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Bellevue to Seattle

Bellevue to Seattle video screenshot

When most people have downtime, they watch TV, play videos games, eat tacos, or socialize with friends.

I, on the other hand, pull out my laptop and make things like this:

Why?

I don’t know.

Watch it, though. It’ll be good for you.

Photos of the Night: The Space Needle Christmas Tree

The Space Needle Christmas Tree

The Space Needle Christmas Tree

The Space Needle Christmas Tree

Photo of the Day: The Needle

The Space Needle

The Space Needle

Cameras West Sign, Where Art Thou?

Downtown Seattle: Cameras West Sign

Downtown Seattle: No Longer Cameras West Sign

Oh no! The Cameras West sign is gone.

Frankly, I always liked the sign. It added a bit of a “Times Square effect” to the aesthetic of 4th Avenue.

Now, there’s only a boring billboard in its place.

I am not pleased with this development.

Downtown Seattle: Cameras West Sign

Downtown Seattle: Cameras West Sign

Downtown Seattle: Cameras West Sign

Downtown Seattle: Cameras West Sign

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A Seahawk Sunday

Panorama of Seahawks Game in CenturyLink Field

Many years ago, I was born in a small town called Washington, D.C. During those years, I was quite the Foreskin fan, seeing the team play in RFK Stadium on many occasions.

Over the last couple of decades, however, I lost touch with football altogether. The chaotic demands of life coupled with a deep-seated cynicism toward corporate sports meant that nearly 20 years would elapse before I would darken the doorstep of another NFL Stadium.

Yesterday, that doorstep went dim.

A couple of friends offered me tickets to the Seahawks game, and who was our home team playing?

That’s right

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Scrooged

The Westlake Park Holiday Carousel

Earlier this evening, myself and the extended family headed out to enjoy Downtown Seattle on the first weekend of the Christmas season.

We started off at the Pike Place Market Tree Lighting Festival, and after getting some food at the market, we headed over to Westlake Park to ride their holiday carousel.

Now, before going any further, I should probably note that I left my house with about $40 in cash. Seeing as I, you know, LIVE Downtown, I don’t usually make it a point to get my finances in order before heading out into my own neighborhood. Rarely is

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Only in Seattle

Woman Dancing with Dog in Downtown Seattle

Woman Dancing with Dog in Downtown Seattle

Woman Dancing with Dog in Downtown Seattle

A woman slow dancing with a three-legged dog to live Peruvian bluegrass.

You can’t make this stuff up.

Pike Place Market Holiday Lights

Christmas Carolers Strolling Through Pike Place Market

Tonight, Pike Place Market officially lit up for the holidays.

Won’t you join me in the festivities:

Pike Place Market Holiday Lights

Huge Turnout for the Pike Place Market Holiday Lighting Ceremony

Big Crowd at the Pike Place Market Holiday Lighting Ceremony

Huge Turnout for the Pike Place Market Holiday Lighting Ceremony

Big Crowd at the Pike Place Market Holiday Lighting Ceremony

Huge Turnout for the Pike Place Market Holiday Lighting Ceremony

The Market's Holiday Lights

The Market's Holiday Lights

Fresh Christmas Trees For Sale at the Market

The

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Westlake Center’s Tree and Macy’s Star Lighting

Westlake Center Christmas Tree and Macy's Star

Waiting for the Tree Lighting and Macy's Star

It’s been a busy day in Downtown Seattle.

Parades, trees, stars … face it, this is the place to be when Christmas kicks in. We’ve got our own Manhattan thing going on, without being surrounded by obnoxious New Yorkers.

If only we could build a moat at the Oregon/California border.

Ah well, when I get voted in as first president of the great nation of Cascadia, it will be my very first order of business.

Anywhat … the Christmas Season is officially here, and I walked over to 5th and Pine

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The Macy’s Holiday Parade

Santa and His Reindeer Sleigh

I just got back from the Macy’s Holiday Parade and all I have to show for it are these lousy pictures.

Happy African-American Friday.

Friendly Parade Clown

Macy's Holiday Parade: Rehearsals

Getting Ready for the Parade

Enjoying a Day at the Parade

Macy's Holiday Parade

Macy's Holiday Parade – Sheepdogs

Getting Ready for the Parade

Getting Ready for the Parade

Crayons, Elf, and Penguin

Macy's Holiday Parade: Marching Band

Enjoying a Day at the Parade

Holiday Cheerleaders

Honest Abe Doing the Pelvic Thrust

Getting Ready for

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Happy Thanksgiving

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I’m on a boat.

