Alpine Experience gets me over the hump after an injury to get back on a bike. Ian from the Bike Stand takes me on a long overdue trip around town along the route of the upcoming ‘Ride The South Sound’ event.
Mark and I discuss the difficulty of moving a city forward. The challenges of commissions, public comments and local leadership in the public and private sector. It’s a screamer! (64min.)
RSVP Episode 13: I nerd it up with game geek Lasse Lund and discuss the changing times of the video game industry. At minute mark 31 we dive into more serious issues and talk about the role of the government, healthcare and paying taxes. (72min.)
I sit down with Faith who has worked with plenty of government agencies over the years and surprisingly she still is excited about paying her taxes. We talk about how we can get the rest of the country on board with that - easy task at hand, right? Right.
On RSVP I finally get to talk to the man behind the idea of ‘Olympia, the Basecamp’. We talk about tourism for our area, the challenges of running a small business & how to teach Americans how to take vacations. (70min.)
Brian Wilson is Olympia’s new Downtown Liasion/Code Enforcement Officer or as he likes to call himself: “Downtown Listener”. We talk about the recent events at the artesian well, what it would take to build a pedestrian street in downtown and why Olympia music scene is amazing.
In the latest episode of RSVP I sit down with Brandon Rosage just ahead of his move to Austin, TX and we discuss the last year of media production in Olympia and nerd out on some tech and design news.
Here is your chance to be part of this amazing event in 2012. Our sponsorship letter just went out to the public.
If you’d like to be a sponsor or want to know more, please contact Mathias for details.
The event is brought to you by Sustainable South Sound and Downtown Together, with the great support of Mixx96.1, Winduphere, The WinterEichler Group and lots of other great folks.
Local business ‘Superior Window And Gutter’ launched a new local website called: ‘Eyes Over South Sound’ this week. Owner Keith Brown will be taking awesome picture of your neighborhood while cleaning your gutters. Images of cool things he sees, beautiful scenery, memorable moments, all from a view not often seen in the South Sound.
If you want Keith to take a picture of your neighborhood and clean your gutters while he’s at it, contact him and invite him over.
Disclosure: My new consulting company ‘The WinterEichler Group’ developed the concept for Keith and his team at Superior.
Mathias catches the Ski Bus to White Pass with Alpine Experience and has fun in the snow.
Everyday Olympia is now four years old. Happy, happy Birthday!
I established this site as a support to the First Friday events and in a effort to draw attention to all the great things that are happening in downtown every day. The site has drawn tens of thousands of visitors. It has promoted and help support countless events and up unto this day still stands in a unique and unmatched spot among blog sites and news outlets in Olympia and beyond.
Time to celebrate and reflect.
Why am I doing this?
I love blogs, love new media and love story-telling. This is why I, with English not even my first language am getting up in the morning every day and sit at the computer and ‘blog’.
I love downtown Olympia. And I love the downtown that no one talks about. Not the political side, not the quaint retail haven, not the outreach center, not battle ground for causes and heated debates.
I love it all, the life, the diversity, the challenges, the opportunities. It has become MY downtown and I am proud of that fact.
I am still here, the blog is still going strong. I still own a business in downtown and although things have changed dramatically, I am still enjoying myself, even more so actually.
Thank you, dear readers and supporters for tuning in all these years. Coming up to my events, supporting my business and yes, reading my blog. I couldn’t do this without you.
And on a business note: Thank you all, local advertisers, who have helped keep the lights on around here over the last years. You make it worthwhile, really.
2012 will be a great year in downtown Olympia.
In the same breath as my previous post, I decided to wrte one just for my city. Lots has happened in downtown Olympia and although things have been a bit quieter when it comes to politics, and often it seems this city is fueld by nothing else, a city is made up of people like you and me. Individuals with individual choices, decisions, preferences and world views. Here is to another you where ‘You Make Olympia’.
The year 2011 was a though one, not an easy one. A year of big events, hardly a chance to sit down and relax. A year to remember? Well, some events will definitely burn themselves into our memories, some moments will be treasures that seem lost all too quickly.