13 Sep

I heard on KIRO-710 news this evening that the last batch of signatures for the Monorail Initiative, submitted Monday, were enough to put the initiative on the November ballot after all. Perhaps this means the lawsuit mentioned a couple of posts below is now irrelevant.

13 Sep

Averill Field in Snohomish, WA might be replaced with a skate park and youth center. Averill Field is named for Earl Averill, a member of the Baseball Hall of Fame from Snohomish.

Reading this reminded me of my own Earl Averill story. Back in 1977-79, when I was in junior high, my mom and I attended tons of Seattle Mariners games at the Kingdome. Tickets were cheap back then ($1.50 for outfield bleacher seats on the first level!), and we also made a friend in the front office who would give us tickets (that’s a story worth telling, too, but another time). We were always there early for batting practice and we always stayed right through to the final out.

One day, a man came up to us during batting practice and said “We’ve seen you at a lot of baseball games, and my father would like to meet you. ” He gestured up the stairs to where an elderly man sat in a wheelchair. We didn’t know why an old man would want to meet us, but we had time to kill and the situation seemed harmless, so we walked up to meet him.

He introduced himself as Earl Averill. He said he used to be a ballplayer, and he enjoyed going to as many games as he could. “I’ve seen you at a lot of games, and I know you’re real baseball fans,” he said, “so I’d like to give you something.” He signed a baseball and gave it to me, then took out a postcard, signed it, and gave it to my mom. “Enjoy the baseball game,” he said, and we thanked him for the gifts and went back to our seats, thinking what a nice old man he was.

A few minutes later we looked more closely at the post card and saw that it was his Hall of Fame postcard, with a picture of his Hall of Fame plaque.

After that we’d occasionally see him at the Kingdome, and we’d wave and say hi. He died in 1983.

All of this is, perhaps, a roundabout way of saying that Snohomish might want to reconsider removal of Averill Field. I think a skate park and youth center are great ideas — but isn’t there a way to keep the ball park, too?

13 Sep

Monorail supporters are suing over the invalidation of signatures for the I-53 initiative. I must admit, though I’m a monorail supporter, this has the stench of desperation about it. I do think they shouldn’t invalidate both signatures when someone’s signed twice, though. That’s just punitive. Still, and I’m going to yell here for a sec, so cover your eyes, WHO ARE THE IDIOTS who sign an initiative twice? Ya MORONS!

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