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!”

Super Bowl Fever!

As anyone who watches any football at all knows, the Super Bowl is a little over a week away.  This year, my home town team, the Seattle Seahawks will be in it playing the Denver Broncos.  This is pretty damn cool for me, as I remember watching these two teams playing each other back when they were both part of the AFC west.

In one memorable game, back at WSU, the Mudsucker and I were watching this game.  Part way through, I realized I hadn’t heard him say a word or make a sound in quite a while.  I turned to look at him and I swear the man was comatose!  Glassy eyed, barely breathing.  I was ready to strip some wires and jump start his heart!

That is until the last play of the game when the Broncos field goal attempt bounced off the upright!  He ran hootin and hollerin up and down the hallway for half an hour!  This is my favorite memory of these two teams!  Hopefully next week will be a brand new one!

My company, PEMCO Insurance is doing all it can to make it happen! Continue reading “Super Bowl Fever!”

I’ll admit it, I thought we were in trouble.

We all know I am a diehard WSU COUG fan.  I always will be.  But this time of year, with college over, the attention changes to the Seattle Seahawks.  And attention it is!  I have to tell you, that when the Hawks are playing in the regular season, you see Seahawk blue and 12th man flags everywhere!

But when, like now, they are in the play offs, the town erupts.  It, for all intents and purposes, feels like one giant college campus getting ready for the rivalry game.  Hell, even my company gets in the act.  This is our lobby at PEMCO.



So yep. I was blue Fridayed up, and ready to watch today, but I am going to come clean.  I did NOT think we would pull it off! Continue reading “I’ll admit it, I thought we were in trouble.”

I felt the Magic and never lost it!

I have kind of been on a roll here with my posts about being a Washington State University Cougar.  Go COUGS!  I thought, though, I should explain why I am being inspired to write so many of these lately.  A week from Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, is the Applecup.  

Holding the Apple Cup!
Holding the Apple Cup!

This is our annual rivalry game.  There is no time during the rest of the year that the Crimson and Gray blood of my COUG faithful pumps harder. 

Winning this game can save an otherwise dismal season (as it did last year). 


Losing this game can put a taint on an otherwise perfect record, one that won’t be forgotten ever.  I look forward to it every year, and I get louder than normal the week before hand.  When we win, Husky fans avoid me like the plague at work.  When we lose, I am already fired up for next year.

Today, though, during my lunch time walk, I realized something.  This game was my first introduction to what it meant to be a COUG! Continue reading “I felt the Magic and never lost it!”