November 26, 2010
NEW — 6 a.m. Nov. 26, 2010
The day after Thanksgiving is the busiest day of the year for plumbers.
Black Friday is best known for door-buster sales and the busiest day of the year for retailers. But Thanksgiving excess — think grease and food down the drain, plus houseguests — puts a strain on household plumbing.
For Washington residents in need of a Black Friday plumber, the state Department of Labor & Industries advises people to choose carefully.
“Not all plumbers are created equal,” Bruce Springer, technical specialist of plumber certification at L&I, said in a statement. “Professional plumbers have specialized training and certification from the state.”
November 23, 2010
Keep peace, patience this holiday weekend
Choo choo! The Polar Express is on its way.
That’s right, we’re on our way to another holiday season filled with gratuitous joy, massive family gatherings and sweaters strung with blinking lights. And there isn’t a single thing you can do to stop it.
Terrifying? Absolutely. Fun? Always.
And it officially starts this weekend, with Thanksgiving and Black Friday — perhaps two of the most lively and simultaneously horrifying days of the entire year.
Obviously, Thanksgiving is about the food, and recording the amount you eat in pounds instead of servings. Fun? You bet. Each year, I look forward to bursting through my pants like The Incredible Hulk in the presence of my extended family. Read more
August 4, 2009
All this talk of weather has me hot under the collar
What a year of weather we’ve had so far. Record snow, record rain and now we have record heat.
It’s official; we are obsessed with records no matter how miserable things have to get to reach them. And I understand the obsession completely. If we have nothing to show for it, what’s the point of being inconvenienced with weeks of snow, flooded streets and homes, and now, temperatures that make your blood boil. Is it not enough that glaciers are melting but we have to as well?
But hey, this heat I’m spewing is because I’m a local. I like it here, not just because of the great schools, beautiful scenery and a local economy that’s in better condition than most of the country and has yet to collapse, with the major exception of WAMU, but also because our weather rarely surprises me. Read more