December 14, 2014 at 6:00 AM
RAVE To the wonderful people who stopped to assist me after I was hit by a car while crossing a local intersection. I was thrown onto the wet, cold street, where I had to lie until help arrived. Despite holding up traffic during rush hour, drivers and passengers got out of their cars to call for emergency assistance, placed a heavy towel over me to keep me warm and offered reassurance that I’d be fine. The kindness shown by these strangers was a reminder of why I love living in the Pacific Northwest and gives me cause to be especially thankful this holiday season.
RANT To the family of a drunken driver arrested for driving the wrong way on a busy road, and to anyone who has a family member who endangers not only their own life but many others: get a clue and get them help before it’s too late!
RAVE AND RANT Rave to Seattle firefighters who rescued 11 of us from an elevator jammed between two floors in a downtown parking garage for nearly an hour. Rant to the garage operators for a poorly maintained elevator, broken emergency intercom and for making us still pay for parking.
RANT AND RAVE Rant to the cancer care center receptionist who gave us a blank look of utter boredom and whose only words were to ask for my husband’s insurance card. Every person registering there is anxious and scared about a cancer diagnosis and could really use a friendly smile and “May I help you?” Big rave to the rest of the staff who were kind and professional.
RAVE Congratulations to the University of Washington women’s volleyball team on a spectacular season with a team record of 25 consecutive wins in one of the most dominant conferences in women’s volleyball.
RANT AND RAVE Rant to neighbors who leave overflowing bowls of pet food outdoors, attracting mice and rats to our neighborhood. Rave to Animal Control for resolving the problem so professionally. Since the food’s been cleaned up, there’s been nary a mouse to be seen.
RAVE For the staff, volunteers, singers, and SPD officers who made the 28th annual Figgy Pudding Street Corner Caroling Competition such a rousing, festive, fun and well-managed event, a holiday tradition raising much-needed funds to support Pike Market Senior Center and Food Bank. It was so heartening to see the enthusiastic turnout.
RANT To the hardware store with nonstop, high-decibel playing of the ghastliest Christmas music I’ve ever heard. Was that really a hip-hop rendition of “The Little Drummer Boy”? I won’t be back until the holidays are over.
RAVE To construction companies/builders who decorate their cranes with holiday lights, making the skyline more joyous!