January 2012
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Seattle City Lights

Last night, I found myself in West Seattle, where I took the following photographs.

Seattle City Lights

Seattle City Lights

Seattle City Lights

Seattle City Lights

Seattle City Lights

Seattle City Lights

Queen Anne Lights

Downtown Seattle and Ferry Lights

Seattle City Lights

In order to take them, I sat in the freezing cold for 3 hours, waiting for the rain to stop, at which point I had a 5 minute window to fire off as many shots as I could. As soon as I got the last frame, the rain

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The Fabulous Thunderbird

The Thunderbird Motel

The Thunderbird Motel

On Aurora Avenue, at 43rd Street, just north of the cut, lies Seattle’s most opulent accomodations … the Thunderbird Motel.

In 2010, the Seattle Police Department declared the Thunderbird a “nuisance property”, and shortly thereafter, it was foreclosed upon. In the fall of 2012, this fine property will be demolished to make way for 71 affordable housing units run by Catholic Community Services. That’s right, boys and girls, you still have seven more months to go over and soak in the beauty that is the foreclosed Thunderbird.

I don’t know about the rest of you, but

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New Photos: Seattle

Seattle, Washington

Seattle, Washington

Seattle, Washington

Taken January 30, 2012 at 10:34am

New Photo: Queen Anne

Queen Anne

Queen Anne

Half Moon Fever

Space Needle and the Moon

As I was making my way through the streets of South Lake Union this evening, I looked up to find a half moon, crescent moon, or whatever it’s called … moving slowly past the Space Needle. I took a couple of photographs, then just stood and watched until it disappeared behind the observation deck.

Sometimes, a brief moment of zen is all it takes to attenuate the hostility of modern civilization.

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Corduroy Video Screenshot

I made a short video tonight.

I call it Corduroy.

No particular reason.

Rest in Peace, “Chris”

Seattle Skyline

For a few months in 2011, I had a regular customer named Chris.

Chris was an interesting guy, an unusual guy, and a sometimes pathetic guy. A veteran of the first Iraq war, Chris reminded me of that character on The Simpsons. You know the one, the surly Army Surplus store owner with a missing arm. Chris had all of his limbs, but in all other respects, they were the same. Hell, they even looked eerily alike.

As a veteran, Chris drew some money from the military. It was a small amount of money, but it was enough

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Confessions of a Newfound SOPA-Supporter

Google - SOPA

As I sat here three days ago and watched anti-SOPA protests proliferate across the Internet, a nagging thought kept running through my head.

“How”, I wondered, “is any of this hurting big media?”

I mean, let’s say that, because of these online protests, SOPA and PIPA are both defeated. It’s plausible. After all, people are riled up, and congress is getting the message loud and clear, right?

So, let’s say that both of these bills are spiked and are taken off the table.

Now, does anyone believe for a minute that this will be the end of it? Does anyone

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NBC Universal’s Piracy Reconsidered

Seattle Rex and The Weather Channel Cartoon

Seattle Rex and The Weather Channel Cartoon

Well, my acquiescence to my powerlessness over the Weather Channel has drawn a rousing chorus of “Booo!”s amongst my own small circle of morons. I’ve been called everything from a pussy, to an enabler, to an enabling pussy, to a … well, really those are the only two things I’ve been called, but they hurt.

Of course, I am, if nothing else, a slave to peer pressure. Not enough of a slave to get a nose ring, a tongue ring, skinny jeans, neon sunglasses, a fixed-gear bike, an ironic beard, or an

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New Photo: 520

The 520

The 520

New Photo: Rice N’ Spice

Rice N' Spice

Rice N' Spice

New Photos: January 20, 2012

January 20, 2012 10:13am

Remaining snow …

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Waaaah Waaaah Waaaah

King 5 News Anchors - Dennis Bounds and Jean Enersen

A few hours ago, the above video was posted on YouTube by buzzfeed.

It shows Meg Coyle in an uncomfortable confrontation with a local woman who was upset that King 5 had attracted the Seattle Police Department, who in turn ruined a sledding tradition on Queen Anne Hill (Capitol Hill has a similar tradition).

