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Parade of Homes passes through this weekend

Jun. 1, 2006
Starting this weekend the Pierce County Parade of Homes will be showing off the kind of dwellings this area has to offer. Houses and condos across the area will...

Soggy days of June

Jun. 2, 2006
If April showers bring May flowers, what do May and June showers bring? My guess is lower water bills. Our garden is full of all sorts of plants and...

Filthy 15 house not so filthy?

Jun. 3, 2006
A visit to Tacoma's Filthy 15 webpage to get details on a Tacoma Ave. house on the list yeilded a bit of a surprise. One of the houses on...

Tacoma's Parade of Homes offerings

Jun. 3, 2006
After tiring myself out mowing our front lawn (push reel mower, remember?) I showered then headed out with Sarah and Angela (of the Fergusons) to see some Tacoma communities...

Fire and Water Sundries Grand Opening 6/10

Jun. 4, 2006
After some lunch while out yesterday enjoying the local Parade of Homes we spotted a new store opening soon on St. Helens. The owner (Ocean, I believe) saw us...

Photos ~ Practice house fire near Union and 19th

Jun. 4, 2006
I happened upon a fire while out running errands this afternoon and decided to drive up for a closer look. Thankfully it was a practice fire set on a...

Photos ~ Stadium High Tiger Walk

Jun. 4, 2006
After photographing that practice fire and costco I happened upon another weekend event. This one came in the form of a traffic-blocking group that passed in front of me...

Photos ~ A day full of mushrooms

Jun. 5, 2006
No I'm not taking part in a 24-hour Super Mario-athon. Rather, I found some fungal delights both in- and outside the office today. The inside one was by far...

Tacoma Dome District Market starts today

Jun. 6, 2006
The Dome District Market kicks off today from 3-7pm. Stop by the market after you hop off the Link or Sounder and pick up some fresh produce for dinner...

Dump the pump tomorrow

Jun. 7, 2006
As my wife pointed out to me, tomorrow is "Dump the Pump" day. The event encourages you to get out and try public transit for a day. I've taken...

Letter to the Editor: Bring trolley back ...hide the wires

Jun. 7, 2006
I sent a letter to the editor in response to the buzz around Tacoma about starting a streetcar/trolley project. As I wrote, I'm all for it, just hide the...

Doyle's worthy bangers and mash

Jun. 9, 2006
What: Doyle's Public House Where: 208 St. Helens Ave, Tacoma, WA [ map ] Hours: 11am-2am daily Phone: 253-238-5359 We met up with Angela and Steve (of the Fergusons) last night at Doyle's...

Photos ~ Narrows bridge deck segments in Commencement Bay

Jun. 9, 2006
Don't worry -- they're on a ship in the bay. Have to keep the headlines short, you know. Anyway, there's a huge Dockwise ship out there with a huge...

Photos ~ Bead heaven at Shipwreck

Jun. 10, 2006
Since out last trip a couple years ago, it's hard to remember just how large Shipwreck Beads is. We took my sister visiting from Scotland so she could stock...

Photos ~ BBQ with family in Vancouver

Jun. 11, 2006
Sarah and I drove down today for an afternoon visit to Vancouver. We drove south with my sister Toni to enjoy a family BBQ and to drop her off...

Authors of Tacoma history books speak at King's Books 6/14

Jun. 12, 2006
King's Books near Tacoma's Stadium District will host the authors of two newly released books on local history. The talk and discussion is from 6-7pm on Wednesday, June 14th....

Digital photo tips workshop 6/24

Jun. 13, 2006
Where: Downtown Tacoma, meet under 19th St. arch, leading to Bridge of Glass Date/Time: 1pm - 3pm, 6/24/2006 Sign Up: Email Kevin Have a digital camera? Like to take pictures? Want some...

New baby for the boss

Jun. 13, 2006
Congrats to my boss Brian's family as they welcomed their new son/brother Alec into the world this morning. But more importantly ;) this means I won the office baby...

"Hello, Washington" said the sign to the driver

Jun. 14, 2006
When the billboards begin to talk to you, maybe it's time for a little more sleep every night. All around Tacoma people may be asking themselves why some area...

Recycling a neighbor's gravel

Jun. 14, 2006
Last night I took to digging up the patch of gravel and weeds behind our carport to clean things up a bit. Our neighbor across the alley offered up...

Two syllable, repetitive vowel pet names

Jun. 16, 2006
They seem to surround us in our quiet Tacoma neighborhood. They ring like circus clown names and bounce off the tongue with a gleeful ease. I recently found a...

Got some dirt? Fill a pothole!

Jun. 16, 2006
Living in the urban setting of Tacoma grants many residents access to an alley behind their house. Often, however, these passages can resemble a region shelled by bombs in...

Photos ~ Cousins in town, lunch and a walk on the waterfront

Jun. 17, 2006
Sarah's cousin Kristal and her husband and 1-year-old flew into SeaTac mid-day today. Soon after we picked them up we took them out around town a bit. Kristal's husband...

"Hello, Washington" billboard mystery solved

Jun. 19, 2006
Faithful reader and friend of KevinFreitas.net Angela (of the Fergusons) was the first to spot the answer to my query about those "Hello, Washington" billboards seen around town. It's...

Reminder: Digital photo tips workshop 6/24

Jun. 20, 2006
This Saturday at 1pm I'm hosting a walking digital photo tips workshop ( more info ) in downtown Tacoma. There's no charge and anyone with or without a camera...

Touristing in Seattle

Jun. 20, 2006
I took the day off work to join Sarah, her cousin and family on a tourist jaunt up to Seattle. After a pretty lazy start to the morning we...

Antique carousel opening at Point Defiance Zoo 7/15

Jun. 21, 2006
The Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium allows visitors to see the animals and pet some animals. Staring July 15th, you'll be able to ride some, too! They are, however,...

Photos ~ Snoqualmie Falls and an evening BBQ

Jun. 22, 2006
Our quest for local tourist attractions didn't stop the other day with Seattle. Today we hit Snoqualmie Falls so Sarah's cousing and family could see what a river really...

Photos ~ Carrie's wedding in Olympia

Jun. 24, 2006
After a busy day out conducting my digital photo workshop, Sarah, the Fergusons and I drove down to Olympia for a wedding. It was pretty toasty down there but...

Digital photo tips workshop wrap-up

Jun. 26, 2006
Thanks to James, Michael, Angela and Steve, and Joel for meeting up last Saturday for my digital photo tips class. With handouts handed out they I talked for about...

An evening BBQ with friends

Jun. 26, 2006
I enjoyed using our new BBQ so much since first using it last week that it was time to bust it out again tonight. We invited Angela and Steve...

D Street closure coming soon

Jun. 27, 2006
If you commonly cut over to Dock St. from Tacoma's Dome District via D Street you'll soon have to find a different route. D Steet will closed for construction...

How do you beat the heat?

Jun. 28, 2006
Since record highs scorched the Northwest a couple days ago I thought it might be wise for us to share tips on how to beat this heat! Without air...

My MySQL root query boo boo

Jun. 29, 2006
Yeah, this is pretty much an entry for nerdly types but the gist is this: too much power can be bad. Georgy Boy learned that from the Supremes today...

Photos ~ Tacoma's Kaiser smokestack (pre-demolition)

Jun. 30, 2006
In the interest of a little bit of history I headed down to the tideflats yesterday to grab some parting shots of the Kaiser smokestack. It's set for demolition...

Food, freedom, small ships, and explosions of various kinds

Jun. 30, 2006
What a great time to have great weather. This weekend through the 4th there's a slew of big events happening around town. 6/30—7/2 - Small Ships Tacoma They may not be...
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