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For the last few years snowflakes have been as common in Seattle as Trump voters.

Not today.

We awoke to our first appreciable snow in probably two years.

We were at the park by 9 am.  So was the rest of the neighborhood.

Sledding was lousy, but we made up for it with a great neighborhood snowball fight.  Adults — meaning me and Chris Landman — against roughly 15 neighborhood kids.

We lost.

Last night, the Jenkins family ventured downtown.  Our destination: the Space Needle.  The reason: our tenth anniversary, and we brought the kids along with us.

It was my first time up in the Needle in about thirty-plus years.  Neither the kids nor Rhonda had ever been there.

Dinner was excellent if a bit pricey.  I passed on the $99 filet.

A few photos:

The kids frequently ask me about the differences between “the left” and “the right.”  Usually I say something like “lefties are intolerant and have no problem behaving like juveniles.”   But recently I stumbled on a left v. right primer from conservative commentator Dennis Prager and I thought it worth memorializing here:

 

Source of Human Rights

Left: government

Right: the Creator

 

Human Nature

Left: basically good (Therefore, society is primarily responsible for evil.)

Right: not basically good (Therefore, the individual is primarily responsible for evil.)

 

Economic Goal

Left: equality

Right: prosperity

 

Primary Role of the State

Left: increase and protect equality

Right: increase and protect liberty

 

Government

Left: as large as possible

Right: as small as possible

 

Family Ideal

Left: any loving unit of people

Right: a married father and mother, and children

 

Guiding Trinity

Left: race, gender and class

Right: liberty, In God We Trust and e pluribus unum

 

Good and Evil

Left: relative to individual and/or society

Right: based on universal absolutes

 

Humanity’s Primary Division(s)

Left: rich and poor; strong and weak

Right: good and evil

 

Ideal Primary Identity of an American

Left: world citizen

Right: American citizen

 

How to Make a Good Society

Left: abolish inequality

Right: develop each citizen’s moral character

 

View of America

Left: profoundly morally flawed; inferior to any number of European countries

Right: greatest force for good among nations in world history

 

Gender

Left: a social construct

Right: male and female

 

Most Important Trait to Cultivate in a Child

Left: self-esteem

Right: self-control

 

Worth of the Human Fetus

Left: determined by the mother

Right: determined by society rooted in Judeo-Christian values

 

Primary Source of Crime

Left: poverty, racism and other societal flaws

Right: the criminal’s malfunctioning conscience

 

Place of God and Religion in America

Left: secular government and secular society

Right: secular government and religious society

 

American Exceptionalism

Left: chauvinistic doctrine

Right: historical reality

 

Greatest Threat to the World

Left: environmental catastrophe (currently global warming)

Right: evil (currently radical Islamist violence)

 

International Ideal

Left: world governed by the United Nations, and no single country is dominant

Right: world in which America is the single strongest entity

 

Primary Reason for Lack of Peace in Middle East

Left: Israeli settlements in the West Bank

Right: Palestinian, Arab and Muslim denial of Jewish state’s right to exist

 

Purpose of Art

Left: challenge status quo and bourgeois sensibilities

Right: produce works of beauty and profundity to elevate the individual and society

 

Guns

Left: ideally universally abolished, except for use by police, the armed forces and registered sportsmen

Right: ideally widely owned by responsible individuals for self-protection and the protection of others

 

Race

Left: intrinsically significant

Right: intrinsically insignificant

 

Racial, Ethnic and Gender Diversity at Universities

Left: most important

Right: far less important than ideological diversity

 

Black America’s Primary Problem

Left: racism

Right: lack of fathers

 

Greatest Playwright

Left: entirely subjective; there is no greatest playwright

Right: Shakespeare

 

War

Left: not the answer

Right: sometimes the only answer

 

Hate

Left: wrong, except when directed at the political

Right: wrong, except when directed at evil

 

Cultures

Left: all equal

Right: some are better than others

 

America’s Founding Fathers

Left: rich white male slave owners

Right: great men who founded the greatest society

 

Purpose of Judges

Left: pursue social justice

Right: pursue justice

 

National Borders

Left: a relic of the past

Right: indispensable for national survival

 

View of Illegal Immigrants

Left: welcomed guests

Right: illegal immigrants

 

Nature

Left: intrinsically valuable

Right: made for man

Whistler 2017

Last year, my buddy Simon bought a quarter share condo at the Evolution building in Creekside, Whistler.

This past weekend, Reese and I joined him and his daughter, Paige, there.

Two days of epic skiing.  We didn’t exactly nail it in the photo department, but we did manage a few:

Another January 1, another Polar Bear Plunge at Alki Beach.  This one was particularly crisp — 33 degrees outside with four inches of snow about four miles away.  45 degrees in the water — it was a quick in and out.

A few photos:

Christmas 2016

Another holiday season, another time Santa spent extra time at the Jenkins house.  A few photos from this holiday season (not shown: the Frischer’s Christmas party):

The Kids Go Caroling

Last night the kids experienced a first.

Christmas caroling.

I initially came up with the idea as an outing for Reese’s Laurelettes group, but I expanded it to include Finn’s LightningHawks group as well.   We had roughly ten kids and ten adults in total, which made for a nice-sized group.  We went up and down 50th Avenue NE in Laurelhurst before singing our final song at the home of Tisha and Darren Patt.  From there we hit the Laurelhurst Beach Club to watch the Christmas ships pass by.

I’ll remember the night as a great time out with family and friends.  Finn will remember it as the night he did his first-ever solo.  That’s right: Finn and a few of his buddies were so excited to get to the next house that I finally gave him an ultimatum: slow down or sing solo.

He didn’t, and he did.  At the home of the Laurelhurst Fletchers.

Just a guess, but we may do it again next year.