Seattle Drivers: One of the worst

Car accidents are not uncommon in Seattle. In fact, most of us see them every day on our daily commute to work. Unfortunately, car accidents have become part of Seattle driving. The rate of accidents have become so bad in recent years that Seattle now ranks a pathetic 184th among 200 U.S. cities in ones ability to avoid crashing into one another.

For over 20 years of keeping this data, this year’s ranking marks Seattle’s worst performance ever. We have dropped to the bottom 20 cities, down from 173rd last year.

Have Seattle drivers ever been good for one year? Our best year was in 2010, when Seattle ranked 128th out of 200.

Data from Allstate Insurance claims that current Seattle drivers go just 6.9 years between car accidents, and are 40.7% more likely to get in an accident than the average American driver.

Seattle is not the only Washington city in the mix. Bellevue, almost just as bad, ranks 174th out of 200 for avoiding car accidents, and lasts a mere average 7.1 years between car accidents. Overall, both Seattle and Bellevue rank in the bottom 15th percentile for collisions. Below Seattle and Bellevue include Los Angeles, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Gelndale (CA), Providence (RI), Springfield (MA), Washington (D.C.), Baltimore, Worcester (MA), and Boston (at the bottom). The safest city to drive in is Kansas City, averaging 13.3 years between accidents. Below Kansas city include Brownsville (TX) (~13.2 years), and Boise (13.1 years) respectively. The safest northwest cities to drive in include Biose, Eugene, Spokane and Vancouver. The most dangerous in the northwest are Salem, Tacoma, Bellevue, Portland, and Seattle. Unfortunately, Boston remains the most dangerous city to drive in the nation, where a motorist averages 3.9 years before a crash.

As a result of this data, it is important that you are properly insured with a suitable auto insurance policy. By contacting Magnolia Insurance, we can assist you to find the right auto package for a stress-free driving experience that is protected.

Sincerely,

Magnolia Insurance

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Seattle, WA 98199

Sources: The Seattle Times, Allstate Insurance

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Running and the Runner’s High: Truth, or Myth?

Many of us have experienced running, either in the most glorious of times or in the worst of times. Running helps us get to places on time if we are late, it sometimes makes us feel better, and it overall seems to have positive effects on our lives.

Running can also be negatively viewed, being torturous exercise on the legs and body, hard on the knees, and does not always feel so good!

The question we must examine is if the runner’s high is real. In case you do not know what this feeling is, you can find it here:

http://www.wikihow.com/Get-a-Runner’s-High

After examining a WebMD article, it states that while endorphins and the natural release of dopamine plays a slight role in this “high” feeling, the rhythmic aspect and duration of the run plays a larger role. Probably the biggest factor the author noted was the repetition of exercise. Chief science officer Cedric Bryant (PhD for the American Council on Exercise) states that by repeating running (or any other aerobic exercise) on a normal basis, you can perform in a repetitive rhythmic fashion, and that seems to produce the “high” effect.

Bryant continues:

“Whatever sport you choose, another piece of good news is that you don’t have to push your limits to reap a reward. The other thing that is encouraging is that workouts don’t have to be overly strenuous to produce this [high] effect,” “Most research has looked at running and cycling and so forth, but when you look at some of the studies that have been done in the clinical environment, the key is being active for 30 minutes or more at a moderate intensity level to see some of these beneficial psychological outcomes.”

Source: http://www.webmd.com/fitness-exercise/runners-high-is-it-for-real?page=1

Overall, we can conclude that runner’s high is not necessarily a drug but more so the ACT of repeating physical movement on a standard basis.

Be good to yourself and get your runner’s high today! Weather in Seattle is looking ideal for the next 10 days (cloudy, cool(er)) to be outisde– so get out and have fun!

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Seattle, WA 98199

Is Marshawn Lynch opening up?

It looks like Marshawn Lynch might be approaching his last year as a running back. Also known as Beast Mode, Lynch continues to perform better than ever, getting his longest touchdown run of his career last season (79 yard run, known as Beast Quake 2.0), and still performing as one of the top 5 tier running backs in the NFL for total rushing yards and average carry per rush.

Apart from Beast Mode’s sheer running skills and capabilities, one of his biggest pet peeves is the infiltration of the media. We all saw last season and the previous, cameras and reporters putting up microphones and not able to get a response. However, during the 2015 Super Bowl, we saw a little change when Skittles interviewed Marshawn Lynch:

Perhaps the interviewers asked clever and funny questions they were able to get responses from Beast Mode. But more likely, Skittles fuel the running back, and without them, he might not be with us today.

