Monday, September 1, 2014

It's Back to School Time!

One of the most important things to remember this coming week and throughout the school year is,

“If you’re gonna be late. You’re gonna be late.”

Most of the K12 schools in the Puget Sound Region start the 2014 - 2015 school year this next week, the first week of September after Labor Day. I have to admit I dread it. Why? Traffic.

Dear citizens, neighbors and students who drive...
Don’t be surprised next week when you see a lot of school buses on the roads. Those quieter summer mornings are over with and getting out of your neighborhoods to get to work is going to take you a little bit longer. Drive careful, there will be a lot of little one’s by the side of the road with a parent, big brother, sister or neighbor walking to the bus stop. Slow down...

There will also be a lot of older kids without escort and if you know kids a few of them will be goofing off and not paying attention to the traffic. High Schooler’s, some of you will catch the bus, but many of you will be driving.

Please remember there is no ‘faster’  way to drive to school without putting yourself and everyone around you in peril.

School bus in Orting, Washington with Mt Rainier in the background.

The area colleges start the 2014 Fall Quarter anywhere from September 2nd through October 1st. Many of you live in the suburbs because you’re at home or because rent is a lot cheaper outside the city. You’ll be driving to town on the freeways during the commute. Please please please be patient. Most of the commuters headed into the city for work know the routine. Cooperation and courtesy will win the day and make it better for everyone.

You will not get to school on time by constantly weaving from lane to lane and trying to pass every single car in front of you. The only thing you will accomplish is slowing the entire commute down and now everyone is going to be late. Seriously, it’s pretty much pick a lane and stay in it. If you haven’t noticed all lanes go faster than the one you’re in, then they don’t.

After decades of commuting I can tell you no matter what lane you are in or how many cars and trucks you pass, we’re all going to get to that exit at about the exact same time, give or take a car or two.

Lastly, make sure you have enough gas. I know you drive a compact car that gets good mileage and your calculations give you pretty good odds you just might make it all the way to school and back, you’re using the wrong math.

You can’t factor gas consumption based on the manufacturers estimated highway mileage. The commute EATS GAS!

Be safe, learn a lot, have fun and don't forget, "If you’re gonna be late, you’re gonna be late."

It's back to school time was originally published on Activerain.com

Friday, August 29, 2014

Cowboy Through the Looking Glass

Have you ever had that feeling like you just arrived from the past? I have.
This has been one of those weeks where a lot of random thoughts that didn’t appear to have anything to do with each other suddenly came together and brought new insight.
I'm sure it has much to do with this time of year. As we head into Labor Day weekend I reflect back over a long beautiful summer then ironically catch myself saying, “But it went by so fast.” What’s next?
It’s kind of like being immersed in that epic novel you thought would take forever to read but got lost in its time only to wake up on the last page wishing it would never end.

Cowboy through the looking glass.
Cowboy Through the Looking Glass, by René Fabre. Click on the image for full size viewing on Google Plus Photos.


Like the cowboy through the looking glass I’m feeling a sense of arrival. Like endings and beginnings at the same time I’m looking forward to Autumn. It’s going to be a busy season full of new workshops, classes, people and activity. I’m grateful for this summer and its story may be ending but its wonderful memories will not.
Anyway, there’s a new story just ahead and it’s about to begin!
Enjoy the holiday weekend!

Cowboy Through the Looking Glass was originally published on Activerain.com

Friday, June 27, 2014

Leavenworth International Accordion Celebration 2014

I had the good fortune to be in Leavenworth on Saturday, June 21, 2014. It was day 3 of the Leavenworth International Accordion Celebration. The Northwest Accordion Society has been hosting this event for over 25 years.

I can't think of more perfect setting than Leavenworth, Washington to have this 4 day festival with its "Bavarian Village" theme, nestled in Mission Valley on the Wenatchee River and surrounded by the Cascade Mountains.

Leavenworth, Washington.

My Dad, Al Fabre, would have had a blast today! He was an exceptionally gifted accordionist of many styles and played professionally for almost 50 years. I kind of felt like I was his ambassador this day and really enjoyed meeting a few of his old friends that knew and/or studied with him.

Accordions on display at the Leavenworth International Accordion Celebration.

So many beautiful accordions of all sizes and colors. I haven't been around accordions for several years with the exception of catching an occasional performance by John Giuliani Jr., another family friend and gifted musician.

Accordions of every color and size in Leavenworth WA at the Accordion Festival, June 21, 2014.

I want to get this on my calendar for next year soon. I only had the one day to be there but seeing all of these accordions and hearing some great players in the Front Street Park in Leavenworth really made a call to my soul.

A beautiful wood grain Petosa accordion.

Dad met Joe Petosa Sr. back in the late 1940's and ever since then he exclusively played Petosa Accordions for the rest of his long career. They had a great friendship and a lot of respect for each other. Petosa built him a few one of kind custom accordions to fit his slender fingers and added a few extra keys to his liking.

As I mentioned above, Dad played clubs for years and had a very loyal base of fans that followed him everywhere he played around the Pacific Northwest. He also taught lessons in our home in Earlington, Renton, Washington in his studio downstairs. Hardly a day went by we didn't hear accordions most of the day growing up. Great memories!

Leavenworth International Accordion Celebration
Northwest Accordion Society
Petosa Accordions

Ballet, untitled 1980

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Love those big flat bottom boats.

The Washington State Ferries.

I can’t imagine a Washington without those big flat bottom boats. They’re part of our Pacific Northwest consciousness. So many of our towns around here are on the waterfront. For me it’s a fun way to get somewhere, but for thousands everyday it’s part of their daily commute.