A Swing and a Miss

Cool, Hip Galaxy Guy

For the first time since “Hi, I’m a Mac … and I’m a PC”, an advertiser has delivered an amusing, clever, and culturally relevant tech commercial to consumers.

At least, I thought they did.

I direct you to the following new video which currently has the bedhead community in a row:

It shows a line of iPhone customers fawning over a Samsung Galaxy, while simultaneously outing iPhone as the posers that they are. You know, ultra-liberal, uber-tolerant, creative free-thinkers who prefer phones made in Chinese sweatshops over those produced in Gumi, South Korea.

The advertisment was kind of

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About a Cow

Dick's Paper Cup

Throughout my life, I’ve always enjoyed meat.

Hamburgers, hot dogs, fried chicken, whatever. If it tasted good, I didn’t really have any qualms about eating it.

About 9 months ago, however, something changed, and it happened almost overnight.

On a rainy day in March, my wife brought home a rotisserie chicken from the Broadway QFC, and when I removed it from the bag, I took one look and said “I can’t eat that”.

“Why not?”, she asked.

“I can see its rib cage”, I replied, “and I can see its legs, and its skin … I just

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Pictures of the Day

Downtown Seattle

Downtown Seattle

Seattle Skyline

It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas

Downtown Seattle: Westlake Park Carousel

Beginning in January, I begin counting the days until November arrives.

The point at which Christmas decorations are trotted out is, was, and probably always will be my favorite time of year.

As an agnostic/atheist/whatever, one would think that I should hate all this stuff, but I don’t. I’m an absolute sucker for the aesthetic of the season. Snow on the mountains, morning fog, other-worldy cloud blankets passing overhead, the excitement of big storms, the glimmering skyline beginning its glow at 4:30 … and best of all, Christmas lights. It’s all so visually, and by proxy, mentally stimulating. The

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Live Photos of the Day: November 19, 2011

3:47pm: Capitol Hill, Seattle

3:47pm: Capitol Hill, Seattle

3:47pm: Capitol Hill, Seattle

Photo of the Day: Pickpocket

Pioneer Square Graffiti

Pioneer Square Graffiti

Live Photos of the Day: November 18, 2011

1:25pm: Seattle Skyline from Kerry Park

10:02am: Queen Anne

10:03am: Queen Anne

10:03am: Lower Queen Anne

10:03am: Lower Queen Anne

10:03am: Lower Queen Anne

10:03am: Lower Queen Anne

10:03am: Lower Queen Anne

10:04am: 1st and Denny

10:25am: Space Needle

12:46pm: Columbia Tower and Seattle Municipal Tower

12:50pm: Seattle Panorama

1:25pm: Seattle Skyline from Kerry Park

1:27pm: Seattle Skyline Panorama from Kerry Park

1:31pm: The Puget Sound

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La(me) Nina, Part II. This Time, It’s Personal.

Snowing in Downtown Seattle

Snowing in Downtown Seattle

November, why hast thou forsaken me?

For those who are unaware, November is the wettest month of the year in the Pacific Northwest, and this week is the wettest week of the entire year. Statistically, at least. The wettest day in Seattle is typically November 19th, with a 74.3% chance of rain.

This year, however, the entire month of November has been a let-down of epic proportions.

For the sixth month in a row, Seattle is set to clock below-average rainfall, and of those months, November is the below-averagest of them all.

As of today,

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Live Photos of the Day: November 17, 2011

10:55am: Christmas Lights going up in Westlake Park

10:55am: Christmas Lights going up in Westlake Park

3:08pm: Capitol Hill Elliott Bay Book Company

3:35pm: Alaskan Way Viaduct

4:18pm: Alaskan Way Viaduct

4:22pm: Downtown Seattle from The Viaduct

4:23pm: Downtown Seattle from The Viaduct

4:24pm: Downtown Seattle from The Viaduct

4:24pm: Downtown Seattle from The Viaduct

5:18pm: Downtown Seattle

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Live Photos of the Day: November 16, 2011

