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A Violation of Speed

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What is the over/under on the chances that the Municipal Court of Seattle will actually respond to my inquiry?

Municipal Court of Seattle

Box 34109

Seattle, WA 98124-1109


Today (5/13/2015) I received a notice, dated 5/11/2015, that I received a ticket for a violation that occurred on 4/10/2015.

I tried calling 206-684-5600 to speak with Customer Service, however, after being on hold for a half hour, there was an automated message telling me that there was no one available to take my call.

I am trying to get more information about the violation, like where it happened and if it happened in the morning or evening.

I am also trying to understand why notice is not sent out on a violation that happened on 4/10/2015 until 5/11/2015 but I only have until 5/26/2015 to pay the fine before being sent to collection.

Please let me know if there is a better number I can call so that my questions may be answered promptly.



Written by rachel

May 13, 2015 at 4:40 pm

Rays of Sunshine

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The sun was out in full force this past weekend, so I spent some time walking around Alki.  On my walks, I had the following thoughts:

  • I hear a lot about the demise of family but that was not the case this weekend.  Families were out in force. They were tanning, playing games, walking dogs, riding bikes, and spending time together.
  • There may have been lots of phones & tablets, but for the most part, they were put away. I saw more hands holding ice cream cones than cell phones.
  • For the girls in high heels and the guys in Timberlands, I have one question: why?  I get that some people may want to dress up and wear a cute outfit, but it looks better if you dress for where you’re going.
  • I hate the girls in bikinis. I know it’s wrong, but it’s true. They make me feel bad about myself.  And in reality, it’s not hate; it’s jealousy.
  • All of the muscly guys with their t-shirts off looked the same to me.  Seriously. I could not tell them apart from each other.
  • Austin & Portland want to keep things weird. I think Seattle may jump on this bandwagon, and I wouldn’t mind it one bit.



Written by rachel

June 1, 2014 at 10:14 pm

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The Seahawks’ Dream

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Martin Luther King, Jr probably didn’t have the Seattle Seahawks in mind when he said, “I have a dream,” but on the day that we are celebrating him this year, I can’t help but think about the Seattle Seahawks.

Perhaps it’s because the Seahawks just beat the San Francisco 49ers yesterday to advance to the Super Bowl.

Perhaps it’s because the sports news has been dominated by reaction to Richard Sherman’s post-game interview.

Or perhaps it’s because deep down inside, after this amazing season, I was waiting for the other shoe to drop.

From the highs of beating San Francisco in week 2 to the lows of losing to Arizona at home in week 16, it’s hard to imagine the amount of hope and excitement this team has generated.  It’s not just one player; it’s the team, the coaches, the staff, the city, the state, the region.

And for this fan, I remember how I first fell in love with football.  Watching the games in the basement on a little tv by myself, never dreaming that I could one day attend a professional game, let alone the Divisional & Conference rounds as a season ticketholder.  I had many words while watching the game, but only overwhelming joy comes to mine as I think about the experience of attending both games.

I may not have a crystal ball that will tell me who will win the Super Bowl, but it’s enough for me to know that on February 2nd, I will be watching my team play in the game.  I will be nervous and anxious and may take a week to recover if they lose, but as long as my heart stays strong, I am sure they will hear my voice and feel my love from Seattle all the way in New Jersey.




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January 21, 2014 at 12:33 am

Game Day, Pregame

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I haven’t been this nervous for a game since I was in high school and the football team was lining up for the state championship game against the team that beat them the previous year in the finals.

I know how that game turned out, I’m just not sure how today will turn out.  Logically I know the Seahawks have prepared and will be ready to play. What I do not know is how the 49ers have prepared or how the referees will call the game.  In my heart of heart, I think the NFL wants a 49er-Patriots Super Bowl but as a football fan, I’d rather see a Seahawks-Broncos match up.  And while that may sound like a homer dream game, if you knew how much I hated the Broncos, you wouldn’t even dream of thinking that.

Before they take to the field, I wanted to say that, win or lose, I love this Seahawks team.  The way they play on the field is what gets me fired up, but what I see and read of the team off the field gives me hope that the next generation isn’t about sitting back and trying to reap the rewards of someone else’s hard work.

But, for 60 game minutes today, I want their play on the field to make me cry tears of joy.

I’m in!



Written by rachel

January 19, 2014 at 11:09 am

New Year’s Gratitude

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SkyCity Dining

As a belated Christmas gifts, I took my nephews to SkyCity Restaurant this past weekend.

I knew the location would be a hit but I was unsure about the food. I’ve had friends who have gone and the reviews have been mixed, leaning towards not worth the price.

