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Worthy Sasquatch! splendor

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013
Scott Robinson looks incredible in this big ... coat.

Scott Robinson looks incredible in this big … coat.

Scott Robinson and girlfriend, Rachel Harmon, look incredible in the same big ... coat.

Scott Robinson and girlfriend, Rachel Harmon, look incredible in the same big … coat.

For $337.50 you can attend the four-day
Sasquatch! Festival 2013 this weekend.

It’s the annual music event at The Gorge and at that price it’s no wonder there is a dress code. Scott Robinson and Rachel Harmon, pictured in the big furry coat, plan to look stellar, and the big furry coat is proof.

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis is part of the line-up for Sasquatch!, and this $15 beauty from the Goodwill in Silverdale fits the definition of a “come up.” But I have a hunch Robinson would have worn this thrift-shop beauty no matter who was performing.

I stopped the Bainbridge Island couple outside Goodwill in Silverdale, because I found the coat to be absolutely cowbell. I was jealous. This is just the kind of clothing I want to wear in public to embarrass my wife.

Don’t come at these guys with paint, either. The coat is a fake, all acrylic. “No animals were harmed in dressing for Sasquatch!” said Robinson. Besides, over four days of camping and watching musicians, that coat will likely be used as a sleeping bag, napkin and maybe even a vomit target. And if it’s raining, it could double as a sled. Something tells me that coat won’t be making the trip home.

No worries, though. If you want one, Robinson said there was another one inside the store. I’m sure it’s not my size. I’m working on that, though, so you better hurry.


A father stands out on Bainbridge Island

Monday, September 26th, 2011

While covering Sunday’s Harvest Fair on Bainbridge Island I saw something that will mean a lot to fathers. It was the kind of thing that gets mothers mad at fathers, because, you know, this never happens to moms.

I was watching kids race down what looked like an irrigation pipe that had been split so that it would function as a slide. I was looking for another family to interview about the overall event, why they came, what they liked, etc. Standard stuff.

It was a well attended event, which meant lots of wandering people and kids darting off in different directions. You take your eye of your child for one second . . .

A man probably in his early 30s stood near the slide, raised his hands and just as calmly as possible asked loudly for everyone’s attention. He said his little girl was missing. “I’m sure she’s still here. I just can’t find her.” He then described her. She was about 3, blonde hair, wearing a green shirt and a pink jacket tied around her waist.

Within a couple minutes people started pointing of to the right of the slide, behind the cider press, where a little girl was walking with what looked like the father’s friend and his child. People applauded. One man said, “Now I can say I’m not the only father who has done that.”

The father and his little girl calmly got back together. She was a tiny thing, just as cute as a kitten, but clearly frightened. Dad picked her up and she held on with a little frown for quite a while before she was willing to walk on her own again.

I was impressed with this father. Men get a lot of criticism, much of it deserved, for their inclination to not ask for help. That clearly was not this guy’s weakness. Without any sense of embarrassment he made his case to big collection of people he didn’t know and asked for their help. What was on the line was too serious for petty concerns. I thought about interviewing him, but in the end I decided to leave him and his daughter alone.

Fault the guy for losing track of his daughter if you want. I don’t know of a parent who doesn’t have a similar story.

I have one that you’d have a hard time convincing my wife couldn’t have ended much worse than what I saw Sunday. I took my eye off my then 2-year-old son, Apollo, for about five seconds, once, and he fell into a swimming pool.

Another time I had driven about four or five miles before I realized that I had put my daughter, Sarah, in her car seat, but I hadn’t buckled her in. Both times I felt like I was probably the worst father in the world. I read police reports, so I know that’s not true, but when that stuff happens it’s hard for me to feel otherwise.


Kids Might Want to Think Twice Before Asking to Go Potty

Tuesday, October 19th, 2010

I wrote Monday’s Inslee-Watkins debate story from a quick-service restaurant, a well-known one, at the corner of Highway 305 and High School Road.

After filing I retired to the loo and found this.

It looks like they’re not even trying to pretend anymore that the restaurant is healthy for kids.


Friday Afternoon Club: Boats, Blooms, Beaches

Saturday, July 10th, 2010

Late, late, late, this post is. Hopefully better so than never.

Beaches:
If you live on Bainbridge and you hurry, you could still make a beach walk hosted by Kitsap marine experts, 10 a.m. to noon at the Bainbridge Island ferry dock beach; free. “Naturalists will be on the beach sharing their excitement and knowledge of marine life with the public.” Maybe they’ll get to wave at the recently released Mr. Bob, the octopus.

Boats:
Chris-Craft enthusiasts have returned for the 21st year to the Port Orchard Marina with their sleek and elegant boats. The Chris Craft Rendezvous, which began Thursday and runs through Sunday, features educational opportunities, such as the flare demonstration at 11 a.m. today. Sunday 8 a.m. to noon is a pancake breakfast.

Blooms:
Back to the north end of the county, for Bainbridge in Bloom. I covered this garden tour some years ago, and I can say the show gardens were stunning.
“Visit 7 outstanding Bainbridge gardens, listen to local musicians, shop for plants and garden art made by local artists and attend lecture series with Ciscoe Morris and other well-known garden experts.”
The event, based at Woodward Middle School, 9125 Sportsman Club Road, began Friday and continues through Sunday.
Cost: $35 at door; Children under 12, $10; Bike the Bloom, $27.
Proceeds go to BAINBRIDGE ARTS & HUMANITIES COUNCIL to support arts and humanities on Bainbridge Island.

And by the Way:
Horseshoe and Wildcat lakes that people were accessing earlier this week when the really hot weather hit are open for the weekend.


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