Clowns and Kangs and Rebels, oh my!

Clown  Yikes! Gotcha! 


The City of Kirkland is going to do its first Halloween Costume Swap this year.  Bring your gently used baby/youth/adult costumes to the bin in the lobby of Kirkland City Hall October 3-7th between 8am-5pm.   Then on Saturday Oct 8th from 10am-12pm you can shop for a donated costume at Heritage Hall. What a great way to up-cycle!  You don't have to donate to shop, it's just a fun community sharing event.  All leftover costumes on Sat will be donated to a local non-profit.  Don't worry, that creepy clown won't be there.

Also dressing up this weekend (in sports gear) will be the Lake Washington HS Kangs (2-3) football team as they visit their cross-town rivals, the Juanita HS Rebels (1-3).  Both are 0-1 in King County Conference Play. This is an event not to be missed at Juanita High on Fri 10/7 at 7pm. Tickets are $7/adult, $5/middle and elem students and senior citizens are free.


Summertime Fun Coming Your Way!

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Sat 7/30-8/6 at 
Everest Park, Kirkland is once again proudly hosting the Junior Softball World Series.  That's big time, people.  Nine teams..players from all over this planet are coming to our city this weekend for some serious competition, and it's really fun to watch.  Ok, maybe I used to play softball and am a little biased, but the coolest part is that our local girls are participating! Even ESPN will be there, so you should be too. Go Kirkland!  Great website with lots of details on the tournament here.

Sat 7/30- If you feel like doing a little bargain shopping- the Kirkland Highlands Annual Garage Sale is from 9am-2pm.  Access the neighborhood at the corner of NE 85th and 114th Ave NE and follow the signs to participating homes. 

This Sat 7/30: Music (and Motorcycles!)in the Park.  Marina Park will be thumping this weekend from 4-9 pm on Sat with concerts in the park.  Mirrorgloss will be headlining and you are encouraged to cruise your motorcycle down.  Sunshine and extra motorcycle parking expected. 

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On Sunday 7/31, the Kirkland's beloved Classic Car show rev's up between 10-4 at Marina Park downtown.  Larry Hanson  is co-host and Lance Lambert of  "The Vintage Vehicle Show" will be your emcee.   Anyone can come and register their car in the show- reg starts at 6am on Sunday or you can email red50merc@gmail.com.   The favorite Motorcycle will receive a prize also! 

Plenty of volunteer opportunities still await you too for this weekend: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0945aaa72eabfd0-kirkland3 

 

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And then....thinking ahead to even more fun, if that's possible...is our 5th Annual Summerfest on Fri 8/12 and Sat 8/13.  Problem is, they are a bit short on funding for things like police, permits, entertainment, publicity.   Go ahead and throw in a few bucks here. You'll be glad you did when you're sipping that cold Summerfest beer in a few weeks. 

 


Laughs and Laughables

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Laughs Comedy Spot
in Totem Lake had their last show this past weekend and have now closed their Kirkland location for good.  Also not-so-funny, is the news that along with Big 5's closing in Kirkland, now all Sports Authorities will be closing.  Where is an eastside mom supposed to go for cleats and birthday gifts now?

Since you can't laugh at Laugh's anymore, I'll let you laugh at me and my series of mishaps.  I'm a team player like that.

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A few weeks ago I'm in a hurry and my car is a filth bucket, so I jump in line at the Mobil (formerly Shell) Station on 85th across from Safeway.  Last I checked you don't need an advanced degree to navigate onto the tracks of a carwash that has employees telling you where to drive. But I could be wrong.  By the time my car reaches the end  of the wash where more humans are drying my shiny ride, one of my tires is completely flat.  They are pointing and chattering back and forth.  The sidewall of my tire is gashed.  Roadside took two hours so this is already not my favorite day.  At least Mobil agreed to pay the replacement cost for my tire.  Good news, right? Not so fast.  Because you can't just buy ONE new tire on an all-wheel drive car. Hello four new tires! Discount Tires appears to have the best price/availability until......the wrong size comes in.  So now my friends I are laughing at the not-so-sexy (or safe?) spare tire I'd been driving around on for a week.  I prefer to call it the donut since I never have the joy of eating a donut I can at least drive on one. When the new tires finally come in and get installed on my car, I ask them to load up my couple of old ones that still had plenty of tread on them into my trunk. I can re-cupe some of my money and post them on Craigslist, right? NO. They mistakenly sent them out on a truck with the trash tires.  So they gave me a little bit of money for them but not nearly what they were worth. That was an awesome week- at least I'm healthy, right?  Not exactly, but I'll leave my concussion story for another post. 

