June 17, 2014
In keeping with the tradition of previous years, this is the condensed, edited commencement speech I heard from a student or adult at graduation that, in my opinion, stood out from the rest. Enjoy!
— Greg Farrar
Tom Haff, Faculty Speaker
Issaquah High School
Hey, gang. This is going to be really hard for me, because they only gave me six minutes.
Let’s say that you stepped outside of Key Arena and you traveled close to the speed of light, like 99.99999 percent the speed of light, for those six minutes, and you came back still wearing your cap and gown. But the earth’s clock will have gone by for 10 years. I calculated those.
June 10, 2014
A special thanks to those who turned out for the D-Day ceremony at Veterans’ Memorial Field on June 6.
People were thrilled to see three P-51 Mustangs soar over the field twice, coming lower the second time to give people a closer look at the intricately painted planes.
There were more than 50 veterans in attendance, many from World War II. Several of them had tears in their eyes as they watched the planes.
June 3, 2014
I cannot wait for all the boring nonfiction I will read this summer.
As I have bragged about here, I ran another marathon last month. Needing 18 weeks of training, I decided to return one last time to the “Wheel of Time” fantasy series, written by Robert Jordan. I started the 14-book saga when I was 15, reading it with my father.
Over the years, we have both gone back to reread it as new books in the series are released. With the last book released in 2014, I decided it would make for an interesting path to listen to the 13 books I previously read while running and then read the final book to close this long chapter of my life. This decision left me with two realizations.
May 27, 2014
Manage the risk, don’t avoid it
With spring weather quietly coming in “on little cat feet,” more motorcycles are disrupting the silence. In another month, they will be thicker than fleas on a hog’s back.
As they roar, whine or putt putt(depending on the type), wiping out the delightful sounds of birds, frogs and crickets, a spouse or mother somewhere is arguing, to usually no avail, with a loved one about buying one of these death traps.
Rather than fight this losing battle, which will leave everyone feeling badly, why not take the risk management approach? With a little education, the risk can almost be eliminated, which is more than you can say for many other adrenaline producing sports.
May 20, 2014
Thanks to the village for honoring veterans
They say it takes a village to raise a child. Well, I can tell you it also takes a village to put out the annual Lest We Forget section honoring our annual veterans.
This year’s section is the fifth one we’ve done, and it’s bigger and better than ever.
We were able to write stories about three local World War II veterans and two Vietnam veterans, the most stories we’ve ever done for the section.
May 13, 2014
One of my favorite things to do at home in the evenings is to stretch out on the couch, a cold beer at my elbow, and use the magical creation known as Netflix to catch up on some great television shows.
For the better part of the last several months, my wife and I became absolutely hooked on “Breaking Bad,” which has rightly been lauded as one of the finest TV programs ever created.
Some nights, we’d binge on four or five 45-minute episodes. We simply couldn’t get enough of meth magician Walter White, his protégé/second son Jesse Pinkman and their drug-dealing adventures that eventually spilled out of control.
May 6, 2014
Mother’s Day isn’t until May 11, but I celebrated a little early last week with my mom.
Although she lives just a little less than 300 miles south, as the crow flies to Oregon, it proves to be just far enough that I only take the occasional visit.
I plan to make her a regular entry on my social calendar.
April 29, 2014
Six years ago, I wondered how this community would respond to an effort to honor its veterans.
I talked with our then-publisher about what I wanted to do, received a substantial discount in the cost of printing what I had in mind and set about raising the money to launch the project.
My idea — run a photo and some information about every veteran from this community, past and present, whether he or she served in war or peacetime, living or deceased.
Hoping for some assistance with the undertaking, I asked Dave Waggoner, of the local Veterans of Foreign Wars chapter and a Vietnam vet, if he would help.
April 22, 2014
My 14-year-old granddaughter Kait and I caught a Metro bus for a trip from the Issaquah Highlands Park & Ride to downtown Seattle to board the Seattle Great Wheel. It was my first time on a Ferris wheel and her first time on Metro.
The Ferris wheel was fun, but being introduced to Metro will be more useful for her as she grows up. This was my second time since moving here to ride Metro to downtown Seattle. The first time was to take in a motorcycle show at the Washington Convention Center.
Many years ago, I used Metro when visiting Seattle from Alaska. I could catch it at the airport and make my way around Seattle without the hassle of renting a car. I have also found mass transit the efficient way around London, San Francisco, Chicago and Washington, D.C.
April 15, 2014
I hope you have opinions, citizens of Issaquah, because they could really come in handy.
The next few months seem yet again chock full of important decisions that the City Council will make. I have heard and reported repeatedly that they want public input on all matters that will impact the future of Issaquah. So, this is another message to encourage you to take them up on that.
Let’s think about what’s to come over the next several months. And, keep in mind, this is your government and you should you tell it what you think.
While the City Council extended the marijuana moratorium, it expects the ban to lift in July. As the council continues to look at how a recreational marijuana business should operate in Issaquah, let it know how you feel.
Two public input meetings left the Park Board with a recommendation to build a new skate park in the Tibbetts Valley Park, across from the park & ride. How does that strike you?