A Wild Day In The Skagit River Valley

While I’m getting my son dinner ready, I see a tweet from a reporter friend stating the I5 bridge crossing the Skagit River has collapsed.   This image comes through Twitter, and I know this will be bad. via @Gina_SVH I’ve crossed this hundreds of times, know it well, and understand the impact this will Read More …

Driving & Seattle Culture

Two events yesterday drove home a key piece of Seattle culture. One: guy with Illinois plates driving maniacally through my line of cars, with extreme frustration clearly displayed. Two: freeway backup due to a car fire. Item one demonstrated the laid back style of Seattle driving. No sense of hurry, nor urgency. This is visible Read More …

Nordic Pride, Or Lingonberries On Your Pancakes Or Die!

Ok, I like lingonberries fine, but maybe not that much. Swedish pancakes are lovely, though. Anyway, growing up Lutheran, I’ve had a great deal of interaction with Nordic culture. Whether the glorious delights of desserts (yummy lefse), or the abomination that is lutefisk,  I’ve seen a great deal.  Therefore, I, with a deep whole-heartedness, recommend Read More …

Random area business thoughts

Several of my friends tease me, since I’ve worked for Starbucks, Amazon and Microsoft, when will I work for Boeing. PACCAR gets occasional mention, too. It’s never been an official goal of mine to experience the cultures of all the region’s largest businesses. Yet, now, having journeyed this far, I’m mildly interested in the rest. Read More …

Event this weekend @ Lynnwood Convention Center : Celebration of Food

Just read over at My Edmonds News about this weekend’s “Celebration of Food” festival. Sadly, I’ve yet to step foot inside the Lynnwood Convention Center. I guess I need to check out their calendar of events more often (read: >0 times). Anyway, combine the local nature of this with a celebration of food, and this Read More …

A few random thoughts

Was just reading an article at RIS Media, “April’s Stable Home Prices Reflect The New Normal“. It’s good to see prices stabilizing, and actually increasing. What I find funny, though, is the concept “normal”. That this market will somehow find an equilibrium is a amusing. It fluctuates month by month, season by season, heck, even Read More …