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The purpose of this community is to share information about local events.  While the focus is on free or low-cost events that are community and family-oriented, it's not limited to that per se.  The idea is to support the community broadly, which includes local businesses that depend on the community and give back to it.  
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Father Slawomir Kostrzewa has already warned us that Hello Kitty is a tool of the porn industry.  Worse, it would seem, are Legos, which "can destroy (childrens) souls and lead them to the dark side."

There goes my Lego Star Wars Mace Windu collection...

#WhatWouldYodaDo?  
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Runs from 5pm Friday to 4pm Sunday
Festival at Mt Si
Fri, August 9, 2013, 5:00 PM PDT
400 SE Orchard Dr

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Warren Buffet speaks: 'OUR leaders have asked for “shared sacrifice.” But when they did the asking, they spared me. I checked with my mega-rich friends to learn what pain they were expecting. They, too, were left untouched.'
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Well they don't like the middle class so they only want the rich and the poor. It is more easy to keep track of ;-)
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I just came across this site this morning. Haven't had a chance to fully check it out yet, but my initial perception suggests a rational approach to solving the nation's debt crisis based on real information rather than ideological posturing. It will get some further reading from me.
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Boxley's Restaurant
Location: North Bend, WA, USA
Lat/Long: 47.494881, -121.786008,17
Category: New Submissions Appeal. 

Boxley's Restaurant is located in the historic McGrath Building, which is situated in North Bend's Historical Commercial District (as designated by King County Historic Preservation Program).  The McGrath building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as the "McGrath Cafe and Hotel". It was built in 1922 as a cafe, then expanded to include a hotel in 1926. It recently underwent extensive restoration. According to the NRoHP, it "retains its distinctive historic and architectural character." 

Additional Reference:
National Register of Historic Places document:
http://pdfhost.focus.nps.gov/docs/NRHP/Text/02000089.pdf

King County and City Landmarks list:
http://www.kingcounty.gov/~/media/property/historic_preservation/documents/resources/T06_KCLandmarkList.ashx

2008 news article about the renovation and re-opening:
http://www.valleyrecord.com/news/30188059.html
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+Bruce Sullivan no problems. A refreshing change to be thanked for pointing that out. Most of the time it just results is either abuse or the person silently deleting their post.
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Every Thursday through September 12
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A research team has discovered a remarkably easy way to alter the voter results in the Diebold Accuvote machine that is expected to be widely used in the 2012 elections. It can be easily, inexpensively by someone without any technical prowess. And it can be done without leaving a trace.
Every time I read one of these articles, I am left wondering why it isn’t getting more attention. But more to the point, I can’t understand how a system that has the potential to impact the direction the nation’s direction was left so open to manipulation. I am not an expert on voting machines or process. I have broad experience with computer systems, network and security. I can tell you that this fails even the most basic of requirements for physical security (preventing unauthorized access to machine and/or its internals) and system architecture (it is an open design with no function for tracking or preventing tampering). Again, I’m not an expert, but there appears to be not even the simplest level of encryption used. Subsequently, easy to intercept what goes to and from the voter without any indication whatsoever, even to a trained eye.

Let me describe the use of the term ‘easy’. Someone with only minimal technical expertise could buy and assemble a few relatively common components for less than $10. Anyone with physical access to the voting machine could install it quickly simply by opening the case and plugging in a ribbon cable. The case is not designed to prevent or detect this -- or even to make it difficult.

And if you think the stakes aren’t high enough for wing nuts on both sides to consider this, I can only imagine that you haven’t been paying attention to much this past year or two.

So I’m left asking myself Why? Why were common, industry standard measures not specified in the design? Why would a company such as Diebold present a design that doesn’t include them?

Am I missing something here?
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I wish I had written this. It almost perfectly sums up my thoughts about the ignorance and hypocrisy that is gripping the nation. A few brief snippets:


"... The democracy idea assumes that reasonable thoughtful people will honestly show up at the negotiating table ready to listen, learn, understand, compromise, and stand firm when that’s the right thing to do. Who would have envisioned that we’d elect a bunch of nay-sayers who just want to stop everything?

Will the tea-partiers, who claim to have “Christian values” demonstrate even more blatantly that they couldn’t give a rat’s ass about their neighbor, especially if he has ever been down on his luck, or worships a different (or no) god?