In our experience, the food could not have been better.  It was so tasty and delicious that I left unable to remember every meal I had ever had before.

Here’s what we ordered:


Dungeness Crab Cakes


Main Courses:

Cedar wrapped king crab legs

Duck fat frites

Broiled King Salmon (Kids’ menu)

RR Ranch Beef Short Ribs

Kobe Rib-eye (Special)


Crème Brulee

Fruit Crisp


The Lunar Orbiter


We had water. I started counting calories a couple of months ago and was not going to waste any calories on a drink.  My nephews, bless their hearts, always look at prices and then decide if they want to order something.  So we were a table of water drinkers for the night.

I would recommend everything we ordered except the pot-stickers.  They weren’t bad, just not great.  I usually do not eat crab cakes but these were delicious.  Rib-eye is my favorite steak and this one was the best I have ever had. Each bite melted in my mouth, it was so good.  I had bites of the crab & ribs, which were also delicious, but the salmon was gone as soon as the plate hit the table!

For the desserts, if you can only one, order the Lunar Orbiter. We loved the Blackberry/caramel combo we ordered but I’m sure all of the flavors are delicious.  The presentation alone is worth the price. It was so much fun and eating it was like heaven.  Actually, all of the desserts we ordered were like that.  In fact, all of the food was like that. There was not one bite that was regretted.

And our waiter, Ryan, could not have been better. He let us take our team while we looked over the menu and didn’t make us feel rushed at all while we took in the Seattle scenary and enjoyed our food.

I hope that the other people who felt like they had a less than stellar experience give it another try.  I loved it and hope that I can go back again!

SkyCity view of Seattle

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January 5, 2014 at 9:33 pm

Seattle DOT

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How do you spell ineptitude?  In Seattle it is spelled: S-E-A-T-T-L-E-D-O-T.

First it was the de-icer the applied to the West Seattle Bridge in above freezing temperatures and they blamed drivers for “not paying attention.”  The ironic part?  They caused easily avoidable traffic accidents and back ups by not paying attention and using double the amount of de-icer.

You can read the stories here:

Traffic on West Seattle Bridge shut down 

(BTW, shame on you King 5 for not taking the Seattle DOT to task for blaming drivers. You should act like a news station, not a PR firm.)

Too much de-icer blamed for crashes on West Seattle Bridge

And then, this past Thursday, while I was parked in front of a ‘2 Hour Free Parking” sign, I received a parking ticket.  I could request a hearing and go before a judge to present my case of their ineptitude but it’s the holidays and it would cost me more in time than the $48 they want me to pay. (Of course it includes a fee for paying online. Instead of casting stones, they just nickel and dime you to death.)

My hope is that my $48 will go towards whatever fund there is to bring competency and common sense to the Seattle DOT.

Written by rachel

December 15, 2013 at 9:42 pm

Welcome To The Heist

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As soon as I heard that Macklemore and Ryan Lewis were coming to Seattle, I immediately bought two tickets for the December 12th, which was the first Seattle show announced.

These tickets were not going to be for me and a friend, or even me and a date.  Instead, they were going to be a birthday present for my nephew who turned 17 on December 13th.  The only hesitation I had was that I was unsure if he was a Macklemore fan.  I knew that he enjoyed concerts so I somewhat crossed my fingers and hoped that he would, at the very least, be appreciative of the gesture.  After all, I really wanted to go and was looking forward to the show!

Fast forward to day of the concert.  All he knew was that we were going to do something in Seattle for his birthday.  Finally the time came and I had to tell him because I wasn’t sure how to plan out the rest of the afternoon until the show started.  All I can say is, success!!!!  He was totally stoked and started texting people the news.  (Hey, it’s his birthday; he has the right to make them a little jealous.)

While I was expecting a great show, I was blown away by the experience.  It was phenomenal in every way.  From the over the top costumes, to the introductions he did for the guest musicians and singers, to the excitement of the night…it was all matched by his performance.  It was the ultimate shared experience for a Macklemore and Ryan Lewis fan in Seattle, which was summed up nicely in Rolling Stone

Even better, and what made it all worth it for me, was that he inspired my nephew.  He left feeling uplifted and positive about life.  I am thankful that I got to share such a meaningful night with him and hope that when he looks back on the night, he remembers the feelings of inspiration he left the show with.

And just when I thought I couldn’t be more impressed with Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, I find out that they’re in a Holiday Charity Competition with Pearl Jam to see whose fans can raise more money for YouthCare’s Orion Center. 

Simply amazing.


Written by rachel

December 14, 2013 at 3:41 pm