Sunday, March 26, 2017

Now it can be told!

Yesterday evening we returned from a Hawaiian Cruise celebrating our 25th anniversary.

No, I don't know how she does it.

My parents joined us; other family members were either not able to change plans, or, in the case of many of Mrs. Drang's family, have bad memories of previous cruises, which typically involved 14 hour days of chipping paint and "hot-bunking" with some guy from Alabama...

  • Board San Francisco
  • Four days at sea
  • Hawai'i, AKA "The Big Island"/Hilo
  • Oahu/Honolulu
  • Maui/Lahaina
  • Kauai/Nawiliwili
  • Four days at sea
  • Ensenada*
  • One day at sea
  • Disembark San Francisco
*Stop in Ensenada mandated by US Government regulations intended to favor US flag carriers, requiring that non-US flagged passenger vessels make at least one stop in a foreign port on any voyage. Other US Government regulations make it prohibitive to flag cruise ships in the US, so there are none. This makes Seattle an attractive port for cruises, since Vancouver and Victoria are so convenient; Ensenada gets the love from Los Angeles and San Francisco. Alas, Alaska is the only cruise destination convenient to Seattle, and that's not a year-round trip like Hawai'i and Mexico/Central America. (There are rumors of Pacific Rim and round-the-world cruises starting in Seattle Any Year Now...)
Right now the consensus is that a 15 day cruise is at least 3 days too long, maybe 5. (How long a vacation is too long? When you get tired of fine dining and having someone else do your housekeeping...)

Maybe if the consecutive days at sea were fewer, and there were more port calls, we would not have felt this way. I don't know. Maybe we need to look into that 19 day L.A. to Ft. Lauderdale cruise, with Panama Canal transit and a stop in Mexico, Central America, and various Caribbean Islands to say for sure.

Anyway, I'll be posting some pics and videos here, although many of the videos need editing.

Here's a taste:
This is a somewhat crappy cell phone video taken on March 17th off Lahaina, Maui, of a humpback whale doing "pedunkle slaps."

Briefly made us wonder why we paid money for a separate whale watching cruise, if I could watch one from the buffet line...

(It was totally worth it, BTW.)

Monday, March 20, 2017

GOAL Post 2017-11

Late again, mea culpa. Frankly, I was exhausted. More on that in a few days.
FROM: GOAL WA {Joe Waldron}
TO: undisclosed recipients
SENT: Fri 3/17/2017 1:32 PM
SUBJECT: GOAL Post2017-11

Legislative Update from Olympia17 March 2017
The committee hearing/vote/floor session cycle has started all over again, after the 8 March original chamber cut-off. As House bills move through the Senate and vice versa, the next critical cut-off date is Wednesday, 29 March -- nearly two weeks off. The second half of the long session is off to a slow start. Of the five gun bills we are tracking, two had public hearings (1612 and 5268) and one passed out of committee (5552).

Senate Bill 5552, relaxing SOME of the background checks under I-594, passed out of 5552 amended and out of the House Judiciary Committee on what appeared to be a unanimous a voice vote on Wednesday. The bill was amended in committee to add firearms loaned to veterans color guards to the list of background check exemptions.

Recall this is the bill that COULD be amended to add CPL holders to the exemption list. That would change it from minor tweaks to a major pro-gun bill. But that’s going to take pressure from constituents. The bill can be further amended on the House floor at the end of March/early April..

At this point, two bills (1100, 1501) are scheduled for public hearings and an executive session for 5268. Details below.

SHB 1100
CPL renewal notice
Blake (D-19)
S. L&J
HB 1501
Illegal purchase of firearms
Hansen (D-23)
S. L&J
2SHB 1612
Suicide prevention
Orwall (D-33)
S. HumSer
SB 5268
CPL renewal notice
Takko (D-19)
H. Jud.
SB 5552
Certain exemptions to I-594
Pedersen (D-43)
H. Rules

L&J = Law & Justice, Jud = Judiciary, HumSer = Human Services, Aprop = Appropriations, Fin = Finance, W&M = Ways & Means; “S” before a bill number indicates Substitute (amended).


21 Mar  Senate Law & Justice Senate Hearing Room “4“John A. Cherberg Bldg 10:00 a.m. HB 1100
22 Mar House Judiciary House Hearing Room “A”John L. O’Brien Bldg 8:00 a.m.SB 5268(executive session)
23 Mar  Senate Law & Justice Senate Hearing Room “4”John L. O’Brien Bldg 10:00 a.m.SB 1501

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1-800-562-6000TDD 1-800-635-9993

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By reading the House and Senate "bill reports" (hbr, sbr) for each bill, you can see how individual committee members voted. By reading the "roll call" for each bill, you can see how the entire House or Senate voted on any bill. The beauty of the web site is that ALL this information is available, on line, to any citizen.

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Puyallup29-30 April

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Article 1, Section 24
Constitution of the State of Washington

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earworm, 03/20/2017

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Earworm 03/19/2017

Here's another for those who only remember Julie London for her role as Nurse Dixie McCall on Emergency!/Rescue 51.

Or, for that matter, for those who only remember this song sung by a cartoon...