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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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Daily Dose of Awesomeness

Dominique Young Throw it Down Screenshot

You’re welcome.

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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SPD Releases SoDo Light Rail Shooting Video

SoDo Shooting Video Screenshot

On June 30th, unarmed light rail fare enforcement officers got into an argument with two men who allegedly did not have proof of fare payment.

The passengers, Oscar Perez Giron and Mario Parra Cetina, were removed from the train at the SoDo Station, and a King’s County Sheriff’s Deputy arrived soon thereafter.

A few minutes later, an altercation ensued, at which point Giron was shot by the deputy.  Supposedly, Giron pulled a gun during the altercation, which he appears to do in the video, although it’s sort of hard to see.

What I don’t understand, is why if Giron

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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.

 

 

Summer Break in Seattle

Jumper

Jumper

When I get the standard reply from suburban soccermoms, I just politely concede my children’s disadvantage.

“They don’t have a yard?  They share a room? You don’t have a car?”

“You’re right”, I say sheepishly, “You’re right.  Next year, we’re going to.”

I lie.

They don’t understand, they can’t understand, nor do I want them to.  Instead, I play up the “poor us” angle.  It makes honkies feel better about themselves.

Two generations of white flight has left the vast majority of suburban Americans completely ignorant of urban life.  “What if they get mugged?”, is another oft-repeated question, which

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Doh!

Deer Grazing

A deer!

A Female Deer!

Alright, I have no idea if this is a female deer or not.

At least that’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

When I spotted this deer outside my office window today, it’s not like I ran over and inspected its genitalia.

Because that would be, you know, weird and stuff.

So, I didn’t do it.

Seriously.

Fine, it ran away before I got the chance, but when I said I didn’t do it, I wasn’t lying.

I don’t fornicate with animals!

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No Payday for Jorge

Jorge Carrasco

So it looks like Jorge Carrasco (pronounced “whore-hey carrasco”) won’t be getting a raise after all.

After a public outcry, a weird brand.com image-cleaning campaign, a botched radio interview, and a bunch of lies, the CEO of Seattle City Light pretty much forced Mayor Ed Murray to deny his request for mo’ money.

It’s worth remembering, though, that the Seattle City Council voted almost unanimously (the socialist candidate was the lone “no” vote) to give the guy a raise.  These are the people whose sole job it is to look out for your interests, and nearly every last one of them voted

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Pictures from the Seattle Gay Pride Parade 2014

Jesus Christ is a Great Savior

I just got back from the Gay Pride parade.

It was cool, and it was entertaining in spots … it usually is, but this year more than any other, I felt as if I were watching a really, really long commercial.

I kind of was.

As the corporate groups passed by, one of the guys MC’ing the parade appeared to be reading an advertising copy for the companies … Alaskan Airlines, Uber, and at one point, we were even encouraged to “Let’s hear it for Starbucks!”

Despite the whole “progressive” routine, we Seattleites love large corporations like few other cities.

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Century Square, You Might Be a Redneck …

Century Square Boarded Window

Seattle Gay Pride 2014

The 2012 Seattle Gay Pride Parade

Stereotypes? What Stereotypes? I don’t see any stereotypes?

Did you know that cherry trees only produce fruit after a long cold-spell?

It’s true.  This is why cherries grow in British Columbia, but don’t grow in the tropics.

You see, the cherry tree is extremely averse to procreating in autumn, because it “knows” that its offspring will not survive the winter.  In order to improve the odds of its species’ survival, the cherry tree waits until after cold weather passes before procreating.

Survival of the species.  It’s one of the strongest instincts on earth.  It’s so strong that it’s even

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The Mystery Machine

Mystery Coke Machine

 

Pfffft!

Yeah, right, like someone’s going to plug seventy five cents into a soda machine that has “Mystery” written on all of its buttons in crazy serial killer letters.

I mean, us Seattleites may be naive, but we weren’t born yest …

Really?

*sigh* … Alright then, I stand corrected.

I didn’t know whether to jeer or applaud when this woman got nothing out of this machine standing just east of Broadway & John St.  Instead, all part of me could think was “Half of the world’s population lives on less than a dollar per day, and this lady just

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Dear Women of Seattle, We’re Not All Looking At You. Regards, Rex

Radio-Controlled Helicopter

Whenever Seattle makes the national news, it’s never for something good, and this week was no exception.

Apparently, a woman who lives in a building about a block from my own, looked out the window this week, and when she did so, she spotted a radio controlled helicopter.  As it turns out, this radio-controlled helicopter had cameras attached to it, as many do these days … even the $199 RC helicopters from Toys R Us.

Upon spotting this RC device, or “drone” as she called it, the woman naturally assumed that it had been launched with the sole intent

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