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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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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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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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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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Sakura-Con 2014

Sakura-Con 2014: Madonna

Sakura-Con 2014: Main Hall

I don’t understand white people. Seriously. I am to white people what Tiger Woods is to black people.

For instance, I’ve never been camping. I’ve been invited, but I never wanted anything to do with it. Trust me, if you’ve ever spent a night sleeping on the New York City Subway because you didn’t have a place to go home to, you thank your lucky stars each and every day you have a king-sized bed, five computers, a quiet place to shit, and a door that locks. You sure as hell don’t leave it all

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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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Capitol Hilloween 2013

Hilloween 2013

Hilloween 2013

Hilloween 2013 was held this weekend, and as usual, we could not resist attending.

I like Hilloween for a number of reasons, but perhaps my favorite event pastime is watching wayward hipsters show up.

Every year, a handful of ex-suburban dillknockers show up at Cal Anderson Park dressed up in their “sexy” costumes, and every year, I watch as a look of confusion, and then rage comes over their faces.

See, when they read the flyers proclaiming Hilloween to be child-friendly, they naturally assumed that by “child”, the organizers mean people from 21-50 years old. This is

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May Day 2013

May Day in Seattle

Last Monday, I was speaking with someone about the upcoming May Day festivities.

“Seattle doesn’t have riots”, I told him, “we have hissy fits.”

Shortly before the protests started, I explained to another person, “Seattle riots are different than most. Here, there’ll be 100 white guys with $5,000 cameras trying to make a name for themselves on Facebook, interspersed with perhaps 30 actual rioters. They aren’t so much rebellions, as loosely choreographed photo-ops.”

Thursday morning, I got a three-word email from the latter individual. “You called it.”, it read.

I’ve been in my share of protests over the years.

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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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A “Snow Day” in Seattle

Seattle Center - Snow Day

Seattle Center – Snow Day

snow day noun a day on which public schools or other institutions are closed due to heavy snow.

What child doesn’t love a snow day?

A day off from school to play games, build snow men, go sledding … why, it ranks right up there with Christmas for most kids.

Earlier today, my daughter informed me that there was going to be a giant snowball fight at The Space Needle today, and it was going to be part of a larger event called “Snow Day”.

“They’re going to try and break the world record

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New Year’s Eve 2013

2013 NYE Space Needle Fireworks

The Space Needle on NYE

You know, sometimes I envy suburban tourists. I truly do.

After all, they don’t have to wait 10 minutes each way for an elevator when they leave their homes; don’t have to smell what 15 people are cooking for dinner … at the same time; don’t have to listen to their neighbor argue with her partner at 2am every morning.

After coming home from work last Friday, I felt like making some noise; so I plugged in my guitar, played the first three bars of ‘Spoonman’, and almost as if on queue … a

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Figgy Pudding

Macy's Star and Westlake Center Christmas Tree

Westlake Park Area Holiday Lights

Macy’s Star and Westlake Center Christmas Tree

Downtown Seattle is a much more pleasant place in the fall than it is in the summer. Less traffic, less heat, more lights, fewer bopo boys with skateboards and pit bills, fewer homeless people, fewer tourists, fewer homeless tourists … from the perspective of a resident, it’s just better in every way.

Last night, it was even better than usual.

On Friday, roughly between the hours of 5pm and 8:30pm, Pine Street was closed from 4th Street to 7th Street for the 26th Annual “Figgy

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Hilloween 2012

Cal Anderson Park - Hilloween

Hilloween – Recess Monkey Concert

Yesterday, “Hilloween” (Capitol Hill Halloween) was once again celebrated in Cal Anderson Park.

Kids aged 1-51 got freebies from local businesses, played games, and were treated to concerts from a variety of performers … the most popular being the Recess Monkey, a children’s music group based right here in Seattle.

The festivities were topped off with a costume parade around the Cal water volcano, after which neighborhood kids trick-or-treated up and down Broadway.

We were no exception.

Cal Anderson Park – Hilloween Costume Parade

Cal Anderson Park – Hilloween Costume Parade

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The High Price of Authenticity

Mobile Food Truck Rodeo

Mobile Food Truck Rodeo

A couple of years ago, I was in an Olympia grocery co-op, when I heard a commotion behind me.

“Oh my goodness, you’re so BEAUTIFUL!”

I looked around, and I saw a middle-aged white woman motioning to another middle-aged white woman to come to where she was standing.

