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I'm Mike Pope. I live in the Seattle area. I've been a technical writer and editor for over 30 years. I'm interested in software, language, music, movies, books, motorcycles, travel, and ... well, lots of stuff.

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The inconvenience of office moves brought me to a realization. When you're young, you want to have as much stuff as possible. "The kid who dies with the most toys wins." As you grow older, you realize that material goods are a burden and you try to get rid of them in order to simplify your life.

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Most recent entry - 9/23/2017

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  09:50 AM

My kids both attended Garfield High School. In fact, Sabrina's class of 2006 is the last class that will graduate from the venerable school in its current form; the building is due for renovation starting within days of graduation.


The school has a unique place in Seattle Public Schools. It was an integrated school for years before bussing ensured racial diversity in the school system, due largely to its location in the heart of Seattle's Central District. It also features some big names on its alumni roster, including Quincy Jones and Jimi Hendrix. The school has some of the highest test scores in the state, and has graduated an impressive number of scholarship winners. The jazz band and orchestra are among the best in the country. (Downbeat voted the orchestra the best in the country this year.)

Anyway, I note all this because KPLU, one of our NPR stations, did a report on the school the other day. MP3 version of the story is available here.

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