I am a Pacific Northwest Native.
More specifically, I am a Western Washington Pacific Northwest Native.
I was born into the Seahawks, the Kingdome, the Space Needle, the rain, the trees, the mountains, the water, and oh yes, the hydros.
When I was a small boy growing up in Kent, Washington (approximately 20 miles Southeast of Seattle), I could hear those "Thunderboats" off of Lake Washington from my backyard. It was a thrilling sound, and the TV only peeked my interest more. Nothing beats the sound of pistons. The same engines that won World War II could be found in these boats.
Today, I watched SeaFair for the, I don't know, 38th year out of the 44 years I've been on this planet?
To my delight, it was almost more of an air show than a hydroplane race, but I was really struck by the lack of attendance this year. My view is that the number one reason is the new BUI laws (Police can pull you over if they have probable cause, and if you blow past .08 it's a Gross Misdemeanor meaning up to $5,000 penalty and/or up to 1 year in jail) and number two was the lack of the Blue Angels.
I know hydroplanes are not high on most people's radar but I was curious how many of you like to watch hydroplanes, or even care that they race at all?
Les "The Radish" Norton - Ambassador/Grandfather of .NET, gone too soon but will never be forgotten. RIP