Seattle Space Needle Reflection at Night

The Westlake Park Playground

Westlake Children's Play Area

Work on the Westlake Park Playground has begun.

Soon, bums will have something new to urinate on, and you too will be able to buy crack from the bottom of a sliding board.

Westlake Park – Kids Playground

Westlake Park – Kids Playground

Update: Photos taken on March 1, 2013:

Westlake Children’s Play Area

Westlake Children’s Play Area

Westlake Children’s Play Area

Westlake Children’s Play Area

Westlake Children’s Play Area

Westlake Children’s Play Area

Westlake Children’s Play Area

Westlake Children’s Play Area

Westlake Children’s Play Area

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I Wonder if They Have a Chinese Hotel in Americatown?

American Hotel in Chinatown

American Hotel in Chinatown

American Hotel in Chinatown

Chinatown

Chinatown/International District - Chinese New Year 2013

Chinatown/International District – Chinese New Year 2013

I’ve been busy for the past couple of weeks, and I have a backlog of photos that I just haven’t had fifteen spare minutes to post.

Back on February 9th, the annual Chinese New Year celebration was held in the I.D., and I was surprised by the number of people that turned out.

In my opinion, Seattle’s Chinatown has always been underrated. Obviously, it’s nowhere near as large as New York’s or San Francisco’s, but it’s quite large and cohesive for a city of 600,000 people, and it’s as authentic as they

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The Seattle Process: A One-Act Play

Easy Street Records in Lower Queen Anne

Easy Street Records in Lower Queen Anne

Queen Anne says, “We love Easy Street!”

King County says, “We love Easy Street too! We proclaim them Business of the Year!”

Chase Bank says, “We love Easy Street’s building! Gimme!”

The landlord says, “Right away!”

Mike McGinn says, “There’s nothing I can do!”

Seattle Rex says, “Well, no offense Mike, but if there’s nothing you can do … what the hell do we need you for? We can be powerless all by ourselves, and it would cost us a lot less!”

The P.I. says, “Vote Democrat!”

The Weekly says, “Vote Democrat!”

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Soundgarden at The Paramount

Soundgarden at The Paramount

Soundgarden at The Paramount

“You know that thing about punk rock being freedom?”, I asked rhetorically.

“Yeah”, said the guy who fronted a band that many would call punk.

“Well, it’s a load of shit. Punk rock isn’t freedom. Punk rock is privileged white kids rebelling against daddy’s money.”

He stared into the distance for what seemed like an eternity, finally said, simply, “yeah”, then flicked his cigarette into the distance.

Growing up in Dischord-era D.C. meant adhering to a lot of rules. Rules about dancing, drugs, politics, and especially … especially … about what music you could and

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Grunge Lives

The Sonics at the Show Box

This was the marquee at the Show Box last night:

Here are my tickets, so far, for February’s shows.

What year is it again????

A few months ago, Love Battery’s Ron Nine was interviewed by The Stranger, and in the article, he was asked for his thoughts on the “g” word.

“Speaking for myself, I always kind of rebelled against the word ‘grunge.’ Now I embrace it. It comes to mean that scene at that particular time, and I’m proud to have been a part of it.”, said Ron.

You know, perhaps Ron has a point. Perhaps it’s

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The Loneliest Number

Ferry Scooters

For many years, I made a living as a bicycle messenger.

It was a tough job, but in those days, the days before email became ubiquitous, it was one of the few jobs which afforded young proletariat adults a quasi-legal way to make a better-than-minimum wage.

Winter was especially harsh, but due to a reduced number of messengers on the streets that time of year, it was also the most lucrative. Personally, I never missed a day of riding due to weather. Not one, single, solitary day.

I rode in rain, snow, wind, I rode in blizzards, thunderstorms, and

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