However, after this commercial, Conan O’ Brian was able to get Marshawn on his show several weeks later:

Even better, Conan set up a mini-end zone full of Skittles for Marshawn Lynch to jump into:

On a side note, Lynch did make a special appearance for a Japanese TV station in 2014, trying various Japanese candies:

Whether it was the Skittles, Conan, or clever interview tactics, Marshawn Lynch has undoubtedly opened up to the media since previous seasons. He enjoys spending time with the family, kicking back, and not dealing with a large audience. Ultimately, no one will determine what Lynch will do — if it’s all about that action, that is all that matters for Seahawk fans.

What do you think about Beast Mode and his recent openness to the media? You can let us know by contacting Magnolia Insurance Agency.

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Seattle, WA 98199

Summer, Seafair, and Clowns: All offered at your local insurance agency

Believe it or not, we are already more than halfway through August, and Summer is coming closer an end! The Seafair extravaganza has settled down, and boaters are trying to cherish their last water excursions on the lake. It surely does not feel like the end of summer with this warm weather, but if you haven’t noticed, lately, after 5pm, it has been rather chilly in Seattle!

Speaking of Seafair, we have our very own clown in the mix. For over 30 years, George Anderson Jr. has been participating with the Seattle Seafair Clowns. Although these clowns are known to be in Seafair, they also entertain thousands of guests at local parades, festivals, and concerts. This group is made entirely of volunteers, which undoubtedly portrays the passion of culture and entertainment among these participants.

According to “seafairclowns.org”, the group spends over 125 hours at Seafair alone to entertain guests. Travelling all over Seattle, they make extensive trips and efforts to make their presence known (just by looking at their online calendar from July, they range from 4-8 events a day during Seafair, lasting around 10+ hours a day!).

In addition to their local entertainment, the Seafair clowns participate in neighborhood community service. For those that cannot attend special events, the clowns make trips to hospitals, nursing homes, care centers, and charities just to brighten ones day.

The Seafair Clowns Foundation is a non-profit organization, and can always accept donations. You can show your support to this historic tradition by clicking the link below:

Source: http://www.seafairclowns.org/

At Magnolia Insurance, we are more than just asset protection. With busy lives outside of insurance, our agents know what it is like– especially with hectic schedules and inflexibility. Even with a day off, schedules can get out of control. If you ever need a break or happen to be walking past the village, feel free to stop by Magnolia Insurance – we would love to talk with you about anything, anytime.

Sincerely,

Magnolia Insurance

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3424 W. McGraw St.

Seattle, WA 98199

Iwakuma and his No-no… Still a window of hope?

Two nights, history was witnessed in Safeco Field. Hisashi Iwakuma became the fourth pitcher in Mariner’s history to throw a no-hitter (the Mariners threw a combined no-hitter in 2012, but does not match up to the feat of a single thrower). Iwakuma stuck out seven while walking three, allowing the Mariners to beat the Orioles in a 3-0 shutout. Incredibly, Iwakuma did not feel pressured to throw a no-hitter until the ninth inning when 3B Kyle Seager made an amazing over the shoulder catch into foul territory. Mariner’s catcher Jesus Sucre felt the no-hit intensity by the seventh inning.

Not many, even Mariner’s skipper Lloyd McClendon expected Iwakuma to throw a no-hitter. Battling with constant injuries at age 34, Iwakuma did not seem healthy enough to accomplish this feat. Iwakuma also does not have a fireball fastball that stifles hitters; his off-speed, however, is just nasty.

But when we look to Iwakuma’s past, he was up in the ranks for the Cy-Young award two years ago. Iwakuma seems to have finally gotten everything together after this recovery period. Unfortunately, he is up for free agency at the end of this year.

After this spectacular performance, what does this mean for the pitching staff, the Mariners and the fans? For being almost 8 games under .500, it definitely says a lot. For true miracles to happen, events like these must occur. Iwakuma’s effort cannot go to waste; the Mariners must contribute from here on out to back his effort. Starting with an away game today at Fenway, the Mariners will have to win the series against the Red Sox, as well as most others from here on out in order to gain a spot in the Wild-Card Race. Thankfully, previous MLB Commissioner Bud Selig allowed the top two teams in each division to face-off in the playoffs. The Mariners might just have a chance moving forward.