Do they truly not get that government is the only way to provide things we all rely on, like highways, a justice system, fire protection, roads, safe drinking water, disaster planning, healthcare for senior citizens, parks, and free public education? When did all of that get such a bad name? ..."
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Hey, thanks for reading my blog. Glad you enjoyed it.
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Yet another reason to support your local farmer's market
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I don't know how you make a military-grade turbine street legal, but it is cool nonetheless
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This is a wonderful gem of a place. Nice atmosphere, outstanding owner/hosts, and really good, healthy food. Everything is made to order -- with fresh ingredients. I most recently tried the spinach, chicken and feta crepe, which was -- again -- excellent. The spinach was undeniably fresh; the chicken was cooked just right -- tender and moist; and the feta was in employed in just the right amounts -- its saltiness rounding out the flavors nicely. Don't like feta? You can choose from a handful of quality cheeses. . Regardless of the meal you want, they've got you covered. Pair that with an expertly crafted coffee of your choice, and you can't go wrong.
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Public - 2 weeks ago
reviewed 2 weeks ago
One of just three places in the upper valley where I will buy coffee. The other two also do not have a mermaid out front. This is a drive-thru/walk-up location only. It's almost always got a line of cars waiting. But it's worth waiting for. They always get my order done right. They are pleasant, quick and good at what they do. Locally owned and operated too, which always gets my money first.
Public - 5 months ago
reviewed 5 months ago
Dr Kimberly rocks. Aside from being a knowledgeable, skilled nutritionist, she's also a pleasure to work with. She clearly cares about the health and welfare of her patients. When you're in her office, her focus is on you. She asks questions, listens and gives her observations in an engaging, non-threatening, non-patronizing manner. While her practice incorporates supplements as part of the process of healing and improving your health, they are never 'pushed', and the cost is quite reasonable. Her practice is located in the aptly named Park Street Healing Arts building, along with other practitioners of chiropractic, nutrition, massage and more. The office as a whole is a peaceful, almost tranquil environment. I'm always recognized and warmly welcomed there. No rush, no fuss.
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Public - 8 months ago
reviewed 8 months ago
The food here is always good, the menu has a great deal of variety, the prices are competitive. You can get everything from side dishes to entrees to bento boxes. I'm pretty sure I've sampled everything on the menu. .. My most recent visit was less than a week ago. Along with my family, we ate chicken teriyaki (both plain and breast only) Udon, salad, beef short ribs and, of course, rice. All freshly prepared and served up quickly. Everybody cleaned their plates (or bowls). It's in a strip mall. it's not fancy, but it's not austere, either. It's clean and inviting, with plenty of seating. You order and pay at the counter, and they bring it to your table. I believe the woman who works the counter is the owner. She's always pleasant and helpful. This is one of those places where you know that everybody -- even picky kids -- can find something they like. The prices are reasonable.. I also like the fact that there's usually a current newspaper on the counter for your reading pleasure.
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Food: ExcellentDecor: Very goodService: Excellent
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
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I generally try to avoid fast food chains, and I never review them because there's nothing to rave about. Taco Time -- particularly the one here in North Bend -- is a bit different, however. It's my singular top choice for fast food. First, the food is always freshly -- but quickly -- made, with fresh local ingredients. The people are always pleasant and friendly even when they're slammed. And here's the thing: You don't always realize they're slammed because they are well-staffed, well-trained, and they keep the lines moving. I didn't really grasp all this until I went inside one day. There was a long line of cars at the drive through, There was also a handful of people waiting in line inside. But the workers took and filled orders quickly and accurately, moving both inside and outside lines quickly. I realized, they had a good-sized staff taking care of everything. There was good communication and coordination. They clearly train people well, and they seem to treat them well, because they all seem happy. That's also when I realized their commitment to recycling and composting as well as sourcing all their food locally.
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Public - 5 months ago
reviewed 5 months ago
We have liked this place since it opened several years ago, but hadn't been there in the last 3 or 4. We've gone back twice in the last month or so. We were pleased to find that the food service are just as good as always. It's definitely not your chain restaurant Mexican fare, but it's also not trying too hard to be anything in particular. It's just good, fresh -- and freshly made -- food. It's owned and run by a local family. And the service is good, fast and exceptionally pleasant. If you haven't tried it, it's worth a visit.
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Food: Very goodDecor: Very goodService: Excellent
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
My kids and I had lunch here yesterday-- the second time we've been here in the last year or so. That's the sum of my exposure. Both times we ordered the lunch special. Both times, the food was good and plentiful. The special is $5.95, with your choice of pork or chicken teriyaki, rice, vegetables and soup (choice of miso or hot & sour). We chose miso, which showed up hot and flavorful. Moments later, our entrees arrived on extra large plates, generously laden with food. The chicken was tender and flavorful, with a layer of teriyaki sauce over the top. Perhaps a tad more than necessary, but not overdone. There were two full scoops of rice and an adequate serving of broccoli with stir-fried cabbage. It was delicious. The broccoli was clearly fresh, and had been cooked perfectly. It was unquestionably cooked to order. The service was excellent as well. It appears to be a family affair, an Asian couple and perhaps a mother. Everyone was very courteous and pleasant. We were neither doted upon nor ignored.
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Food: ExcellentDecor: GoodService: Excellent
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago