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Wallingford Wanderings

Wallingford has been my home for over 30 years, and I welcome the opportunity to share my observations. We walk the neighborhood extensively in all seasons and states of...mind. Even so, I'm not sure where Wallingford begins and ends. If my peregrinations

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My Blog Comes Off Amber Alert

Tue, 24 Feb 2009 15:25:00 +0000

Just ended a week of business travel, dancing through snowstorms in both Milwaukee and Minneapolis to arrive in Seattle only an hour late (albeit at 1am Saturday morning). This time, I really did sort of go around the dark side of the moon, blog-wise. I felt very out of touch, cerebrally, for most of the week.

The White Album

Sun, 21 Dec 2008 18:53:00 +0000

It seems that everyone across the country is having some form of extraordinary weather, and you're probably sick of checking your blog lists and reading the same rapturous bleatings. So, I'm just going to cut to the chase and post photos of our Great Seattle Snowstorm of 2008. Perhaps, soon, the blogosphere will cease resembling the Weather Channel.

Voting With Our Feet, For The Last Time

Tue, 04 Nov 2008 17:05:00 +0000

Election Day in Seattle

Landmark Gregg’s Greenlake Bike Shop Under Construction

Wed, 14 Feb 2007 16:35:00 +0000

When we first moved to Seattle, we were dedicated bicycle riders, perhaps even just a touch messianic about it. One of the first things we did was to join Cascade Bicycle Club. At that time, Cascade met in the basement of a Methodist church on Mercer Island. We'd ride around the island, then have our monthly meeting in the church. Of course, we also rode our bikes to the meeting from Wallingford, braving the 18" walkway over the bridge that would later become I-90. If you wore a helmet in Seattle at that time, we probably knew you and went to your house for potluck dinners and Mickey's widemouth.

Chance of Rain

Thu, 08 Feb 2007 15:11:00 +0000

My original concept for this blog was a place to document our frequent strolls around Wallingford. However, the recent foggy days, and the still-early sunsets this month, have conspired to dampen my enthusiasm and opportunity for photographing.

Wine Bar Wandering

Sat, 20 Jan 2007 14:22:00 +0000

A small group of us has been rendezvous-ing at a Tangletown restaurant, Eva, for noshing and conversation.

Happy New Year, and a Good Deed

Tue, 16 Jan 2007 19:27:00 +0000

Back in Seattle after a week working out of town. I do this trip, to Milwaukee, about once a month. I usually have the same Friday flight back, through Minneapolis, that leaves Milwaukee at 6pm (allowing for a full work-day) and, through the magic of time zones, arrives in Seattle around 11:15 pm.

GuilTree Weekend

Mon, 18 Dec 2006 21:05:00 +0000

All last weekend - that part of it during which I was conscious, anyway, since arriving after midnight Friday at a storm-wracked, but gamely functioning SeaTac from a week in Milwaukee - I kept seeing cars driving around with Christmas trees strapped to their roofs. Each sighting was an accusation to one who had yet to click his first Christmas present and choose his ever-more-expensive shipping method, and I'd avert my gaze and trudge onward.

Blockhead Watch

Sun, 17 Dec 2006 18:00:00 +0000

I had just finished running around Greenlake and was walking up my street when I noticed a neighbor's living room full of people, and recalled seeing a sign on their retaining wall announcing a Block Watch meeting. I walked up the steps and let myself in, to find the meeting in progress and presided over by Diana Horswill of the Seattle Police Department. We had organized a Block Watch on our street about 10 or 15 years ago, but it had fallen into disuse as a generation of homeowners gradually turned over. Happily, one of the new residents took on its revival, and Ms. Horswill is kind enough to give up an evening to answer questions, discuss crime and safety issues and pass along advice on crimestopping techniques.

Noodling Around

Tue, 05 Dec 2006 16:55:00 +0000

Cold weather commands us to dress in layers of polypro and fiber, and, deeply ensconsed within, we feel emboldened to seek out big food, like pastas and polentas, with spicy sauces to clear the sinuses, safe in the knowledge that the extra calories won't be on display through lycra the next day.

Playing While It Snows

Tue, 05 Dec 2006 02:00:00 +0000

As we left the Bagley Wright Theater (after seeing Seattle Rep's production of The Great Gatsby), snow was falling in gobs the size of cotton balls, so palpable that I choked when I inhaled one. The patina of refinement seemed to hold sway as the audience dispersed, and no WFDs (Weapons of Frozen Destruction) were launched until we got home to the coarser climes of Wallingford.


Wed, 29 Nov 2006 11:10:00 +0000

We're braving the snow beast tonight to head to the Seattle Center to see Seattle Repertory Theater's production of The Great Gatsby. It was a last-minute suggestion by a friend, whom we're meeting there.

Snow Way To Live

Tue, 28 Nov 2006 18:17:00 +0000

It's no news to PI readers that we've had some snow and winter weather the last couple of days. When it started Sunday afternoon, it was all little-kid, snow-day excitement among those who, unlike us telecommuter-capable drones, might get Monday off. While we got a fun little accumulation Sunday night, all indications on Monday morning were that it was warming up, the snow was softening and I fulfilled a commitment to work in Redmond for the day.


Sun, 26 Nov 2006 18:40:00 +0000

I spent the weekend before Thanksgiving visiting family in Charleston, SC. We, two younger brothers and I, are all Ohio State alums, and we've been gathering at my middle brother's place the last few years to roast oysters and watch the Ohio State-Michigan game. I tell myself that it's much nicer to watch the game while basking in their extended Indian summer than to be freezing my butt off in some God-forsaken rust belt stadium, but I'm really kidding both of us. I'd've killed your dog and my cat for a ticket to the game this year. It was still pretty sweet from a distance of 600 miles.

Sunday Stroll

Tue, 14 Nov 2006 14:06:00 +0000

It gets a bit difficult to write relevant posts about Wallingford when one is absent for long stretches, as I was last week (Milwaukee), and will be this week (Charleston, SC). Wandering Wallingford has been further hampered by the demise of daylight savings time, not to mention torrential rains. We still get out and walk, but one of the things I like to do is take photographs along the way, and the 4:30 sunsets severely curtail this activity. Gone are those profligate summer days when the evening light lingered until last call, and we could goof off until 7 and still walk to Gasworks and back with sunglasses on. For instance, the picture in this article below was taken at 8pm in mid-July, while this one: Click any photo to enlarge