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Our family has been experiencing overly poor service almost every were we shop in the last few months. I have an entire blog post about the worse offenders in the works. But to counter the "bad karma" this might bring, I am going to post about a quality business in every new post on this sight. As long as we actually have an enjoyable shopping, dining, or business experience. Places that stand out and offer beyond great service, actually going the extra mile to make our day or at least be helpful. Many have already been noted in these posts. Our family offers them a huge thank you! After I have a large handful, of businesses posted, I have a plan to attempt to cross publicize with them. To freely push customers to there business and to my random web-sights. Thank you ahead of time, to anyone that goes with this.
Today I have two such businesses. --- Before our trip out of town, and again this morning--I find myself at Midas to have our car looked at. They have been overly professional and helpful. Fixing what we decided was in our budget, and not pressuring us to have more things fixed. This morning they squeezed our car right in to get looked at. As I was driving it yesterday afternoon, both wiper blades decided to quit. They are still stuck in the up position, and you can hear the moter running, but they will not budge. In Washington, this is a huge problem. Midas got the car right in to look at, and offered a very reasonable cost estimate. They know I can not venture to work tonight with no wiper blades, and did not take advantage of the situation by jacking the price way up.
While they are looking at our car, it is a quick venture to Barnes & Noble. With most actual book stores vanishing, it is awesome to have such a large book store in town! You can roam all of the isles and books, even hide away in a corner and read ---without being annoyed by workers. The store also has a Starbucks in it, with treats, and coffee of course. This coffee shop is tied in with the Cheese cake factory ---so treats are expensive, but sooo good! And offers free wi-fi, which is how I am typing up today's post! Neither business offers outstanding service, but I have also never had poor service in a Barnes & Noble or a Starbucks.
I try to keep this sight as current as possible. I also attempt to keep all exploring in Bellingham or Whatcom county. Again today I am going to venture much further down the trail and tell a little more about our recent trip to Grey's Harbor. For more exploring from way beyond---please check out my other blog sight at www.wyomingjack.blogspot.com
For my 2.5 readers in Wyoming, I have many posts about exploring Sheridan, Wyoming. Just type "Sheridan" into the search section at the top of the blog screen.
Easily the koolest statue in Sheridan
So on day two of our mini trip--- the rain disappeared long enough for some trail exploring. The boys and I ventured past the house we were staying at, past the local middle school. Through many trees and past many ponds.
I love how it is so wet that everything in Washington is green.
Even the trees are green all over.
Reflecting bridge toke us into Cosmopolis.
I apologize if I spelled the town wrong.
Our youngest found the Frisbee --pictured above. One of us seems to find at least one treasure every time we venture out.
A few rare glimpses of the sun follow.
My readers in other states, probably do not realize how little we see of the sun in the winter time.
This is why I bring it up so much, and have so many random pictures of the sun.
It is nice to recall what it actually looks like, and think of it's warmth!
On days that the sun does make an appearance, all residents are squinting, trying to recall what that bright light in the sky is. And trying not to run into things while walking.
The great Northwest usually has amazing, sun filled summers, but the winter is full
of grey and rain.
Back were we stayed, there are many cats.
Every time we ate or sat at the table- there were many glowing eyes watching us.
My wife took this picture on the way to Aberdeen.
Considering we were on I-5 and moving, it is a very neat picture.
The Space Needle top was recently painted gold for it's 50th anniversary.
Right now it is getting a new paint job. A tree landscape around the top.
Voted on by residents of this state.
We also had time to visit relatives.
We had started to think that my wife was adopted at an early age--for many reasons.
Or maybe it was just hopeful wishing on her part. But she looks just like this recently found sibling.
The kiddos got to see relatives too, and have an all out brawl!
Notice the fine made sock "boxing gloves!"
Than we explored many of the homes my wife lived in.
Or at least drove past them.
My wife is the only person I know, that has moved more than me.
Thank you for reading and sharing this post!
Next I return to the wonderful Bellingham area.
Last Saturday we explored Fairhaven and enjoyed all of there Christmas activities!