RAVE AND RANT Rave to the nice young man carrying a child in Madison Valley who asked me if I was OK when my bike skidded on the wet pavement as I rode downhill. Rant to me for not stopping to respond. The Seattle traffic and soggy weather are turning me into a grumpy bike commuter!

RAVE to the traveling nurses at Swedish First Hill emergency room. As luck would have it, we had to go to the Swedish emergency room [during the strike.] With the strike and traveling nurses covering for the strikers, we were unsure what we would find. What we found was a friendly, efficient and competent staff of traveling nurses from a wide range of locations. The care received was excellent. While we understand the grievances of the Swedish nurses, we as patients were very happy to see such a professional staff of replacements to serve those in need.