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Over the Edge Raises Funds for Special Olympics


Last weekend Over the Edge 2012 raised $225,000 for Special Olympic athletes in Washington State, enough money to support 360 athletes at Special Olympics for one year. Each one of the 160 participants rappelled 40 stories down the 1000 2nd Ave. building in Seattle and raised a minimum of $1250. One participant, Dale Doornek, rappelled the 490 feet in a wheelchair. Paraplegic since a 1994 motorcycle accident, Dale told King 5 News, “People with any type of physical disability, mental disability, don’t let that stop you.”

Judging from the video below, looks to me like Dale had a pretty good view on the way down.

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Special Olympics offers athletes the opportunity to develop physical fitness and demonstrate courage and joy. What better way to raise funds than to ask the same of the participants. To put yourself out there, to risk something  for the good of another, what better way to express yourself in the world?

Every year this event has sold out. It’s a great cause and an awesome event. Thank you Special Olympics for the work you do, bringing out the heroes in every one of us. High five. You guys are my heroes.

Skiing in the City


Last week, when Seattle was gripped by Snowmaggedon and the road to Crystal was closed, seems some skiers had to resort to desperate measures.

Seattle is a city of many hills. So when it snows, and the masses are inside clutching their hot chocolate and remote control, why not hit the slopes? The city slopes that is. Here’s a video:

Fortunately, the weather in the city has warmed up. So, it’s back to the ski areas for these kind of shenanigans. With a blip of warm tomorrow, we’re hoping for more snow in the mountains this week. Here’s the week at a glance:

Weekly High Five Report: Solar Pie


Let’s face it. Global warming is going to kick our ass. I’m not just talking about the ski industry here, people. I’m talking about every last. one. of. us.

That’s why when I met Carolyn and Scott Sherwood last week, I wanted to spread their message of solar goodness. Several years ago the Sherwoods installed 18 solar panels on the roof of their Seattle home. As cloudy as Seattle is (on average we get 3.5 hours of sun a day), the Sherwood’s roof creates 4000 kilowatts hours per year.

Scott and Carolyn know their solar roof isn’t going to change the world. But if more people installed solar panels on their roofs, then we might put the hurt to this global warming thing. They realized that to spread the message of solar panel effectiveness, they had to put it right in people’s face. Here’s what they did:

What if we could work with a building owner to install solar panels on a roof that everyone could see? And, what if we could display exactly how much electricity that roof was generating… minute-by-minute, twenty-four hours a day. That roof could teach an entire city about how safe, clean and renewable solar energy is.

So we looked for a roof that could be seen by thousands from a high-traffic freeway. Then we approached the owners of that roof and shared our idea. They agreed to help us change the world. And … Solar Pie became a reality.

But that was just the first step. We’re working to facilitate building a solar roof in the most visible spot in every major American city.

They installed solar panels on the roof of Seattle’s Pemco building and now broadcast the energy output to all who drive by. Even here, where the sun shines only for a few brief months and hides away behind the clouds, the panels produce enough energy to run a house. Just imagine if we all had the Sherwood’s vision and drive.

High-five Solar Pie! Check out more on the Solar Pie Website.

Weekly High Five Report: Cycle the WAVE–Making a Difference in Domestic Violence


This week’s high-five report goes out to the Cycle the WAVE Team (Women Against Violence Everywhere) for the awesome fund raising and empowering spirit the Cycle the WAVE Team and the Lakemont Ladies Cycling Club have brought to women and young ladies who have experienced violence and abuse.

Cycle the WAVE, held Sunday September 18th, is a non-competitive, women’s cycling experience created as a venue for women of all ages and fitness levels to experience camaraderie and increase awareness, inspire fitness, instill hope and help support domestic violence programs. Women are able to ride a variety of lengths to support three different Washington state area domestic violence programs.

The event was created by women passionate about cycling, friendship, fitness, and the desire to “brake the cycle” of domestic violence and make a difference in their community. Read the rest of this entry

Weekly High-Five Report


This week saw plenty of high-fives in my little world. Summer finally arrived in Seattle; and unlike the sweltering rest of the country, it was sunny and medium-warm. Instead of going on an adventure, like climbing Mt. Adams or even going for a big bike ride, John and I decided on a stay-cation, as in stay-at-home-vacation. This is a crazy word, one that I never thought I would have occasion to use, but there you go.

While in the winter we live at Crystal Mountain, summertime we move to our house on Lake Washington. And what a summer weekend it was. Each morning I packed a picnic and we spent both weekend days on the dock, soaking in the sun and watching the dads pull their daughters on inner tubes across the bay. It was glorious.

I also received several high-fives. Of course, I was that lady, just a little too enthusiastic, asking her nephews and step-daughter for constant high-fives. On Saturday night we took the ski boat to Kirkland for dinner. When we arrived I held my hand up for my 3 year-old nephew, after all we’d just arrived to the restaurant by boat. How cool is that? “High-five!” I said. He just shook his head. “No.”

“What?” I couldn’t believe it. Turns out my nephew only gives high-fives for candy or money. So scratch what I said earlier about how when in need a child under 5 will always give you a high-five.

Apparently not.

But I did get a high-five from Mabel, Evelyn’s dog, who has recently learned the trick. She, too, is expecting a treat, so I’m not sure if that counts. But either way, it was such a grand weekend that today as I write this, the rain that’s falling outside my window at Crystal Mountain doesn’t bother me so much.

Every week I like to showcase the high-fiveable in our world. With all of the bad news out there, it’s heartening to see a little something good. I believe that most people, at their heart, are awesome.

Case in point: this video of a family saving a humpback whale that had gotten caught in a fishing net. Check this out. It makes you feel all warm and fuzzy.

Pretty cool, huh?

What about you? What awesomeness have you witnessed lately? I’d love to hear from you. And if you like what you see here, please subscribe to this blog.