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September 2, 2014 at 6:00 AM

Daily Rant&Rave: Go Hawks

RAVE To the anonymous Red Robin diner who picked up our check because our family was decked out in Seahawks gear. As longtime season ticket holders we appreciate your gesture immensely and have since paid it forward. Go Hawks!

RANT To all the women at my job: Those large restroom stalls aren’t there as a bonus for you--fellow employees who are disabled need them. I’m sick of going into a restroom where the only person out of tons of empty stalls has camped out in the handicapped stall. A rude, “Oh, sorry,” said with a smirk doesn’t help. Just stop doing it! You have a choice, I’m disabled and I don’t.

September 1, 2014 at 6:00 AM

Daily Rant&Rave: Watch for pedestrians, drivers

RAVE To the crew on the Kaleetan ferry on a recent sailing to Orcas Island. We arrived early, but not early enough and probably didn’t deserve to make it on the boat, but thanks to the skills of the ferry crew they managed to squeeze us on as the very last car. We felt like we won the lottery!

RANT To me for looking to the left for oncoming traffic and not paying attention to the pedestrian that started to cross in front of my car. I almost hit him. I apologized profusely and will be more careful after that close call.

August 31, 2014 at 6:00 AM

Rant&Rave: Help for stranded drivers

RAVE To the young couple who helped this senior couple on Highway 2 when we were pulled over with a flat tire. There was no cellphone service in the narrow canyon and these wonderful people drove to Leavenworth to call AAA, then drove back to tell us that help was on the way before continuing their journey east, helping us out of a really tough situation.

RANT To the lowlife who stole the tip jar at Fainting Goat Gelato while the young employee was very busy so she didn’t see when someone took her tips. The place was full of families, did no one notice?

RAVE To the young woman ahead of me in line at Safeway, who impulsively swept up my muffin and milk to pay for with her own groceries, saying “I’ve been missing my grandma so much today, and it’s just the sort of treat she would have gotten herself.” You couldn’t have known it, but I’ve been missing someone deeply too, and this warm, reaching-out gesture shifted the balance of my day. Thank you so much.

RANT AND RAVE Rant to the person who stole the one-of-a-kind, carved wood raccoon with blue glass eyes off our front porch. I’m sure it means nothing to you but we bought it on our wedding anniversary and would love to have it back. Rave to anyone who can help us find it!

RAVE AND RANT Rave to the 5th Avenue and ACT Theaters for delivering great and cutting edge shows in Seattle for decades. Rant to the clueless people who show up for these special events in faded old jeans, crummy T-shirts and even backpacks as if they just crawled out of the woods. Grow up and show some respect for the investments local benefactors make to keep major talent employed here in the Northwest.

RANT AND RAVE Rant to the insensitive driver who parked in the handicapped-parking space a foot away from my wheelchair van, across the no-parking markings so that I couldn’t lower my ramp to wheel in, and rave to the restaurant owner that hunted down the culprit to make him move.

RAVE For businesses, especially grocery and convenience stores, that maintain their sidewalks and planting strips, picking up litter and sweeping the perimeter of their businesses. Waste and recycling receptacles are a bonus.

RAVE AND RANT Rave to the Seattle Animal Shelter for opening their office on a day that the shelter was normally closed to take in a lost kitty. Rant to pet owners who don’t have their pets implanted with an ID microchip.

RAVE To everyone who donates blood; I need blood transfusions every few weeks and without people donating blood, I wouldn’t be here.

August 30, 2014 at 6:00 AM

Daily Rant&Rave: Clean up Golden Gardens

RAVE For Bruce, the gentleman bicyclist who helped when my friend had a flat tire that we were embarrassingly unprepared to repair. He gave her a tube, changed the tire and patiently explaining how to do it for future reference. Thanks, Bruce! We’ll never bike unprepared again.

RANT There’s too many people doing illegal activities in Golden Gardens Park, along the railroad tracks, and on the trails/stairways along Golden Gardens Drive, with litter, graffiti and illegally parked vehicles. The Shilshole extension to the Burke-Gilman Trail is overgrown with vegetation and trashed with beer and liquor containers and other debris. Locals, please report violations to the police or Parks Department, and let’s hope they do their part and follow through.

August 29, 2014 at 6:00 AM

Daily Rant&Rave: Bill Cosby show

RAVE To the kind, generous man who gave my wife and I free tickets to the Bill Cosby show at   the Evergreen State Fair when two people in his large party couldn’t make it. We had a great time and thanked him again as we all were leaving the show, and the huge smile on his face showed how happy he was to have brought some fun and happiness to our evening with his generous gesture.

RANT To the man who muttered a gay slur at me as I left the library bathroom: Please keep your phobias, assumptions and insecurities to yourself. I didn’t get a good look at you — I was looking at myself in the mirror, not checking you out — but I’m pretty sure I’m out of your league anyway.

August 28, 2014 at 6:00 AM

Daily Rant&Rave: hoggish parallel-parkers

RAVE To the lovely couple who approached our family’s table when we were out for dinner with my mother, who was wearing a glittery cardboard crown to add to the excitement of her 83rd birthday, asking if they could serenade Mom with a birthday song, and we said yes.   They had excellent voices and the song was incredibly cute! They were wonderful and made our evening so special.

RANT To self-centered drivers who park in the middle of a spot on the street, occupying what clearly could be two reasonable spaces. I understand not wanting to be boxed in, but when you leave more than a half of spot in front of you and behind you, you’re being selfish.

August 27, 2014 at 6:00 AM

Daily Rant&Rave: Bouquets of appreciation

RAVE To the man outside Evergreen Hospital who gave us a bouquet of dahlias to bring to our friend inside. He had a trunkful and hands them out every day, his way of giving back and saying thanks after being at Evergreen for 44 days himself.

RANT  To folks who don’t answer emails. Do you also ignore your phone calls and U.S. mail? If you can’t check it once a day, get rid of email and let your friends and family know. Or treat email messages like junk mail and use the delete button, except for MY messages.

August 26, 2014 at 6:00 AM

Daily Rant&Rave: Thanks for elevator rescue

RAVE To Seattle Fire Department Ladder 4 who responded to our call that 12 of us were trapped between floors in an elevator in Belltown. They arrived shortly after the call and got all of us out of the elevator efficiently and promptly. We all greatly appreciated their work.

RANT To travelers riding Light Rail to and from the airport with their luggage taking a seat while people are standing. Here’s a solution: if you think your luggage should have a seat, then you should stand, assuming you only paid for one ticket, not two, for your Light Rail ride.

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