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Updated Sunday, January 13, 2013 at 07:31 AM

Rants & Raves from a scared driver, appreciative seal-lover

RAVE To the state Dept. of Transportation for saving idiots like me on Snoqualmie Pass. After I hit a patch of ice and ended up in a snowbank, a DOT driver showed up within minutes asking if everyone was OK, putting down flares and calling the police for us. It was cold, dark, snowy and scary and his presence made all the difference!

RANT To the awful people who smashed out two windows of our vehicle and three others in the parking garage while we were in town to see the King Tut exhibit, and to the parking attendant who was unconcerned.

RAVE For the friendly, caring man at the Critical Care Family Waiting Room who’d come to see a friend and saw me alone, weeping and terrified after my husband had collapsed and been rushed to Evergreen Hospital. This lovely man helped me locate a charger for my phone so I could contact family and friends and spent an hour walking and talking with me until I was calm and able to think more clearly. My husband passed away, but I will always remember this kindness and the competence and compassion shown by all the medical personnel in Critical Care West.

RANT To the sexist mom at the LEGO store. When her little boy was getting parts and pulled out a handful of LEGO flowers she said to him, “Those are for girls.” She didn’t see the two young ladies pulling out handfuls of racing car wheels, hubs and axles...

RAVE For the Seal Sitters at Alki who volunteer in all weather to cordon off the area and keep a quiet watch to ensure the safety of seal pups resting on the beach. Their dedication is impressive.

RANT To the running, walking, cycling event organizers who permanently deface sidewalks with garishly painted directional symbols — have you ever heard of chalk?!

RAVE For the new MOHAI. The new space just blew me away. The exhibits are well-designed and there’s plenty of space to move around. The scope is amazing: the founding families, cultural history, immigration, the two world wars, technology, sports. Don’t miss the special exhibit, Celluloid in Seattle: a City at the Movies. Even the occasional moviegoer will find something to like and movie buffs will have to be dragged out kicking and screaming.

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