Pat's View “Typo-chondria”

A well-known local personality wrote a book of his memoirs a few years ago. He was an acquaintance of mine, and I delighted in watching him promote his tome with much fanfare, loads of publicity and a bunch of local TV and radio appearances. I was thrilled when I received my copy.

Then I read it.

From nearly the first page came a torrent of misspellings, grammatical missteps and messed up punctuation. The book contained more slips than a lingerie company; more errors than a blindfolded shortstop; more boo boo’s than a ghost convention. (I attended analogy school for a semester.)
When the author of the book finally asked me, “What’d you think?”---I decided to be brutally honest. “It was absolutely terrific,” I stated boldly.

He replied quickly, “You didn’t notice all the mistakes?”

“What mistakes? “ I asked with typical candor.

“Oh, come on,” he said. “You had to notice that there are more slips than a lingerie company; more errors than a---“I cut him off. “Yes, “I admitted. “I did notice one or two.”

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Comments wanted on King County’s plan for stormwater runoff

Every year, King County updates its plan to manage stormwater runoff, drainage issues and water pollution problems. That Stormwater Management Program (SWMP) Plan is now available for review and comment.
 
The Washington State Department of Ecology considers stormwater runoff as the No. 1 water pollution problem in the state’s urban areas, with significant impacts to Puget Sound water quality.
 
To review this year’s plan, go to kingcounty.gov/stormwater. Comments on the plan are welcome through March 31. King County responds to and includes all public comments and shares them in the final plan submitted to the state Department of Ecology.
 
County stormwater employees review their work every year based on new science or practices as they learn more about water pollution and flows. Programs include how old pipes and treatment systems can be modernized and replaced, how impacts from stormwater flows can be reduced, and about water pollution sources.
 
This year’s focus includes addressing the effects of stormwater flows on natural water systems, and determining what data are needed as part of watershed-scale stormwater planning.
 

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Amanda's View: Collage

By Amanda Knox

It had been a while since I visited Discovery Park. Years? It was one of those first days of Spring, when for the first time in a long time I was wearing too many layers of clothes. I walked down curving, narrow channels of soft turf, foliage on either side. The sun shined through the trees, lush and green and, here and there, blossoming. A bald eagle flew overhead, just above the treetops. It’s beautiful, I thought.

Because somehow the random juxtaposition of these elements—sun, earth, trees, sky, bird—felt like it meant something. Health, maybe? The health of the world? And then I thought, just how many of you bald eagles are there? The last I saw there were two of you in a Youtube video, perched on a terrace railing, communing with a cat. I realized my mind is a vortex of associations, of varying degrees of firmness or looseness, ever intelligent, because intelligence is simply the ability to recognize and memorize patterns.

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