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Goodbye Piecora’s

Piecora's Website Farewell Screenshot

A longtime Seattle restaurant will serve its final meal this week, after the owners sold their property to one of the largest apartment ownership groups in the country.

Piecora’s pizza, at 1401 E Madison St., closes Tuesday night after 32 years on Capitol Hill. The restaurant opened in 1982, serving New York-style pizza to a west coast crowd.

“It’s very surreal,” said restaurant manager Tim DiJulio, after letting in a crowd of people who had lined up outside the restaurant before opening. “There’s a family atmosphere here that you can’t put a finger on. It’s hard to put

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Seattle. We Do Passive-Aggressive Like Nobody’s Business.

Thief!

Is this badass?

Is it a hissy-fit?

Is it a “This ain’t the suburbs, welcome to the real world” rite of post-collegiate passage through which all affluent white people must pass?

I submit that it’s all three.

Most urban natives learn around age 9 that anything not fully secured has a pretty good chance of being gone when you get back. Hell, my daughter has had two cellphones stolen in the last 6 months, and has already developed a paranoia that these precious folks three times her age have yet to cultivate.

That said, it’s stuff like this

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WHAT THE FUCKING FUCK?!!!

Monster Seagull

 

Birdnado

Birdnado

With the exception of the obvious; namely the watermark and jpg compression; this photograph was not post-processed in any way.   I didn’t even adjust the colors or exposure.

Even though it looks like a green-screen capture, it’s simply an out-of-the-can picture I made about 6 hours ago.

Naked Lady on Pike Street???

Seattle - Walking Nude in Rain

Seattle – Walking Nude in Rain

I just got back home from a foray up to Broadway Optical, and along the way, I snapped some shots of the throngs of people carrying umbrellas for yet another “nobody carries an umbrella in Seattle” post.

As I was cropping the photo, I noticed a lady toward the center-top. If my eyes do not deceive me, this lady is not wearing any clothes.

I’m not sure if it was a movie shoot, an art piece, or what, but I wish I would have seen her sooner so I could have gotten a

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The Wenatchee

The Wenatchee

The Wenatchee

Every day, twice a day.

1/10th of my waking life.

That’s how often, and how much time, respectively, I spend on this aging thing.

Well, either this, or its brother The Tacoma.

Coming Up Short

Bald Eagle and Space Needle

For the last month, I’ve been putting off buying a new zoom lens.  My inner-conflict sounded a little bit like this:

“A thousand dollar zoom lens, or a ho of solid Seattle 9 (LA 6) quality?”

“A thousand dollar zoom lens, or ten minutes of face-time with a Seattle politician?”

“A thousand dollar zoom lens, or an ounce of the pinkest biker crank that money can buy?”

While I would really value a new zoom lens, as you can see, there is a lot of competition for the roughly $1,200 it will cost. That said, I may have to switch

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Deep Thoughts by Seattle Rex

Rainbow Over Seahawks Stadium

Long weeks seem a little less stressful when this is how they end.  With a double rainbow just before sunset while arriving home.  It’s almost as if God is saying, “Yo Rex, I know I’ve been a little hard on you lately, what with the crappy week and the whole hipster thing and all … so here’s  a little sump’n sump’n from the heavenly art department because I know you’re all into visuals and shit.  You still my nigga, dawg.”

Well, God, thank you.  You still my nigga too.

As are the rest of you.

That’s right, all of

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New Photos: Reflections

Warped Seattle Skyline

New Photo: A Hipster and His Mother

Space Needle and Helicopter

New Photo: Pine Street

Pine Street, Seattle

Pine Street, Seattle

Condolences to KOMO News

Helicopter Crash

This morning, a KOMO/King 5 helicopter crashed next to the Space Needle, and two lives were lost.  Both casualties were employees of KOMO News.

A third man, struck in his car by the helicopter, is in critical condition at Harborview.

Details: http://www.komonews.com/news/local/News-helicopter-crashes-burns-beside-Space-Needle-250790281.html

New Photo: The Financial District

Seattle Financial District Before Sunset

Seattle Financial District Before Sunset

The Fourth Estate

Seattle PI Homepage

Earlier this year, a Federal Court ruled that bloggers have the same First Amendment rights that journalists have. Believe it or not, the issue was actually up for debate.

