Darting out from behind a tree, the marksman sidles up behind a barrel before swiftly aiming his Tippmann 98 marker at an unsuspecting opponent crouched beside a stack of firewood. Such are the tactics that Go Big Paintball referees—themselves dedicated paintballers—witness at each bout on the outdoor field. The refs distribute players of all skill sets and experience levels between two teams before sending them off to fire 100% biodegradable paint at one another across more than 21 acres. Between rounds, the indoor facility facilitates reenergizing with air fills and concessions. Go Big also hosts birthday parties and puts together customized packages for groups that want a little more time or ammunition during their adventures.
The ninth-annual Great Kitchen and Bath Tour wends its way through the custom cabinets and countertops of 12 Puget Sound residences, including a modern bathroom designed by Richard Pope & Dawn Ryan of Creative Kitchen + Bath and a remodeled kitchen created by Denny Conner. As ticket-holders arrive at each stop, they can browse glazed-tile backsplashes, run fingers along beveled countertops, admire brushed-nickel spigots, and check medicine cabinets for Flintstones vitamins before traipsing to the next location.
As one bride gushed, "everyone at our wedding thought he was a friend of ours." That's the reason people come to officiant Darian Kovacs. Over the past 10 years, he's overseen kind of ceremony imaginable, from giant affairs fit for a princess to small legal ceremonies and destination weddings. He works with couples as long as needed to perfect the ceremony, and conducts his meetings in whatever medium suits them best, be it over Skype, e-mail, in person, or when passing each other on slow-moving yachts. Ceremonies can be as traditional or modern. He has a range of quotes to pull from that veer away from wedding cliches, with verses pulled from classic religious texts or even applicable children's books that showcase what true love looks like. After the ceremony's over, he files all the paperwork so that honeymooners don't have to worry about logistics while on their dream vacation.