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02/08/19 08:42 AM #544    


Eric (Rick) Moon

Pretty wintry here in Honolulu too.  The temperature was 69 when I got up this morning.  The locals are all wearing their down vests.

02/08/19 11:18 AM #545    


Emilie Lamphere (Ortega)

So beautiful, but hard to get around.   I had a little snow on my AZ cactus this winter...melted by afternoon.   We are up against the Santa Rita Mountains at about 3500 feet.   So beautiful here.   Thanks for sharing.

02/10/19 10:53 AM #546    


Jay Spaulding

What a magnificant snowfall this year!! We have 14 inches stacked up on our deck and are told that more is coming. I remember praying for a snowfall like this when I was growing up here in Kirkland. We live on Rose Hill (between downtown Redmond and downtown Kirkland) and wherever there is a hill there are kids sledding and having a ball. If I knew how to upload pictures I'd do it and you would be amazed. Hope all of you out there are safe, dry and warm. I love you all.

Jay Spaulding

02/11/19 08:57 AM #547    


Emilie Lamphere (Ortega)

Jay, hope you are enjoying it.   We moved to AZ to be in the sun and golf and do outside activities all year round.  We are just south of Tucson in a little place called Green Valley.   It is beautiful and I get to look at the snow on the mountains close to us but don't have to travel in it.   One of my big surprises living here is there is a huge number of folks from Washington state.   Some are snowbirds, but many are full time, like we are.  Enjoy your snow and stay warm.

02/11/19 11:11 AM #548    

Marvin Knox

Jay -

Our friends and relatives have been sending us pictures from up there.  Absolutely beautiful.

February here in Lake Havasu should wind up in the high 60's average even though we've had a few days hotter and a few days colder the last couple of weeks. .  From then on out it's about a 10 degree per month climb into summer.  By the end of May we should have a few days around 100 degrees.  Then in the summer all bets are off. We had 125 degrees last summer.

I love it down here.   Honestly though - I did enjoy the snows we had each winter when I lived up there.  Freezing rain - not so much.smiley

03/14/19 09:03 AM #549    

Marvin Knox

Hi everyone -

Gerry Covington (Haga) died Sunday in Las Vegas of lung cancer. 

Some time back (in post #407) I shared a story about going on my first date to a movie at the Bellevue Theater.  I shared with you how awkward the date had been and how along toward the end of the movie I got up enough courage to "hold" the hand of the girl I was with.  

I didn't want to say at that time who the story was about since I didn't have her permission.  But I did say that she was a cheerleader and that you'd all know her well.

That first date was Gerry Covington and she'll always have a very special place in my heart. 

I hadn't seen her since our graduation from Sammamish.  But I found myslef shedding a tear when I heard the news.

What a little fireball she was in her youth. 

I'm sure many of you have fond memoriies of her as well.




03/14/19 01:03 PM #550    


Danny Braudrick


Gerry was a fireball, indeed. Saw her last at our 25th reunion. As I recall she was in charge—and she took charge. Even my wife recognized her unfathomable energy. I was sorry I did not see her at our 50th.

May she Rest In Peace. 

03/15/19 08:57 AM #551    


Emilie Lamphere (Ortega)

Gerry was indeed full of energy.   She lived, with her husband, just behind my mom and dad when they lived in Bellevue above the Glendale Golf Club.    I got to see her and talk with her a number of times when I would visit them.   As an adult, she was always doing something too.   She was a hairdresser, and had a shop in her home.   Wonder if those chemicals finally got to her.   I don't think she smoked,  but many of us did back then.  I never saw her again after my parents moved.   When I learned of this, I felt bad.   We were about the same age.   Thats where we are by one, each of us will leave this planet to a better place, for those of you that believe it.   RIP Gerry.



