Rant & Rave: Lake Washington boaters, please turn down your music
RANT to boaters on Lake Washington. It’s summer… swimmers, boaters and skiers are always welcome. We all love them. The rant is aimed at boaters who blast VERY LOUD music as they speed around the lake. We all waited for the sun. Please turn down your loud music.
RAVE to customers queuing behind a food bank worker with $100 to spend at a Bremerton grocery store. Customers in line behind her began to send her money. Donations totaled $300.
RANT to Seattle Parks and Recreation for choosing to do some work on the Burke-Gilman Trail on a Saturday (when a lot of people like to use it) and take the detour through a residential area with inclines of up to 15%, without talk about the curves and lots of walkways. Why not on a Tuesday? And why not take the detour via a parallel street?
RAVE to a helpful driver. Recently I was going to my 78th birthday dinner and got stuck in bad traffic in the area of North 34th Street and North Northlake Way. I left my cell phone at home and wrote a note indicating where I was to meet my nephew and his family and the phone number. At a red light I parked my car, jumped out, knocked on the window of the dark blue car in front, told her my situation and asked her if she could call and give the message to my nephew. She did it; they got the message. Many thanks to the Good Samaritan. It’s nice to know that Seattle has them.
RANT to the group of six to eight teenagers sitting outside the women’s bathroom at the Hiawatha Community Center in West Seattle, painting graffiti in the bathroom and on the exterior brick wall and window. When asked to leave they just laughed, said it was just for fun and continued vandalizing, saying the bathroom was only used by homeless people. Grow up and do something useful with your summer!
RAVE to the amazing stranger who saw my dog struggling in the heat from his apartment window near Pike Place and ran to get him a cup of dog-friendly ice cream. I hope I can thank her one day with a human ice cream!
RANT to the Link tramway, which regularly runs only three cars in total during peak hours (especially between 5 and 6 p.m.). There seems to be no reason for a single-operator train to run fewer than four cars at peak times. This forces passengers to scramble to catch the train and causes severe overcrowding.
RAVE to the woman from Kingston who ran to the boarding platform when she saw us walking up the ramp. We would have missed the ferry as the schedule was off due to late departures. We thank you!
RAVE to my loyal box fan for helping me through another heatwave! I paid $5 for it (brand new!) 35 years ago, and I only have to blow the dust off once every few years for it to work perfectly. They don’t do stuff like they used to!
RANT to owners of luxury SUVs with empty bike racks stretching out the back as they parallel park in residential areas near popular restaurants. Too often they take up two parking spots or block driveway access with that unused bike rack. Bonus rant if the car has multiple environmental awareness bumper stickers or if it’s so clean it’s obviously never been off-road.
RAVE to the four big guys, who came to the aid of my friend, who fell on the sidewalk near the theater on 5th avenue. She’s a senior, with new knees and shoulders. They were wonderfully respectful and helpful to us when needed, despite the 95 degree heat and COVID.
RAVE to the person who found my car keys in the parking lot of a Kenmore coffee shop. Thanks a lot! I had to drop them on my way to meet my husband. And thanks to the barista who interviewed me to make sure I was the right person to give the keys to.