RANT to new homeowners in Seattle who let the grass go to seed. A very nice home in our neighborhood recently sold. The house sits empty and the grass has grown tall enough to obfuscate the fire hydrant on the right of way. What happened to the concept of people living in homes and maintaining their property?

RAVE to Washington’s commonsense, inclusive voting system, with 100% mail-in ballots, no postage required, easy-to-find ballot boxes, and no extra restrictive laws. And an extra big rave for getting high schoolers in the system via early registration. Because of this, my son just got his first ballot in the mail!

RANT to telephone solicitors calling at 6:30 a.m. asking for another contribution to their annual funds, after I just sent a contribution to them at Christmastime. I was barely out of bed. The following morning, I received another solicitation with no one at the other end of the line at 7:05 a.m.