Instead of apologizing to the community when the producer pulled the shot, esteemed anchor Dennis Bounds mocks the local residents by saying “Waaah waaah waaaah waaaah waaaah”.

Wow, stay classy, Dennis.

King 5 News Anchors – Dennis Bounds and Jean Enersen

This incident was

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Live Seattle Snow Photos: January 19, 2012

January 19, 2012 2:18pm

Update 2:00pm: It has begun snowing again.

More photos of the Seattle Snow:

January 19, 2012 2:21pm – Pike Street

January 19, 2012 2:20pm – Pike Street

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Ice Ice Baby

January 19, 2012 10:27am - Pike Street

January 19, 2012 10:27am – Pike Street

Alright stop, collaborate and listen, Rex is back with my brand new invention. Something grabs a hold of me tightly, then I flow like a harpoon daily and nightly.

Will it ever stop?

Yo, I don’t know … Seattle meteorologists, don’t know snow.

I’m not lying, either.

Thursday has greeted the metro area with a thick layer of ice and slush, and on Tuesday, the weather guys specifically said that there would be no ice or slush!

I guess we can blame it on the convergence zone. Or the lack of coastal

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Anti-SOPA Burnout

Wikipedia - SOPA

We’re almost 24 hours into the anti-SOPA protests, and I’ve got to tell you … I’m getting burned out.

Google’s black banner, countless blog after blog with their black banners, Wikipedia’s complete blackout of their site — I’m starting to lose sympathy for my own cause.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m still against both SOPA and PIPA, but I do not like the way said opposition is being shoved down my throat. Not only that, but if you’ve seen one black banner, you’ve seen them all. This whole thing is starting to feel like an insincere “me-too”

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Downtown Seattle and the Blizzard of 2012

January 18, 2012 2:20pm - Pike Street

January 18, 2012 2:20pm – Pike Street

Yes, the blizzard.

Look, if uber-legitimate, accountable corporate media is allowed to sensationalize, then why can’t I?

I just headed over to Westlake Park to see how accurate my snow prediction was, and low and behold, I wasn’t far off.

Yesterday, I put my hypothetical money on 1.89″ of snow, and when I measured at 2:15 this afternoon (just after the snow stopped falling), I got a self-measured total of a bit more than 1 1/2 inches in an uninterrupted patch of snow on level ground in the middle of Westlake Park.

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January 18, 2012 9:18am

On Monday, I waited for snow. Every two hours, they promised that it was only a couple of hours away, and because of that, I called it an early day.

That snow never arrived.

On Tuesday, I waited for snow. We were supposed to get 2″ – 7″, but by mid-day, I was staring up at the sun.

Today, Wednesday, the broken clock that is Seattle meteorology was a little closer to the mark.

As of right now, 9:30am, there is about 2″ of snow on the streets & sidewalks of Downtown Seattle. It’s a carbon copy of this

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No Weapon

Seattle Police Officers

Seattle Police Officers

Remember the shooting referenced in this post?

Well, as it turns out, the man who was shot by a Federal Way police officer last week did not have a weapon. Supposedly, unidentified “drug paraphernalia” was found in the car, but no actual drugs or weapons.

Another civilian has died because an officer supposedly “feared for her life” in the absence of a tangible reason for that fear.

The carnage continues.

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Police found heroin and drug paraphernalia but no weapon inside the car in which a 21-year-old

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Ruh Roh

Seattle Storm

I am a hammer, you are a nail.

I am Rosie O’Donnel, you are a ham sandwich.

I am Yoko Ono, you are the Beatles.

When you see something like this bearing down on you, you imagine it saying a lot of things.

Looking at the banding, I’m sticking with my 5″ maximum Downtown … if not significantly lower. I think we are going to get much more rain than people have been anticipating.

If I had to wager money on an exact total, I would call it 1.89″ in Westlake Park, 2.35″ in Cal Anderson Park, and a

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A Swing and a Miss

Snowing in Pike Place Market

Snowing in Pike Place Market

Well, the local meteorologists are one for two so far.

The dusting of snow that was promised for Sunday turned out to be an inch or two, and the few inches of snow that were supposed to fall beginning yesterday afternoon never materialized. At least not here in Central Seattle.

This has messed up my schedule a bit.

