Photo by Peggy Sturdivant
Jerry Casson (with Yuki) and Gayle Tate-Casson with Osha.

At Large in Ballard: Type A, feline

By Peggy Sturdivant

Gayle and Jerry witnessed a lot of drama during six months of visits to an emergency veterinary clinic. One comment in particular has stayed with them for years. It was the middle of the night and a young man was there with his dog. “I never thought I’d be one of those guys,” he said. “But he looks at me with those eyes, and I want to say, ‘just take my credit card.’”

Jerry Casson probably never thought he would be one of those guys either, at least not for a feline. Until he met his future wife, Gayle Tate-Casson, he was on record as having only one previous relationship with a cat. Plus he was horribly allergic. His wife Gayle jokes they wouldn’t be together if they hadn’t met in person. On-line she would have mentioned her cat.

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Pat's View: “Learning to write gooder”

By Pat Cashman

My wife and I were looking at a beautiful sunset over Hawaii the other day. More specifically, we were looking at a photo of a beautiful sunset over Hawaii. There must be photos of beautiful sunsets over Covington, but they’re not as widely distributed.

“That sunset sure is neat,” I said.

“Neat? ”said my wife. “What century are you living in? Who says neat anymore?”
I replied loftily, “Guys who are cool cats and groovy hipsters---that’s who! Now if you don’t mind, I’m going to go get something out of the icebox.”

Yea, it IS something I do---use words long after their expiration date---but mostly just to be ironic. I just think it’s sort of funny to say, “How’s it going, Daddio?”---as if I were a latter day beatnik dropped to earth.

My wife thinks it’s pathetic. “You are about as much of a beatnik as you are an NBA power forward,” she says. Remarks like that can cut deep into my 6’ 11” muscular frame.

Who gets to decide which words---or practices---are no longer relevant? Why do perfectly good,
timeworn, antediluvian, moth-eaten, old-hat things suddenly get discarded?

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Shane Harms
The menu favorite, Valencia, composed of white sauce, mozzarella, chorizo, red onions, diced tomato, feta, lemon wedge, cilantro, with a sri-rancha swirl.

MOD Pizza opens in Ballard

On Dec. 19, pizza lovers showed up in droves for MOD Pizza's big opening celebration in Ballard.

The new store is located on 15th Avenue Northwest, where Ivar’s used to be (6010 15th Avenue NW).

The ribbon cutting ceremony was at noon, and spectators got in line to have a look at the refurbished building and to taste MOD specialities.

To celebrate their arrival to the Ballard community, MOD donated 100 percent of their opening day pizza sales to the Ballard Food Bank.

“We have worked hard to create a great gathering spot for the Ballard community and we can’t wait to share it,” said Scott Svenson, co-founder and CEO of MOD Pizza. “MOD is a place where families and friends come together in a friendly, cool and locally-inspired environment. More than anything, we are committed to making a positive impact in our communities with as many people as possible, beginning with our amazing employees – the MOD Squad – and continuing with the Ballard Food Bank.”

The new store is the 15th MOD location in Washington and the 30th nationwide. MOD will employ 25 people at the news shop.

So why Ballard?

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