A few thoughts on cycling around Seattle 

​Was just reading through a bunch of articles about cycling, all centered in the Pacific NorthWest. Urban cycling, bicycle touring, city planning, healthy living and how cycling fits into a sustainable culture; filling my brain with ideas. A big thing: I need to get out and ride more. Of course, it’s been been quite chilly here around Puget Sound. And such things challenge my desire to ride. 

I’ve become much more of a fair weathered cyclist. At one point, the notion of being such horrified me. I was committed to riding, bike commuting, cycling as urban transport. A few accidents with cars (with broken bones and other fun) and myriad close calls, my tolerance for urban riding waned. Plus, moving back home to Seattle’s suburbs threw me deep into car culture. Riding became a weekend hobby. I hate this. 

The desire to return to deep immersion into bike culture hits me regularly. It rebounds off of the suburban car culture, but bounces back. The overcommitted life, which is only manageable with a car, my 20 mile commute, the geographic spread of suburban life all factor in. 

I’m also weary of the challenge of getting exercise. I need to block time to get to the gym, versus just walking/riding all the time. There’s a community around cycling that’s pretty amazing. So many benefits to the cycle-centric life, and I miss them. 


Alaska Airlines to begin flights to 8 West Coast cities from Everett’s Paine Field this fall | The Seattle Times


I expect this is the start of significant changes in Snohomish county. Prixinuty to an airport makes Everett and the rest of the county that much more attractive for companies. Or so goes the theory. 

The county has been working to mitigate the traffic impacts. Hopefully that will be effective. 

What do you think? 

We’re Looking For A Home Detailer

Here’s the job description below. We’re a dynamic and fun team looking to make something really great in the local construction market.

Residential Home Detailer Wanted for Growing Construction Company (Snohomish County)

Compensation: Depending on Abilities
Employment typeFull Time

This person will report to our construction manager

We are looking for a highly motivated, energetic, enthusiastic, and hard-working person to help us maintain our jobsites throughout Snohomish County.

Responsibilities include but not limited to:

    • Walkthrough prep for new homeowners
    • Complete punch lists
    • Follow-up on warranty items
    • Landscaping
    • Fencing
    • Pick-up work


  • Ability to learn quickly
  • Transportation
  • Great “can-do” attitude
  • Able to follow instruction and meet goals and deadlines
  • Well rounded skill level
  • Minor Carpentry skills from millwork to framing
  • Ability to do drywall repairs, patches, texture & paint
  • Some knowledge of landscaping
  • Familiar with construction projects

If you’re interested, please reach out to me directly. We’ll then ask you to email a cover letter explaining your potential qualifications for this job, along with your resume.

Thank you for your interest!

What the Pho?

What the Pho?

Over the past several days, I’ve had pho at least thrice. Now, there aren’t as many pho places around here, yet, as there are teriyaki. But they’re making inroads. I can name 5 restaurants within a very short distance, and with great ease. Teriyaki, which should be the official foods of Seattle. It was a running joke, for awhile, that there was a stip mall, somewhere in Seattle, that didn’t have a teriyaki shop. Somewhere… So, as a comparison, I can think of 13 teriyaki shops in the same geographic area.
For me, these foods, Vietnamese soup and Japanese chicken, were my comfort foods. When I’m sick, nothing nagging me feel better than pho ga, or chicken soup. With a fan of Siracha, and a dollop of hoison. Perfect! And if I’m stressed, or feeling sad, mad or bad, teriyaki picks up my mood.

Now, there are variations. For teriyaki, I like it crisp, charred, solidly grilled. Others I know, prefer it cooked more gently. With pho, there’s pressed chicken vs shredded, with my preference being shredded.

A few of the foods that make the Puget Sound basin a unique place culturally. So, Bon Appetite!

I’m Back!

I’m Back!

Hey everyone,

Well, I’m coming back to this site. For the past little while, I’ve been writing at this self-hosted site: www.NotJustSeattle.com. As I’m getting out of the web-hosting business, I’m planning to bring everything back here. Additionally, I love the WordPress community that this site has.

I”ll be bring everything from that site over here over the next few weeks. I’m proud of all that work, and want it to remain vibrant and active.

If you haven’t been keeping up with me at one of my other sites, I’m now working for a construction company. It’s a dramatic shift from my work with C&K Real Estate, and, both exciting and intimidating as heck. I’ll write more about that soon.

Please connect with me on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. It’s fantastic to hear from everyone! I’m looking forward to growing things here.

Cascadia Art Museum’s First Annual Holiday Weekend

Cascadia Art Museum is hosting their first holiday weekend this weekend, with events starting this evening. Looks like a lot of fun!


First Annual Holiday Weekend

Thursday, Dec. 3 to Sunday, Dec. 6

Join us for our very first holiday weekend, packed with deals and events for the whole family!

  • Enjoy a 10% discount for non-members in the museum store these four days only!  Members receive a 20% discount!
  • Thursday 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. – 2 Hour Adult (11 and older) card making workshop with local artist Angela Bandurka.  Reservations are required.  Details below.
  • Saturday 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. – Free drop-in family card making workshop with Mona Fairbanks and April Richardson.  Details below.
  • Sunday at 1 p.m. – Weekly walk and talk with our curator David Martin, on the Vintage Christmas Card Show
  • Sunday at 3 p.m. – Slide show history of the Northwest Watercolor society led by David Martin.  Details below.
The Edmonds Christmas Trolley runs from noon to 6 p.m. on Saturday, offering free rides!
Free Cascadia Art Museum Tote Bag with a purchase of $100 or more!
Thursday, December 3, 2:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Cascadia Art Museum Multi-purpose Education Room
Adult (11 and older) card-making class with Angela Bandurka as she guides students through the process of painting an ornament with acrylic paint on watercolor paper as a holiday card for single use or multiple reproductions, or, as a framed work.
Cost: $10. Supplies provided. Museum admission not included.  30 participant maximum.  Reservations are required by contacting Tara Shadduck atadmin@cascadiaartmuseum.org.

Saturday, December 5, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Cascadia Art Museum Multi-purpose Education Room
Family drop-in card-making class with art educators Mona Fairbanks and April Richardson as they guide instruction on two card making genres: watercolor stamp making with pen work, and, small run, native plant printmaking on a portable printing press.
Cost: Free with Museum admission. Supplies provided. (Children 11 and under must be accompanied by an adult.)

Sunday, December 6, 3 p.m. Cascadia Art Museum Multi-purpose Education Room
Curator David Martin will lead a slide show lecture on the history of the Northwest Watercolor society.  Cost is $5 for the public, members may attend for free.  Seating is limited, so it will be first come, first served.

Everett’s Holiday on the Bay

Everett’s Holiday on the Bay

This email came through recently. As I love artisanal stuff, and the vibe of farmer’s markets, this looks like a great deal of holiday fun.


December 5th Everett Holiday on the Bay



Boats on Parade at the Port of Everett 6pm on Saturday December 5th

2015 Everett Farmers Market: Holiday Craft Fair


December 5th from 12 NOON to 6:30pm plan to shop local and support some of the many Vendors you have visited during the 2015 Everett Farmers Markets season.


Everett Farmers Market will have 33 Vendors in the Waterfront Center 1205 Craftsman Way. click here to see map for directions.


Plan to do your holiday shopping with local business.  Click the link below to see who will be at Holiday on the BayMake your list today!

See Vendors at the Holiday on the Bay click here

Print your Schedule of the day click here