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Miner's Landing (Pier 57) Carousel

Seattle Waterfront Arcade set to close in September

Add it to the list of changes you’ll soon see at Seattle’s waterfront: the family-owned arcade that’s long called Pier 57 home is leaving, and not by choice.

The arcade owner had been operating under a month to month lease at Miner’s Landing, and says he knew the closure would happen eventually, he just didn’t think it would happen so soon.

“We thought we had a little bit more time than we do now, but we were given 30 days notice and will be closing on September 22nd,” said Mike Cichy.

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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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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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A Ride on The Seattle Great Wheel

The Seattle Great Wheel

The Seattle Great Wheel

The Seattle Great Wheel

After an aborted attempt to ride the new Seattle Ferris Wheel (or The Seattle Great Wheel as it’s officially called), in late October, we finally headed down to Pier 57 for another attempt. A slightly more successful attempt.

As the sun was hanging low over Elliott Bay, about 45 minutes before it officially set, we walked up to the ticket booth and considered our options … $13 each to ride in a regular gondola, $50 each to ride in a VIP gondola.

You know, I may be anti-consumerist, but I’m

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New Ride Deja Vu

Seattle Great Wheel - People Waiting in Line

Yesterday, the “Seattle Great Wheel” (shouldn’t it be “Great Seattle Wheel”?) opened, and today, I planned on giving it a go myself. Not just for my own amusement, but to satisfy my civic blogging duty by promoting the neighborhood’s newest attraction. Without support from locals, new endeavors face a precarious future. Especially in towns with short tourist seasons, such as Seattle.

According to their Facebook page (their website is almost completely void of usable information), the wheel opens at 10am, and since nothing in Seattle ever happens on time, a friend and I departed my place shortly before noon.

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The Seattle Aquarium

Rosie O'Donnel

The Seattle Aquarium

“World-Class”

It’s a term that is invoked quite often in Seattle, and it’s a term that draws equal amounts approval and ire from the city’s inhabitants.

Most of the approval comes from real estate types, Chamber of Commerce boosters, and assorted carpetbaggers who are more than eager to turn whatever goodwill the city may have into cold, hard cash.

Those disapproving of the term tend to be long-term residents, the socially conscious, the pretend socially-concious, and pretty much everyone who lives on Capitol Hill.

Obviously, I lean more toward the latter camp than the former. I’d

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New Pictures: Full Circumference

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The wheel is now assembled. All that’s left are the gondolas and the ticket booth. It looks as though the July target is on track…. maybe even ahead of schedule.

Live Photos: The Seattle Waterfront Ferris Wheel

Seattle Waterfront Ferris Wheel

Posted 5/18/2012 1:34pm

Updated 5/18/2012: 9:05pm – Today, workers began assembling the wheel portion of the new Seattle Ferris Wheel.

It was the first opportunity I got (or anyone got, really) to see the size of the wheel against the backdrop of Downtown Seattle, and I am happy to report that it doesn’t look as out of place as I had feared that it might.

Even though the wheel is quite large at 200′ tall, it is still dwarfed by the nearby skyscrapers, and is thus not in danger of dominating the skyline.

As it stands now, I approve of

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The Great Seattle Ferris Wheel

Seattle Waterfront Ferris Wheel

The Seattle Waterfront is a place where I spend a great deal of time. As a matter of fact, I’ve walked down to the waterfront on four of the last five days.

Ivar’s, Crab Pot, the Aquarium, Waterfront Park, Olympic Sculpture Park, Miner’s Landing, the Ferries … even though it’s not on most resident’s list of places to recreate, The Waterfront is certainly near the top of mine, and it soon may climb even higher.

On Tuesday, it was announced that the construction of a gigantic ferris wheel on Pier 57 will soon be underway.

The reason I

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Coming Soon: Chihuly Garden and Glass

Chihuly Garden and Glass Construction

The Space Needle Company is in the process of adding a new attraction to the Seattle Center grounds called “Chihuly Garden and Glass”.

What is a Chihuly?

Dale Chihuly is an artist who was born and raised right here in the Puget Sound region.