I took yesterday evening off to avoid getting stuck in the snow, and I made an emergency grocery store run at midnight. Seattle public schools are scheduled to start two hours later. All of this turned

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The January 2012 Seattle Snow Thread

January 15, 2012 1:11pm

More photos of the Seattle Snow:

January 16, 2012 1:54pm

January 15, 2012 1:10pm

January 15, 2012 5:16pm

Since it only happens once or twice each year, snow in Seattle is a big deal.

Twenty minutes ago (about 11am on Sunday, January 15th), it started snowing pretty hard in Downtown Seattle, and it’s been forecast to c ontinue off and on for the better part of this entire week.

This being the case, I’m going to need a place to put all of the pictures that I shall accumulate this snow year, similar to what I

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Live From Wallingford

Seattle Skyline

Off The Hook

John T. Williams

John T. Williams

First King County, and now The Feds.

Federal prosecutors said Friday that they will not prosecute a Seattle Police Department officer who was involved in the August 30, 2010, fatal shooting of a Native American woodcarver in downtown.

The woodcarver, John T. Williams, was carrying a knife and a piece of wood in Seattle. He was ordered to put the knife down by Seattle Police Officer Ian Birk. Williams did not and he turned toward Birk. Birk then shot Williams four times, killing him.

Birk, no longer a police officer, was found to have shot Williams

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A January Sunset

Seattle Sunset

The sun just set 25 minutes ago.

This is what it looked like:

Usual disclaimers: Rains all the time, traffic sucks, cost of living too high, overrun with Californians, don’t move here, etc.

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Reefer Madness

Reefer Madness

Not long ago, I was driving in a neighborhood that shall not be named, and I stopped in front of a hospital that shall not be named. A young woman wearing a nurse uniform had flagged me down, and of course, I picked her up.

As soon as she closed her door and I began moving, the woman began sobbing uncontrollably.

I wasn’t exactly sure what I should do, so I reached into my center console, pulled out a small packet of tissues, and handed it to her.

“I’m sorry … I’m so sorry”, she said, “I don’t mean

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Look What I Just Found …

Scenic Seattle

It’s a mountain, a huge mountain.

This morning’s travels took me to such exotic places as Kirkland, Washington and a little town called Redmond.

As I was crossing the 520 Bridge, it stopped raining just long enough for me to grab this shot of Mt. Rainier.

Of course, as soon as I got to the other side of the bridge, it started pouring again.

Man, I hate this town.

Remember, folks, since I’m here to take pictures of the Pacific Northwest each and every day, there is absolutely no reason for you to move here. None.

Spare yourself the

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R.I.P. Greenwood Market

Greenwood Market

Greenwood Market

I’m sitting here in the parking lot of the Greenwood Market, and I’m truly sad.

Mere moments ago, I stopped in during one of my thrice weekly visits, and the place was being picked clean by shoppers.

“What’s going on?”, I asked the nearest cashier.

“We’re closing on February 5th”, he said, “the owner of the property decided not to renew our lease. Instead, they’re giving the property to Fred Meyer.”

“Noooo!”, I shouted.

“Yeah, my sentiments exactly”, he replied.

“I’m heartbroken. Just heartbroken”, a woman shopper joined in.

You know, it figures that this would happen.

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Did You Know?

Northgate Mall, Seattle

Northgate Mall, Seattle

Northgate Mall is the world’s first “mall”.

When the Miracle Mall (now Northgate Mall) was built in 1952, it was the first usage of the word “mall” pertaining to a shopping center.

And the rest, as they say, is history.

I am at the mall as I type this, looking for something edible.

Posted Wirelessly from my Android

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Ode to My Android

My Android Tablet

It’s 7:00am, and Nirvana’s “School” is blaring through two tiny, yet surprisingly powerful speakers. Supposedly, this song is loosely based on Kurt’s hatred of Seattle and its upper-middle-class cliques. The town which now plasters his face on every museum it has, and is now oh-so-proud to claim him as a native son.

What can I tell you, I love waking up to irony.

7:30am I check my calendar.

7:45am Respond to five emails. Repeat this 10 times over next 12 hours.

7:55am Respond to text message. Repeat this 90 times over next 12 hours.

8:00am Spot photo opportunity. Take shot,

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