03/23/19 01:34 PM #552    


Art Hyland


I recall a wonderful, chance happening when Gail & I were revisiting for fun the old Dairy Queen on 8th St, now gone of course, which was a common hang-out after games during our years at Sammamish.  Well, Gerry walked in and when Gail and she saw each other what followed was an immediate laughing and crying show.  They had the greatest time reminiscing and re-enacting their times together and as cheerleaders.  They both looked and acted like they were still in high school.  Gail had such a great time seeing Gerry again and it reinforced our decision for moving back to Washington.  In that memorable moment Gerry Covington, Gail Beckwith and Dairy Queen were still going strong.  It’s an indelible memory for me.

03/27/19 07:53 PM #553    


Danny Braudrick

That DQ the best chocolate shakes in all the Seattle area. Sorry to see it has gone but at some point in an area’s development the alternative use of some land will be of more value than one can make running a corner DQ and selling $.19 hamburgers and $.29 shakes. But I sure wish it weren’t that way.

03/28/19 12:27 PM #554    


Vivian Karen Hogue (Olguin)

I loved Dairy Queen. ❤️  Many, many years ago there was one in Newport Hills, near where I lived.  There was one in Issaquah that is now also gone.  However there is still one in the Eastgate area. If you haven't been in downtown Bellevue in years, you would never recognize it now.  🙀

03/28/19 05:39 PM #555    


Deborah Wallick (Quimby)

Hi everyone--

My brother (Dave Wallick) worked at DQ. He gave me my first cherry 7-up; that was a treat. I laugh now when I think I ended up with the DQ initials--who would have thought. We have two DQ's in the area-Astoria and Warrenton, Oregon. Almost impossible to beat their soft-serve ice cream.

I don't recognize Bellevue at all! Remember how Fredrick and Nelson had the only elevator to the second floor? J C Penney was kind of at the south end, less populated area. It is amazing there is a city of Sammamish. Guess they won't have a Sammamish High School. The area has just grown and grown. I wonder how many commute to Seattle from Easton? Would hate to do that in the winter.

Our area continues to grow. When we first arrived there were less than 4000 people. Now we have become a popular retirement community and secondary vacation home area. We are fortunate--no state income tax, relatively low property tax, and we are just across the Columbia River from Astoria, Oregon, and no sales tax.

Greetings to all on this gorgeous spring day!

Deb Wallick Quimby

03/29/19 08:34 AM #556    


Carol Leyden (Murrell)

My favorite DQ treat was the butter pecan sundae and to this day, every time I see a butter pecan sundae I have a flashback to SHS and DQ. Fun memories.

03/29/19 04:42 PM #557    

Marvin Knox

I used to work next to the Dairy Queen and I'd have a Peanut Buster Parfait every lunch hour. 

Only 710 calories and oh so good for you.

When I hit about 220 I decided to slack up on em.

03/30/19 09:28 AM #558    


Emilie Lamphere (Ortega)

Marv, the Peanut Busters were my favorite and back then I did not care about calories...youth has a way of equalizing weight gain, but now, oh dear, I would have to be careful.

03/31/19 06:50 AM #559    


Peggy Harris (Petersen)

I used to work at the Dairy Queen in Lake Hills.  At the end of my shift the manager would let me take home ice cream for my parents and my dog.  What a great job! 



03/31/19 08:22 AM #560    

Marvin Knox

There was a Dairy Queen just down the street from the fire station I worked at for much of my career as a firefighter/paramedic.  They had to clean out the soft ice cream machines nightly and the manager, who was a bit of a fireman want a be, brought us ice cream by in gallon or half gallon containers.

Whether we used DQ ice cream or bought our own at the store - we'd often make what we called "card board sundaes" and settle into our loungers for the evening movie before the action started, - typically after midnight.

To make a card board sundae - you take a half gallon container of vanilla  ice cream and scoop out the center.  Then you fill the hollow with chocolate fudge or the sauce of your choice.  Then you throw in any extras you might want like nuts or pieces of fruit.

Then you put a towel in your lap and just kinda settle in to pig out.

I was in very good shape back then in spite of it all.  I burned off the calories most nights any way.

Now - I put on a pound or two just looking at ice cream.


04/22/19 12:35 PM #561    


Patricia Doyle (McLain)

Recently I saw “American Graffiti”  and  “Green Book” in the same week. Both set in the 60s and reminding me of high school. Wondering what you guys might think about them as movies and depictions of the era. Didn’t see a Dairy Queen in either one! How can that be? 