“Isn’t she so BEAUTIFUL!”, the first woman stated/asked.

“Oh yes, she sure is, look at you, you’re such a beautiful little girl!”

Curious, I walked over to see what they were gushing about.

Standing between the two ladies was a black girl. She was young, 8, maybe

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Of Pride and Penises

Prolonged Adolescence

I woke up late this morning. Probably the latest I’ve awakened in the last 5 years.

When I finally got out of bed and glanced at the clock, I realized that I needed to get going … and quick.

I threw some clothes on, grabbed my jacket and camera, then went into the living room where the rest of the family was already immersed in the latest Nintendo Wii title.

“I’m walking down to the Gay Pride parade, if anyone wants to come with me, you have 3 minutes to get ready!”, I said.

My youngest daughter, who was by

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The Greatest Easter Egg Hunt Ever

Cal Anderson Park - Hunting for Easter Eggs

Cal Anderson Park – Easter Bounce House

At 10:00am this morning, the Seattle Department of Parks & Recreation sponsored “The Greatest Easter Egg Hunt Ever” at Cal Anderson Park, and I was in attendance. I watched as my sprogs jumped in a moon bounce, got their faces painted, and of course … hunted for Easter eggs.

Now, when 200 kids are involved, an “Easter egg hunt” is always a misnomer. Trust me, there is no “hunting” involved. “Easter egg rugby game” or “grand theft Easter egg” are far more accurate descriptions.

At the appointed time, the kids lined up,

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Seattle Port Shutdown

West Coast Port Shutdown Sign

Just noticed this taped to a lamp post on Pike Street.

There will be a port shutdown tomorrow.

FYI.

West Coast Port Shutdown Sign

West Coast Port Shutdown Sign

The Macy’s Holiday Parade

Santa and His Reindeer Sleigh

I just got back from the Macy’s Holiday Parade and all I have to show for it are these lousy pictures.

Happy African-American Friday.

Friendly Parade Clown

Macy's Holiday Parade: Rehearsals

Getting Ready for the Parade

Enjoying a Day at the Parade

Macy's Holiday Parade

Macy's Holiday Parade – Sheepdogs

Getting Ready for the Parade

Getting Ready for the Parade

Crayons, Elf, and Penguin

Macy's Holiday Parade: Marching Band

Enjoying a Day at the Parade

Holiday Cheerleaders

Honest Abe Doing the Pelvic Thrust

Getting Ready for

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Naked Pumpkin Run in Fremont

The Naked Runners in Fremont

Today, at about 11am, a group of men ran through the Fremont neighborhood with pumpkins on their head … and no clothes.

Why?

I honestly have no idea. There are a half-dozen “naked” events every year in this town, and I’ve yet to fully grasp the fascination with this particular form of expression. Different strokes, though. I go out and cover these events because they’re unique to Seattle and the local media refuses to show them uncensored. Given the number of views these things get, there is also a clear public interest in streaking as an art form.

The men

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Finally!

Occupy Seattle Rally

Things got real this afternoon as about a thousand people descended on Downtown Seattle in the largest single turnout for Occupy Seattle since the beginning of the campaign.

For the first time, I am very cautiously optimistic that this could be the beginning of a snowball. I’m starting to have a minute shred of optimism. I’m starting to get my hopes up ever so slightly that this could be the start of something big.

If you’re not convinced, that’s good. Skepticism is the most important trait one can have at this point in time. I’m still not 100% convinced

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Occupy Seattle Rally

Occupy Seattle Rally in Westlake Park

Occupy Seattle Rally in Westlake Park

Occupy Seattle Rally in Westlake Park

I headed over to Westlake Park this afternoon to catch the beginning of today’s march. I shot the video below:

The Occupation of Seattle Continues

Occupy Seattle Rally Signs at Westlake Park

Occupy Seattle Rally Signs at Westlake Park

The occupation of Seattle continues, and it’s been growing at a steady clip. I drop by Westlake Park once or twice per day to lend my moral support, and I took these shots about 15 minutes ago.

There will be a march to City Hall at 4:00pm or thereabouts. If you’re thinking about driving Downtown this afternoon, think again.

Hopefully these rallies will be the start of something big.

One can hope.

