung like bulldogs with the Patriots in the first half, endured dancing sharks at halftime, and then took a 10 point lead in the third quarter. It sure looked like a another Seahawks victory over a future Hall of Fame QB and the first repeat Super Bowl Champion in the last decade.

But Tom Brady showed the nation why he is an elite QB in the 4th quarter. When the Patriots took the lead again after two long drives under his crisp and decisive passing, our spirits were deflated with only a couple of minutes left in the game.

Our hopes were once again boosted by Jermaine Kearse’s juggling catch on his back. With less than 30 seconds to go and the ball on the 1-yard line on 2nd down, a rushing TD by Beastmode was all but a given. I was ready to celebrate another roller coaster Seahawks win with our 30 Super Bowl party guests. But no mini-earthquakes occurred in Seattle last night. When the Patriots intercepted the ball on the incredulous pass play to Lockette, all energy and hope was suddenly and totally deflated.

Without a doubt, the Seahawks lost due to poor play calling at the end but they also had their chances to stop the Patriots offense in the final quarter but simply didn’t. Fans and analysts will continue to criticize the play call for months and even years to come but there’s little benefit to dwelling on what could or should have happened.

February in the Northwest is rainy and dreary with limited outdoor distractions. The Super Bowl loss will add to the normal gloom. But I’m grateful for the Seahawks exciting and dramatic run to get to their consecutive Super Bowl this season. Unfortunately, it’s going to be a long seven months until the next run.

 

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