July 24th, 2006


The Mountain, and Mount Baker

First: So I got bored, started reading some of the P-I's blogs, and discovered that in its current issue Rolling Stone named KMTT 103.7 an "awesome rock outlet", a "great station", and "a tastemaker".  I lolled.

Second: Does anyone know how the Mt Baker area got its name?  My googling just tells me it was originally developed as the Mount Baker Park District, but no reason's given as to why the park was named for a mountain 80 miles away.  Back in the day a friend and I used to think it would be funny to get on the 14 bus decked out in ski clothes, carrying poles & what not and see if anyone would get it.  Then we realized that wouldn't really be funny at all.  But the name still intrigues me.  Any ideas?

Medical hotlines?

Hey, are there any public hotlines that you can call for medical advice, such as whether or not to go to the emergency room or just wait for the next day to call a doctor?

In Ontario, there's a public "Telehealth" line that lets you talk to registered nurses. http://www.health.gov.on.ca/english/public/program/telehealth/telehealth_mn.html

Is there anything similar in Washington State or Seattle?

As well, I've got no insurance...I'm a "visitor". My fiancé has his stuff from work, but I've got nothing except my provincial health plan...which gives me $200 CDN a day for emergency room services.

Occult bookstores/magic shops

I have two questions that are seemingly related, mostly because of semantics.

First, can anyone recommend a good occult bookstore? I know, I could google, but I'm looking for personal recommendations. Bonus points for a store that has an occult section in addition to other interesting things.

Second, I'm looking for a good magic shop. (See? Semantics.) You know, with magician supplies like trick quarters and stuff. I've been to the one in Pike Place and I like it, but I wanted to expand a bit and see what other potentially unique items are available. Again, I googled, but I'm looking for personal recommendations.

football fans:

Tickets for the Real Madrid - DC United exhibition on August 9th officially go on sale Wednesday. However I just got an email about a presale - so if you want to pick up some tickets before the masses go here: http://www.ticketmaster.com/promo/t8e2dm
and use the password: kjram06 (use the second password slot)
Tickets range from $30 to $125.

You'll see all the aging, fading stars in Beckham, Ronaldo, Roberto Carlos, as well as Raul, Emerson, and Cannavaro. Hopefully we get to see Adu out there for the US side as well.

The ManU match a couple years ago sold out in a few hours, so get on it.
  • kiwi

Some resources for workin' the respite care system (for kids) in the Seattle area

In light of a post made awhile back regarding resources for those interested in working with children with disabilities, and a request that I share my information with the full community, here’s some resources for anyone out there who’s interested in finding out more about becoming a respite care provider.

http://depts.washington.edu/eeuweb/index.htm - The University of Washington’s Experiemental Education Unit is a great place to start. The downside of this is that it tends to lean heavily on undergrad and grad students at the UW, so if you’re not a student, finding a job is hit or miss, but it’s still a great place to call and check into. They also give tours so you can “shop” first.

http://depts.washington.edu/uwautism/training/index.html - The Autism Center at CHDD (UW) is actually a better place to start – they provide training and networking for people interested in being Therapy Assistants, who are contracted privately by families. Follow the links to applications. (You’ll have to scroll down a bit.)

http://www1.dshs.wa.gov/ddd/region4.shtml - DSHS for the downtown Seattle area has plenty of information, but their website isn’t exactly…helpful. But the phone numbers are there, and sometimes calling is a better way to do things. In case you’re lazy, the Region 4 Office (that’s the downtown Seattle area) can be reached at (206) 568-5700 or you can email them at dd4fso@dshs.wa.gov.

If you’re more interested in working at a residential home, Fircrest in Shoreline is probably your best bet, though that’s not saying too much in light of the threats of it being closed down. You can call them at (206) 361-2990. I have a friend who works there and she says she really enjoys it.

http://www1.dshs.wa.gov/ca/fosterparents/be_RespiteIntro.asp - Becoming a Respite Care Provider in Washington State (form). They’ll contact you after you submit the filled-in form (can be done online, I believe). As mentioned by others, funding has gone down big time, but it can’t hurt to give it a try.

Other possibilities:

http://www.seattlechildrens.org - Children’s Hospital in Seattle
http://www.arcwa.org - The Arc (Washington State)

I hope that helps!
  • wesa

Fire the weather forecasters!

The forecast for today was a chilly 91. What did we get? 95/93 in some areas. Forecast for tomorrow used to be down to an ice cold 78, but has since been adjusted to 80.

Why can't the forecasters just predict 100 degree weather for the Seattle region? Then when it's only 87 out, we'll thank them for being wrong!

Now placing bets on Tuesday's high: My guess is 85.

Ballroom dancing

Checked memories, didn't see anything specific.

I'd like to relearn ballroom dancing-- any suggestions on good schools in Seattle / West Seattle? I've checked CitySearch, and Arthur Murray gets the highest regard, but even that's pretty sparse.