04/23/19 11:28 AM #562    


Laura Fletcher (Lindsay)

As you probably noted, Green Book was filmed in Louisiana, where the state has put in an all-out effort to attract the movie industry through tax credits. The state became one of the major areas for filming for about a dozen years until voters pushed back on the amount of credits and because some in the industry fraudulently used the perk. Apparently, Atlanta is now the hottest place in the South to create movies.

Both LSU and my house are not far from the plantation where part of Green Book was filmed. Having moved here in 1963 after we graduated, I found the film painful to watch as it brought back memories of the racist culture that exhisted at the time. The state has come a long way, partly because it is so diverse and because of federal desegregation edicts. But one of the pitfalls has been white flight from the public schools and the proliferation of private, parochial and charter schools to the detriment of the public school system and its funding. 

Let me add that we DID have a Dairy Queen right outside the gates of LSU and visited it frequently.  

06/01/19 08:59 AM #563    


Thomas Stromberg

Nobody has posted anything for awhile. Maybe we’re all busy despairing over the state of politics and the stock market.  For distraction here’s some more movie trivia

All About Eve (1950) received a record 14 Academy Award nominations and won 6, including Best Picture.  It is the only film in Oscar history to receive four female acting nominations: two for Best Actress and two for Best Supporting Actress.  

You may recall the film begins with a presentation of the Sarah Siddons award for outstanding work in a theatrical production, to the eponymous Eve Harrington (played by Anne Baxter).  The award was invented for the film by director and writer Joseph L Mankiewicz.

In a classic case of Life Imitating Art, two years after the film was released, a group of Chicago theatergoers created the Sarah Siddons Society and began presenting an award modeled and named after the one in the film. The award has been presented yearly ever since, to Myrna Loy, Julie Andrews, Faye Dunaway, Lauren Bacall, Angela Lansbury and more than 60 others. 

Fans of Turner Classic Movies will notice that network host Ben Mankiewicz is grandson to the film’s director.


06/02/19 10:16 AM #564    


Emilie Lamphere (Ortega)

I am such a fan of that channel.   And Ben does a great job hosting too.   Thanks for the trivia.   Let us hear more.

06/02/19 01:01 PM #565    


Patricia Doyle (McLain)

Thanks for the film trivia and the distraction! I find myself going back to old b&w films for more than distraction. Mostly the screwball comedies like Ball of Fire with Gary Cooper and Barbara Stanwick. Lots of great witty dialogue and innuendo. So more trivia please! 

06/08/19 07:43 PM #566    


Eric (Rick) Moon

Fans of Raymond Chandler (and his colorful metaphors) know that his protege was Robert B. Parker, whose best-known detective is Spenser.  Parker kept up the tradition of colorful metaphors.  I am re-reading the Spenser novels now, and I have begun a list, and here's what I have so far through the first four:

... as blank and meaningless as a styrofoam coffee cup

... tiptoed out like a man leaving church early

[The Red Sox pitcher] came down on the Yankees like a cleaver on a lamb chop

You're in with people who will waste you like a popsicle on a warm day

He would blow you away like a midsummer dandelion

Her body was as stiff and remote as a wire coat hanger

The oddly quaint phrase squeezed out like dust through a clogged filter

I felt like a cobra at a mongoose festival

More to come!

06/09/19 02:00 PM #567    


Thomas Stromberg

Rick, those are good ones.  I'm also a Spenser novels fan, and have probabnly read all 40 multiple times, except for Silent Night  (not sure if we can count that one).  Anyway, gotta love him.  Did you know there's a Spenser cookbook?  A list of all the meals Parker came up with.

Give us more metaphors.  Thanks!

06/10/19 09:58 AM #568    


Eric (Rick) Moon

Thanx for the link Tom.  I think I'll get it.  I do like to cook.

An aside in one of the books I just finished was about how a man who cooks is called a gourmet cook, whereas a woman who cooks is just cooking.

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