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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.

August 25, 2014 at 6:00 AM

Daily Rant&Rave: Semi driver saves the day

RAVE To the driver of a large white semi truck driving right behind us that lost its brakes exiting Hwy. 522. The driver maneuvered that big rig down a narrow shoulder, missing us by inches and managing to stop before the cross street with smoke pouring from his front tire. Thanks to him for missing us; we could have been killed. He deserves a commendation from his company.

RANT To the lowlife who stole our new crab pot in Hood Canal. I realize you aren’t intelligent enough to read a newspaper, but this rant is for you anyway.

August 24, 2014 at 10:42 AM

Rant&Rave: Thanks for saving cyclist

RAVE To all the wonderful folks who adopt older animals from local animal shelters, including whoever adopted Sherman, a 12-year-old cat, from Regional Animal Services of King County Animal Services. Although he’s 12 he has the heart and soul of a kitten. Older shelter animals have lots of love and affection to share with their adoptive families so please consider them.

RANT AND RAVE Rant to those who’ve destroyed outdoor-art installations at the Heaven and Earth art exhibit at Carkeek Park the past two years. Rave to the artists and associates who press on to share their vision of art integrating with the environment and our lives. It’s their spirit that makes this a worthwhile effort, despite the actions of a few sorry people.

RAVE To Jonelle, the brave and fast-acting bystander who performed CPR on my dad after she saw him fall off his bike due to a cardiac arrest, and to the amazing Station 18 Fire Department who arrived at the scene in less than four minutes. You and the incredible medical teams at Harborview Medical Center truly saved my dad’s life.

RANT To Marymoor Park concert security for kicking out a couple who refused to stop dancing. These people paid $80 each to see the show, it was general admission in a field, and it isn’t posted anywhere that you aren’t allowed to stand or dance. Rant to the guy who told security to kick them out, took a bow when they were escorted out, then proceeded to stand himself for the second half of the show.

RAVE  To the fireman who stopped by my lemonade stand in his fire truck. My friend and I tried to give him the lemonade for free, but he insisted on paying us. It made our day that he took time to stop!

RANT AND RAVE Rant to those who don’t respond to written invitations but show up anyway. Raves to those who helped make a memorable celebration of life for my husband despite not knowing how many to plan for.

RAVE AND RANT Rave to all the locals who came by our stalled vehicle to check if we were OK, if we needed any assistance or could they bring us anything from the nearby supermarket. Urban Seattleites rock! Rant to the emergency-road service who didn’t respond to our tow request for five hours.

RAVE Like Uncle Billy from “It’s a Wonderful Life,” I arrived at the teller window to make a deposit only to discover I’d had lost my envelope. Big rave to Sarah, who found the envelope with my checks and drove to my house to return them with a note to say she didn’t want me to wait for them to arrive in the mail. Thank you!

August 23, 2014 at 6:00 AM

Daily Rant&Rave: cruel and littering drivers

RAVE To the guy in the sporty BMW who kept honking and pointing until I finally stopped my car just before entering I-5 to find my daughter’s purse and wallet sitting on the back trunk in my blind spot. You saved us a lot of hassle!

RANT To drivers who are jerks, one who swerved intentionally into tree crows in the road and one who tossed garbage from the car and flipped me off when I honked my displeasure of garbage bouncing toward me and cluttering our streets. What great examples of humanity you two are!

August 22, 2014 at 6:00 AM

Daily Rant & Rave: Tame that overgrown yard

RAVE To the Seattle Yacht Club member who rescued me with a tow when my boat engine died in the San Juan Islands, helping keep the spirit of friendly “boater-helping-boater” seamanship alive on Puget Sound.

RANT To all those folks with overgrown yards, tall trees that drop leaves, and ivy — think about how that affects your neighbor’s yard. I’m tired of picking up leaves and pulling overgrown ivy off my fence. One neighbor has an overgrown yard with rats, it’s disgusting. Grow up and accept the responsibility of homeownership!

August 21, 2014 at 6:00 AM

Daily Rant&Rave: Obey traffic signals, pedestrians

RAVE To the woman who regularly paints out spray paint graffiti on the long wall near St. Mark’s Cathedral. She lives in the area and has taken it on herself to do it, with the homeowner’s permission. The wall gets hit fairly often, and she always cleans it up promptly. She deserves a “Good Citizen” award.

RANT To the pedestrians who walk against the “don’t walk” signal when it’s constant or flashing. If you haven’t started before “don’t walk” starts, don’t; you’re blocking the window of opportunity for cars to turn right on a red light. The flashing signal is for people already crossing, advising them how many seconds they have to get out of the crosswalk.

August 20, 2014 at 6:00 AM

Daily Rant&Rave: Hold off on Halloween and Christmas

RAVE To the burly and friendly construction site flagger on Dexter Avenue who greets the hundreds of passing cyclists each day with “Good morning!” “Have a nice weekend!”, or “Sorry for the delay!”: You’ve been making my day all summer long.

RANT To major retailers who are always getting a “jump” on the season. I’ve already discovered Halloween candy at a drugstore and I heard that Pumpkin Spice Lattes are  back starting Aug. 25th. It’s still summer, pumpkins aren’t even ripe yet! Hopefully we can get through getting the kids back to school before retailers start putting out Christmas displays.

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