12:03pm: Downtown Seattle

10:32am: Accident at Battery Tunnel

12:03pm: Downtown Seattle

12:03pm: Downtown Seattle

2:07pm: Downtown Seattle

2:07pm: Downtown Seattle

2:15pm: Downtown Seattle

2:15pm: Downtown Seattle

2:16pm: Downtown Seattle

2:16pm: Downtown Seattle

2:17pm: Downtown Seattle

2:18pm: Downtown Seattle

2:18pm: Downtown Seattle

3:59pm: Downtown Seattle Skyline

4:00pm: Downtown Seattle Skyline

4:01pm: Downtown Seattle Skyline

4:06pm: Aurora Bridge

5:58pm: The Space Needle

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Battle Scars of the Occupation

Injury while covering Occupy Seattle

One of my cameras is down for the count as well.

FML.

Occupy Seattle. Live.

Occupy Seattle - Marching through Downtown

Occupy Seattle – Marching past Paramount Theatre

Occupy Seattle – Marching through Downtown

Occupy Seattle – Marching through Downtown

Occupy Seattle – Marching through Downtown

Occupy Seattle – Police Presence

Occupy Seattle – Police Presence

Occupy Seattle – Marching up Pike Street

Occupy Seattle – Marching up Pike Street

Occupy Seattle – Marching up Pike Street

Occupy Seattle – Paddy Wagon

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Seattle Rex vs. Lily Jang

Twitter Conversation between Seattle Rex and Lily Jang

Thank God for Q13 News. These guys are one of the only stations in town that do not abandon Seattle for a national morning show. Frankly, I don’t give a damn where in the world Matt Lauer is, I just want to know when the Viaduct is going to re-open.

This morning, as my wife and I were watching Q13, they reported a story about an upset Target worker.

Check out the background:

http://www.bizjournals.com/washington/news/2011/11/15/target-employees-no-midnight-open.html?ana=yfcpc

Basically, this year, Target is forcing its employees to come in at 12:00am on “Black Friday”. In order to make this start time, Target employees will

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Live Photos of the Day: November 14, 2011

7:21pm: Pike Place Market Neon

1:43pm: Downtown Seattle

4:13pm: Downtown Seattle

4:13pm: Downtown Seattle

4:13pm: Downtown Seattle

4:13pm: Downtown Seattle

4:16pm: Alaskan Way Viaduct

4:16pm: Seattle Waterfront

4:20pm: Puget Sound Sunset

7:12pm: Pike Place Market Neon

7:21pm: Pike Place Market Neon

7:47pm: Bardahl in Ballard

7:47pm: Bardahl in Ballard

7:47pm: Bardahl in Ballard

7:48pm: Bardahl in Ballard

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Smells Like Polly

Downtown Seattle Skyline from The Viaduct

Downtown Seattle Skyline from The Viaduct

I hurt myself today. To see if I still feel. I focused on the pain, the only thing that’s real.

Then, I went to Harborview for an X-ray and some drugs.

“Give me something that rhymes with bilaudid!”, I begged the nurse.

Then, I came home, and in an opiate-induced haze, made the following video:

Why?

I don’t know.

That’s really all I have to say about that.

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Disgusting Live Photo of the Day

Gross Fish at Pike Place Market

Gross Fish at Pike Place Market

Pike Place Market’s new gross mascot.

Apple vs. Microsoft: A Tale of Two Stores

The Microsoft Store in University Village Shopping Center

Last Thursday, I went with a friend of mine to two stores, located directly across from each other in the University Village Shopping Center.

The first store was the Apple Store, the second was the newly-opened Microsoft Store.

You see, my friend, a non-US resident, needed to buy a contract-less iPhone, and he could not do it in the AT&T Store in Downtown Seattle. As you might imagine, they would only sell him the device with a contract and a line of service.

This being the case, we took the 15 minute journey north to the U District to procure

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Live Photos of the Day: November 11, 2011

4:30pm: Downtown Skyline from the Viaduct

4:00pm: SoDo

4:30pm: Downtown Skyline from the Viaduct

4:30pm: Downtown Skyline from the Viaduct

4:40pm: Ferry on Puget Sound

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Live Photos of the Day: November 10, 2011

4:40pm: Seattle Skyline from 1st Avenue Bridge

4:40pm: Seattle Skyline from 1st Avenue Bridge

5:47pm: Seattle Space Needle