According to The Seattle Times, 3 of the 5 key plays that turned the table was (1), with one out, Iwakuma walked the first batter in the eighth inning and fell behind on a 3-1 count to the next batter. Luckily this batter grounded into a 6-4-3 double-play to end the inning.  (2) Kyle Seager racing over to the foul stands along the 3rd baseline, made a stunning over the shoulder catch, basket-style for one out in the ninth inning. (3) Oriole’s hitter Gerardo Parra hit a potential landing ball into-left-center; thankfully, Mariner’s center fielder Austin Jackson got a good read and caught the ball to seal the deal on Iwakuma’s no-hitter.

And now, for some unique fun facts about the Mariners and their no-hit history:

  • The M’s have had the last three no-hitters in the AL.
  • Accomplishing a no-hitter in the AL is commonly a tougher feat than the NL because of the designated hitters, who are very talented and skilled offensively. “There are no easy outs in the American league” quotes Lloyd McClendon.
  • Wednesday’s no-hitter was the second all-time by a Japanese-born pitcher in the MLB.
  • Safeco Field has seen four no-hitters in its history, including two perfect games. Chicago White Sox pitcher Phillip Humber was the other feat besides Felix Hernandez, who did it in the same year in 2012 at Safeco Field, against the Mariners.
  • For Hisashi Iwakuma, he is just getting started, he is just treating this majestic game as a stat– it was his first complete game, shutout, and no-hitter all in one.

Source: The Seattle Times

We would love to hear what you think about Iwakuma and the Mariners moving forward! Like always, you can call, message, or email us at Magnolia Insurance Agency.

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Seattle, WA 98199

Seattle Mariners: Do you believe in them?

