Category Archives: Signs of the Times

Friday Afternoon Club: Cedar Cove to Pirate’s Den, Will the Real Port Orchard Please Stand Up?

Port Orchard, which recently portrayed the fictional town of Cedar Cove, will undergo another transformation Saturday and Sunday, with its Murder Mystery Weekend.
Landlubbers and pirates alike will follow clues throughout the weekend to discover who killed Capt. Zeke Black.
The B.O.O.M. (Brotherhood of Oceanic Mercenaries) Pirates will invade the waterfront area in Port Orchard Chamber of Commerce’s fourth annual event, filling the air with sea shanties, cannon fire and the sounds of other buccaneering business.
Here’s a look at last year’s event:

Besides the questioning of suspects and hunting for clues, highlights include a “Landlubber Dinghy Derby Race,” pirate ball, Fight-A-Pirate swordplay, costume contests and Pirate Ball.
Information: (360) 876-3505,
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday: Obtain clue packets (fees listed on chamber Web site).
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday: Marketfaire, Fight-a-Pirate Lessons, children’s activities.
11 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Saturday: B.O.O.M. Pirates Cannon Show.
12:30 p.m. Saturday: Landlubber Dinghy Derby Race
1 p.m. Saturday: Adult costume contest.
1:30 p.m. Saturday: B.O.O.M. Pirates Stunt Show.
2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday: “Goonies” at Historic Orchard Theatre, 822 Bay St.; (360) 895-0564
4 p.m. Saturday: “The Coroner’s Report”
6 p.m. Saturday: Pirate’s Ball, Moondogs, Too, 714 Bay St.; (360) 895-2300.
9 to 11 a.m. Sunday: VFW pancake breakfast, waterfront gazebo.
11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Sunday: B.O.O.M. Pirates Cannon Show
Noon to 4 p.m. Sunday: Obtain clue packets.
Noon Sunday: Pirates Stunt Show.
12:30 p.m.: Kids and pets costume contest.
4 p.m. Sunday: The mystery is solved.

Meeting on Belfair Espresso Gone Wild Tonight


I just confirmed this information. I won’t be at the meeting, but will follow up tomorrow to see what the upshot was.

Sheldon to Address Citizens’ Concerns About Espresso Gone Wild

Sister store in Gorst features “pastie” days.
By Chris Henry
Mason County Commissioner Tim Sheldon will meet at 6 p.m. tonight (Monday) at Belfair Elementary School with citizens worried about a proposed Espresso Gone Wild stand in Belfair.
The stand’s sister store in Gorst features scantily-clad barristas. The Gorst location features “Pastie Tuesdays and Fridays.”
The citizens group voiced their concerns about the business, located on Highway 3 in Belfair, at the July 30 meeting of the Mason County Board of Commissioners.
Heather Fredrickson, a member of the group, said she senses public discomfort with the paste-on breast ornaments and other skimpy attire, such as is worn by women at the Gorst store.
“In general, the community feels uncomfortable with its location,” she said. “We don’t feel like adult entertainment is what we want at the gateway to our community.”
The Belfair stand opened approximately a week ago, but was temporarily closed shortly afterward.
Sheldon said county planners determined there were some code violations. The owner is resolving them, he said.
Following up on the group’s complaints, Sheldon and his staff researched zoning code and found no provision for “erotic entertainment,” which is how the county classifies the attire in question.
At first, county staff thought such use was only prohibited in mixed use areas, which is where the stand is located, but such use is prohibited in all areas of the Belfair urban growth area, Sheldon said.
In a letter to owners Phillip Olson and Jerry Wilson, the commissioners rendered their ruling, saying, “Given the absence of allowances for this use, either outright or with a special use permit, it is the county’s interpretation that the use is prohibited.”
Attempts to contact the owners were unsuccessful.
Sheldon said he had not personally heard from the owners, but he understood they now plan more modest attire for their Belfair branch.
“I’m getting the feeling they’re willing to change their approach,” said Sheldon. “We certainly have no problem with an espresso stand, but as it was originally proposed, it was erotic entertainment.”
Betty Wing the county’s director of operations, confirmed that the owners planned to modify the outfits for Belfair.
“They said they just didn’t expect the backlash they’ve gotten,” said Wing. “They indicated they will comply with the regulations.”
Espresso Gone Wild is at the edgy end of a growing trend in the greater Seattle region toward the use of provocatively-dressed barristas to sell coffee. The Gorst location regularly draws a steady lineup of cars on Tuesdays and Fridays, when some but not all servers wear pasties.

Signs of the Times: Cheap Thrills on Memorial Day Weekend

Don’t all drop your marshmallow sticks to read this blog, but if you’re around and near a computer, check out this timely message I found on Bethel Road.
With the price of gas now edging at or above $4 a gallon, I’m guessing there are other folks out there like our family enjoying a stay-at-home Memorial Day weekend. Our biggest splurge will be four trips to Puyallup for my son’s soccer tourney – five if he makes the playoffs.

