1. The best obituary I’ve ever read. And I always like the two pictures, a “before” and “after”if you will. Published in the Seattle Times today.
Mildred HENDRICKSON Born August 1, 1922, to a Danish immigrant and his Montana wife, Mildred Marie Jensen was always more of a Millie. She had four handsome brothers and, after moving to Seattle and marrying William Hendrickson, had four children of her own: Mark, Mike, Sally, and Mary Ann. She loved Elvis, her family, and traveling the world, possibly in that order. She liked to stay up late, took her fiction hard-boiled and always did her ironing during the Carson show. A diehard sports fan, Millie was liberal with both her air horn and her insightful opinions regarding the referee's eyesight. She wore lipstick, could belt out a tune and had a thing for Frank Sinatra. Eastgate was her home for 56 years and she loved to have people over to visit. Said visits generally ended in extremely competitive card games, including, god help us all, Phase 10. A boastful winner and a terrible loser, her family clearly takes after her. She loved to laugh and her sigh of exasperation has yet to be equaled. As a grandmother with gambling tendencies, Reno was a frequent port of call, but wherever she went she always came back loaded with pictures, (at the Eiffel Tower, in the Coliseum, on a Mississippi riverboat arm-in-arm with notorious pool hustler Minnesota Fats etc.) foreign currency, and exotic trinkets for her seven grandchildren (Amy, Jeff, Glen, Calli, April, Laurie, Kelly) and one great-grandchild (Martez). She was greatly loved and will be missed. Donations can be made to The American Legion Fred Hancock Post No. 19, of which Mildred was a lifelong member.
2. Comic of the Day. Also posted in today’s Seattle Times.
3. Best Sherlock Holmes and Generally Great Netflix series. But don’t watch it yet! This is a modern adaptation of Holmes and Watson. Sherlock has a smart phone and he’s not afraid to use it. If one disregards the very watchable, but not literarily accurate, Robert Downy, Jr.’s Sherlock, this is the best Sherlock ever put on screen.
It’s done by a British company and the episodes are about 90 minutes long. This means they only make three of them in a season. The next season will be released in 2012. The 2010 finale ended with a cliffhanger. Don’t torture yourself by watching this excellent series too soon. But do treat yourself.
4. Craziest thing Kyla has done this week. Coming back from a walk, I opened the garage door and then looked away. When I heard, “Mama!”, I looked back. Kyla had grabbed onto to the door handle and was dangling about a foot off the ground. The girl who didn’t have enough sense not to try to break the garage door did have the sense to let go before she got too high.