A reader thought me insensitive Thursday for including the “smarty
pants” reference in
the story about a kid who helped police catch a hit-and-run
driver. While I don’t agree with her, I do admit to considering how
to best include the comment without diminishing what he did. I saw
it as a term of affection, not a knock, an acknowledgment that he’s
a kid as well as a hero. If someone calls my boy a “smarty pants,”
I’ll probably respond, “I know.”
I could be wrong.
The scene at Westpark Wednesday was pretty cool. Officer Floyd
May went into the computer lab at the community center to get him.
It can’t be too exciting to get called on by a cop. He led him
outside where he gave him the certificate.
As you read the story you may notice he’s a 9-year-old fifth
grader. Travonte said he started school when he was 4. He’s a smart
In addition to the certificate, he got some cards for free
sandwiches and free ice cream, which may have been why Jade Farnum,
the 7-year-old girl who got hit by the car, called Travonte a
“meanie” when he got the certificate. She got some freebies,
Twenty years ago I was an intern reporter in Washington, D.C.
and regularly took the metro to and from work. The metro is nice,
but it’s not the most social place, so I usually had my headset.
When I wasn’t listening to U2 and Bruce Springsteen, I was often
listening to Howard Jones.
He’ll be performing Friday at the Admiral.
The (Tacoma) News-Tribune’s Ernest Jasmin has a fun
point-counterpoint about Bremerton on his “Bring the Noise”
blog. He interviews MxPx drummer Yuri Riley. The group sings “Move
to Bremerton” and was in town for a concert at the Admiral put on
by the Kitsap County Consolidated Housing Authority. As a
counterpoint he interviews Sir Mix-A-Lot, who once performed the
song “Bremelo,” about an ample girl from hereabouts.
To get the full impact you’ve got to listen to the audio. If
you’re sensitive to feedback about the town (“Bremerton is
garbage,” says Sir.), brace yourself. Mix-A-Lot likes Silverdale
and says it’s a place he goes looking for, um, never mind. His
recollection of Bremerton, even though he performed at the Manette
Saloon not all that long ago, only comes from the area around the
ferry terminal, which he remembers as a McDonald’s and a bunch of
bars. Then he asks where you can get steak and lobster in
Anyone willing to treat Mr. Mix-A-Lot to dinner at Anthony’s and
a tour of downtown? Maybe you want to wait until the condos are
The Kitsap County Consolidated Housing Authority is using MxPx’s
song “Move to Bremerton” in a promotion for its condos, and on
Saturday it got a lot of folks on a boat to come see the band at
You can see the story and the slideshow
Drop out of school and run away
Quit your job, you got a place to stay
Pack your bags and hitch a ride
Bremerton’s a good place to reside — “Move to Bremerton” by
A story previewing the event can be read
Chris Hugo, Bremerton’s community development director since
November 2000, was fired by the city Tuesday.
Since getting back and taking a few days off after my
NASCAR excursion, I come back to cover . . . more NASCAR.
So I missed out on an opportunity to talk with the mayor and
others about another Bremerton milestone. A Helsinki delegation
visited Seattle Tuesday. For dinner they got on the ferry and came
to Bremerton, ate at Anthony’s and then returned.
I ask you, when did Seattle people start bringing people to
Bremerton on purpose?