Dale’s work is included in more than 200 museum collections worldwide. He has been the recipient of many awards, including ten honorary doctorates and two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts.

This exhibit, which will lie adjacent to the Space Needle ticket booth and the Monorail entrance, will feature “many of Chihuly’s most

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The Hat n’ Boots

The Georgetown P-Patch and Hat n' Boots in Oxbow Park

The Georgetown P-Patch and Hat n' Boots in Oxbow Park

What can I say about the Hat n’ Boots that hasn’t been said before?

In Oxbow Park, in the neighborhood known as Georgetown, sits a giant cowboy hat and a pair of boots.

Wikipedia gives the following explanation:

Hat ‘n’ Boots is a roadside attraction and landmark in the Georgetown neighborhood of Seattle, Washington. Built in 1954 as part of a Western-themed gas station, it is billed as the largest hat and cowboy boots in America. To preserve this landmark, the City of Seattle moved the Hat ‘n’ Boots

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Westlake Center’s Tree and Macy’s Star Lighting

Westlake Center Christmas Tree and Macy's Star

Waiting for the Tree Lighting and Macy's Star

It’s been a busy day in Downtown Seattle.

Parades, trees, stars … face it, this is the place to be when Christmas kicks in. We’ve got our own Manhattan thing going on, without being surrounded by obnoxious New Yorkers.

If only we could build a moat at the Oregon/California border.

Ah well, when I get voted in as first president of the great nation of Cascadia, it will be my very first order of business.

Anywhat … the Christmas Season is officially here, and I walked over to 5th and Pine

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Seafair Fleet Week Parade of Ships

U.S. Navy Ship

These photos were taken from Victor Steinbrueck Park.

Watching the Ships from Victor Steinbrueck Park

Watching the Ships from Victor Steinbrueck Park

Watching the Ships from The Pier

Big Turnout to Watch Ships from Victor Steinbrueck Park

U.S. Navy Ship

Helicopter Hovering over Elliott Bay

Big Turnout to Watch Ships from Victor Steinbrueck Park

The SBX Radar in Elliott Bay

Watching the Ships from Victor Steinbrueck Park

Watching the Ships from Victor Steinbrueck Park

Watching the Ships from Victor Steinbrueck Park

U.S. Navy Ship

Tube Boat Doing

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Ride The Ducks

The Photo I Wasn't Supposed to Take

After the Bite of Seattle on Saturday, we decided to do some tourist stuff, and what Seattle attraction is more touristy than riding The Ducks?

Duck Ride and The Space Needle

Juggler Entertaining Folks in Line

Juggler Entertaining Folks in Line

Ticketing Near Space Needle

Ticket Booth

Ticketing and Portable Toilets

Unfortunately, for whatever reason, nothing ever goes 100% smoothly for yours truly.

After paying for our tickets, a lady at the base of the duck insisted that some of our folks line up for a shot. I politely declined, choosing instead to

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The Seafair Pirates Landing on Alki Beach

Pirates and the Downtown Skyline

On Saturday, I walked from the nerd cave to Alki Beach via the West Seattle Water Taxi. The Seafair Pirates were landing in West Seattle, and I didn’t want to miss the excitement.

Walking to the West Seattle Water Taxi

West Seattle Water Taxi Line

Pirate Ship on Puget Sound

Pirate Ship on Puget Sound

Shortly after 12:30, the pirates made their way across the Puget Sound and began their assault on Seattle as 5,000 onlookers stood silent and emotionless. The only thing I could hear as the buccaneers made their entrance was a kid in

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The Parade of Nations: Seattle’s Crankiest Celebration

Lions of Scandinavia

Watching the Parade at 5th and Olive

Today, I checked out the Lions Clubs Parade of Nations.

This event was billed as the “Largest Parade in Seattle”, so of course, I had to go and see it.

Now, I wish I could say that I had a good time, but unfortunately I did not. Instead, I argued with old people for about half an hour before giving up and leaving.

The conflict started as soon as I arrived.

