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RAVE To the fantastically levelheaded moms who leapt into action when I screamed for help after my son fell and hurt his head at Seattle Center. They called 911, contacted my husband, found ice, helped my hysterical 6-year old breathe and relax, and stayed with us until the paramedics were done. Their actions helped turn a scary scenario of helplessness into an affirmation of connectedness and community.

RANT AND RAVE Rant for the hikers, snowshoers, climbers, snowmobilers and other outdoor enthusiasts that ignore weather warnings and require rescuers to risk life and limb to haul them out of the woods. Maybe a fine would get their attention and save taxpayers. Rave for all the rescue services. I hope your time and energies won’t be called upon for preventable accidents in the future.

RAVE During a visit to Home Depot to return some items, the staff asked for my credit card and driver’s license. Later that day while preparing to board a flight to California I couldn’t find my driver’s license and called the store in a panic to see if I’d left it there. They had it, and the manager sent someone to the airport with it for me. Now that’s service and integrity!

RANT To whoever “egged” my house and all my windows when I wasn’t home. I’ve lived in the neighborhood over 25 years, am friendly with my neighbors and strangers, and can’t imagine being rude to anyone.

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RAVE To the police officer who was so polite and helpful when I couldn’t find my car and thought it had been stolen. I was in an unfamiliar area and after talking to the officer, realized I’d been looking for it in the wrong direction. We found my car, I was so embarrassed, and he was so gracious about my error.

RANT to the patron sitting in front of us taking pictures and video with his phone at the Joan Osborne/Holmes Brothers show, a constant distraction during the concert. It’s rude to the artist and to your fellow concertgoers. Rant to the venue for not enforcing their announced no-filming policy.

RAVE To the many dedicated, helpful medical staff and employees of the VA Hospital in Seattle. Their willingness to go out of their way to help us old vets is deeply appreciated.

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