The services, products, and other offerings listed below deliver outstanding quality or performance, in my opinion:

Page updated February 17, 2024


  • Mequiars — Cleaners, polish, wax and more for auto exteriors and interiors.
  • Chemical Guys — Cleaners, polish, wax and more for auto exteriors and interiors.
  • Griot's Garage — Its In-Line Water Softener & Deionizer eliminates and reduces water spots left on your vehicle due to water that's "hard" and full of minerals.


  • Wigens Hats — Fine wool hats made in Sweden.
  • Filson — Very high quality clothing and accessories for the outdoors.
  • Goorin Brothers — Guys and gals caps and hats crafted in the U.S.
  • JGilbert — Guys and gals boots and shoes; $$$ but comfortable.
  • Tecovas — Guys and gals western-style boots, accessories; well made and very resonable $$.

Bed & Breakfast

  • Summer Creek Inn, Rapid City, SD — Excellent base from which to visit Mount Rushmore, Deadwood, Sturgis, and other; owners Dan and Nancy Evangelisto are terrific.


  • Traeger Grills — Wood-pellet-based smoker grills; built in U.S.; smoke/grill fowl, beef, pork, and a lot more.


  • Boarding House Restuarant (Issaquah, WA) — Salads, soups, and sandwiches. In Suite 7 in Gilman Village. 425.392.1100
  • Shawn's Quality Meats and Smokehouse (Maple Valley, WA) — Beef from Painted Hills in OR. Great customer service.
  • Golden Steer Meats (Bellevue, WA) — Quality meats and friendly service.
  • Northwest Cellars — Your custom wine label on quality red and white wine.
  • Icicle Ridge Winery — Family owned and operated in Peshastin, WA; featured on NBC's Today Show.




  • Boeing Classic — Volunteers are needed to help run this award-winning tournament, which has raised over $13M for Virginia Mason Franciscan Health Medical Centers and other Seattle area charities. If you have a passion for golf or are interested in helping in any way, your time and energy will be valued and appreciated by all. I have volunteered for the tournament from 2005 through 2022 (and registered for 2024) and found the experience to be one of my most-rewarding ever. For details contact the Boeing Classic at:

Phone: 425.292.3050