Occupy Seattle Rally Signs at Westlake Park

Occupy Seattle Rally Signs at Westlake Park

Occupy Seattle Rally

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The Westlake Occupation Continues

Tents Removed from Westlake Park

Tents Removed from Westlake Park

The Westlake occupation grew from 6 tents to several dozen tents over the past three days. Today, the SPD kicked tents out of Westlake Park and sent garbage trucks through to clear people out.

Parts of 4th Avenue were temporarily closed during the sweep and 25 people were arrested.

Occupy Seattle Demonstrators vow to return to Westlake and camp sans-tents.

One person named Bridget captured the following video:

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Occupy Wall Street. Occupy Seattle. Boycott Corporate Greed.

Occupy Seattle Rally in Westlake Park

Occupy Seattle Rally in Westlake Park

I just got back from the ‘Occupy Seattle’ Rally.

For those who are unaware, in order to show solidarity with the ‘Occupy Wall Street Crowd’ in New York, a group of Seattleites have endeavored to occupy Westlake Park. They are going to try to occupy it for the next 72 hours.

Why Westlake Park?

Honestly, I don’t know.

I guess because it’s the most visible public space in Seattle, but I’m not sure what it’s going to change.

Now, I can already hear it: “Rex, you crap on everything we do, but at

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Happy Belated Birthday, Pig

Pike Place Market - Rachel the Pig

Rachel the Pig's 25th Birthday

Yesterday was the 25th Birthday of Pike Place Market’s official mascot … Rachel the Pig.

Ever since Sally Clark poisoned the well with what could possibly have been bribe money, Rachel just hasn’t been the same to me.  She’s no longer the sweet, smiling, innocent virgin she once was.

Now, she’s had things inside of her.  Filthy, dirty things.

Sexy Swine

Sexy Swine

Sure, it wasn’t her fault, but had she dressed less provocatively … who knows.

In any event, to honor her special day, or just because I happened to be in

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Free Cookies

Free Chocolate Chip Cookiee

At Westlake Park until 6pm. Thank #DTCookie on Twitter after receiving it.

Free Chocolate Chip Cookiee

Cookie CAREaven Tour 2011

Cookie CAREaven Tour 2011 at Westlake Park

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The Seafair Torchlight Parade

Watching the Parade

Torchlight Parade Banner

The Seafair Torchlight Parade was held yesterday evening along 4th Avenue, and we walked down to check it out … along with 300,000 of our closest friends.

The parade was enjoyable, but I had one nagging question throughout.

The official name of the parade was the “Alaska Airlines Seafair Torchlight Parade”, but I couldn’t for the life of me figure out why the parade needed a corporate sponsor. I mean, all you need to hold a parade is a permit from the city, at which point all of the various participants put their own floats together

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Capitol Hill Block Party Fail

Capitol Hill Block Party Crowd

Businesses Open Signs

‘My Goodness’ is probably my favorite “new” Seattle band.

They’ve got a White Stripes meets Black Keys meets Mudhoney thing going on, and if they aren’t a household name in Seattle (if not wider) within the next few years, I’ll be surprised.

A couple of other bands that have the potential to save Seattle from folk and video game music are the Absolute Monarchs and He Whose Ox is Gored. The latter is an ultra-heavy Melvins-meets-Murder City Devils band with lead vocals which are every bit as radio-unfriendly as Buzz and Spencer’s, but which make for

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Seattle Sheraton Hotel Garden Walk Day

Katy Perry's Fireworks Flash Mob

Happy Seattle Sheraton Hotel Garden Walk Day.

Try marking that in big letters on your calendar. I kid you not, it’s now a real, official holiday.

About an hour ago, the proclamation was made at the corner of 7th & Union where the Garden Walk was officially dedicated.

On hand to celebrate the occasion were musicians, flash mob dancers, the Deputy Mayor, and about a hundred umbrella-toting spectators.

Now, you may be asking … what exactly is Seattle Sheraton Hotel Garden Walk Day?

It’s the culmination of The Sheraton’s $2 Million improvement of 7th Avenue between Pike &

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Live from Bite of Seattle

Food Tents

The Space Needle

Big Turnout on First Day

Food Tents and Attendees

The Seattle Center

Vendors and Attendees

Big Crowd

Concert and Stage Area

Enjoying the Event

Attendees

Big Turnout

Food Tents

First Day Crowd

Enjoying the Festival

Relaxing and Enjoying the Concert

Laying on the Lawn

Food Vendors and Attendees

No Firearms Allowed Sign

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