Rant & Rave: A Festive Sailboat Lights Up a Kenmore Neighborhood


RAVE to our neighbors in Kenmore for decorating their sailboat in the roadside front yard with festive Christmas lights that sparkle and light up the dark as you pass by!

RANT to speak only of one side of the landlord/tenant relationship. I love the opportunity to tell you about our tenant who hasn’t paid rent for 16 months, owes us thousands of dollars, drives to California every month in his BMW, and intentionally lets the water run in his bathtub. to increase our water bill!

RAVE for the nice woman behind me in line at the grocery checkout who insisted on paying for my groceries when I found out I had lost my $80 cash in the store somewhere. I had it tucked into my belt for lack of pockets, and it fell while doing my shopping. I retraced my steps in vain, and she waited to see if I found him. When I failed, she insisted on paying for my groceries. She didn’t give me her name but only said to “pay it forward” for someone else, or give it to my favorite charity.

RANT with the abbreviation LOL. If you have to explain that what you just said is hilarious, it’s not. It’s the lazy equivalent of a laugh track. Just let your excellent humor speak for itself. Don’t get me started on ROTFL.

RAVE to my West Seattle townhouse neighbors who bring in all trash, compost, and recycling bins on collection day, not just their own. I never see you do it, so I can’t thank you in person. I’m especially grateful when I work out of town and don’t have to worry about my trash cans being left on the sidewalk while I’m away. Your thoughtfulness and acts of good neighborliness are greatly appreciated!

RANT to finger-licking TV chefs. It’s unsanitary and you are bad examples for your viewers. And don’t forget that we are still in the middle of a pandemic!

STORM Admire the many cars that manage to avoid crossing the puddles next to the sidewalk. Rant to the fat SUV driver who deliberately splashed in it, spraying dirty ice water all over this elderly pedestrian. What a tyrant. Do you also pluck the wings of flies in your spare time?

RANT to idling cars. You, the person sitting in your car, letting it idle while you check your phone, or whatever, right outside our apartments. Your car’s exhaust? It is the air we breathe. Have you heard of global warming? Letting your car run for about 20 minutes is just another drop in that bucket. (If you’re homeless and need to warm up, peace, but that always ends up being the air we breathe.) The rest of you, warm up your car, then turn it off and put on a jacket . My lungs thank you.


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