Newcastle Snooze? Do you have a better name?

July 3, 2009

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By Pat Detmer
Allow me to reintroduce myself. My name is Pat Detmer, and I’ve lived in Newcastle for almost 20 years. In fact, I lived in Newcastle before it was Newcastle, when it was unincorporated King County with a Renton address that many online catalogs continue to use due to ZIP code issues, but that’s another essay entirely.
My husband and I (hereafter known as “The Sainted One”) have a home in the Olympus neighborhood. I’ve written for newspapers and magazines for years, and I’ve previously appeared in Newcastle News. In those essays, I declared my candidacy for City Council on the Thursday Night Chicken on Every Grill platform, and I suggested that we take up our garden tools, march down the hill and grab ourselves some Lake Washington waterfront. I still think that’s a good idea, but I’m not sure that the rules of Manifest Destiny will apply.
To catch you up to the present, here are some things that I’ve learned since I last appeared here:
q In order to win a seat on the Newcastle City Council, you need to do more than simply state your candidacy in Newcastle News.
q You can actually clear deep snow from a driveway with nothing more than a plastic dustpan. But it might be a good idea to get an OK from your family doctor first. And you’ll need to buy a new dustpan afterward.
q You can grow tomatoes in a yard where that magical and necessary six hours of sun only occurs directly in front of your garage doors.
You’ll note that this column name is yet to be determined. I’ll be happy to take your votes. Some possibilities:
Newcastle Snooze — A nice play on Newcastle News and, let’s face it, no matter how attractive and smart we think we are, we’re still just living in a sleepy little bedroom community.
Laughing All The Way — The name of the column I had in a Whidbey Island paper for six years, the name of the book of those columns, and the name of my staff blog on www.boomergirl.com. Given that I have the memory cells of a Mayfly, it certainly would be easier for me to remember it.
I Love Tapatio — I don’t know. Too commercial?
Life on the Hill — Let’s face it. If you live in Newcastle, you likely live on some kind of hill.
Life on the Hills — See above. Hills more accurate than Hill.
The View from the Speed Bump — I’ve previously noted that we seem to have more than our fair share of those.
The DeLeo Wail — Those of you interested in local topography might appreciate that one, since it plays on DeLeo Wall up above the China Creek neighborhood. Although it would work soooo much better if my name was DeLeo and not Detmer…
Newcastle Nut Brown Ale — It is an actual product. I am described as a nut. I am dark brown. I like beer.
Newcastle 411 — Hmm. I have a funny feeling it’s already taken.
Reach Pat Detmer, who is seriously considering the purchase of a real snow shovel, at patdetmer@aol.com. Read her blog at www.boomergirl.com. Her Web site is www.patdetmer.com.

Allow me to reintroduce myself. My name is Pat Detmer, and I’ve lived in Newcastle for almost 20 years. In fact, I lived in Newcastle before it was Newcastle, when it was unincorporated King County with a Renton address that many online catalogs continue to use due to ZIP code issues, but that’s another essay entirely. My husband and I (hereafter known as “The Sainted One”) have a home in the Olympus neighborhood. I’ve written for newspapers and magazines for years, and I’ve previously appeared in Newcastle News. In those essays, I declared my candidacy for City Council on the Thursday Night Chicken on Every Grill platform, and I suggested that we take up our garden tools, march down the hill and grab ourselves some Lake Washington waterfront. I still think that’s a good idea, but I’m not sure that the rules of Manifest Destiny will apply.

To catch you up to the present, here are some things that I’ve learned since I last appeared here:

  • In order to win a seat on the Newcastle City Council, you need to do more than simply state your candidacy in Newcastle News.
  • You can actually clear deep snow from a driveway with nothing more than a plastic dustpan. But it might be a good idea to get an OK from your family doctor first. And you’ll need to buy a new dustpan afterward.
  • You can grow tomatoes in a yard where that magical and necessary six hours of sun only occurs directly in front of your garage doors.

You’ll note that this column name is yet to be determined. I’ll be happy to take your votes. Some possibilities:

Newcastle Snooze — A nice play on Newcastle News and, let’s face it, no matter how attractive and smart we think we are, we’re still just living in a sleepy little bedroom community.

Laughing All The Way — The name of the column I had in a Whidbey Island paper for six years, the name of the book of those columns, and the name of my staff blog on www.boomergirl.com. Given that I have the memory cells of a Mayfly, it certainly would be easier for me to remember it.

I Love Tapatio — I don’t know. Too commercial?

Life on the Hill — Let’s face it. If you live in Newcastle, you likely live on some kind of hill.

Life on the Hills — See above. Hills more accurate than Hill.

The View from the Speed Bump — I’ve previously noted that we seem to have more than our fair share of those.

The DeLeo Wail — Those of you interested in local topography might appreciate that one, since it plays on DeLeo Wall up above the China Creek neighborhood. Although it would work soooo much better if my name was DeLeo and not Detmer…

Newcastle Nut Brown Ale — It is an actual product. I am described as a nut. I am dark brown. I like beer.

Newcastle 411 — Hmm. I have a funny feeling it’s already taken.

Reach Pat Detmer, who is seriously considering the purchase of a real snow shovel, at patdetmer@aol.com. Read her blog at www.boomergirl.com. Her Web site is www.patdetmer.com.

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