Two weekends ago, Reese and I and our Pink Pandas Y-Guides circle spent the weekend at Camp Orkila on Orcas Island.

This weekend it was Finn’s turn, this with his LightningHawks circle.   A few photos:

8 Etruria, Apt. A

For a long time, the duplex at 8 Etruria Street on Queen Anne was the dog of the Jenkins Properties portfolio.

Not anymore.

Thanks to a five-month remodel project that Cole spearheaded, the top floor apartment is now something we’re all extremely proud of.  I’m blown away at how nice it turned out — in some ways, it’s even nicer than casa de Jenkins.  A few photos:

And the details:

  • 930 square feet.
  • $2095/month
  • 2 bedroom
  • 1 bath
  • Fantastic location — 5-10 minute drive to Amazon campus; walk to Fremont; 3-minute drive to 15th Avenue (west).
  • Front yard (yard service included in rent); no back yard
  • W/d in unit
  • Attic storage
  • Parking in back
  • Back deck
  • Pay 1/2 utilities (split with separate entrance apartment located below)
  • First, last and $1,000 security deposit due up front

Camp Orkila 2015

Reese and I spent the last forty hours at Camp Orkila in the San Juan Islands.  It was our last of three trips there as members of the Pink Pandas.  That chapter is now done.

A few photos:

Back from three days in the Midwest with Norman Cheuk and his buddy slash my new friend Karl Stricker.

The boys weekend began in the Windy City.  The destination: Wrigley Field for a Cardinals-Cubs game.  After that I hooked up with a few old friends before reuniting with Norman/Karl and Paul and Marcella Sharkey for drinks and dinner.

On Saturday we headed north to Wisconsin.  Our destination — Green Bay via Whistling Straits.  Karl and Norman played Whistling Straits’ Irish Course – I walked it.

That night we headed for Titletown — Green Bay, Wisconsin.

But for the result of the game — a 27-17 Seahawks loss to the Packers — it was a darn fun day filled with food, football and LOTS of partying:

Monday was probably the most remarkable day of all.  To make a long story short, Karl, Norman and I were packing our car when a local drove up, asked us if we’d had a good time, and ended up giving us a tour of his hometown.  We hit all the hot spots, including the Packers Heritage Trail and the birthplace of Curly Lambeau.

Green Bay wasn’t populated or remarkable for much other than its sleepiness, but I’ll say this: it’s tough to imagine a friendlier bunch of people or a better place to visit for an NFL game.

The first day of school is finally here.  Emphasis on the “finally” because Seattle teachers have been on strike and we ended up starting six days late.  Agreement reached, required photo taken:

First Day School

Another wet Sunday morning, another Y-Guides kickball game.  This time it was the Pink Pandas and Emma J’s first grade circle.  Finn and a few other siblings joined as well.

After the game the Seahawks opened their 2016 season with a 34-31 loss to the St. Louis Rams.  As bad as the ‘Hawks were I was worse as a photographer.  This is about all I could muster:


The location — Vertical World in Magnolia.

The occasion — indoor, on-a-rope climbing at one of Seattle’s first climbing gym.

The birthday boy — Finn.

A few photos:


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