Here’s how I’ve been spending the weekend (without spending too much on gas):

This morning is was raining, a Memorial Day weekend tradition in which Northwesterners pretend it’s seasonable weather for camping. But yesterday, miracle of miracles, it was sunny and 70s. So I sat in a lawn chair sipping a cool drink and pretended I had driven for hours to an upscale resort – worked pretty well except for the sound of my neighbor pressure washing his driveway. (Cheers, Bob! I know, we did it last weekend.)

Fortunately none of us has to drive very far to find a trail to hike on. Banner Forest, South Kitsap Community Park and Manchester Park all have well-kept trails within a reasonable distance of most South Kitsap homes. Walking in the woods is my ultimate cheap thrill, and when I’m done, I don’t even have to take down the tent.

What have you been doing this holiday weekend? Did you alter your usual plans because of the price of gas? How will the economy affect your summer vacation?

Happy Memorial Day, CTH

Oh Yeah! Well,

Since Chris Henry duplicated her earlier post and posted it on the Bremerton Beat blog, I thought I’d just go ahead and duplicate the one I did earlier, so you can see it all on one page. I risk giving Chris more page views, and we get huge prizes for having the top rated blogs, but I’m just that kind of guy. You know, a 98311 kind of guy.

P.S. My thought on the store ad Chris posted is you have to drink the Corona before you get the slice of the other stuff.

Honey, what goes good with tobacco?
Hmmn. How about some tobacco?

In today’s photo issue we deal with two of the biggest vices — tobacco and dogs.

A few weeks ago I was driving around Port Orchard on Bethel Road when I saw the sign to the right. What do you think they sell there?

I have another question.

Do people in Port Orchard have to be told everything twice?

Dogs ask for it by name.

Before I get smug, though, I must remind the court that Bremerton is home to the landmark Doggy Style dog grooming store in Manette. I wonder how many people have been disappointed to find out what they really do.

That’s a happy pup.

A good friend of mine would pass by Doggy Style every day on his way home. When friends from out of town came to visit, though, he would take another route just so his friends couldn’t draw attention to the store. He was embarrassed for Bremerton.

Personally, I’ve always been the kind of guy to drive my friends by there on purpose. I do wonder about the wisdom of the name. I’m acquainted with a few people who I know would avoid it. While they might not be ashamed to drive by, being seen walking in could be something different.

Feel free to send me the peculiar names of any businesses you’ve seen. If you’ve got photos, they might show up here.

Having Some Fun at Bremerton’s Expense

I was asleep at the switch when Bremerton reporter Steve Gardner posted this entry on the Bremerton Beat. The entry, “That’s Your Business,” makes fun of a store in Port Orchard called “Tobacco Tobacco.” Gardner asks, “Do people in Port Orchard have to be told everything twice?” Never mind that he also gets in a dig at a dog grooming store in Manette called “Doggy Style.” I consider the gauntlet thrown and am responding in kind, albeit belatedly.

Here are three signs I saw recently in Bremerton.

This happens to me all the time in Scrabble. And as my opponents remind me, you can fool some of the people some of the time …

Now, completely out of z’s, the good folks at Newman’s Deli Mart (and towing service) get creative. Hmmm, is it just me, or is there something vaguely unappetizing about this meal deal?

Here’s the latest in trendy diets, “Pumpkin Free Shrimp.” In large industrial complexes reminiscent of Upton Sinclair’s “The Jungle,” tiny sea creatures are forced to heft pumpkins to increase their muscle mass for hungry consumers. But at Noah’s, you can get shrimp that were allowed to range free in their tank, no pumpkins on their backs, before being boiled and flash frozen for your dining pleasure.

Signs of the Times: What Dog is Worth That Much?

Aug. 16 Update: A co-worker of Cloise Orand told me several days ago the lost boxer was found dead in Long Lake.

With this entry I’ll launch a new category, “Signs of the Times,” about those signs you see around town from time to time that catch your eye and make you wonder …

When I saw this sign, I had to call Cloise Orand of Cloise & Mike Construction and ask, “What dog is worth that much?”

Cloise told me all about Tyson, his 3-year-old brindled boxer, who up to July 11, went everywhere with him. The dog is devoted, great with his four kids, low-maintenance, in a word, said Cloise, “He seems flawless. … I don’t usually like dealing with animals, but he’s so efficient. I don’t have to leash him. He stays right by my side.”

Cloise and a friend were motoring around Long Lake Wednesday with Tyson, hanging out in his favorite spot under the seat. So when they shoved off and headed down the lake, it took them a while to realize the dog wasn’t on board. Cloise figures he must have jumped out when they weren’t looking and gotten left behind.

They circled the lake several times that day calling for the dog, but no luck. Cloise has been out every day since looking for him.

Now $5,000 may seem like big bucks for a boxer, but Cloise’s co-worker Tom Cowan says the dog is like a member of the family. “It’s like a kid to him. … He feeds him steak, lobster. He loves the dog.”

And Cloise says, “I have the money. I’d rather have my dog.”

If you can help, the number to call is in the photo.

And if you see an eye-catching sign, send it to me by jpg at