Scene in Lynnwood: Memories of Doug, who delivered balloon cheer

Oct. 1 was “Balloons Around the World Day.” According to photographer David Carlos, the holiday was created in 2000 to spread cheer through balloons.

“One guy who did just that was a man named Doug,” Carlos notes. “I’d see him at Alderwood Mall carrying balloons. At first I thought he was a balloon delivery man. But I was wrong. He simply liked walking around with balloons. And telling people the day’s weather forecast.

“He especially liked visiting the ladies at the cosmetics counters of the department stores. That Doug.

“But I always stopped and listened to him recite the temperature, and if it will be sunny or cloudy or rainy. He would then hurry away to the next person willing to listen.

“He stopped showing up at the mall four years ago. Hopefully, he’s OK.

“To this day, when I see a bunch of balloons I look to see if it’s him on the other end. It never is.

“Nevertheless, he spread cheer. I miss that.”

  1. Awww I love this story! It’s local people like this that add character to a town.

    I recently had the pleasure of meeting John Hurley at the Edmonds Waterfront recently. The iconic driftwood orca you can see there was created by him 28 years ago, and he has maintained it ever since. Unfortunately he recently suffered a stroke and was moving the next day to live with family in CA. He was worried no one would maintain his orca. So this reminds me, I need to find out what the plan is for it!

  2. I worked at Lane Bryant for 5 years Doug would come in and tell us the weather with his balloons!! He was such a sweet and tender soul!!

  3. Doug always made a trip through JCPENNEY.
    We loved to say hi and listen to the weather report. Always a treat from a special guy who brightened our day.

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