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B-TOWN UNDERCOVER: The Life of a Sock Monkey

B-TOWN UNDERCOVER: The Life of a Sock Monkey

by Shawn Underwood He is christened Jocko and he sits on the center of dino-decorated pillow on the boy’s un-made bed. Jocko is what is known as a “sock monkey,” pieced together by his great grandmother... [Read more]

B-TOWN UNDERCOVER: Trick Or Chick

B-TOWN UNDERCOVER: Trick Or Chick

by Shawn Underwood I’m usually up for a new adventures. Like say— Chickens. As Mr. Big, Mr. Small and I enjoyed our morning walkies the other morning, I spied a particularly intriguing structure.... [Read more]

B-Town Undercover: Neighborhood Tracker

B-Town Undercover: Neighborhood Tracker

by Shawn Underwood Something strange has been happening in the hood. Tom and I were driving home from a friend’s home the other night when I noticed a raccoon crossing the road. ‘Watch out for that... [Read more]

B-Town Undercover: Walking Cove To Clover Makes Me Love Burien

B-Town Undercover: Walking Cove To Clover Makes Me Love Burien

by Shawn Underwood While working on a humorous story the other night I received a text: Lori: “ru walking the c2c tomorrow” (In text speak=”Are you walking the Cove to Clover race tomorrow?”) Me:... [Read more]

B-Town Undercover: A Burienite Makes Friends At The Winter Olympics

B-Town Undercover: A Burienite Makes Friends At The Winter Olympics

by Shawn Underwood Yes, it’s rainy. Yes, the wind is howling and the 2010 Olympic flame is blowing sideways, leaving my umbrella to resemble a closed tulip, but the enthusiasm for the... [Read more]

B-Town Undercover: Why We Should All ‘Eat Local’

B-Town Undercover: Why We Should All ‘Eat Local’

by Shawn Underwood Word travels fast here in B-Town. I was just gathering my courage to call my dentist to make an appointment for a tooth scrubbing when Margi, the receptionist at Dr. Abolofia’s... [Read more]

B-Town Undercover: Take Those Halloween Decorations Down. Now.

B-Town Undercover: Take Those Halloween Decorations Down. Now.

by Shawn Underwood I’m a procrastinator. I won’t ask for a show of hands from people who have the same problem because, well first of all I can’t see your hands because I’m... [Read more]

B-Town Undercover: Flip Flops + Belly Flops = Impromptu Swim Meet

B-Town Undercover: Flip Flops + Belly Flops = Impromptu Swim Meet

by Shawn Underwood I know I have written about swim meets previously, but the swim meet parents provide such incredible fodder that I simply cannot pass up this opportunity. After my friends and I suffered... [Read more]

The Yap Of Zorro & A Tall, Yodeling Dominatrix Singer On "America's Got Talent"? Just Another Day In Burien…

The Yap Of Zorro & A Tall, Yodeling Dominatrix Singer On "America's Got Talent"? Just Another Day In Burien…

by Shawn Underwood So, Leslie and I were walking on the beach in front of our house yesterday and a little black and white Jack Russell Terrier playfully ran between Mr. Big and Mr. Small. “Look... [Read more]

B-Town Undercover: My New BFFs Are Bigshot Writers

B-Town Undercover: My New BFFs Are Bigshot Writers

by Shawn Underwood I recently returned from The National Society of Newspaper Columnists Conference, which was held in Ventura, California. My new writing group BFF, Karen Rinehart, award-winning humorist... [Read more]

B-Town Undercover: Smile…You’re On Candid Camera!

B-Town Undercover: Smile…You’re On Candid Camera!

by Shawn Underwood

Last Thursday I was perusing the Burien Farmers Market (open from 11am to 6pm) when I ran into my favorite flower vendor. They happily met me with kind smiles and inquired, “What you like today?”

“Hmmm, I don’t know, I like all flowers. Can you make me a bouquet of the yellow Lupine and the white daisies?”

“You don’t like these already made up?”

“Yes, but I like those in the back better.”

“Ok, no problem, she make you a big bouquet,” said the smiling fellow…”

B-Town Undercover: Pumpkinhead’s Body Discovered

B-Town Undercover: Pumpkinhead’s Body Discovered

by Shawn Underwood As my readers can see from the headline above—PUMPKIN HEAD, also known as Jack, was indeed rescued from a nearby ravine. As I’m sure you all recall, Jack mysteriously disappeared... [Read more]

B-Town Undercover: A Dead Light Pole & Pumpkinhead

B-Town Undercover: A Dead Light Pole & Pumpkinhead

by Shawn Underwood While perusing the shops of B-Town the other day, I stumbled across a light-post lying across the sidewalk. Hold on, what’s this and why isn’t it standing up like the other... [Read more]

B-Town Undercover: Daydreams Suffice “Juste Parfait”

B-Town Undercover: Daydreams Suffice “Juste Parfait”

by Shawn Underwood Joe, my undercover Money Manager advises: “The number one non-necessity item that people are cutting back on in these economic hard times is vacations.” Sigh. But hey, let’s... [Read more]

B-Town Undercover:Winter Storm Summary-7 Rants & 1 Rave  

B-Town Undercover:Winter Storm Summary-7 Rants & 1 Rave  

by Shawn Underwood If I do say so myself…ahem, I am an unusually calm and cool driver. Even in the calm and cool snowstorm we just survived. Unforeseen curbs, sidewalks and even an errant jaywalker... [Read more]

B-Town Undercover: Ol’ Rusty Has Horse Power

B-Town Undercover: Ol’ Rusty Has Horse Power

by Shawn Underwood The other morning I awoke to the sounds of shouting and loud engines. Looking out the window, I noticed a plethora of boats in front of the house. Hmmm, I guess the salmon are running,... [Read more]

B-Town Undercover: Where The Heck *Is* Your Office?

B-Town Undercover: Where The Heck *Is* Your Office?

by Shawn Underwood Underwood Undercover here, entering the information superhighway via my coffee hole on-ramp office. I look around to see what usual suspects are at the office today…er, um…I... [Read more]

B-Town Undercover:The Neighborhood Is Going To The Dogs

B-Town Undercover:The Neighborhood Is Going To The Dogs

by Shawn Underwood I like dogs. All kinds of dogs. Except “biters” and those with foaming saliva on their molars. The “biter” phenomenon is very evident in small yappers, the kind... [Read more]

B-Town Undercover: Swim Meet Purgatory In Hell?

B-Town Undercover: Swim Meet Purgatory In Hell?

by Shawn Underwood Each summer, I endure parental purgatory and attend my children’s Swim Meets at the Gregory Seahurst Swimming Pool right here in Burien. Swim Meets tend to be long (3-4 hours)... [Read more]

B-Town Undercover:My “Tummie” Ain’t So “Yummie”

B-Town Undercover:My “Tummie” Ain’t So “Yummie”

by Shawn Underwood While conducting “research” in B-Town, I discovered a brand new boutique: “Howard and Marge,” owned by Robin Dunkle and named after her much-loved grandparents. Conveniently... [Read more]

B-Town Undercover:A Fishy Underwater Appliance Store

B-Town Undercover:A Fishy Underwater Appliance Store

by Shawn Underwood Walking on Three Tree Point, I ran into a group of seal-clad divers who were quite talkative due to the high from the surplus of oxygen they inhaled while diving. I am a diver as well... [Read more]