Saturday, November 26, 2016

Saturday, Thanksgving Weekend

Needed to pick up some groceries.  A pink sky lighted everything, and from the bus a rainbow.  After the store saw Eyes Of The Totem at the ten a.m. Saturday Holiday Matinee at the Blue Mouse at Proctor, they will follow with a twelve-thirty matinee.  The Eyes Of The Totem was great.

Friday, November 25, 2016

Rain On Thanksgiving 2016

Inflated Race Gateway
and Washington Grade School
Nine o'clock.  Twenty minutes into my hour three crows and a seagull flew over in my park pond count space.   I got a bus in my poncho to transfer at Proctor for Point Defiance, "Here we go on to a detour" the driver said...From 30th Street we turned toward the Turkey Trot.  At the store I could get the Point Defiance bus, on detour.  At the park: cormorants dove in rain, surf scoters (photos),  three or four kingfishers.  A seal nose at the surface for awhile, seagulls gathered near the seal.  It was possibly a seal, maybe a sea lion.  It went away, possibly beneath the old boathouse, where Iwould not see it.  
Male and Female Surf Scoters

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Plans For Monday's Transit Hearing

Transit Interior
At King's books Friday Evening I read the comments I plan for the Pierce Transit Hearing at the Transit Headquarters at 4 pm on Monday.  I oppose removal of service through Old Town.

Last November also found some of us at a Pierce Transit bus hearing.  The “We have been here before” pattern this time reinforced for me thoughts from much earlier Pierce Transit conversations. 

A route along Tacoma Avenue from Stadium to the County-City Building was considered, and I remembered that.   

Right now Routes 13, 14, and 16 on Tacoma Avenue at Norton Memorial Park verr downhill to the left from Tacoma Avnue to go downtown on St. Helens.  The route I remember would hav verred uphill to the right to pass Norton Memorial Park to continue along Tacoma Avenue to the County-City Building. 

At the Main Library in a Northwest room file an article describes a Shuttle Service suggested for downtown in 1994, twenty-two years ago.  This article might have been about the plan I remember. 

On our current map of change plans there are gray lines that guie me to connect Route 3 and Route 13.  Rought 3 is to be changed and Route 13 is to go. A plan could continue Route 13 uphill to the right to pass Norton Memorial Park and continue to be Route 3 along Tacoma Avenue to the County-City Building. 

Who would this help?   ----------     This would help senior citizens who use walkers and live in three large buildings on G Street.  G Street is a block from Tacoma Avenue.  Seniors who use walkers find downhill is a barrier.  It is downhill from Tacoma Avenue to St. Helens. 

Three large buildings in those blocks are for seniors.  Other seniors live in other buildings on these blocks.  Any who use walkers could then use bus stops on Tacoma Avenue.

The bus on Tacoms Avenue would keep service to old town.  I oppose removal of service through old town.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Squirrels 2016 and 1993

One of Three Baby Squirrels
In this summer at the tree
Leaf shapes, sun shapes
from above and below.

In the park gutter a brown scrap,
an animal.  Check to see,
I said to no one, check to see,
I said to how its breath rose and fell.

Together five or six gathered,
messaged a photo and called.
Almost four hours. then it regained
consciousness, a baby squirrel.

its back legs could not move.

Bank statements and some drafts
I have shredded.
I found the squirrel I remembered
in a binder of lists of expenses.

And in an appointment book.
And in a diary entry, in 1993:
Two girls in a car called at me that there was an injured animal in the street back at Union.  I went back when I saw their car just went on.

The squirrel was trying to get up.  I got off my bike in the middle of Union but cars went by, over above its head.  It was trying to get up.  I was screaming.  I made a guy help me get the cars to go another way. 

A man from a house brought a rake and tipped the squirrel onto the rake and brought him to the parking.

After it hubbubed down I sat and crouched near while it lay on the grass  & by some evergreen shrub.  Breathing.  I pushed a fly away.

