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Entries from May 2014

Bad news this morning at Maple Leaf Park

May 30th, 2014 by Mike

The hitting wall still smelled of fresh spray paint at 9 a.m.

The other side is marked, too: “Bitch.”

(Somebody has rubbed out the “B” – thanks!

(The southeast staircase is marked, too.)

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Traffic’s backed up on Roosevelt further than the eye can see

May 29th, 2014 by Mike

The scene on Roosevelt Way Northeast outside the Maple Leaf Pharmacy. All southern routes into downtown are jammed as the backup on Interstate 5 exceeds 11 miles.

Our news partner The Seattle Times is tracking the snarls, caused when a joint on I-5 near Interstate 90 popped up, damaging at least three cars, here.

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Traffic's backed up on Roosevelt further than the eye can see

May 29th, 2014 by Mike

The scene on Roosevelt Way Northeast outside the Maple Leaf Pharmacy. All southern routes into downtown are jammed as the backup on Interstate 5 exceeds 11 miles.

Our news partner The Seattle Times is tracking the snarls, caused when a joint on I-5 near Interstate 90 popped up, damaging at least three cars, here.

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Short-term forecast this afternoon: hail, wind, lightning

May 28th, 2014 by Mike

A short-term forecast was issued within the hour (3:16 p.m.) by the National Weather Service in Seattle:

SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS IN THE CENTRAL AND SOUTHERN PUGET SOUND REGION WILL MOVE SLOWLY TO THE EAST SOUTHEAST AT 10 MPH OVER THE NEXT COUPLE OF HOURS. SOME OF THESE STORMS MAY CONTAIN SMALL HAIL…BRIEF HEAVY RAINS…GUSTY WINDS…AND LIGHTNING.

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Find the Pappy (bourbon) this Sunday on Lake City

May 28th, 2014 by Mike

This post is from our sister site, Wedgwood View.

Bobs’ Lake City Liquors, a family owned business, is hosting an event for the right to purchase one (1) bottle of Pappy/Old Rip Van Winkle – considered by some to be the most sought-after bourbon in the country.

Eater.com calls the bourbon “a cultural phenomenon.

Bourbon connoisseurs have long held it up as one of the world’s best, while limited production has ensured that it is also one of the world’s most sought after bourbons. Bourbon drinkers languish for years on waiting lists at their local liquor stores just to get a bottle.

The food site last year posted an interactive map: The Pappy Locator.

The bottles vary in price from $75 to $365.

Three bottles will be sold as a result of this event on Sunday, June 1st., at the store, 9824 Lake City Way N.E. The first two bottles will be sold to the top two winners of the trivia game. And the third bottle will be sold to the winner of a random drawing of all participants.

This special bourbon sits in barrels for 10-23 years – aging to perfection. Many liquor stores auction it to the highest bidder, but Bobs’ Lake City Liquors wanted to come up with a way that was a little more fun, and affordable for everyone.

There will be 20 questions (hint: questions will focus on whiskey with maybe a few questions about Bobs’ or other topics); the participant with the most points will have first selection from four (4) choices (below). The runner up will have second choice. The participant selected by random drawing will have third choice (the first place and runner up winners will not be eligible for the drawing). Winners must purchase the bottle at the event, or else it will be offered to the next eligible winner.

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Car flips on N.E. 104th St., teens inside flee

May 26th, 2014 by Mike

A neighbor sends this photo of a car – possibly stolen – that flipped near Eighth Avenue Northeast and Northeast 104th Street about 7:45 p.m. Sunday.

It was traveling westbound on 104th from Roosevelt Way Northeast, the neighbor said.

Four teens were in the car, got out and ran away after the flip.

The teens were described as one male African American, one male, Latino, one female Latino and African American mixed and one other female.

The kids must’ve been driving really fast, they were only half a block down when they struck a parked BMW and somehow flipped. A neighbor came out to help them when the two boys fled the scene. They left the girls in the car, who after being helped out fled themselves.

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Maple Leaf author publishes again – this time, poetry

May 25th, 2014 by Mike

Established Maple Leaf author Jack Remick released a new book this month, “Satori.”

It’s the fourth Remick work we’ve posted on since Maple Leaf Life launched. But this one’s different.

The other three were novels. “Satori” is a book of poetry.

