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August 17, 2014 at 6:00 AM

Rant & Rave: Enough intrusive questions

RAVE To the Edmonds school district for providing free full-time kindergarten to all students at some schools this year, and kudos to their weeklong jump-start program to acclimate the new kindergartners to school and assess their skills so the teachers have an understanding of their new students. The parents’ meeting was helpful and very informative. Thanks to all for your hard work.

RANT To employees at stores, banks, etc. who ask “How is your day going?” Or, worse, “Do you have any fun plans for the weekend?” Are these questions coming out of a corporate feel-good training convention? Not everyone is having a great day in that often busy moment, and why would I want to think about it while I’m watching the questioner’s scanner add up my goods, writing a check, or just returning from a funeral? These weird questions go beyond a simple “How are you?” and I consider them intrusive and awkward to deal with without sounding like I’m the rude person in this scene. My answer: “Ask me no questions and I’ll tell you no lies.”

RAVE For the kind people at downtown Nordstrom’s for creating a smooth and memorable experience for a woman anticipating her 100th birthday. The efficient concierge who arranged for a wheelchair; the cheerful valets; the accommodating cafe staff; and gracious Stephanie, the personal shopper, who found the party outfit — everyone made this 99 year old feel special!

RANT To our neighbors who’ve had frequent parties this summer that include a number of very young children and continue past 10 p.m. and halfway through the night with kids whining, crying and screaming. They’re tired and we’re tired of hearing them and of your obliviousness to them and to your neighbors who would appreciate a quiet evening.

RAVE AND RANT Rave for Seattle Mariners Ladies Night — at least they had one. Rant that the national anthem and the first pitch were done by men. I guess they couldn’t find any women? Boo.

RAVE Our group of eight got to Safeco too late to get a Lou Piniella bobble head for our visiting friends’ young boys at Lou Piniella Mariners Hall of Fame Night.   When the family in front of us heard us talking, they offered two of theirs to our very surprised and very grateful boys! It made a real impression on all of us and the kids raved about the kindness of Seattle fans several times over the evening. A big thank you to the fans who made an already awesome night at Safeco even more memorable.

RAVE To the Seattle Police Officer who came into a Capitol Hill ice cream shop to buy a cone for a shoeless, very dirty and bad smelling homeless gentleman outside.

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