Thanks for listening to that rant. It felt good to get it out. So the moral of the story is that you may want to think twice before pulling in for a 'quick' carwash. Maybe grab the hose during one of these record-breaking hot days!


Seahawks Rally on Friday- Let's Go 12's!!!!

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It's time to pick your jaw up from off of the floor after last Sunday's win and get ready to rally for this weekend!  (yes that really happened, it wasn't a dream)

Kirkland will be hosting a Seahawks Rally in Marina Park this Friday January 15th.  Get out there, our team needs us. Let's show 'em what we've got, Kirkland.  Expect to get L-O-U-D with alumni players, Seagals, and  Blue Thunder as their bus arrives at 11:30.  Arrive early and be in team colors! KIRO 7 and Mayor Amy Walen will be there to raise the 12th Man Flag. GO HAWKS!!   


Kirkland "Hawkhouse" Comes to an End?

The infamous Kirkland Hawkhouse with the lighted Seahawks display at 11217 NE 100th St is winding down for the season and may be for good.  Here's a posting they had on Facebook the other day.  It made me feel like I need to call 911 or a counselor or maybe go knock on their door with a hug and a beer.  :(

"ATTENTION HAWKHOUSE"

       I'd like to take this time to announce that next Saturday January 2nd I will be shutting the doors for the year and most likely for good at this location.  I know this is going to suck for a lot of people and children near and far. I am making this decision based on the actions of a few people.  The constant slander, rudeness being talked to like I'm a worthless human, and the actions taken that have caused unlimited amounts of anxiety and depression. Some stuff said publicly has also put my family in danger and fear of being robbed for false accusations.       
      I can 100% relate with kids who get bullied who decide to take their own life. Through this whole holiday season instead of enjoying the smiles that people have and tears of joy seeing the display I have been praying every night that I will not wake up the next morning. I will never disclose these individuals because I would never want anyone to treat them the way they treat me or say the things they say about me. I will just pray that they can find happiness in their own lives because obviously these actions come from something deep inside them where they are hurting. 
       I completely understand the headache of the traffic etc. I have timed it from the freeway to my house on a closed evening and the busiest evening and it took me 1 minute and 44 seconds longer to get past my house. (and there were 3 cars unloading so probably took me longer than normal) So if someone is in a hurry that 2 minutes can be very frustrating, but I'm sure the people without homes to go to that receive food and toys from the public really appreciate the sacrifices made in those 2 minutes.
      I know a complaint is I make profit off of my display , but anyone with an I.Q. above 40 would know that is not possible. Other big displays in our state that collect strictly money and have been doing it a lot longer than I have, have never collected more than 7,000 in donations, and they do not collect food and toys so they only except cash. A lot of donations I receive are food and toys. I don't know if they do not realize over the 5 years I have spent over $50,000 on materials that I save up just to put something cool on for the community. Not to mention all the hours of work I lose doing the display. Which I realize is my choice but seeing people so happy makes it worth it.
      I spend over 400 hours setting it up, about 200 hours opening the house to the public, and another 150 or more taking down the display. So almost 800 hours of labor, basically 20 work weeks of time on this. Again I would like to apologize to the community and say thanks to the thousands and thousands that love it and sorry to the couple that hate it.  Merry Christmas, Happy New Years, and Go Hawks

Seahawks MANIA

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It's exciting to think that the next time I write a blog post the Seahawks will already be Superbowl Champions again!  Yes, that's my assumptive close.  We know how fun it is AFTER the win, but it sure is exciting before-hand too.  Everywhere you go men, women and children are sporting their blue and green. Even our cow and coyote know what's up.  And I saw the little lady in her cart giving out parking tickets this morning with her 12th man flag proudly waving from her roof.   It seems like every store has a Seahawks 'deal' or 'prize' or custom offering or flavor to honor our team and the 12's that support them. I'm loving the energy!

