Kids - don't try this at home

Golf Cart Joyride Destroys Greens


Three golf carts were hot wired and taken for a joyride over the weekend at Gold Mountain Golf Course.

Bremerton police arrived Sunday morning to the golf course along the 7200 block of West Belfair Valley Road Sunday morning to find three golf carts trashed at various points across the course.

Two of the carts were driven as far as they could be driven into the woods near green 12. Police believe the suspects used access near the railroad tracks to leave the course, according to reports.

The golf carts had been damaged and their windshields were removed. A third golf cart was found near green 18. The cart had been driven over a rhododendron bush and into a tree, according to reports.

The front wheels were facing different directions, indicating the steering mechanism had been damaged.

In addition to the cart damage, greens 1, 12 and 18 were partially destroyed by the joy rides. The grass had deep grooves from tires and large burned out marks from the stolen carts being driven on them.

A golf course employee estimated the damage at around $6,000. Police have no suspect information, but have forwarded the report to detectives for review.

I was just thinking about when I was a kid...

I used to get into bike accidents all the time. And, then I thought to myself - I wonder if YouTube's got any good kid-bike-accidents.

At least this one has a helmet on!

I did this! And, I think it took me that long to get up too!

Ahhh, and this one bounced...with instant replay.

Again, Kudos to the parents for the kid having a helmet on...
It's the only reason I can laugh...

Reasons why you MUST fund afterschool programs

And, for the involves crutches.

Did you miss the Westside Extension Presentation? Watch it...


CA has wind, but WA has wind AND Ferries

The email from

Fri October 19, 2007 10:36 PM
On Thursday October 18th Western Washington was hit with a 50+ MPH wind storm. Here are my pictures of the event.

After work I made my way down to the Mukilteo Lighthouse Park where I witness the Mukilteo to Clinton ferry taking a pounding.

These Issaquah 130 Class ferries are over 300 feet long and 78 feet wide and weight in at 2477 tons (4,954,000 lbs) unloaded......

I'll start with some Rock & Roll..

Ok, here's one for you Long Flume lovers...

During storms like this the crew plots a course which puts the ferry in the least vulnerable position, but at some point they have to change course, and when they did Puget Sound made up for lost time.

After t his run the ferry system stopped running at full capacity and ran 1/2 empty for the rest of the night.

Note that there are no longer cars visible in the last shot. I'm sure they were washed into the cars behind them

Each shot was taken 0.3 seconds apart hand held at 320mm's.

I'm glad you guys liked them; I was amazed at what I saw through the lens. During the wind storm I like to go down to the Lighthouse Park in Mukilteo and watch the ferries, but I've never seen a ferr y take a hit like that. After this run they added a 3rd ferry and ran them 1/2 empty.

I'm going to have Costco print up a few 20x30".

Someone either PM'd me or posted that I should send these to the WS Ferry System. I tried to sell them a much tamer, but similar shot and they told me these kind of shots don't promote rider ship. I couldn't argue that one.

For my family and friends

I got a call this morning from my sister "concerned" about the fires down here in Southern California. Just to let everyone know that I live in the middle of the city, surrounded by concrete and asphalt, and an occasional tree...very far away from the fires.

So, Alex and I are just fine.

Except that we are still sad that the Mariners and Dodgers aren't in the World Series.

The San Francisco Treat-Maker Passes

Inventor of Rice-A-Roni dies near San Francisco
Mon Oct 22, 2007 8:01pm EDT

By Adam Tanner

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - The son of Italian immigrants who turned an Armenian recipe into Rice-A-Roni, the popular dish known to Americans since the 1960s as "The San Francisco Treat," has died, his family said on Monday.

Vincent DeDomenico died on Thursday of natural causes at his home in Napa, California, north of San Francisco, his daughter Marla Bleecher said.

DeDomenico worked in his family's pasta business when he was inspired in 1958 to create the mix of vermicelli, macaroni and flavorings that millions of Americans came to know by its advertising slogan as "The San Francisco Treat."

"My uncle Tom's wife got the recipe from an Armenian neighbor and served it one night for dinner," Bleecher said. "My dad had been making dried soups for the Army ... When he tasted it he said maybe we can make something like this in dry form."

"He went back to the plant and they started messing around with it, starting with the soup base they made for the Army," she said.

Rice-A-Roni was soon found on American tables coast to coast following the television advertising campaign in the 1960s that featured scenes of San Francisco and its cable cars, along with a catchy jingle to promote the easy-to-make dish. The ads also gave the city much publicity.

"It's a brand that's been great for the city and is a vestige of my childhood," San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom told the San Francisco Chronicle last year. "Just the sight and sound of the cable car bell evokes the old jingle."

The DeDomenico family in 1986 sold their firm, the Golden Grain Macaroni Company, to Quaker Oats as part of deal worth about $300 million, Bleecher said. It is now owned by PepsiCo.

Even after creating the U.S. packaged food classic, DeDomenico continued to tinker with new culinary ideas, using his family as tasters. "He brought all these test products home," his daughter said. "We ate these products until we were all sick of them."

I don't like it when...

I don't like it when I order my "double tall latte (with an extra shot), and could you leave some extra room?" and when I go to pick it up, I see the barista pour a little of the total drink out to "Make Some Room"

Just don't fill it so full - don't pour out some of that luscious coffee!!!

My first Big Art Friend

You need to meet my friend Ginger. Ginger is my oldest friend, we became friends out of necessity - we were locker partners in High School. Ginger was the Cross Country and Track star, and I was the lonely computer lab geek who intermittently ventured onto the softball field.

When we went off to college we kind of stayed in touch, and we've stayed friends through our trials and tribulations of life.

Ginger is an artist. She's incredibly smart and very creative. Although she lives in Chicago and I'm here in Los Angeles, we've been able to see each other in each other's adopted hometowns.

Tonight she told me that while she's in Europe voluteering for an amazing festival, that a gallery has scheduled to show her work. So - you should see her work before she becomes internationally famous!

Yah Ginger!

You can "Go Metro" on your iPhone now!

Here's the link to their website

October 8, 2007
Rick Jager/Marc Littman

Metro Media Relations


Metro Debuts New Web Site Tailored Especially for Hand-Held Devices

Metro has launched an offspring of its popular web site at that is designed, especially, for those commuters and Metro riders who carry hand-held electronic devices that can access the Internet.

For those travelers, will now provide Metro’s Trip Planner, fare information, maps of the Metro System and a wealth of rider information tailored to their small screens and slower internet access.

For Metro riders, the new site is designed to function on a variety of web-enabled devices and will operate on approximately 90 percent of current hand-held devices, all but the most basic machines.

One of the target audiences to the new web feature are new arrivals to Los Angeles or tourists, people who may not have access to a computer wherever they are staying. By accessing they can now find Metro information with their cell phone. The new site also has been optimized to download quickly and use little bandwidth.

To best access Metro’s Trip Planner on the new web site, Metro recommends the Opera Mini Browser, which does an excellent job of handling web sites that are designed for mobile access. The browser is free and allows individuals to access mobile web sites on cell phones that do not come with browsers. The browser can be downloaded from