Seattle Space Needle Reflection at Night

What the Bloody Hell is This?

Strange Dome Under Construction

French Solidarity

The Space Needle with French Flag

At least I think that’s the reason the tops of so many buildings in Seattle are lit up with the colors red, white, and blue.

Then again, they’re, you know, the US colors too, so it could also represent an outburst of patriotism.

If I had to guess, though, it’s probably the French thing.

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Did You Hear the One About the Jet in Westlake Park?

Jet Airplane in Westlake Park

No, really, there was a jet in Westlake Park today. As in jet airplane, not a “how did you know, cause I never told, you found out, I got a crush on you” Jet. Not that I would have been disappointed with the latter, mind you. They are affable enough folks. Yes, I’ve met them. Seriously.

Anyway, I first spotted the Jet (plane) at about 10:30am. I don’t know how long it will be there. I also don’t know how they got the Jet (plane) into the park, or how they will get it out. I mean, I don’t

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The SPD vs. Seattle

Red Light Runner

“Look out, suburban white woman coming through, if you get hit it’s your own fault. I’m not going to say it again … white woman right of way people! Stoplights are for negroes and poor white trash!”

 

It’s no great secret that Seattle is a city with a law enforcement problem. I’ve never seen a city whose residents hold such a universally negative opinion of their police force, and I’m including both New York City and Los Angeles in this statement.

I can’t speak to the opinions of citizens in the less-dense areas of Seattle (Crown Hill, Sand

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Nordstrom’s New Clothes

Christmas Story Bus with Westin Towers

Alright, they aren’t exactly “new”. Nordstrom’s new lights have been up for about a month, but I’ve been busy saving the world from poorly-written code (and doing a not-so-swell job of it in the larger scheme), and I’m just now getting around to some of my older pictures.

Nordstrom (or “Nordies” as my friend Chuck calls it) got stone-cold festive this year, and … well … see for yourself.

I actually like the new lights.

Hopefully, they’ll be an annual thing.

Kind of like plowing your mother under the mistletoe after she’s had twelve too many eggnogs.

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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

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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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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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Priorities

Ferry Sign Supporting Seahawks

The Rally for a $15 Minimum Wage

Raise Minimum Wage to $15 Rally in Westlake Park

Raise Minimum Wage to $15 Rally in Westlake Park

Yesterday, a rally was held in Westlake Park to convince the legislature to raise Seattle’s minimum wage to $15/hour.

The increased minimum wage is supported by the same people who support amnesty for illegal aliens, as well as policies which support a general increase in illegal immigration.

Alas, at its core, the rally was yet another social gathering where gentrifiers congregate to jockey for social status in an urban setting … the great irony being that they are largely the problem. I mean, do any of you at all realize

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