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July 31, 2014 at 6:00 AM

Daily Rant & Rave: Chill out about rugrats, Rembrandt

RAVE To the very kind lady who gave my 5-year-old granddaughter a beautiful, color-changing glow stick at the Westlake light rail station after the Torchlight Run and Parade. My granddaughter had just run as much as she could of the 5K with her daddy and was tired and happy — this gift from a stranger made a special day even more special.

RANT To the artists at the Bellevue art festival who scolded children who walked in their booths before the kids touched anything. They were rude and assumed that the kids were going to bump into something, knock something over or break their art. Adults are guilty of breaking things as well.

July 30, 2014 at 6:00 AM

Daily Rant & Rave: Driver, get that dog off your lap (and keep it out of my cart, too)

RAVE To the Capitol Hill couple who rescued our camping weekend at Mount Rainier by letting us park our vehicle at their site when the campground was full. We so appreciate their kindness.

RANT To dog owners who let dogs sit on their laps while driving and in store shopping carts. The dog riding in your lap while you’re driving is a distraction that endangers your ability to drive, endangering the rest of us. The dog in the shopping cart (let alone non-service dogs in stores) —are you kidding? My food goes in the cart, not your dog! Have some common sense.

July 29, 2014 at 6:00 AM

Daily Rant & Rave: Thanks, Monty Python fans!

RAVE To the wonderful group of people I happened to meet last Sunday at the Pacific Place 11 movie theater. They had an extra ticket to see the live broadcast of the Monty Python reunion show. They gave me that ticket. I will never forget their generosity and the great time I had. Thank you all for your kindness.

RANT To the well-dressed-and-groomed older man who intentionally left the Starbucks without paying for the newspaper. You hid the last copy until a bathroom visit and coffee purchase were complete and grabbed it on your way out. I hope your day is filled with bad news.

July 28, 2014 at 6:00 AM

Daily Rant & Rave: What kind of nerd steals a calculator?

RAVE To local businesses serving as drop-off locations for donations going to Eastern Washington for all the people who lost their homes (and everything they owned) in the huge wildfires there. And raves to all who took the time to donate sleeping bags, tents, flashlights, diapers, socks and more to those who desperately needed help.

RANT To whoever who stole the Casio scientific calculator (new in the box) from my yard sale. And curses to you from what must be a score of others whom you’ve stolen from.

July 27, 2014 at 6:00 AM

Sunday Rant & Rave: Recycling -- the good, the bad, the beer

RANT AND RAVE   Rant to whoever filled my recycling cart to the brim with IPA beer empties after the last U.S. World Cup game. It was only a third full when I put it out, but so heavy to move the next morning -- a mystery until I looked inside and marveled at who in the world would use someone else’s bin to dump about a hundred bottles. On the other hand, rave to the effort it must have taken -- a far better solution than dumping them into the bushes somewhere. All in all it put a big smile on my face after a disappointing loss in the game the day before — what a party it must have been!

RANT To everyone who uses the Burke-Gilman Trail at night without a light-giving source (not just reflective). It’s not only inconsiderate, it’s dangerous for everyone when people wear dark clothing and/or have a dog on a leash taking up the path and not emitting light of any kind.

RAVE To the King County Sheriff Sergeant who drove me to my niece’s wedding when my car broke down. I made it in time for the vows — he saved the day!

RANT As a new “immigrant” from Chicago, I love almost everything about my new hometown. But what’s up with Seattle sidewalks? This is a town that encourages people to get off their duffs and walk, right? I don’t understand why Seattle’s sidewalks (where there even ARE sidewalks) are in such deplorable shape. Many in my Ballard neighborhood are so obstructed by overgrown vegetation that it’s tough to walk, and some are so broken up and rough it’s a real challenge to walk on them, especially for young kids and the elderly.

RAVE Our recycling bin and those of our neighbors weren’t emptied on our regular day. The next day I called Seattle Public Utilities and was told that a vehicle had blocked the truck’s entrance to our dead-end street the day before, and the nice chap I spoke to said he’d dispatch a truck that amazingly arrived only an hour later and took care of all the recycling bins. I’m new to Seattle and was really impressed that this was resolved so quickly.

RANT To the young man riding his skateboard on Madison Street with no helmet, holding a 12 pack of beer under one arm and texting on his mobile device. I thought I’d seen it all.

RAVE To the person who found my linen scarf on the UW campus and tied it to a pole. I didn’t even realize I’d lost it until I saw it blowing in the breeze the next day on my way to work. Your kindness is much appreciated.

July 26, 2014 at 6:00 AM

Daily Rant & Rave: Stealing from kittens? Shame on you

RAVE To the good citizens of Seattle and Metro’s efficient lost-and-found system for successfully reuniting my teenager with her borrowed ukulele, days after it was left on the bus but only minutes after we finally realized it was lost. You turned a potential disaster into a feel-good story. Well done!

RANT To the person(s) who stole two sandwich-board signs from the streets where they were advertising adoption events for our animal-rescue group. It takes a special kind of person to steal from volunteers trying to make a difference.

July 25, 2014 at 6:00 AM

Daily Rant & Rave: Fly like an eagle? Concert promoters are turkeys

RAVE To the man sitting in front of us at last weekend’s Richard Sherman Celebrity softball game at Safeco Field, who gave my niece a new Richard Sherman sweatshirt. What a pleasant surprise; he really made her day.

RANT To the organizers and promoters who oversold the July 19   Journey/Steve Miller concert at White River Amphitheatre, leading to hundreds of fans being turned away from the parking area after spending three-plus hours in traffic. The shuttle buses from the SuperMall missed hours of the show,  and we were refused a refund.

July 24, 2014 at 6:00 AM

Daily Rant & Rave: Wise up, parents

RAVE To the Fisher Scone ladies at the Bite of Seattle who gave me a free iced tea and extra scones when my special order took far longer than promised. They embody the best in customer service, and the scones were yummy!

RANT To the man riding a bike on a busy street with a small child hanging on his back with her arms around his neck and feet around his waist. They weren’t wearing helmets. What would have happened if she was startled by something? On the same day I saw a small child hanging out of the rear window of a car. Parents, please be more aware of your kids!

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