So for the opening of the Cross Kirkland Corridor's  (CKC) Interim Trail, why not make that a Seahawks event too?!  Because we CAN!  So, before the Seahawks rally in Marina Park at 2pm this Saturday, bring your awesome self and your family in all of your Seahawks glory to the "Trail Great" party at 12pm on Sat 1/31 at the Northeast 68th St Bridge (limited pkg at Lakeview Elem).  Don't forget to decorate your bikes and strollers for the 12 mile stroll, if you can make it that far!  You will also hear 12 people announce 12 different ways to enjoy the Corridor and you'll watch our City Council wave a 12th Man flag on the 12 foot wide bridge. Questions? Contact: www.kirklandchamber.org or call 425-822-7066.

And on an aside, this reminds me of something I was going to tell you.  I was in NYC recently with some girlfriends and we made a few random observations on a trip regarding the differences between Kirklanders and New Yorkers. Here are my bulletpoints:

-New Yorkers don't use their cell phones in public (restaurants/subway) nearly as much as we do.  It was noticeably obvious, and quite pleasant.  Winner: NYC

-A lot of New Yorkers still smoke.   cough, cough...Winner: Kirkland

-People are better looking and definitely better dressed in NY.  The two probably go hand in hand.  Maybe I just thought they looked better b/c they dressed well?  Winner: NYC

-Oh my gosh, it was bone-chilling face freezing cold.  Winner: Kirkland

-NYC has cleaned up its streets a lot.  Nice job. Not nearly as much trash/clutter as I remember. Winner: Draw (NYC for effort and we already rock at this) 

JanEnd2015 102  <-----With the exception of Juanita Bay when the water is low--what is happening here????  Ew.  Any city park people read this blog??? Clean up on Aisle 10 please...

- I love the melting pot vibe of NY. All races, colors, religions  mix-matched and mashed together and just enjoying their days together.   Winner: NYC/ Draw (we'd embrace diversity too if there was more )

-I know they don't have the rep for it, but those city dwellers are WAY friendlier than we are.  Everyone seems happy in their job and smiles/engages/says hello/stop to help.  They might run you over in a crosswalk, but there is an underlying caring and camaraderie with which they embrace their moments. It's an appreciation for life or an inner warmth towards their fellow man. Winner: NYC

-Something was missing.  Couldn't place it.  But then it became clear.  It was that extra sparkle in your eye, the energy in your walk, and the jersey on your back when YOUR TEAM is going to the Superbowl.  You know what I'm talking about.  You can just feel it.  Winner: Kirkland/12th man 

GO HAWKS!!

Here's my Seahawks Hair.  Thank you Cindy/Mermaid Hair Extensions! Hurry and go get yours- they're free!

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Google12 And on the Google campus, today's work included making a human blue/green 12!! (photo credit: Matt Welsh/Jeremy Elson)



 

 


Congrats to Kirkland's Central Park Tennis Teams

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The greater Seattle area United States Tennis Association (USTA) play-offs were held recently, and all three Amateur Division Championships - 6.0, 7.0 and 8.0 - were won by Central Park Tennis Club teams from Kirkland! This is highly unusual in the amateur tennis world. Way to represent!
 
Each team beat out lots of strong division champs from around the area. Now the players are all preparing to go to the Northwest U.S. Sectional Playoffs in Sunriver Oregon Sept. 12-14 for a chance to go to the National Championship Tournament.  Good luck!!