Thoughts on the Seattle area scene. I like bikes and ride a lot so much of this will stem from that activity. But I won't limit it to that - this blog will explore Seattle through many different perspectives.

 

More explanation….

Despite my desires, events have conspired against me. After my wife had her stroke and subsequent brain surgery she came home for recovery. She then went in over Memorial Day time frame for 5 days of Cyberknife brain radiation to wipe out whatever cancer cells might still be lingering. 5 days later (and only two days after she had two skin tumors removed) she suffered a series of grand mal seizures caused by the irritation of the brain, and was hospitalized in intensive care for five days. Since then she has been heavily medicated and recovering from these insults to the brain. In the meantime the melanoma marches on. Our goal is to beat to the finish line whatever is going on inside her body while the brain heals - so that around August 1st she can start a two week hospital stay on a powerful immune system drug called Interleukin-2.

I am documenting more thoroughly this journey on my blog:

cancercabanaboy.blogspot.com

I am going to try to resume posting on the topic for which this one is intended…

Posting absence explained

I regret my absence from the tumblr posting scene but hope to resume it now. Besides dealing with my wife’s metastatic melanoma cancer we had to deal with with a nasty effect of it. She had a stroke on May 11th, as a result of a brain tumor bursting. After twelve days in the hospital we are now back home and I am helping her recover, but it’s a ton of work. I am now a cancer patient and stroke victim cabana boy, on top of trying to get the letterpress going. 

I did get a new much lighter laptop suitable for extended hospital stays and rounds of doc visits and waiting rooms and purchased InDesign - and my goal is to learn that really well asap. My younger son, who took hardship leave from college and is planning a gap year has become super interested in letterpress, especially from the design perspective, and as he is home now to be with mom during her cancer battle and stroke recovery I hope to collaborate with him. My older son graduates from college mid-May and is planning to live at home until the Fall of next year before heading off to graduate school in architecture. He has taken two letterpress classes and wants to team up as well. So if the stars and heavens align we will have a family effort on the letterpress business for the next year or so.

The Dreary Days of Spring in Seattle

few pictures, little happening. People still bundled up - today was 43 degrees and blowing with intermittent rain and grey. I’m wrapped up in other things, primarily dealing with the logistics around my wife’s next step in the cancer stopping process - a trip to the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda for enrollment in some sort of clinical trial. Maybe the weather will be better back there.

Husky Stadium as seen from Foster Island and looking over the Montlake Cut and Lake Washington. Lots of ducks on this dreary day.

Husky Stadium as seen from Foster Island and looking over the Montlake Cut and Lake Washington. Lots of ducks on this dreary day.

Interesting and beautiful maple blooming in the Seattle Arboretum. Even though it’s cold and rainy, signs of Spring

Interesting and beautiful maple blooming in the Seattle Arboretum. Even though it’s cold and rainy, signs of Spring

Grey dreary rainy cold day in Seattle. Makes me pine for those golden days of Autumn, in this photo at the magnificent Kubota Gardens in Seattle.

Grey dreary rainy cold day in Seattle. Makes me pine for those golden days of Autumn, in this photo at the magnificent Kubota Gardens in Seattle.

Northwest Dog Show in Seattle. Agility competition is the most fun thing to watch. But we’re partial to the Great Danes given we have one.

Northwest Dog Show in Seattle. Agility competition is the most fun thing to watch. But we’re partial to the Great Danes given we have one.

This is the Burke Gilman Trail, a multi mode (bike, pedestrian, stroller, skateboard) ‘way’ through the north end of Seattle. This section is near NE 65th. There are plenty of sections running through more urban areas.

This is the Burke Gilman Trail, a multi mode (bike, pedestrian, stroller, skateboard) ‘way’ through the north end of Seattle. This section is near NE 65th. There are plenty of sections running through more urban areas.

We walked around the Pike Place Market on Sunday, including lunch at the Pink Door on Post Alley. This is a classic shot of the fish shop where they toss the fish back to be wrapped up. We also spent time at Peter Miller’s Bookstore on 1st Ave.  Great design and architecture specialist.

We walked around the Pike Place Market on Sunday, including lunch at the Pink Door on Post Alley. This is a classic shot of the fish shop where they toss the fish back to be wrapped up. We also spent time at Peter Miller’s Bookstore on 1st Ave. Great design and architecture specialist.