Well, the Seattle Mariners have been a mystery so far this year. At times, they go on winning streaks, and other times, they tend to lose games, resulting in their current 36-42 record. Their recent home stand was quite embarrassing, losing all of their series against opponents. During this time, the Mariners acquired Mark Trumbo, acclaimed for his power, and seemed like an urgent need for the Mariner’s struggling bats. However, by looking at their past several games in San Diego and Los Angeles, the Mariners are finally revealing their potential, and might live up to their perceived 1st place ranking in the AL West (in the next several weeks) predicted by baseball analysts for the 2015 season. Nelson Cruz, who has carried the team on his back in the beginning of the season, has reached 20 homers. Robinson Cano is finally starting to find his swing, as he is hitting balls with hard contact, going the other way on outside pitches. Even better, Cano has been hitting with power, homering yesterday and going 4 for 5 against the Padres’ ace James Shields. Kyle Seager has remained relatively consistent throughout the season, and continues to grow as a player every day. The Mariner’s acquisition of Trumbo seemed like a desperate move to increase the Mariner’s power, and he will need to hit more home runs and RBIs to be worth the trade. Ackley, who lived up to his standards his first couple years as a Mariner, will need to improve his bats, as well as Zunino– new hitting coach and former Mariner Edgar Martinez is definitely helping Zunino’s swing, and Ackley should be his next target. Brad Miller, who was hot at the plate a month ago, remains a key defensive player, but needs to start hitting again. Logan Morrison, or LoMo, was a clutch hitter for the Mariners several weeks ago, but he has not been performing offensively recently. Trumbo has not proven he is a good investment for the Mariners, hitting with a sub .250 average, and not providing much spark or power. Speedy Austin Jackson has been alright for the Mariners– he is getting runs and stealing bases, but he should be getting more runs and steals than his current status. McClendon should place Jackson consistently in the lead-off hole and signal more steals to increase Jackson’s numbers. More importantly, these changes (although more risky) will help the Mariner’s win more games — high risk, high reward, right? Similar to Jackson, Guitierrez should be stealing more as well. Since been called up several days ago, Gutierrez needs to utilize his speed and be placed earlier in the lineup. The problem, however, is that he does not get on base much. Despite all of the Mariner’s offensive struggles, do you still support your home team? Maybe it’s the location of the ballpark, maybe it’s the atmosphere, or maybe it’s the fans. Yet with this sub-par hitting team, there is one essential ingredient for the Mariner’s success: pitching. Three names have capitalized the Mariner’s successful starting rotation: Felix Hernandez, Mike Montgomery, and Tijuan Walker. Hernandez continues to remain one of the most dominant pitchers in the game, posing one of the best MLB records at 10-4. No one can complain about Montgomery, pitching two consecutive shutouts– with his performance, the idea of denouncing him to Triple AAA is very unlikely (with Hisashi Iwakuma coming back from the DL). Lastly, Tijuan Walker has won 6 out of his 7 last starts, and outdueled Padres’ ace James Shields. Let me repeat that again, Tijuan Walker, a 22 year old, third year rookie, out-pitched Padres’ ace James Shields. These outings will significantly boost Walker’s confidence and success as the Mariners approach the All-Star Break. Walker is only 22, and continues to improve every day as a Seattle Mariner. Another underlying aspect for the Mariner’s pitching success has been its bullpen. After taking a rest from the closer role, Fernando Rodney is finding the strike zone and is improving his numbers. Rodney’s substitute, Carson Smith, has been absolutely phenomenal. In Smith’s second year as a Mariner, he has sustained a steady 1.45 ERA along with a 0.74 WHIP and 37 strikeouts. As strange as Smith’s delivery appears, his sidearm baffles hitters at the plate, and results in a many ground balls for easy outs, especially in crucial ninth inning save opportunities. His tall 6’6″ build might be another factor of intimidation for hitters. In addition to the closers, relievers Mark Lowe and previous closer Tom Wilhelmson support the pitching staff with high heat, putting hitters off balance and leaving them unprepared. With Iwakuma and two year rookie James Paxton healing from their DL stints, Lloyd McClendon or Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik need to decide who to denounce from the Mariners five-man rotation. With Montgomery and Walker’s continued success, pitchers Roenis Elians and J.A. Happ should be sent down. Or, there is the option to have a six-man rotation, which would give starting pitchers more rest time, but would also lessen the amount of starts from pitchers we love to see, like Felix Hernandez. If we ignore the hitting frustrations and trade failures that the Mariners dealt with, pitching is the new window of opportunity and success for the Seattle Mariners. Especially in the long run– if the Mariners hold on to Walker, Paxton, Iwakuma, and (no doubt) Hernandez, the rotation will have time to grow, develop, and learn in the Major Leagues. Hernandez could be a great mentor for young pitchers like Walker and Paxton; ultimately, this rotation could formulate into one of the best in baseball. For short-term success, believe in the pitching (hopefully we might get a post-season bid for the first time since 2001)! For long-term success, it is ultimately Zduriencik’s decision to keep Mariner players. But my one offer of advice is to hold on to the pitching staff. The Mariners need to grow as a team and develop; in order for this to happen, they should not constantly be introduced to new faces. Root root for the home team! If you have any questions or comments regarding the Mariners, or anything else, don’t hesitate to contact us at Magnolia Insurance Agency. Sincerely, Magnolia Insurance magnoliainsurance@comcast.net | (206) 284-4886 3424 W McGraw St Seattle, WA 98199

Caution! Current Seattle Vehicle Theft Rate Increasing

Vehicle theft is an issue many are aware of– we lock our cars, remove valuables, and try to park close to the respective building. However, every once in a while, one forgets to follow this procedure, and this mistake can lead to car theft, or even worse.  According to Insurance Journal, in 2014, the Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue metro area was the 8th most common region for vehicle theft in the nation, at 20,268 thefts. This number has increased from 2013, in which this metro area was ranked the 13th worst in the nation at 18,128 thefts. Overall, apart from California, Washington State appears to be the 2nd most common state for vehicle theft.

The full listing of vehicle theft is shown below, with the 2014 ranking on the left and the 2013 ranking on the right:

1. San Francisco/Oakland/Hayward, Calif. (29,093) 4. (29,326)
2. Bakersfield, Calif. (5,211) 1. (6,267)
3. Stockton-Lodi, Calif. (4,245) 5. (4,245)
4. Odessa, Texas (886) 12. (764)
5. Modesto, Calif. (3,047) 3. (3,565)
6. Spokane-Spokane Valley, Wash. (3,032) 7. (3,205)
7. Vallejo-Fairfield, Calif. (2,414) 8. (2,540)
8. Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, Wash. (20,268) 13. (18,128)
9. Fresno, Calif. (5,260) 2. (6,750)
10. San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, Calif. (10,531) 9. (10,925)

Source: http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/national/2015/06/24/372837.htm

Make sure to keep your assets hidden or protected, and always lock your car when leaving!

Sincerely,

Magnolia Insurance

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3424 W McGraw St
Seattle, WA 98199