Looking Back

January 8, 2010

Charlie Byrd was here

>I don’t have a date with this photo, but I recall spending a fascinating couple of hours in downtown Anacortes listening to jazz/classic guitarist Charlie Byrd. I believe he was playing at “Cannery Row.” Write to me if you have details. See allaboutjazz.com for details about Byrd, who was born in 1925 and died in […]

December 24, 2009

Home for Christmas

>If one can successfully stay focused in the midst of the noise and hurried pace of the Christmas season, it is a great time to spend time with friends and loved ones who are otherwise “out of the loop” during the course of the year. It’s been a great week of such “visits,” with more […]

December 21, 2009

Salvation Army toy distribution

> These dolls are among hundreds of toys that have been gathered at the Salvation Army Anacortes Corps for distribution among “adopted” children and families this Christmas. Distributions will also inlcude food. To make a donation to the Salvation Army “Red Kettle” fund, visit a local kettle (Safeway, Post Office, The Market, Walgreens and Rite […]

December 6, 2009

Shell takes part in Christmas parade

> In addition to a parade of emergency response vehicles including fire engines, volunteers from the Shell Puget Sound Refinery count a couple of “big guys” among their ranks during local parades. This giant inflatable firefighter is a big hit, providing “low fives” and many photo ops.

December 2, 2009

Defroster time

For the second day in a row, I’ve had to engage the car defroster before heading to the Penguin. I think I recall hearing the words “watch for black ice” in an early morning conversation between wife and son. The good news? Did you SEE the moon last night and again this morning? Wow! And […]

November 30, 2009

Anacortes coin hits Seattle news

This community’s “Anacortes coin” drew the attention of Seattle’s King5 television station recently, resulting in the kind of holiday shopping exposure most local merchants can only dream about. A great promotion, and a great “lead” (opening) by reporter Rob Piercy!

November 25, 2009

PBY returns to Whidbey

> Son-in-law Brian Tyhuis shot this video while I captured “stills” of the September 18, 2009 return of a PBY Catalina aircraft to Oak Harbor. The U.S. Navy flew such patrol aircraft out of NAS Whidbey in Oak Harbor during World War II. According to James Vannice (USN, retired), the amphibious aircraft played a critical […]

November 20, 2009

Whidbey Scenic Isle Way

> A new sign went up this week at the edge of Pass Lake on Highway 20, on the Fidalgo Island side of Deception Pass State Park. Fellow photographer/blogger Ryan Mahoney reports that there is also a sign on the road to the Port Townsend ferry in Coupeville. A great tourism marketing idea. I’m thinking […]

November 20, 2009

Note to U.S. senators

>In regard to the tentative plan for a Saturday night Senate vote on health care legislation I respectively submit: Too much (too expen$ive), too fast (have you REALLY read this bill and answered to your satisfaction any questions you might have?). P.S. Please pass this note on to your peers on the House side of […]

November 17, 2009

Downtown arch retrospective

> It seems like only yesterday that I was grabbing my camera for a July 4 photo op at the “new” arch erected on Commercial Avenue to welcome guests to downtown Anacortes (note copper columns, shining in the sun BEFORE the elements toned them down). Last weekend the arch was “completed” with a “Thank You” […]

November 17, 2009

Wise Abe

>We have all heard of President Abraham Lincoln’s “Honest Abe” moniker, but I have read several quotes recently to remind me he was a wise man as well. The following observations are timeless: “You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich. You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong. You cannot bring about […]

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