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The Strongest Swimmer Takes a Spin

Wrong-Way Seattle Driver

I could start, author, and maintain an entire blog about shitty Seattle-tourist drivers, and have enough material for multiple articles daily. Hell, sometimes it feels like that’s exactly what I’m doing now.

It’s difficult to explain to non-Seattleites why the topic of our drivers is such a passionate topic.  You just sort of have to live here to understand.

The photos on this page are courtesy of a friend of mine that lives on Bainbridge Island.  One of his family members is in Harborview, which means that for the past week, he’s had to commute back and forth through Downtown

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Better Late Than Never

2nd Avenue Bike Lane

The 2nd Avenue Bike Lanes arrived last week, and so far, from what I’ve seen, they’re getting decent usage.  Especially for being so new.

It’s just too bad another cyclist had to die before they appeared.

A couple of years ago, when Mike McGinn proposed putting more bicycle lanes on Seattle streets, news website comment sections erupted with anger.  People who don’t live in Seattle, and almost exclusively people who don’t live in Seattle, feel very strongly about Seattle having bike lanes.

“If they paint more bike lanes, that’s it!  I’m not going to Seattle anymore!”,

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Pollution Makes The Nicest Sunsets

Sunset - September 15 2014

Crane City

Construction Cranes from SLU Park

I’ve been around the block a few times, but I can say without exaggeration, that I have never in my life seen as much construction as I have seen in Seattle, Washington in 2014.

Look left, there are cranes.  Look right, there are cranes.  Look at the Space Needle, cranes.  The mountains, cranes.  Cranes, cranes, cranes, cranes, cranes.  When one disappears, two more take its place.  It’s overwhelming. It’s absolutely incredible.

What does it mean for Seattleites, though?

Is this crane business good?  Is it bad?

It depends on who you are.  I’m less than thrilled

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First Hill’s Panorama House Is Owned By Assholes

Panorama House Via Google Maps

Seattle.  The world’s largest Monopoly board. Magnet for every greedy real estate developer in the good old US of A.

“Well, that’s the price of progress, Rex. It’s a free market.”

Yeah, the “capitalist” mantra.  That is, until it’s time for the little guy to bail out the banks that make the loans for these properties.  We only care about capitalism when it’s time for the tenant to get her cut.  Rent control is evil only when it’s time to pay the people back.

In any event, bend over, First Hill, this one’s going to hurt a little.  It’s time

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No Greyhound

Terminal Building

Prior to the mid-90’s, it was the gateway to Seattle for many of us.  Now, after 75 years, Seattle’s Greyhound Bus Station has moved out of downtown, and back to SoDo.

Since only poor people ride the bus these days, scoring this prime real estate was, I’m sure, half as difficult for the developers as taking candy from a baby. (see the plans for this location below)

If the start of the next recession stays on schedule, the new development should be completed just in time for financing to run out.  Don’t worry about the developers, though, as

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Seattle Drivers: Still Bad After All These Years

Driver Nearly Running Over Pedestrians

“Toto, I don’t think we’re in Kirkland anymore … there’s no place like home, there’s no place like home …”

“Bicyclists should be licensed and required to carry insurance!”, squawked the friend of a friend.

It’s an argument I’ve had an unbelievable number of times, always with a suburban resident, always with a sports fan. Not that I have anything against sports fans, I’ve just come to realize over time that they tend to be loyal to things and ideas which may or may not be supportable with a logical argument.

“Actually, motorcyclists aren’t even required to carry insurance in

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Unfortunate Sons

Police Abuse Protest on Pike Street

Just before 5pm yesterday, I spotted a small protest march making its way up Pike Street.

As they got closer, I could see that they were protesting the state of law enforcement in the USA. They were a diverse mix of protestors, black, white, hipster, suburbanite, middle-eastern, and I was very heartened to see that … even in the absence of a media circus … a small group of people still took time out of their day to stand behind their positions.

I stopped, held out an outstretched thumb pointing upward, and nodded approvingly to each passing protestor. It

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:-(

Miner's Landing (Pier 57) Carousel

Seattle Waterfront Arcade set to close in September

Add it to the list of changes you’ll soon see at Seattle’s waterfront: the family-owned arcade that’s long called Pier 57 home is leaving, and not by choice.

