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Bruce Sullivan
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This happened right here in good 'ol liberal, open-minded Seattle.

It was horrific and unacceptable.

Now, I'm not saying I'm surprised there are hateful bigots around here. What's really disappointing to me is that -- as the headline says -- the silence was deafening. Perhaps it's that we don't expect things like that to happen in Seattle. That people around here are better than that. But if we don't stand up and do something about it, we're not better. We are all worse off.

Here's the thing. As white people, it's not good enough anymore to be horrified, or to reach out to victims and express sympathy, though both are legitimate. If we want this region -- our community -- to be what we all think it's supposed to be, we have to protect it. We have to take action; we have to be proactive. We need to be ready to step in and take whatever effort is necessary to derail or stop the incident. Whether that is a passive action such as stepping in to talk to the person the vitriol is directed at, or whether it involves stepping between the perpetrator and those he's attacking, or confronting him, or stopping him, or whatever other course of intervention is available, that's what needs to be done.

Our society has entered a very dangerous stage over the past several months. When a person who is no better than a splotch of vomit feels empowered to terrorize -- and make no mistake, it is terrorism -- upstanding citizens for no reason at all, we ALL need to stand up and DO SOMETHING about it.

Every damned one of us. Every damned time.

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If you haven't been through 'old' Snoqualmie in quite awhile -- and let's face it, the city's renovation project provided lots of reasons to stay away -- it's time to come back. The construction is done; heavy equipment is gone, and there's more parking than ever before. Some of the shops have even taken this opportunity to do some renovation themselves. It's really beautiful.

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Added photos to TASTE OF SNOQUALMIE.

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A few highlights from the North Bend Jazz Walk.  This event, sponsored by Boxley's (voted one of the Best Jazz Clubs in the World by Downbeat Magazine 2011, 2012, 2013 & 2014!), and the Boxley Music Fund ( a non-profit organization (501c3) established to support live music programs for performance and education within the Greater Snoqualmie Valley). 

This year's Jazz Walk featured nearly three dozen bands/performers -- including many of inter/national renown -- playing at 22 different venues around downtown North Bend.  On top of that, it was a beautiful night -- the temperatures were mild and the rain -- miraculously -- stayed away.  

This is really a unique event, which we're very lucky to have here in the valley.  And where else could you enjoy quality, live music performed at a burger joint, a mountain climbing shop, or a purveyor of bar stools and dinettes?  Of course, there were many more 'conventional' venues as well.  
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North Bend Jazz Walk 2015
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I recently purchased this old 'camp box' on Craigslist.  The guy that sold it to me said his dad had made it, and it hadn't been used in years.  It came with a variety of stuff, including three old cast iron pans and one skillet that doubles as a top.  The top/bottom set nests perfectly and is clearly labeled 'Wagner' and '1408'. All four pieces are in very good physical shape -- no rust, no pits or cracks.  The seasoning seems to be largely intact on the two unlabeled pieces, and on the interior of the Wagner fry pan.  It's smooth, black and glassy. The exterior of the Wagner looks a bit rough, as you can see. The seasoning on the skillet portion, however, is pretty scratched up.  

My question is this:  Do you think the seasoning on the skillet is salvageable, or should I just bite the bullet and re-do it from scratch? 

Thanks for your thoughts.

Bruce
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North Bend Jazz Walk
September 13, 2014

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Carnation
Antique Tractor Show and Farm Fair

July 19-20 Hay rides, tractor parade, sandbox toys, pedal tractors for kids, vintage cars, antique tractors in action, silent auction of tools, antiques, farm animals. 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Jubilee Farm, 230 W. Snoqualmie River Rd. N.E., Carnation; free (206-388-9895 or edgeta.com).

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Woodinville
July 11-13 Shop, stroll the fields, music, artists in action, lavender food and drink, demos, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. July 11-13, Woodinville Lavender, 14223 Woodinville Redmond Rd NE, Redmond; $3 (425-398-3785 or woodinvillelavender.com).
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