We (my family and I) approached the main route from the west side of 5th, and we waited for a gap

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July 4th Fireworks in Seattle

Watching the Fireworks from Lake Union

The Flag Flying Atop the Space Needle for 4th of July

Watching the Fireworks from Lake Union

I just got back from the fireworks at Lake Union, and it was a great show. As a matter of fact, this particular show is one of the top rated displays in the entire nation.

It’s late (it took nearly an hour to get a streetcar at the park), so I’ll just throw up the video for now and type something up tomorrow.

Happy 4th. Enjoy the show.

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2011 Seattle Zombie Walk Video

Red, White & Dead Zombie Walk

Red, White & Dead Zombie Walk

Ack, I stayed up all night rendering a super-long video.

Why?

I just don’t know.

Below is about 80-90% of the entire Seattle Zombie Walk.

I included the entire thing out of respect to the walkers who may want to see themselves. The mainstream news generally provides 10-15 second excerpts so it’s a crap shoot as to whether or not the zombies will be able to see themselves on TV.

Also, If you were not able to make it to Fremont for the Zombie Walk, well, consider that problem rectified. Now, you

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The Bainbridge Island Ferry

View of Seattle from the Ferry

After chasing gay men around on Sunday, and chasing gay men around yesterday, today I decided to do something completely and unambiguously heterosexual.

I rode two ferries.

Just try to misconstrue that.

I rode one ferry for half an hour until my face was dripping wet with moisture, and just when I thought I couldn’t take any more, I jumped back on and did it again until I was fully spent.

Oh yeah, and I also rode a boat to Bainbridge Island.

Check out the pictures I took. From the boat, not the other thing.

Seattle Ferry Station

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Video: 2011 Fremont Solstice Nude Cyclists Ride

Fremont Solstice Cyclists

Fremont Solstice Cyclists

Fremont, Seattle. The self-proclaimed “Center of the Universe”. Home of Getty Images, Adobe Systems, a statue of Lenin, and Nirvana’s “Bleach” album. It’s also the location for one of the more unusual parades in the USA.

Even though it was wet and a bit cold today, thousands of people turned out for the annual Fremont Solstice Parade, an event designed to celebrate the arrival of summer. The highlight of the parade is, of course, the nude bicyclists who kick off the festivities.

Now, I considered writing a lengthy article about my own experiences and impressions today,

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Pike Place Market Flying Fish

Pike Place Fish Market

I recorded this two days ago after narrowly avoiding two terrorist attacks at Pike Place Market.

After the Space Needle observation deck, the fish throwers are perhaps the largest single tourist attraction in all of Seattle.

I am fortunate to get to see them several times each week, and I often stop to watch for 10-15 minutes at a time. This practice is so bizarre that you cannot help but be fascinated.

I’ve yet to see them drop a fish, although I’ve heard that it happens from time to time.

Pike Place Fish Market

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Pike Place Market

Pike Place Market in Downtown Seattle

After hanging out at the Broadway Farmer’s Market yesterday, I turned right on Pike Street and walked the short mile to my other official “home” market: Pike Place Market.

Pike Place Market in Downtown Seattle

Pike Place Market Sign

Pike Place Market in Downtown Seattle

Pike Place Market – Rachel the Pig

Pike Place Market – Pigeon Cruising the Market on Foot

Pike Place Market – Rachel the Pig

Yesterday, Pike Place was hopping. It was Mother’s Day and “Flower Fest” was in full bloom (corny pun intended), and it was hard to look

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The Seattle Gum Wall

The Seattle Gum Wall

Market Theater on Post Alley beneath Pike Place Market

Post Alley beneath Pike Place Market

Posing in Front of the Gum Wall

Today, I visited the Seattle Gum Wall.

What is the Gum Wall?

I assure you that it is exactly what it sounds like.

On Post Alley, under Pike Place Market and next to the box office for the Market Theater, sits a wall literally covered in chewing gum.