The arcade owner had been operating under a month to month lease at Miner’s Landing, and says he knew the closure would happen eventually, he just didn’t think it would happen so soon.

“We thought we had a little bit more time than we do now, but we were given 30 days notice and will be closing on September 22nd,” said Mike Cichy.

(snip)

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Soundgarden Kickoff?

Soundgarden Kickoff 9-4-2014

Apparently Soundgarden is playing during the NFL’s Xbox Verizon kickoff on September 4th.

I’m not quite sure what this means, but the pigeons seem to like it.

I hope to figure this all out before the appointed date.

 

Feel Safer?

Ferry Dock Security

During yesterday evening’s commute, I noticed a commotion at the ferry dock. When I looked over to see what was going on, it appeared that a half-dozen or so uniformed “agents” had two or three people surrounded. The agents appeared to be Homeland Security, possibly part of the VIPR team, and I believe a State Patrolman was in the mix as well.

“Must be serious”, I thought.

One of the evildoers appeared to be a older woman in a tie-dyed t-shirt, another, a man in only his socks, the third, a middle-aged man.

When I queried one of the dock

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The Greatest Picture of The Space Needle Ever Taken

Space Needle and Woman in Bikini

I’ve been busy and therefore somewhat off of the ether.  I like to think that this one makes up for 8 post-free days, though.

Too bad I shot it with a cellphone.

Then again, it’s still way better than the bikini shots I got to look at when I first discovered the Internet.

 

The Supermoon

Close-Up of the Moon

Zoomed Out

Zoomed in a tiny bit.

Last night was the peak of the August 2014 “Supermoon”.

A supermoon occurs when the moon makes its closest pass to Earth on its elliptical orbit, while it also happens to be full.

Since these two things have to coincide at just the right time, the supermoon is not a super-common phenomenon.

While it’s really not all that impressive to the casual observer (it only appears to be 14% larger and 30% brighter to the naked eye), to the somewhat more committed observer, it is kind of cool.

I took the above

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The MEattle Syndrome

Wrong Way Walker

“You know, I like Seattle”, I overheard someone telling a companion, “but I’ve never seen such pedestrian-hostile drivers in my life!”

A friend of mine moved here about two years ago, and shortly after arriving, he made a similar observation. “I’ve never seen anything like this”, he said while motioning to the crosswalk in front of us, “I’ve never seen so many drivers stop in the crosswalk.”

On the way home yesterday, I stopped on Pike Street next to a car which was blatantly parked in the crosswalk.

“What are these white line thingies?”

“Perhaps the car behind them

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The Seattle Gum Wall 2014

Seattle Gum Wall

It was time for my annual refresh of Gum Wall photos.

Because I’m a reasonably nice human being, I’m posting some here for your viewing pleasure.

You have no idea how hard some of these were to take.

I suffer for my art.

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Hello, Angels!

4 Blue Angels Over Downtown Seattle

 

It’s that time of year again.  The time when buildings shake and car alarms are triggered by the U.S. Navy’s flight demonstration squad, The Blue Angels.

While some people are annoyed by the annual Seafair arial display, I actually think it’s kind of cool.

Sure, it makes me wince when I look up and see thousands of dollars of jet fuel being burned, then look down and see a mentally ill guy asleep in his own vomit.  Yes, it bothers me that the money for this stuff gets forcibly yanked from me each paycheck. You can’t mentally fight

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Summer in the City

Kids Playing in the SLU Water Fountain

 

 

“They aren’t growing up with a back yarrrd! Won’t they miss not having a back yarrrrd?”

Nope.

They have one.

As far as my kids are concerned, Lake Union is their personal over-sized swimming pool, complete with a diving board shaped like a bridge.  Not to mention, a lawn sprinkler on crack.

On a different note … it’s a shame, but ever since this incident, I’ve been paranoid to take photographs with kids in them.  I guess that’s the whole point, though.  Fear.

Stay scared, everyone.  Your country depends on it.

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De Plane, De Plane

Floatplane and The Space Needle

Most Science-less Conversation Ever

Falun Gong vs. Christianity

 

Dancin’ Fools

Dancing Fools

While sorting through my photos this evening, I was reminded of a couple of guys who stole the show last weekend at the Bite of Seattle.