At the vet they said his back was not broken and neither were its legs.  Maybe it had internal injuries or maybe brain damage.

I brought him to my apartment on the bus.  I waited for the bus at the bike shop. I got them to pick up my bike at the vet, and it is there getting a check over and having the brake fixed.

The vet had fed him thin gruel from a dropper, a syringe without a needle.  I found I could not. Olympic Wildlife Rescue phoned.  They said someone would be by.  And I should not try to feed him more. 

I waited.  In the box the squirrel lay breathing.  Now & then he moved some.  A coupld of hours passed. When Olympic Animal Rescue came, he was sitting up in the box.  But it was hard for me to see in there.

To wait for Animal Rescue,
as I waited in 1993 in May
In my apartment on the third floor,
the day was warm,
the apartment was warm and quiet,

and the squirrel sat up in the box.

Near the park gutter in 2016
A United Way worker
another younger fellow
his sister, one arm in a cast

with her boyfriend
all of us gathered
where we waited, lifted
the baby squirrel

over to the tree trunk
nearly four hours
it regained consciousness.
They brought the squirrel

inside my shoebox
to her mother's house.

Look for the mother.
In this summer at the tree.
Leaf shapes, sun shapes
from above and below,

At the scrap there were people
who made cars turn away.
always home all late summer
the squirrel who was
the mother, her way down,
her way up, leaf shapes,
shapes of sun.   All late summer.
All that done, the four had

to go together through
the shapes of leaves,
along the gutter one scrap lay,
her heart that felt.

She and the two then had to descend.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Posted A Cormorants Video at Facebook Today

Is this the second day of autumn 2016?  How only once or twice I managed to take a walk along the waterfront, once from downtown to old town, once out at point defiance.  Today I wish to post a photo changed with effects, of Cormorants - and today I posted a video at Facebook called Cormorants At The Waterfront. 

Cormorants August 2016


Thursday, September 15, 2016

Visits to Neighborhood Council Meetings - North End, New Tacoma

People's Center Room with Mirror
Friends of Tacoma Public Library are clarifying beliefs we have about the priority that should be shown for the library in the city budget.  The city manager visits Neighborhood Councils now, Monday and Wednesday evenings I attended Neighborhood Council Meetings for the North End and the New Tacoma Neighborhood Councils. 

The City Manager, Mr. Broadnax, said libraries would be funded without cuts, and at the North End meeting one of the Friends of Tacoma Public Library did bring up the earlier cuts that have had an effect on library open times and on staff.  At the New Tacoma meeting I mentioned a concern for the Valhalla Hall and the MLK Subarea, where the light rail will arrive in the near future. 

The North End meeting was at Trimble Hall, rather new at University of Puget Sound, the New Tacoma meeting was at People’s Center.  My trip to Trimble Hall began from the Puyallup Station on the 400 Pierce Transit, to the Dome Station, where I transferred to a 13 Pierce Transit and continued to transfer after a supper break in Old Town at the Spar Café.  The water in the sunshine at the dock looked cold at high tide, and a little choppy.  Such a beautiful time to be at the very old café.  The 13 became the 14 at Proctor and continued to UPS. 

Wednesday evening at the People's Center we met in the Board Room, which contains a large mirror.  It is interesting to watch, soon one does realize how important this is to dancers.  I took my bike to People’s Center.  The ride back as it became dusk required a back light, which I had with me.

Friday, September 9, 2016

Family History Object from the Past

Bingo Set 1938
I wish to approach an opportunity for other family members to consider a fact:  we shared family history events:  at a music event we returned to specific music that was important to the family, and at another event we brought high school yearbooks: school always was important. 
We each believe differently about these connections.  We viewed old photos.  I wish to share a view of items we perhaps had not the time to view.  Today I wish to share of glimpse of the Bingo set they brought with them to Finland and Sweden in 1938, a chance to spend time with others while they visited in a pastime.