It Happened on Vashon
My Vashon Island life, chronicled on and off since 2006. Family, friends, travel, open water swimming, chickens, honeybees, foraging, growing stuff, practicing PR. A very good life in a beautiful Pacific NW setting.
Sunday, August 23, 2009
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
STOV is on fiya!
Kathleen Fitch, m'lady, you have it dialed in with your passion to promote Sustainable Tourism on Vashon. It must have taken hundreds of hours to compile all of the information on your Web site. There are maybe a handful of for-profit businesses on the resource, but for the most part, this is a 100% nature-based site that maps out a lot of features even residents will enjoy.
A stay in the lighthouse keeper's old homes?
A moonlight paddle at Quartermaster?
Moutain biking in Island Center Forest?
I loved the family friendly day trip ideas. We forage with our kids on this island, and it is truly an amazing experience. Fall is all about mushrooms and huckleberries.
Best of all, it's free!
Bravo, Kathleen and STOV. May you get a big bag of money for web design upgrades. Until then, the message is still coming through loud and clear: you've been evangelizing "the mindful tourist" all along. Now I know who originated that term.
PS - I'm due some link updates on the right table, STOV included. Stay tuned.
Saturday, August 15, 2009
Vashon v. Verizon: "Can you hear me now?"
The definition of ineffective: putting in a trouble call with Verizon Wireless.
Let's get something straight. I've been a Verizon customer for about 10 years. TEN! That's because the coverage has been strong and reliable everywhere I go with my evolving cell phones. Living on Vashon's Westside Highway was the first time the coverage was spotty, and even that improved over the past few years. So imagine my surprise when just a few weekends ago, living on the North End, it was nothing but a dropped call fest, call after consecutive call.
When you put in a trouble call, they aggregate your dropped calls over a 30 day cycle and compare that to the national average (but not a 100% drop rate over a 48-hour period!). Still the company deemed my -drops- worthy of a look. Even when I called in the trouble, the call got dropped, fittingly!
Here was the final resolution after patiently waiting. And I quote from my voice mail:
"Hello, Heidi. This is Shelly with Verizon Wireless calling on the trouble ticket that was opened on your behalf. Our network team did conclude their investigation and what they determined is that this is a known "trouble area" so unfortunately you will experience these issues. I do apologize for that. If you have any further questions you may call 1-800-922-0204 and reference ticket number 307929. Thank you for choosing Verizon Wireless and have a nice day."
Known trouble area? That's not what the salespeople tell you when you upgrade your phone (or set up a kid's line, and an aircard) to walk out with $250 in new upgrades. Even the trouble call people stated, upon complaint, this area is fully covered and not one for drop concerns. That is crap! The signal is topped out. I have lived in the same house for several years with nary a problem. My husband is getting the same dropped calls on the North End, he has a different phone AND a different Verizon account. They told me he'd have to call those in too.
Lame. That was a complete waste of my time. Can you hear me now, Verizon?
Thursday, August 13, 2009
These are the people in your neighborhood
My friend Karen and I were musing over Wikipedia's Vashon Island people of note. Some of these folks were never on Vashon (cough cough Johnny Depp--since removed), some were, and some are now that I had no idea. The wacky Wikiness of it all is the credibility issue of many hands in the editing pot, and delayed accountability. So...
Here's the link http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vashon,_Washington
and below posted verbatim:
Vashon Island has been home to many people of note.
Gene Amondson, 2004 Prohibition Party presidential nominee, carver of wooden humans, and Segway rider lived on Vashon.
Jeweler and bellmaker Gordon R. Barnett 
Gene "Bean" Baxter of the Kevin and Bean morning show on KROQ, an alternative rock-format radio station in Los Angeles, California, lives on Vashon Island.
Steve Berlin, of the Grammy Award winning band Los Lobos, lived on the island
Alex Borstein, actress noted especially for her work on Fox's MAD TV and as the voice of Family Guy's Lois Griffin, lives on Vashon Island.
Berkeley Breathed, author of the political satire comic strip Bloom County, resided on Vashon for some time. He wrote a children's book based on a bicycle in a tree. The real-life tree, growing around a bicycle, can be seen on the island.
