Thursday, November 26, 2009

Michael Patrick Furlong

Mike is one of the greatest guys I have ever known. I worked with him and I've known him for the past 11 years. I still can't believe he's gone. This photo from his obituary is exactly how I remember him. We miss you Mike.

The text below is from his obituary at Here's a link to his Guest Book
Michael Patrick Furlong Died November 18, 2009. He was born June 2, 1959 in Seattle to William and Cecilia Furlong. Michael attended the University of Washington and was a member of Phi Kappa Sigma. He graduated with a degree in mechanical engineering and worked for Boeing Aerospace. Mike loved all things outdoors: traveling, camping, hiking, gardening, flying, and walking his dog. He will be missed by many. Michael is survived by his spouse Kathryn Furlong, his parents William and Cecilia, his sisters Monica (Curt) and Anne, and his nephews Kevin and Brett. Michael was predeceased by his brother Kevin and his sister Teresa. Michael's service will be held at noon on November 25, 2009 at St. John's Vianney Catholic Church on Vashon Island. A memorial celebration of his life will be held at 2:00pm on December 5th in the view room at the Museum of Flight.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Best Margarita Recipe and Best Mai Tai Recipe

  • Skinny Margarita Recipe
    • Fill up the shaker with ice almost to the top
    • Squeeze 1/4 lemon
    • Squeeze 1/2 lime and grate some lime rind into shaker
    • Pour 4 oz of Tropicana fresh squeezed orange juice (with or without pulp)
    • Pour 2 oz of Triple Sec (Montezuma's works just fine)
    • Pour 3+ oz of tequila
    • Shake well and pour into glass
  • Mai Tai Recipe
    • 2 parts dark rum
    • 2 parts gold rum
    • 1 part Cointreau (or triple sec as a more affordable option)
    • 1 part Amaretto (or Torani almond syrup, but that can be hard to find)
    • Juice of 1 lime
    • 2 or 3 dashes of Grenadine

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Swashbuckler Landscaping - Maple Valley, WA | PH: 425.754.4873 |

When it comes to landscaping, Robbie does it all. Concrete, pavers, water features, retaining walls, mowing, etc. We had our backyard excavated and hired Robbie to pour a concrete walkway from our existing patio on the back of the house all the way around the side of the house to the driveway out front. Great price and incredible service! He setup the forms on one day and poured the concrete on another. Each day he showed up, including the day of the estimate, he was always on time. Anyone with a busy schedule can appreciate that.

Robbie can landscape entire yards OR landscape parts of it for you. He can go one step further with his service and he'll get you started with your landscaping and let you finish what you want if budget is a concern. For example, he can deliver gravel for pavers, level and tamp the gravel, setup the boarder and then you can place the pavers. Need materials at a great price? Call Robbie.

Swashbuckler Landscaping, owned by Rob (Robbie) Witters at 425.754.4873 or email him at . Start with a phone call. It's the fastest way to reach him.


I enjoy doing some landcaping myself, but not concrete. The photo below is after Robbie poured our walkway. Now I can start filling in the blanks. My family used to have to walk on the wet ground to get to the trash cans or to get the front yard. Now we can walk barefoot on the concrete walkway. Very Nice!

Robbie did an amazing job with the transition of the walkway at one level, to the height of the driveway at another level.

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Thursday, July 23, 2009

Greg Brock Dozing & Services, LLC - Auburn, WA

I definitely recommend Greg Brock. Number one, he's a fun guy to be around. Number two, he's got great prices, great service and attention to detail. He brought his smallest tractor for my 1/3 acre lot. Greg and his Son showed up a little ahead of time, scraped away everything I didn't want in my backyard and hauled it away all in one day. He did a great job of leveling everything. Our house was built in 1993. We bought it about seven years ago and there was nothing special about the backyard. Now we have a clean leveled yard and can landscape it the way we want to thanks to Greg.

Greg Brock Dozing & Services, LLC
Phone: 253-939-1565
35919 53rd Ave S
Auburn, Wa 98001

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