Unfortunately, some states still only afford full protection, such as shield laws, to journalists working for mainstream news outlets.

This is frightening, and today’s front page of the Seattle PI remind us why.

Folks, I am not joking, that is the true and present homepage of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.  Remember that the next time you hear the phrase “reputable media outlet”.  Remember that the next time politicians argue for special

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Heroes

firefighter_statue

Three people – including two off-duty Seattle firefighters – are being investigated for an assault on a homeless man Saturday night.

Police say a woman and the two firefighters were walking through Pioneer Square when they came upon the victim, who was sleeping under the Fallen Firefighter Memorial near 1st Ave. S. and S. Main St.

Witnesses said the woman yelled at the man for sleeping on the memorial, then kicked him. One of her companions hit the victim with a stick and the third suspect joined in.

A man who says he witnessed the incident said he heard

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Updated: Amazon and Adorama: Life in a Third-World Consumerist Shithole

Amazon Cornholes Seattle Rex

Being an American consumer is a lot like being anally violated on a daily basis.

Strike that.

Being an American consumer is EXACTLY like being anally violated on a daily basis.

If the past two years have taught me anything, it’s that America’s glory days are so far behind us that not even the Hubble Telescope could see the last of them.

There used to be a saying, “You Get What You Pay For”, but no longer is that saying even remotely true.  Instead, no matter what you pay, what you almost always get, is shit.

Folks, without the

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The Upside to Air Pollution

Puget Sound Sunset

 

 

Sunsets like this.

Still The Worst Drivers in America

Bad Driver in Downtown Seattle

Back in 2012, I wrote an article about the absolute atrociousness of the average Seattle tourist driver.

In case you missed it, here it is:

http://www.seattlerex.com/the-worst-drivers-in-america-a-dissertation/

Two years have passed since that post, and as hard as it is to believe, the drivers in this town have actually gotten worse.

Much worse.

Much, much worse.

The only reason I haven’t revisited the subject in the past couple of years, is because there simply are no words to describe the dearth of driving skill and the immense sucktitude of the average Seattle podunk tourist-turned-wannabe-urban-driver.

I’ve often thought of updating my

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Sunset

Sunset on the Puget Sound

 

It’s the first time in 5 months I still see the sun upon arriving home.

Just barely, though.

The Mother Street

Pike Street

Pike Street.

Carrier of cars. Route of buses. Giver of life. Thrower of fish. Locale of glory holes for the procurement of anonymous gay sex which Rex has never availed himself of at least that is his official position.

While New York has Broadway, 5th Avenue, and Wall Street … and Los Angeles has Sunset, Hollywood Boulevard, and Wilshire Blvd. … there is only one Seattle street which is known worldwide.

I just finished taking a walk on the aforementioned street in the rain, or as I call it, californian repellant, almost getting hit while taking the picture above.

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Photos: Night Wheel

The Seattle Great Wheel at Night

The University Street Gondola?

Artist rendition of the Seattle Gondola.

Badass.  Just … badass.

“Promise me something”, I remind my daughter nearly every week, “when you become Mayor of this town 20 years from now, you’ll install an escalator on Pike Street, and name it after me … the Rex is a Lazy Ass Memorial Escalator … or something to that effect.”

She always agrees, but between you and me, I think she’s just humoring me.

Fortunately, the point may be moot.

http://www.seattlepi.com/local/transportation/article/Gondola-would-carry-tourists-from-Convention-5288852.php

Matthew Roewe, of Via Architecture, said the demolition of the viaduct will take out about 1,200 waterfront parking spaces. But the Convention Center has 1,200 parking

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Black Like Me

SlutWalk

Over the course of a typical month, I get anywhere from 10-100 photo license requests. As I have published over 100,000 photos online, this probably comes as little surprise.

While I’ve historically been extraordinarily generous with pictures, usually refusing to take money even when it’s offered, I’ve back off of my generosity in recent years, and there are a couple of reasons for this.

