Car theft lost-and-found

unnamed (7)First, the car theft found Crista writes:

There was a 2 sided, black, car emergency kit found in our front yard (4210 Thackeray) this morning [Friday or Saturday].  One side holds jumper cables, the other side has been more or less emptied. If your car was broken into last night and this sounds like yours, please get in touch.

Email [email protected] if they’re yours. On the lost side, Michelle writes:

We had a car window smashed last night and some things stolen from a car on 42nd and meridian ave. I was wondering if at all possible to post a picture of this custom made bag that was stolen with baby stuff as well as health documents. We are thinking  maybe the bag was ditched somewhere after the valuables were taken?

At right. If you find it, email [email protected] and we’ll put you in touch. Thanks!

Garage Sales

Last of of mini-Wallingford garage sale fest. Still lots of good stuff, including petite women’s clothing, baby stuff, toys for boys 2 – 5, electronics, costumes and some nice furniture (David Smith Balinese coffee table, shelves, drawers, etc.) at 4065 4th Ave NE. See Wallingford Garage Sales for the full list.

Green Lake Closed To Swimming

Today is likely to be the warmest day for the rest of the year here in Seattle, with a high of 86. You’re probably thinking it’s your last opportunity to jump in Green Lake for a little cool-me-down. Think twice.

Seattle Park and Rec says:

Green Lake closed to swimming, water contact due to toxic algae

The level of toxins in the algae at Green Lake has increased and has prompted parks and Public Health officials to close the lake to swimming and water contact for people and dogs.

People and pets should not swim, wade or play in the lake. Dog owners should be especially cautious not to allow animals to go in or drink from the lake. If there is water contact for a pet, it is important to rinse well to remove all algae.

Symptoms of illness from contacting the toxins in water are eye, nose, and mouth irritation and skin rash. If accidental contact occurs, use clean water to promptly rinse skin. Swallowing the toxins may cause abdominal pain, diarrhea vomiting and in severe cases liver damage.  If symptoms occur after swallowing lake water, park users should consult a health care professional or veterinarian immediately. Pets are at highest risk.

Tests have revealed that high levels of toxins are currently found in the algae and are higher in areas where algae collect.  King County Department of Natural Resources has been conducting weekly testing of water at various locations around Green Lake as well as scum samples submitted through the State Toxic Algae Program. After each test, the information is reviewed by Public Health – Seattle & King County.

The lake remains open to fishing (though fish should be thoroughly cleaned) and boating in stable boats. Avoid areas of scum when boating.

Seattle Parks and Recreation’s lifeguarded beaches closed for the season on Sept. 1.

A warm, dry summer has promoted the algae bloom, and continued warm weather continues to promote it. Blooms have been known to last into November in particularly warm autumns, and typically disappear as the weather gets colder.

Toxic algae blooms appeared at Green Lake in 1999, 2002, 2003, 2012 and in 2013, resulting in warnings to the public about exposure to the algae. Intense blooms of blue-green algae have occurred in Green Lake since 1916. Phosphorus released from the bottom sediments stimulates algae growth. Treating the lake with alum inactivates the phosphorus that is released from the bottom sediments and prevents stimulation of the algae growth. Green Lake was successfully treated with alum in 1991 and 2004. The water quality improved for several years following treatment on both occasions, and has been mostly good since 2004.

Green Lake is home to cyanobacteria, also known as blue-green algae that are regularly present in small numbers. When nutrients are plentiful and the weather is warm, the conditions are right for an algae bloom to take place. Winds can concentrate the buoyant cyanobacteria into accumulations or scums along the shoreline, which may increase the amount of toxin that could be ingested by pets or people using the lake recreationally.

For more information on cyanobacteria, please visit Washington Department of Health toxic algae website.

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(Photo not of Green Lake, nor of toxic algae, but kinda pretty and semi-topical. Taken by Kara Forristall.)

Big Hands Returns to the Scene of the Crime

A couple weeks ago, Big Hands Guy, the notorious redeemer of things unpurchased, popped up in Wallingford after a long absence. Last Friday, GamerGrl posted:

I have seen him three times this morning cruising 45th. He’s doing a circuit between Domino’s and Bartell’s. He’s wearing a Geek Squad (from Best Buy) tee.

Then, he returned to the scene of the crime. Hanako O’Leary from Seattle Mosaic Arts writes:

So only about a week after he came into our shop and tricked us, Big Hands Guy comes back for round two.  I had just opened the store and was getting ready for the day when who walks in but Big Hands Guy!

Before he could say anything, I immediately called him out for coming into our store the week before, stealing merchandise off our shelves, and returning them for cash.  He became very offended and insisted that he didn’t steal anything, that he had receipts to prove his innocence in the car.  I told him he would have to show me his receipts or leave.

He stomped out of the store muttering obscenities.  I called the cops.

Everyone beware of Big Hands Guy!

See our post earlier this month for a photo.

Cycle Rage

Calmar writes:

Seattle is getting on my nerves because the Wallingford roads seem narrow and cars seem everywhere, especially on-coming.  In 59 years of driving I have never been in a car wreck but now such seems probable.  I feel sorry for people riding bicycles for traveling must be even more dangerous.  