During one band’s set, two guys from the audience had proceeded to, uh, dance.

While they were obviously being goofy, they actually had talent. For instance, the guy in the white did a dive, transitioned into a breakdance two-step, then did a few baby swipes before getting back up and spazzing out.  The guy in blue, well, the guy in blue reminded me of who Flava Flav would be were he white.

http://www.seattlerex.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/DancingFools.mp4

Each

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Rainbow Over West Seattle

Rainbow Over the Puget Sound

Legend has it that at the end of a rainbow sits a pot of gold with enough of the precious metal to spring a murderous white girl from an Italian prison as her less wealthy co-conspirator rots in jail while said white girl enjoys the support of the supposedly-liberal Seattle establishment despite the fact that the first thing she did when confronted by authorities was throw a black guy under the bus like the Grand Fucking Wizard of the KKK proving once again that white rich and female still trumps negro every goddamn time regardless of the pee cee

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Dear Women of Seattle, No Really!

Le Parisienne Storefront w Paranoid Woman

Not long ago I wrote about my experiences with the pathologically narcissistic women of the Pacific Northwest.  I took a little heat, but I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again … I’d rather be right than popular.  And I am.

Case in point …

Yesterday, I stopped at La Parisienne in Belltown to get some things to take home, and while waiting, I decided to get a storefront shot for a later review.  Here it is:

Alright, it’s nothing special, but it’s my picture and I’m happy with it.

As I’m setting up, not even in shooting

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Scenes from the 2014 Bite of Seattle

Dancing Man/Woman

The 2014 Bite of Seattle is upon us, and yesterday, we walked over to the festivities to check it out.

It was crowded, a little too crowded at times, but fun nonetheless. I ate more stuff than I care to remember, about twenty percent of which was actually edible.

The real draw, as usual, was the music, which, although I never happened to be present when the band names were announced, was really good.

Fortunately, the temperatures cooled off a bit, sparing me from both food poisoning and a nose full of B.O. Fine, I wasn’t really “spared” from either,

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Am I Crazy or is God Giving Seattle the Finger?

Cloud flipping off Downtown Seattle

Then There Were Two

New Lanes on Pike Street

Downtown motorists were caught somewhat off-guard this past week when Pike Street became a veritable parking lot during the evening rush hour.

The reason for the backup?

The far right lane of travel east of 5th Avenue has been converted to a bus-only lane. Because of this, as you can see here, both rightmost lanes between 4th & 5th Avenues are now right-turn only.

This is probably beneficial for drivers, as well as near-downtown residents, as the majority of people heading east on Pike are heading for the freeway to leave Seattle. Speaking for all of us down here,

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Shit Seattleites Say

Shit Seattleites Say

What’s Long and Hard and Filled With Seamen?

Submarine in the Puget Sound

 

During my evening commute, while still in the middle of the sound, I felt the captain throw the ferry into reverse thrust.  When I looked out of the window to see what was going on, I spotted what looked like a gigantic whale.  I gathered my things and headed to the bow of the boat, and when I got there, I noticed that the “whale” was in fact a submarine.

I’ve spent hundreds of hours on the Puget Sound, and I’ve seen thousands of different vessels on that body of water, but this was a first for

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Reflected

The Moon and The Space Needle. Reflected.

The Moon and The Space Needle. Reflected.

The MEattle, er, Seattle 2014 July 4th Fireworks

4th of July Fireworks 2014

 

When I realized that Washington would be one of the first states in the union to legalize marijuana, I had some concerns.

Not because I thought it should remain illegal, no, the War on Some Drugs When Used by Poor People is nuts.  Instead, I was concerned because I didn’t think the least considerate state in the country would be good torchbearers for the new policy.

The nation’s eyes are on our fair state to see how legalization will play out in normal, polite society, and as I stood outside with my family watching the fireworks last night,

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“You Geese Don’t Look Like You’re From Around Here”

Seattle Police Boat in Lake Union

“If you ask me, you look like a couple of them ‘Canadian’ geese.”

I took this photo moments before they got taken in for obstruction.