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The Blue Angels From First Hill

Blue Angels with Queen Anne Towers

It’s that time of year again.

Since Friday morning, the Blue Angels have been intermittently screaming overhead for the annual Seafest climax, and since Friday morning, I’ve been watching them from various windows and rooftops throughout the city. Today, I even took a few pictures.

Somewhat telling is my inability to get construction cranes out of the shots.

All hail our new carpetbagging real estate overlords. May we all endeavor to make it even easier this year for multimillionaire outsiders to suck the heart and soul out of our city in the name of making it a more attractive

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The SPD: Where Officer Safety Remains Job #1

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When I saw the headline and the accompanying animated GIF yesterday, I knew.   I knew before I even checked, and I swear to you I would have bet anyone $10,000 that this incident had happened in Seattle before even taking the first peek at the article.

I knew it was Seattle, because we’re one of the few cities in the country that actively encourages the slaughter of two-wheelers through an almost complete lack of punishment for those that do.

Take a look:

http://www.seattlepi.com/local/komo/article/Cyclist-s-helmet-cam-captures-SUV-hitting-him-and-6409802.php

This occurred roughly one block from where a man was killed by a hit-and-run driver three

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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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Cotton Candy Courtesy of Climate-Change

Cotton Candy Clouds

As far as weather is concerned, Seattle has officially become Northern Southern California. I swear I saw more rain in one Las Vegas spring than I’ve seen over the past three years in Western Washington.

While we’re still not as hot as the desert, we have set a record of 14 consecutive months of above-average monthly temperatures (?!), and I don’t know that I’ve ever seen a sunnier place in all of my life. We’re currently on our 9th consecutive month of summer, and there is no end in sight. In fact, the long-term projections are calling

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Collision at 6th & Stewart

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Note that cars continue to run red lights even after the collision.

I will ask for your forgiveness in advance for this post.  I’m still very shaken up.  I’m still very angry.  I’m still very disturbed.

I just saw a person get seriously injured, and perhaps killed.

I was walking near 6th & Stewart street when I heard a CRUNCH.  I stopped in my tracks, hoping I hadn’t heard what I knew I had.  When I got to the intersection, all hope evaporated. There laid a man in the street, and under the front wheels of a nearby car

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The Beach, Some Dogs, and My Broken Ankle

Factually Accurate Sign

Factually Accurate Sign

When you get down to it, I’m a liberal guy.

I support abortion, gay rights, universal healthcare, true civil rights equality, rent control, increased rights for the poor and working-class, antitrust legislation, drug legalization, etc, etc. Sure, I think the third wave of feminism is a selfish crock of psychopathic ass, and identity politics are a smokescreen for rampant classism which is the source of most bigotry, but still, only the most pre-programmed of the programmed would even think to call me conservative.

This being the case, some people are truly surprised to see me taking on the

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Floatplanes

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Seattle is probably the only large city in the US where floatplanes are a common sight. In fact, people often forget, but because of Lake Union, we actually have a commercial airport not more than 2 miles from the Downtown core.

Excluding the transplants, it’s just another one of those things that makes Seattle generally better than everywhere else.

I mean worse. Worse than everyplace else because it, you know, never stops raining.

That’s why we have so many floatplanes. The regular airports are always flooded from the non-stop rain. Planes that can’t float have no chance of landing

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Rainbow Crosswalks and the Gay Stereotype Parade

Rainbow Crosswalks in Pike Pine

Homophobic woman

Yoo-hoo, guess who’s got the gayest crosswalks in all the land?

A different color for everyone who’s been hit in the crosswalk this week

Just your friendly hourly reminder that Seattle supports gay stuff.  Hey, did you know that Seattle supports gay stuff? We also support the gay community. And lesbians.  And transgenders and people with carbonite penises. Anyway, we think you should know that Seattle supports the gays, and the gay community, and the LGBTASHWKEJWKQOUSGHZ communty, of which gays are a part.  Speaking of gays, I think it should be noted that Seattle supports

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Nouns, Motherfucker! We Got Nouns! And Prepositions Too, Biyiyatch!

School to Prison Graffiti

Upper-Middle-Class Caucasians love their slogans.  Boy oh boy do they love their slogans.  Especially ones written on walls in random places.

Much like pissy notes on car windshields, a phenomenon as inextricably linked with Seattle as winter rain, scrawled slogans don’t require the person throwing the hissy fit to be physically present.  While directing their anger toward another person or group, it allows him/her to remain anonymous, thus completely avoiding any repercussions for their display of anger.

Good God, could any one thing be more perfect for Seattle?

Probably not.

And so, it comes as little surprise that our

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Emperor Cited for Indecent Exposure at 4th & Pine

Protest at 4th & Pine

This afternoon, during rush hour, a hundred or so people blocked the intersection of 4th & Pine Streets to protest something I couldn’t completely figure out.

I saw a few “black lives matter” (but not enough to keep us protestors from gentrifying them out of Seattle) signs, a couple “Radical Women of Color” signs … I kept picturing Jeff Spicoli saying “Radical! Women of color!”, and some other signs promoting ideas that the protestors don’t actually want … such as socialism. Trust me, the last thing any of these people want is for the playing field of classism to be leveled.  I

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