Michael Chabon, writer and 2001 Pulitzer winner lived on Vashon Island.
Karen Cushman, author, who produces fiction for mid-grade and young adult readers. One of her best known titles is the 1996 Newbery Award winning novel, THE MIDWIFE'S APPRENTICE.
Booth Gardner, former Washington state governor, lives on Vashon Island.
Eyvind Kang, modern composer, lives on Vashon Island.
Betty MacDonald once lived on Vashon and used the island as the setting of her book Onions in the Stew.
Zach Mann, reality TV star from MTV's hit show The Real World
T. Martino, Author/artist and wildlife rehabilitator The Wolf the Woman the Wilderness, Horse Nation, Learning from Eagle Living with Coyote, My Name is Cap, Coyote Physics.
Victor Bravo Monchego, Jr., writer, poet, satirist and provocateur lives in a yurt on Maury (Vashon) Island. Author of “The Human Terrain” and the recently declassified, “A CIA Field Guide to Foreign Undergarments: Recognizing the Enemy and Going Native.”
Danny O'Keefe, singer song-writer, known for his song "Good Time Charlie's Got the Blues", lives on Vashon Island.
Basil Poledouris, film composer, spent the last four years of his life on Vashon Island, prior to dying in Los Angeles due to complications from cancer.
Austin Post, aerial photographer and glaciologist, lives on Vashon Island.
Susan Powter,(formerly of Vashon) author, motivational speaker, and exercise professional.
John Ratzenberger, who played Clifford C. Clavin, Jr. on the television show Cheers, and also voiced a character in "Toy Story", once lived on and still owns land on connected Maury Island. He also helped to start a school on the island.
Daryl Redeker, guitarist and composer lives on Vashon Island.
Dan Savage, editor of The Stranger and the author of "Savage Love," a syndicated sex advice column, formerly lived on Vashon Island with his partner and adopted son. By his own account, he moved from Vashon because he was unsure that the local public schools would welcome the adopted son of gay partners.
Paul Seibert, author of books, white papers, and articles about strategic planning, growth, branching and architecture for financial institutions. Principle of EHS-Design, Partner in Momentum Construction Company and founding partner of CEO Advisory Group. Paul lives on Vashon.
Ned Sneed  Current sneedhaven caretaker and founder of Vashon-Maury Ministry of Cultural Integrity.
Tom Stewart, founder and chairman of Misty Isle Farms  and Food Services of America, once lived on the island and moved to Arizona in 2006. Stewart, a prominent regional Republican leader, rekindled the Quartermaster Harbor fireworks show in 1991 after it was discontinued as Vashon Island's traditional local Independence Day celebration in 1989. In 1998, Stewart pled guilty to misdemeanor federal and local election-finance money laundering charges. He had to pay a $5 million fine and serve two months under house arrest, with work release, wearing an electronic ankle bracelet.
J. Tillman, a singer songwriter and drummer of the band Fleet Foxes.
Edith Derby Williams, historian, granddaughter of former US President *Theodore Roosevelt, lived on Vashon Island from the 1960's until her death in 2008.
Monday, August 10, 2009
What's the Big Robot Penis deal?
I think Big Robot Penis on the Vashon Park District community marquee was enough to have it taken down after a very, very short duration of time. So sorry if you missed it! I had a good laugh. Welcome to Vashon, enjoy our Big Robot Penis and all the island has to offer. My "tourist" girlfriend Kassie graciously posed for this photo.
And you thought Urinetown was an attention-getter!
Monday, August 03, 2009
How to move a mini-clutch?
I posed this question on Vashon Poulty's Yahoo forum and only one reply so far--any other advice? We have a day ranger white leghorn who's decided to lay outside rather than the coop; and she's got a collection going and she'll ONLY lay in this flowerpot.
We'd like to move them to the coop. Any wisdom to impart? Is she going to freak out on us? In the morning when we "release the hens!" she books it turbo-style to her little (now revealed) spot. A ha! But now what? We believe all are fertilized by our lil feathered stud in the coop. So....