Note to Rant&Rave fans: We want to know your rants (or raves — c’mon, there might be something to rave about) related to the I-90 lane closures, which are in effect through July 25. Send yours to firstname.lastname@example.org; put “I-90” in the subject line. We’ll blog, and put in print, a selection of your responses.
RAVE To the wonderful security folks at Safeco Field who quickly reunited my 7-year-old grandson with his careless grandfather at last Sunday’s game. And a shout-out to our wonderful all-star Robinson Cano, who tossed him a ball and later gave him his signed jersey. That wasn’t related to our earlier problem but sure washed the bad memory away. What a classy player we have in Robinson Cano. Go Mariners!
RANT To the people I saw openly smoking pot and drinking alcohol on recent visits to Golden Gardens beach. Since when is it legal to have an open container of alcohol or smoke pot in public? Where’s the promised enforcement for the new marijuana law? Such a shame, since this park is frequented by people of all ages, including families with young children. Is the message we want to give them — that you can get away with breaking the law? A few undercover patrols might clean this up before the park gets a bad reputation.
RAVE For all the elite runners who participated in the Run of the Mill 5K, giving their all in the race then taking up places on the sidelines to cheer on every last runner and walker toward the finish line. After running at a blistering pace and setting course records, they were an inspiration to those of us striving to become faster, and as they cheered, clapped and posed for photos with kids, they were an inspiration to everyone who would like to become a better human being.
RANT To the hospital that left me a $28 ticket when I was 20 minutes late after paying for six hours of parking. The surgery of a friend took longer than anyone expected and I certainly intended to pay for the extra time.
RAVE To SPU music students and EMP Museum for sponsoring a music therapy camp for special-needs kids. The SPU volunteers were amazing, kind and so generous with their time and talents. And a huge shoutout to EMP for providing space and a welcoming atmosphere during the busy tourist season. There are few opportunities like this for kids with autism, and everyone involved made the week so special. Thank you!
RANT To the two young men who took a beautiful blue starfish from the beach at a recent low tide at Carkeek Park.
RAVE To the man in line behind me at Bartells buying eight packages of his hard-to-find favorite cookies. Afterward, in the parking lot, he handed me a package, so kind and unselfish of him, and he was right: DE-licious!