In a guest post on a writing blog, he explains a bit of back story:

I didn’t intend to be a poet until I met Lawrence Ferlinghetti in City Lights Bookstore when I was eighteen. I read “A Coney Island of the Mind” the day I met him. I was anxious because I’d just learned that he was moving out of North Beach to a house somewhere near Twin Peaks. I asked him why he was selling out. He told me that his wife was sick and tired of eating off of orange crates. By then Ferlinghetti was the godfather of the Beat Movement.

As it happens, The New York Times has a piece this weekend on poetry vs. novels, by Philip Schultz, who won a Pulitzer Prize in 2008 (for poetry).

He writes in part:

In between novels I wrote poems, mostly to console myself for the novels’ failures. Mysteriously, all my heartache, worry and grief went into these poems, which felt more like private notes to myself than professional attempts at writing literature. Even more mysteriously, most of them were getting published

Update: The link above to “Satori” connects to Amazon.com. If you’d rather not shop there, Jack has since emailed:

The book is available at Barnes and Noble, Ingram is the distributor. Coffeetown the publisher has books as well, and University Bookstore will have them. I’m doing a reading there in August and they will stock the book.

Here’s the url for Coffeetown: http://coffeetownpress.com/

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Uber-like grocery delivery service debuts in (most of) Maple Leaf

May 21st, 2014 by Mike

Uber uses a smart phone app to connect paying passengers to private drivers who deliver them to their destination.

As of this month, a similar app will connect you  to a personal grocery shopper who will deliver apples, fresh meat, even beer, to your home.

This could be of interest in Maple Leaf, which technically now has no grocery stores within the neighborhood. Instacart will service most of the city south of Northeast 100th Street.  The full map is here.

Instacart contracts with private shoppers who buy your groceries or other needs from local stores like QFC, Costco or Whole Foods – and deliver them using their own car in as little as an hour.

From a company press release:

While Amazon Fresh operates in Seattle, delivery times are limited and same-day delivery is available only to customers who order very early in the morning and don’t mind receiving their orders in the evening. In addition, customers are limited to whatever is carried in the local Amazon Fresh warehouse. By contrast, Instacart can deliver in as little as one hour, and its inventory consists of hundreds of thousands of items carried in neighborhood grocery stores – including fresh produce, national brands, store brands and alcohol.

One-hour delivery costs $14.99. The company says most customers select two-hour delivery for $3.99. The minimum order size is $10.

According to this detailed (and entertaining) story in today’s New York Times, Instacart also makes money by marking up store prices.

It also pays comparatively well, the Times says:

Instacart’s shoppers earn from $15 to $30 an hour, depending on how quickly they deliver people’s food. That’s quite a high wage considering the job does not require a college degree, is part time and can be done during flexible hours.

And it may dodge many of the battles that face Uber and other driving services:

Unlike ride-sharing or apartment rental services, Instacart isn’t intruding upon a regulated industry, and its service poses little risk to its customers’ health or property, so it faces few of the complications that have dogged other sharing companies. Because it expands the customer base for physical stores, it has also been welcomed by some grocery chains as a potential bulwark against the wider roll-out of Amazon’s delivery service.

Instacart started in San Francisco and has since expanded to Boston, Chicago, New York, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Austin, San Jose and Washington D.C.

Our news partner The Seattle Times has a story about the roll-out here which includes this useful information: “Because Instacart has purchased Costco memberships its shoppers can use, its customers can select grocery items from the warehouse club even if they aren’t Costco members. (Instacart doesn’t plan to make Costco’s nongrocery items, such as flat-panel TVs or patio furniture, available to customers.)”

The vast majority of Instacart customers select two-hour delivery for a charge of just
$3.99. One-hour delivery is also available, for $14.99. The minimum order size is just
$10.The vast majority of Instacart customers select two-hour delivery for a charge of just

$3.99. One-hour delivery is also available, for $14.99. The minimum order size is just

$10.

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Goodbye to Maple Leaf Grill, hello to PCC

May 20th, 2014 by Mike

photo Marcus R. Donner

There’s still time to order a Blast and yam fries at the Maple Leaf Grill before it closes for good Friday night.

Take a souvenir photo, too. (Sorry, the T-shirts are all gone.)

In the good news department, the new Greenlake Village PCC store opens in just two weeks, at 9 a.m. on June 4th.

It’s just down Fifth Avenue Northeast, at the site of the old dairy plant. Details are here.

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Improvement at Maple Leaf Reservoir Park!

May 17th, 2014 by Mike

Improving on a good idea:

NEW – Thanks, Maple Leaf Dog Oasis!

Old – at the park’s north entrance.

Want to make one for elsewhere in the park or neighborhood? Directions are here.


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