First of all, as Generation Me has come of age, and has taken over the requesting demographic, so has the entitlement. Several months ago, I was berated for not providing a free photo quickly enough,

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Fly With Me, Lesbian Seagull

Seagull Over Elliot Bay

I still remember the first day of my first photojournalist gig.  It was almost my last.  I showed up with a gigantic flash mounted atop a cheap Pentax K-1000 camera, and once the other photographers began snickering at me, I wanted more than anything to just subtly sneak out, never to show my face or my crappy gear ever again.  It was in my top 10 most embarrassing moments.  It was then that I realized that photography was not an acceptable hobby for poor white trash.  Ditto for journalism of any kind.

As bad as it was, however, this day

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Defending Spike: The Cultural Genocide of Gentrification

Whitey Hipster Gentrification

It looks like Spike Lee has gotten himself into a bit of hot water. Last week he had some not-too-kind words for the ex-suburbanites who have taken over his childhood neighborhood.

You can read about it here: http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2014/02/spike-lee-amazing-rant-against-gentrification.html

Not surprisingly, upper-middle-class white people did not take kindly to his remarks. Take, for example, this comment from the aforementioned link:

“But explain to me how people of any color buying property instead of renting isn’t better for the neighborhood? Do you *want* the area to stay poor, the schools to not have the tax base needed to educate properly, and

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PUSAfest 2014

PUSAfest 2014 - Seattle

Like most people, I’m often conflicted over how to spend President’s Day Weekend each year.

Part of me feels like I should spend the day doing what our government intended … learning about and celebrating the life of our first president, George Washington, but that can be difficult at times.

For instance, did you know that when George Washington was twelve years old, he inherited ten slaves, and by the time of his death, 316 slaves lived at Mount Vernon, including 123 owned by Washington, 40 leased from a neighbor, and an additional 153 “dower slaves” … servants for

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It’s Okay, Because They’re Affluent White People

Blackface on Pike Street

Imagine if you were a working class honky, living in a trailer park, working in a garage by day, driving a pickup truck with a “Bush/Cheney” bumper sticker, putting on plays at night.

Think you could put on a play like this without being picketed for being “racist”?

Not a chance, my redneck friend, not a motherfucking chance.

That up there, is chosen-white privilege.  You can’t do that shit without a degree from an expensive college, preferably multiple degrees, at least one being Art History so that other white people know that you’ve got money to blow, and gainful

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Tusk

Woolly Mammoth

A fossilized mammoth tusk discovered in a Seattle construction site was retrieved Friday evening from a 30-foot-deep pit to the sound of cheers and clicking from people taking pictures.

Scientists and construction crews used a crane to retrieve and hoist the tusk, which was placed on a pallet, encased in plaster and covered in blankets, to a waiting flat-bed truck. The tusk headed to its new home a few miles away at the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture on the University of Washington ‘s Seattle campus, where it will be preserved, studied and eventually put on

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Today’s Guilty Pleasure

Once, during a basketball game, I got out in front on a fast break, went up for an uncontested dunk, threw it down unnecessarily hard because I wanted to be a gangsta, shattered the backboard, and brought the rim down on the back of my head, requiring many stitches and a monthlong bandage around my cranium.

Once, like a dumbass, I went surfing in a hurricane, got slammed into a rock jetty, and presented to the emergency room with over 100 lacerations.

Once, while trying to make a rush delivery as a bicycle messenger, I blew through a red light

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The Seattle Seahawks Superbowl Celebration

Seahawks Parade - Fans in Westlake Park

Seahawks Parade – Fans in Westlake Park

When it’s an unprecedented event, and only a few blocks from your home … you kind of have to go.

After waiting roughly an hour, however, I forwent waving to the players as they passed by on 4th Avenue. Instead, I contented myself to celebrate my unbridled joy with what has been reported to be between 200,000-500,000 people.

I suppose it was entertaining on some level, although I’m still not sure I’ll ever fully agree with these kinds of priorities.

As it turns out, all absences from Seattle Public Schools will be

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