Only on vashon- the weekly rundown 3/26/21

A new orca cam has been installed at Point Robinson. As someone who can’t handle any show more stressful than Dora the Explorer, I’ll be binge watching that orca cam. Let’s break out the popcorn. You never know when a Dall’s porpoise might come by. 

There was a short clip from a documentary from the 1960s about UFOs. In their beige bell bottoms, two men took a trip to the gravel pit to discuss some ice that had been seen there on a warm night. A thick covering of ice on the ground on a fifty degree night is definitive proof that aliens visited, and that they use a propulsion that involves taking the heat from the surrounding area and leaving ice. I really hope these aliens make mass excursions to the Arctic. It may be humanity’s only hope.

Some say it was all a hoax using dry ice, but I refuse to believe that, because I need something to be optimistic about.

A group member found an agate the size of a fairy egg. In the comments of the picture, someone said that they went to eastern Russia and found a car-sized agate, which I can only assume was actually a UFO. They’re good at camouflaging, although they can be a bit ostentatious. 

Every time I find a beautiful rock on the beach, I bring it home in my pocket, meaning to ask my geologist friend what kind of rock it is. Then I forget about the rock and it goes through the wash. I’ve had to repair my dryer twice. 

There are more Vashon Facebook groups than there are residents of Vashon. And a new one is about to open up. It’s devoted to contributionalsim- a movement that tries to build societies that function without money. This sounds like the Star Trek utopia I wish to live in. Our world has enough to feed everyone; it’s just not properly distributed. 

Vashon is the perfect place to get this out. I mean, just this week someone asked for and received an inversion table, which is a table you strap yourself into and flip upside down. 

I can only hope this movement doesn’t evolve into alternative currencies like Bitcoin and Dogecoin, a cryptocurrency based, and I am not making this up, on a dog meme

This is going to be the primary currency of Mars one day.

The Stupid Bikes are looking for unicycles and adult tricycles. In case you don’t know, Stupid Bikes are the ironically named very cool bikes that people trick out with Christmas lights and chicken feathers, and ride around town once a year. 

This bike is not stupid. It is in fact very smart.

And it just wouldn’t be a week on Vashon without escaped animals making headlines. Some livestock dogs were running free near Dockton Park. 

Pampered Paws is hiring! If you want to play with my dog, then you should apply. He loves it there. If you say “day care,” he’ll jump up and down and run on circles.

And finally, in animal news, an Anna’s hummingbird was rescued and put into a crocheted nest. 

Anna Shomsky
Author: Anna Shomsky

I'm a former teacher and a data engineer living on Vashon Island. My writing has appeared in Five on the Fifth, Women on Writing and on the Post-Culture Podcast. I wrote and produced the radio show Whispers of Vashon for 101.9 KVSH. I’ve had short stories published in the anthologies Island Stories and Chicken Scratchings, as well as through the Open Space Literary Project.

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