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RAVE AND RANT Rave to the Seattle Police Department for committing all available officers to search for my father, an Alzheimer’s patient, who’d wandered away from an adult day-care program, and to the kind neighbors who posted Dad’s picture on their blog and hit the streets with us to search. It was a terrifying six hours! Double rave to the gentle couple several miles away who encountered my thirsty, sunburned father out walking and invited him in for root beer while they called the number on his MedicAlert bracelet. What an amazing community effort went into getting Dad home safely! Rant to the adult day-care program, who managed to lose Dad on his very first day. So much for the attempt to give my mom a break.

RAVE To all the kind people who helped me when my phone/wallet was snatched. It’s great to know that caring strangers are willing to come to the rescue!

RANT To those who recently defaced the Seattle Fallen Firefighters Memorial in Occidental Park, honoring those who have died fighting fires. It’s not something to deface with graffiti because you’re bored.

RAVE To the three marvelous hunters who were kind enough to stop and use their 4-wheel-drive vehicles to pull my car off a debris-strewn road with a creek running over it that was threatening to wash my little car away. Without their generous, good-natured assistance, my car could have been swamped, leaving me stranded miles from the main road. I’m especially appreciative that they refrained from noting the obvious, that I shouldn’t have been driving my Ford Escort there.

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RANT To the young girls at the Seattle Storm game who loudly giggled at the sign-language interpreter during the national anthem, despite their parent telling them to hush. Laughing during the national anthem is rude, and making fun of an interpreter is mean-spirited. I hope your parent follows up on this opportunity to teach you understanding and respect.

RAVE To the dedicated Seattle City Light workers who expeditiously repaired our Ravenna neighborhood utility pole at 2 a.m. after it had been hit by lightning, restoring our power 20 minutes after they arrived.

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