The gum-sticking “tradition” began in the early 90’s when audiences for “Seattle Theatresports” began sticking gum and coins to the wall. Apparently, theater workers scraped the gum

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Seattle Pinball Museum

Playing Pinball in The Seattle Pinball Museum

Before Donkey Kong, before Asteroids, before Pac Man … heck, before Pong … there was pinball … genesis of mainstream electronic gaming.

Few people are aware of this, but ever since I was a young boy, I played the silver ball. From Soho down to Brighton, I must have played them all. However, I’ve never seen anything like it in any amusement hall — this deaf, dumb, and blind kid I encountered … sure played a mean pinball.

One day, I may write a song about it.

On second thought, maybe not. Nobody wants to hear about that kind of

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Thoughts from Olympic Sculpture Park

Olympic Sculpture Park in Seattle

When I got back to my scooter at Seattle Center today, I realized that I had a full hour and fifteen minutes left on my parking sticker.

Not wanting to hand the money over to the parking gods for nothing, I decided to roll down the hill and spend some time at one of Seattle’s great parks … Olympic Sculpture Park.

Olympic Sculpture Park in Seattle

Olympic Sculpture Park in Seattle

Olympic Sculpture Park in Seattle

Olympic Sculpture Park in Seattle

Olympic Sculpture Park in Seattle

Olympic Sculpture Park in Seattle

Olympic Sculpture

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Nirvana: Taking Punk to the Masses

Old Photograph of Kurt, Krist, and Chad

From 1991 to 1994, Nirvana ruled the airwaves, Seattle became the capital of the universe, and the world hasn’t been the same since. In my opinion, it’s been all downhill from there.

A video at the EMP this weekend said something to the effect of “There hasn’t been another geographically based music genre to emerge since grunge. We’ve all been waiting for one for the past 20 years, but it hasn’t happened. Seattle was the peak. The culmination.”

If you think about it, it’s true.

Before Seattle, there was Motown. There was Liverpool, Athens, Minneapolis, Atlanta, New York, DC, and

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Photos of the Day: Gas Works

Gas Works Park

While looking for Thomas Wales Park today, I made a turnout in error and was greeted with this totally unexpected view of Gas Works Park.

Only in Seattle can a wrong turn have such inspiring repercussions.

Gas Works Park

Gas Works Park

Gas Works Park

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The Columbia Tower Observation Deck

Panoramic View from the Columbia Center Sky View Observatory

Downtown Seattle – Columbia Tower

Built in 1985, the Columbia Center is the 7th tallest building in the USA, and at 932 feet, it is the tallest building in the entire Pacific Northwest. The building has 76 floors, 46 elevators, and the antennas on the roof bring the total height to 967′.

While the Space Needle is Seattle’s Statue of Liberty, the Columbia Center is our Sears Tower. Our Empire State Building. It’s the centerpiece of the best skyline in the solar system. It’s the first thing you see when you approach Seattle, and the last thing you see

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An Afternoon at the Seattle Waterfront

Seattle Waterfront Sign

Seattle has perhaps the most beautiful waterfront in the known universe.

Seattle Waterfront

Seattle Waterfront – Walking Along Alaskan Way

Seattle Waterfront – Alaskan Way

Seattle Waterfront Fountain

Seattle Waterfront

On a clear day, glaciers hover in the distance as ferries criss-cross the sound, while the Downtown skyline towers in the background. It’s just stunning.

Unfortunately, the waterfront does not get as much attention as it probably deserves. This may be due to the odd geographic disassociation between the Waterfront and Downtown. The main waterfront area is not exactly attached to the rest of the

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New Pike Place Busking Permits

Pike Place Market Street Performers

Sign at Pike Place Market

I used to laugh at the notion of a “Webmaster”, but it’s not nearly as bad as a “Market Master”.

Why not “Market Overlord”?

Seriously, what egomaniac comes up with these terms?

Something seems unnatural about needing a permit to busk, but I imagine that Pike Place would be overrun without them.

It’s clearly the most lucrative place in the Pacific Northwest for performers. If the economy doesn’t dramatically improve soon, I’ll be out there with them, banging out grunge tunes on an old strat to startled tourists for quarters.

If this is an

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