Storms

As the rains reappear in our skies, leaving pools, puddles and damp concrete, I remember all the great storms from my past here in Seattle. At only one time during my 50+ years of residence on Queen Anne Hill did our power fail. It all depended on which substation covered your residence. We had the one down on Sixth Avenue North near Denny Way. Another time the power failed on Thanksgiving, but it was during a storm on the north side of the Hill, not our side.

Those two lapses of power remind me that we were unusually lucky in the respect that the fierce storms of the 1940s-1960s were mostly rumbling of thunder and rarely lightning. The occasions when lightning appeared were few and far apart. …Continue reading “Storms”

Reunions & Farewells

I spent a recent weekend splitting my personality between American Radio Theater’s annual Radio Studio, held at Pioneer Hall by Madison Park, and with 80+ members of my high school graduating class of 1961. The latter event was our 55th anniversary of graduation from Queen Anne High School. It brought back some warm memories of good teachers and classes which ‘rocked’ as far as both learning and entertainment can co-exist.

We talked about the many changes on and around Queen Anne Hill – looking across from the south end of Magnolia Bluff at the Seattle Yacht Club’s marina headquarters. A number of classes have held their reunions here, and it was a welcome venue in both site and hour choice – 4-8 p.m. Most could drive home while it was still fairly light out. …Continue reading “Reunions & Farewells”

Anniversaries

A year of anniversaries: helped a friend’s mother celebrate her 100th and will help my sister celebrate her 75th birthday at the end of August. It has been more than 20 years since we first began exploring Mount Pleasant Cemetery, but the ensuing years have given us depth and understanding of many lives whose remains were placed in this cemetery. Some of the founders of Seattle and its neighborhoods, some of the movers and shakers from then until now, and some of the stories of disasters, tragedies and triumphs, all rest within a forty-acre location. …Continue reading “Anniversaries”