The Throes of Spring Edition

I trust that you, dear reader, are welcoming the spring season with w-i-d-e open arms, especially my friends on the east coast who are still getting over yet another wicked winter weather-wise.  To you I say: May your flowers blossom early and the pollen count remain low in your neck of the woods!

Hot, Hot, Hot
Meanwhile, out here in Washington state’s Puget Sound region, things have definitely started to heat up, and I’m not just referring to the temperature outside (although it IS supposed to get into the low 70s today, with no rain expected for days–imagine that!  And you thought it always rains in Seattle.  The dirty little secret is locals  perpetuate that myth so that “outsiders”–especially Californians, truth be told–won’t want to move here.  Shhhhhh… Don’t tell anybody I spilled the beans!
Unfortunately for those of us who don’t rake in million dollar salaries, Seattle’s real estate market continues to sizzle, with upwards of 18% growth last year.  Seattle is clearly in the throes of a seller’s market, making affordable housing almost nonexistent for the rest of us middle class peons…

Pete Carroll's home

So, we here at Seattle Outsider Musing have been scratching our heads as to why Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll and his wife Glena decided to flip the upscale Hunts Point home they’d owned for less than a year for a measly 3.4% profit.  Keep in mind this represents a $200,000 pay out to the Carrolls, based on the $5.9 million purchase price they paid for the 1999 3-BR, 3,860 sf manse vs. the $6.1 million final sale price.  Curbed Seattle‘s Sean Keeley speculates that they’re either looking to upgrade or they didn’t like the neighbors, adding we shouldn’t expect the sale to local “power couple” Jimmy and Patty Barrier to mean the Carrolls are leaving Seattle.  Coach Carroll recently signed a new contract and there’s been no indication he’s unhappy with his job situation.  Just his house, apparently…

davinci image of man

Job Hunting?
For those of us who don’t necessarily enjoy the same kind of job security that Pete Carroll does, Marc Cenedella of The Ladders provides the following, um… career advice!, based on a certain celebrated artist who started out in the business world as an armorer–a  weapons guy, a maker of things that go “boom.”
That job seeker was none other than Leonardo da Vinci, before he became famous for painting the Mona Lisa and the Last Supper, before he invented the helicopter, before he drew his ubiquitous image of man.  Yes, before he was all of those things, Leonardo had to put together a resume to get his first gig.  So, in 1482 at the age of 30, Leonardo sent a letter and a list of his capabilities to Ludovico il Moro, the Duke of Milan, showing himself to be the humble multi-talented man that he was, sans reciting a laundry list of past achievements/standard bio fare but rather focusing on the Renaissance Duke’s military needs and how his capabilities could serve his prospective employer well.
Genius that LdV undeniably was, one does not have to be one to apply the timeless message to job-seekers everywhere.  Visit for an enlightening and still relevant read.

lobster roll
Foodie Fare for Die Hard Lobster Lovers
In Seattle Weekly‘s annual Dining Guide, one featured 2015 “Voracious” sandwich eateries stands out amongst the rest: the “25-Minute Lobster Roll” at The Ballard Annex Oyster House.
Neither for the faint-hearted or shallow-pocketed, this sumptuous three-to-five-pounds of boiled Maine lobster meat indulgence served on a bun is worth the hefty (hold on to your napkin) $85 you’ll pay for two, depending on current market price.
If you’re a former New Englander like Wordsmith Maggie and simply cannot abide eating anything else but the real deal, this is as close to nirvana one can get, short of a summertime visit back to coastal Rhode Island…


Important Facts to Remember
as You Grow Older

–  Death is the number 1 killer in the world.
–  Life is sexually transmitted.
–  Good health is merely the slowest possible rate at
which one can die.
–  Give a person a fish and you feed them for a
day.  Teach a person to use the Internet and they
won’t bother you for weeks, months, maybe years.
–  Health nuts are going to feel stupid someday, lying
in the hospital, dying of nothing.
–  All of us could take a lesson from the weather.  It
pays no attention to criticism.
–  In the 60’s, people took acid to make the world
weird.  Now the world is weird, and people take
Prozac to make it normal.
–  Don’t worry about old age; it doesn’t last that long.

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