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Yesterday I joined my friends Mike and Shelly Miksis for the 31st running of the Big Climb Seattle.  The general gist: thousands of folks walk/run Columbia Center’s stairs — from floors 4 to 73, to be exact — to raise money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.   It was my second Big Climb — because it sells out so fast, I last did it in 2013.   This outing was particularly special because Mike Miksis is currently battling lymphoma — quite successfully I might add.

My 6’5″ neighbor appears to be doing better in his battle with cancer than I’m doing with mine with Father Time: my 12:12 time was 40 seconds slower than my 2013 time.  That was T328/2754 overall; T288/1380 males; and 25/146 males age 45-49.  Not bad, but trending in the wrong direction.  All that really matters, though, is that Mike is trending in the right direction.  Next year we climb not for Mike the battler but Mike the survivor.



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Tonight Reese and I joined her buddy Sammy and dad Rob Wright for a night out at Roosevelt High School.  The occasion: RHS’s Jazz production of “The Nutcracker.”

It was quite the memorable evening — and not just because of the excellent show.  Getting there was quite the ordeal.  We left Marysville Pilchuck High School after Reese finished her last race. Given that it was only 5 pm, we thought we had plenty of time to get home and changed for the Wright’s 7 pm pickup.

Not exactly.

We stopped at Taco Time in Lynnwood for dinner.  After waiting twenty minutes, the staff hadn’t even started preparing our order.  After getting a refund, we left the place furious and starving and headed home.

Not so fast.

After navigating through the worst traffic I’ve seen in years, we finally arrived home at 6:45 pm.  A 45-minute drive took over twice that (with the ill-fated Taco Time visit included).

When the Wrights arrived we were ready, though.




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Today, while Reese is sailing the San Juan Islands, Finn attended his first Husky game.  With us were our friends John and Carter Ellis.

Final score: Huskies 48, Rutgers 13.

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And it could have been a lot worse than that.

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Last night Reese and I and her friends Charlotte and Emerson hit Seattle Center.  Our purpose: the Laurelettes’ first-ever outing, a game between the Dallas Wings and Seattle Storm.

We arrived plenty early.  Our first stop was the Center Fountain, where the girls played in the water despite temperatures that never reached 70:

From there we headed to the Armory, where we met up with six more Laurelettes and grabbed dinner at Mod Pizza.

After that it was to Key Arena for the Storm-Wings game.  The Storm prevailed by 8 or so — not that anyone was watching too intently.


After the game the girls were invited down to the floor to shoot a few hoops and snap a few photos:


If that outing was any indication, it’s gonna be a great three years for the Laurelettes.


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Today Reese, Finn, Emerson and I headed east.  Our destination: the TPC Snoqualmie, for the first round of the Boeing Classic.  Lots of great sightings — John Daly, Colin Montgomerie and Bernhard Langer among them.  My chief takeaways: (1) those Champions Tour guys can still really stripe it; and (2) most of them need stylists, or at least tailors.

A few photos:

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Today the kids and I hopped Sound Transit and headed downtown.  Our destination: Safeco Field.  The occasion: the final game in a three-game series between the Mariners and the Angels.  It also happened to be the final game in a three-game long weekend celebration of newly-minted Hall of Famer Ken Griffey, Jr.  On Saturday the M’s retired his number: today it was Ken Griffey Jr. jersey giveaway.

We weren’t three of the first 20,000 fans so we didn’t get three, but we’ll survive.

The day turned out great.  The M’s beat the Angels 3-1 to secure a three-game sweep of their division rivals.  Angels great Mike Trout struck out four times, but did rob Leonys Martin of a grand slam.  The M’s are now 57-53 — in second place and seven games out of first.

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Today the family ventured to south Lake Washington for the kids’ second running of the Seafair Kids Triathlon.   The race was supposed to be a 100-yard swim, 3-mile bike and 500-yard run, but the “swim” was more a run through water and the bike was closer to one mile than three.

All in all, the kids did much better than in 2015.  Reese finished in a time of  10:34 — good for 84th place in a field of 113.  A very slow transition because of some shoe malfunctions ended her chances.  Finn finished in 8:43 — 25th overall and the fastest 7-under in the field.  (Ten other athletes were in that category: he was the fastest by 46 seconds.)   There wasn’t a lot of room for error in this race: the winner, an eleven-year old boy, finished with a time of 7:19.

A little short, even for a kids’ tri-, if you ask me.

Afterwards we took a quick trip to Seattle Center.  Regrettably we missed the Bite of Seattle — it was last weekend — but we still had a fun time frollicking in the fountain.

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