Noise Shield

Have you ever lived in a place where: Your party animal neighbor is still living his 1980s frat house dreams. The tenants upstairs are running a log splitter in their kitchen every night from 6 P.M. to 2 A.M. while roller skating over ball bearings and gravel. You know for a fact that your neighbor […]

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Don't– or Do?– Try This at Home

This video’s a little older yet I’ll bet modern t.p. manufacturing methods are remarkably similar. If nothing else, it’s strangely relaxing to watch. My grandma, who grew up in the Midwest during the Depression, said that the Sears Roebuck catalog was something you ordered from, read voraciously, and wiped with. Yep, it hung on a […]

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Seen in Wallingford

Yesterday at the Wallingford Chevron… But two blocks west at this place… There are zombies! Southwest, at the Fremont Vintage Mall, I found it ironic that the second faux patent poster I turned to was for… toilet paper. Toilet paper is a hot commodity in the Puget Sound area due to panic buying. When I […]

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The Barbie Zombie Apocalypse

Today a coworker told me about the Barbie Zombie Apocalypse House in Kirkland. I don’t care much for the undead part of Halloween but often use “zombie apocalypse” as an example of how humans might function in a crisis. People are being turned against each other by politicians at a time when we need to […]

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Pumpkin Smash!

Seen on Facebook: WE WANT TO SMASH YOUR PUMPKIN! A muscle-bound, professional pumpkin smasher will obliterate your nasty pumpkin or jack-o-lantern with a gigantic, wooden sledgehammer (really). Or YOU can smash your own*. Yes, it will be messy. Yes, it will feel good. Yes, we’ll have extra pumpkins here for you to smack-around. No, you won’t […]

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Those Little Things…

At work. Had recently bought a basket from the dollar store for our rubber bands. Noticed an unopened package of colorful rubber bands. Mixed them into the bland-colored ones. Somehow it’s mesmerizing. At a Fourth of July parade. A brigade of Minis drives by. One had these hilarious signs on his car. No, it’s not […]

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We knew gas prices were low, but whew… I did a double take and had to circle back to make sure my eyes weren’t deceiving me. Is regular is 89 cents or 69 9/10, is super 39 or 59, and is diesel 29 or 39? Did someone slide digits from outdated prices over or is […]

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Saluting the Squirrel

Every January 21st is Squirrel Appreciation Day. What are you doing for the noble, nimble nut-burying ninjas in your backyard this year? Here are some smashing ideas from the National Wildlife Federation. And if you don’t appreciate this compilation of squirrel videos, your cat will. ************************************************************************************* ©2016 H. Hiatt/ All articles/posts on this blog are […]

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