Countdown to Spring Edition

While the official start of spring this calendar year doesn’t arrive until March 20th, we get a week’s head start on the season when our collective clocks “spring forward” one hour at 2:00 a.m. on Sunday, March 13.
As Seattle Times writer Ari Levaux warns in his latest “Chow” column, those of us with backyard gardens that are probably staring us down from their beds had better get off our butts, make a plan and order seeds.  Because, he advises, we’ll want to be prepared for when spring arrives…
Procrastinators take note!
Envisioning the bountiful veggie harvest ahead (homegrown or otherwise purchased fresh from a local farmers market) consider Eater‘s “Here’s Every Spring 2016 Cookbook That Matters” to inspire cooks of all stripes.  Most noteworthy is “Cravings: Recipes for all the Food You Want to Eat”, by model /TV host Chrissy Teigen, co-authored with Adeena Sussman, for it’s “home-friendly recipes and easy approach to Thai cooking”.  Click on to inspire all-things-culinary.
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Chris Rock Knows How to Rock Girl Scout Cookies
Bless Chris Rock’s otherwise-naughty little heart!
In a matter of minutes, the 2016 Oscar Awards host spared countless parents and their earnest Girl Scout daughters from having to sell boxes of the brand’s cookies in front of local supermarkets in Greater Los Angeles.  The confirmed proceeds collected from the Oscars audience exceeded $65,000–not too shabby for a shameless white-bashing black dude!  (But c’mon, didn’t Leonardo DiCaprio look totally adorable when caught on camera scarfing down the contents of his box of cookies–a sweet reprieve leading up to his acceptance speech for Best Actor in The Reverent later that evening).
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Speaking of the Girl Scouts, Eater recently outed the squeaky clean organization in it’s “Genius Girl Scout Hawks Cookies Outside Marijuana Dispensary” story.
 “When it comes to running a successful retail business, they say location is everything”, writes Eater reporter Whitney Filloon, adding, “That fact was certainly not lost on a young Oregon-based Girl Scout, who wisely set up shop selling the troop’s coveted cookies outside a [legal] Portland pot dispensary”.
Yes, Ms. Filloon, an adult probably did put his/her daughter up to this er… alternative marketing endeavor!  Click on the following  link for more on this story:
Biospheres, Anyone?
According to Curbed Seattle, one of the most eagerly-anticipated architectural additions to Seattle has to be Amazon’s giant biospheres in Denny Triangle.
(Not so much Crescent Heights Inspirational Living’s 102-story currently-named  4/C downtown Seattle skyscraper.  The projected mixed-use towering edifice has been whittled down to appx. 90 stories following the FAA’s objection that the original 1,117–foot tall building would pose a safety hazard to nearby Boeing Field.  Final approval is pending…)
So, what exactly is a biosphere, you might ask.  I can only offer this description from CS’s Sean Keeley:
“The generative idea is that a plant-
rich environment has many positive
qualities that are not often found in
a typical office setting.  While the
form of the building will be visually
reminiscent of a greenhouse or
conservatory, plant material will be
selected for its ability to co-exist in a
microclimate that also suits people.
To encourage growth and maintain
the health of the plants, the
building’s interior will include high
bay spaces on five floors totaling
appx. 65,000 square feet and
capable of accommodating mature
Got that?
Btw, Amazon still expects the (gulp) 3.3 million-square-foot Boren Avenue office and retail complex to be done by 2017, opening in 2018.
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In closing, here are some words of wisdom to ponder, provided by Old Man Jiu Jitsu:
“I’ve reached that age where my brain goes from ‘You probably shouldn’t say that”, to ‘What the hell, let’s see what happens”.
Happy springing forward  from Wordsmith Maggie!
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