Yesterday I was stopped by traffic ahead on Roosevelt at University Bridge and suddenly heard shouting behind me. “WHAT! WHAT! WHAT!  WHY ARE YOU DOING THIS?”   I looked back and a person that had been on a bicycle was off his bike and was standing and he was attacking a surprised and bewildered man on a motorcycle. The standing man was throwing heavy punches onto the other. The motorcycle man had to use his hands to hold his rig upright and he seemed incapable of defending himself. The attacker was furious and swearing at the victim—as though the man on the motorcycle had somehow endangered or insulted the man on the bicycle. My lane of traffic started to move and so I left, mid-attack.

About twenty minutes later I drove north and saw many fire trucks on the bridge so I parked and walked over. I asked why they were there and a friendly guy told me they thought someone had jumped. Below a police boat was churning about downstream (west). I told the first man what I had seen and he had me talk to a fireman. They had not known about the attack on the inner lane—right where they thought someone had jumped. I left.

It seems to me Seattle must stop and must plan for safe and exclusive routes for bicyclists. An over-head roadway could be made over the side of I-5. Twenty foot wide long floats could be pushed in place twice a day between Kirkland and Madison for bicyclists–and same in Lake Union.  Underground tunnels from bikers would be just fine.  What set the bicyclist off?

Events at Wide World Books

Wide World Books and Maps (4411 Wallingford Ave N) has free talks and events throughout the month. Left in September:

Tuesday, September 16th, 7 pm – Trekking in the Himalayas: The Ins & Outs of the Ups & Downs with Pam Perry and Sheri Goodwin

Ever wanted to go trekking in Nepal but don’t know where to start? Come hear Pam Perry of Grand Asian Journeys and Sheri Goodwin of Transformational Journeys, both seasoned trekking veterans, talk about what you need to do to prepare for a Himalayan mountain adventure. How do I get prepared physically? Which is the right trek for me? What do I pack? How much will it cost? How much time do I need? How do I stay healthy? What about trekking options in Tibet, Bhutan or India? They’ll answer all of these questions and more. If you’ve ever dreamed of trekking in the Himalayas, this presentation is for you.

Saturday, September 20th, 9 am – Gutsy Women

This informal gathering is for women to meet and learn from each other’s travel experiences and share wisdom learned on the road. Bring your coffee and your questions! This group meets each month on the 3rd Saturday.

Thursday, September 25th, 7 pm – Wes Krause – Celebrating 30 Years of Madness!

Founded in 1984 by climbers and adventurers Scott Fischer and Wes Krause, Seattle-based tour company Mountain Madness is celebrating its 30th anniversary.  Wes has a vast and impressive travel and adventure resume. Numerous climbs in Alaska and the Himalayas culminated in his being named co-leader, along with Scott, of the 1987 American Everest North Face Expedition. Wes later moved to East Africa where he was Director of the National Outdoor Leadership School in Kenya. During this time he and Fischer made the second ascent of the Breach Icicle on Kilimanjaro and pioneered the Shira Plateau Route.  Wes went on to develop new walking safaris and created the gold standard in logistics for East African adventures. Wes has lived in Arusha, Tanzania for nearly 30 years, where he directs the Kilimanjaro climbs and treks and safaris for Mountain Madness. Wes will be presenting a program and pictorial history of Mountain Madness, pioneering new routes on Kilimanjaro, safari stories and big mountains all over the world.  Join us in a fun evening of tales, reminiscing and a celebration of mountains, adventures and madness!   (Note the talk this week is on Thursday, instead of Tuesday.)

Tuesday, September 30th, 7 pm – Nicaragua with Jennifer Spatz

Join Jennifer Spatz of Global Family Travels in an incredible journey to delve into the culture and society of contemporary Nicaragua.  While both tours emphasize authentic cultural experiences to give you a true taste of Nicaragua, the trips’ highlights are in the personal connections made with the exuberant people who live there and the opportunity to participate in community projects which that benefit the locals on Omtepe Island. Other highlights include wild Capuchin monkey spotting, swimming in the warm, fresh-water lake, enjoying local mangoes and other fresh fruits, searching for bargains in an arts market, and climbing a volcano through a rain forest.

  • Nicaragua: Bridging Cultures through Soccer: Pack up your cleats and head out with Global Family Travels to Ometepe Island inNicaragua where you will teach and learn new skills in a remote, but beautiful setting. Working with a local soccer team, you and your family will help to improve the poor conditions of the sports fields and participate in games, activities and Nicaraguan culture.
  • Nicaragua: Learn, Serve, Immerse:  For our Service work, Global Family Travels is partnering with the Bainbridge –Omtepe Island Association and Si a la Vida, a 20 year NGO that assists homeless Nicaraguan youth.  We will work at the NGO’s center on OmetepeIsland, an idyllic place in the middle of Lake Nicaragua, and participate in local homestays to get to know the local culture and its people.

Tales from under the Asphalt

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWe received this missive on a disconnected computer with a broken power cord. Make of it what you will.

Last year we had to decipher a series of LETTERS FROM THE FUTURE. This year, a number of messages have arrived from under the asphalt.  We’re not sure what they mean or how they all fit together.  We need help figuring them out.

The participant list has been filled, but word has leaked out that the event location is in Wallingford near Mosaic Coffeehouse.  If you’re interested, see if you can find us, starting4:00 pm Saturday Sept 13.

Credible Threat presents
a neighborhood walking performance
by Edward Mast

Saturday September 13 at 4:00 PM
free admission
(206) 774-6438cre[email protected]

It turns out that worms have dreams . . . .

(Photo by J.S.B.)

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