What I Learned – Playing Putt-Putt with Chad Marshall

(This post is part of the continuing series called, "What I Learned." In this series, I keep track of things that sparked my brain during different events and experiences.) I've long said that the Seattle Sounders do more smart things for their fans and supporters than any team I've ever run across. Last week, they held a small event, hosting a …

My Facebook Feed’s Predictions for 2017 (Part 1)

It's the time of year when I get to reflect and think about the years immediately behind and ahead of me. I like to try to make some predictions to myself; not for clickbait or blog views, but so I can try to avoid being in a state of surprise and reaction as the year unfolds. This year, I don't have to do that. Thanks to the election of Donald …

What We Are Going to Do in 5 Years With All Those Non-Driverless Cars?

I'm not really a car guy. I like when other people have really nice cars, and I could certainly afford to have a nice car, but for some reason I'm wired to be perfectly happy driving the same Acura for the last 16 years. But 16 years is a long time and the reality is that my car will die someday. So I have started looking around for my next automo…

A Few Thoughts About Sigi Schmid

It's the end of an era. Quite literally. The Seattle Sounders have only known one head coach in all their days. Through 250 MLS matches, a host of playoff games and some lengthy runs through the U.S. Open Cup and Champions League, Sigi Schmid has been the only man driving the bus. And now that ride has ended. While Sigi was alone in compiling…

Explaining Why the Sounders are Playing Tonight, in 30 Seconds or Less

The Sounders play their 1st game of the MLS season on March 6. But today is February 23 and they have a home game that matters against a Mexican team called Club America. For you non-soccer fans, I will attempt to explain in the fewest words possible. 1) In 2014, while the regular season was being played, the Sounders won a different tournament …

What I’m Looking Forward to in 2016, List 1

I don't do predictions. But I like to read other people's predictions. And based on what I accomplished in 2015 and what other people are saying is coming, here's what I'm looking forward to in the year ahead. 1) Travel: In 2015, I made it to Spain, France and Italy. I also enjoyed a fantastic 2 week road trip through Southern California and the C…

A Visit to MakerBot

Everyone has different ways to enjoy time visiting a foreign city. Some people love trying restaurants. Some like museums and sightseeing. I like going to cool companies I have heard about and talking with the people who work there. I think 3D Printing is one of the next big things and will eventually have a huge effect on the global supply chai…

World Cup Round 1 – Continent vs Continent

Only 32 teams are invited to the World Cup finals that you are watching now. How did the 190 or so teams get whittled down to these? Well, there are 3 years of intra-continent tournaments that deliver a few finalists. Here's how the allocations break out: 1 Host Country 13 European Countries 5 South American Countries 5 African Countries 4 No…

Opposing the Arena Cost Richard Conlin His Job

This is pretty much purely my speculation... Fact: Out of 16 people on the Seattle City and King County Councils, Richard Conlin was one of 2 people to oppose the proposed arena. From Wikipedia: On October 15, 2012, both the King County Council and Seattle City Council approved a financing plan for a $490 million sports arena in the Seattle's…