In Pete we trust!

Folks, it is NOT a happy night in Strohville, the Valente Household or Seattle in general.  As most of you I am sure know, the Seahawks lost a heartbreaker in the Super Bowl.  So, after spending the last 3 hours getting the Manchild home after the game, I stopped on the way home for cheap bottle of wine (Thank GAWD for Boomtown wine and that dry January is over) and I decided I needed to get this written before I head for bed. Continue reading “In Pete we trust!”

The Apple Cup and Snow always means magic

You know, I can’t help but get a bit nostalgic when the Saturday before Thanksgiving hits.  From the year I started in WSU, 1982, until very recently, this was the day of the Apple Cup.  That legendary game between the WSU Cougars and those other guys who have a school on the lake.

I have many memories of Apple Cups past, and yep, we have lost a lot more than we have one over the years.  But whenever I think of the Apple Cup, my most vivid memory was 29 years ago, 1985, when Seattle came to a standstill due to snow, and the Cougar Band was in the middle of it. Continue reading “The Apple Cup and Snow always means magic”

Now I remember why I avoid parades.

It’s not often I can remember things from almost 30 years ago.  But in this case I can.  Until today, the very last time I went to a parade on purpose (not counting stumbling over a Disneyland parade) was the Daffodil Parade of 1987.  At the time, the father of the girl I was dating was a Daffodilian.  This was the group in charge of the Daffodil festivities, and they all donned yellow jackets to march at the very END of the parade.

The family (and boyfriends evidently) of these people were given the opportunity to sit in the bleachers at the very end of the route.  I distinctly remember offering my seat to be given to someone “more deserving”, but I was outvoted (and though her mom was a great lady, one did NOT argue with) so I was there for hours….  (For the record I thought he was the coolest guy and had the biggest smile as he waved walking past)

That was the last parade I went to….Until today! Continue reading “Now I remember why I avoid parades.”

The Best Part

Folks, it’s after 9 here North of Seattle.  the fireworks in my neighborhood have stopped, Michelle is asleep on the couch, everyone has gone home and its quiet.

A little less than 2 hours ago though, it was a war zone outside!  My Seahawks kick some serious ass and, even though every ‘expert’ said it would be a close game that we’d lose, we ran all over the Broncos!  That in itself was fantastic.


But honestly it wasn’t the best part. Continue reading “The Best Part”

OK, Today was a Very Fun Work Day!

Just like anyone, my work day can very much vary from one day to another.  Some days are good, some ok and some can be pretty darn crappy.  It just depends on the day.  The good thing is I like my job and a lot of the people  I work with.  So I have more good days than bad.

Today, though, was great and it had nothing to do with work I did today!  Continue reading “OK, Today was a Very Fun Work Day!”