Seattle Space Needle Reflection at Night

The Amazon Treasure Truck in Westlake Park

I spotted Amazon’s latest idea, the Amazon “Treasure Truck”, in Westlake Park this weekend.

Apparently, the idea is that they have a particular product on-sale on a given day, and if you can find the truck and part with the money, you can buy whatever it is that’s being offered.

On this day, it was a FujiFilm Instax Mini 75 Instant Camera for $35. I didn’t take the plunge, but as I was standing there, a lot of other people did.

It seems to be a relatively popular attraction here in Seattle, but I guess we’ll have to

Continue reading The Amazon Treasure Truck in Westlake Park

Alice in Chains? Yeah, Right!

When I got tickets to Alice in Chains a few weeks ago, I was excited, yet a little scared. After all, I’ve never seen a bondage show before. I’m pretty vanilla when it comes to that stuff, and I wasn’t quite sure what to expect.

When the house lights dimmed moments before the show, I didn’t know what I was personally supposed to do either. I mean, do we whip it out right away, do we watch for awhile and then do so, do we wait for the money shot? Who knew?

You can imagine my surprise when

Continue reading Alice in Chains? Yeah, Right!

Dear Space Aliens in the Year 5720

I see you’ve found our planet, or at least what’s left of it.

In case you were wondering, our species died off when every male age 16-67 stopped pursuing the nappy snappy, and began pursuing Pokemon. Not that anyone of our time blamed them, I mean, if hitting the luscious hoo-haa meant that you’d have to wear one of these, Pikachu would start looking pretty good to you too.

Oh sure, history has always had its share of guys with Peter Pan syndrome, but when businesses started openly encouraging the phenomenon, our extinction was virtually assured.

So sorry nobody

Continue reading Dear Space Aliens in the Year 5720

Black Lives Matter. Affluent Lives Matter More.

On my way home from work today, I stopped to observe a Black Lives Matter rally in Westlake Park.

I looked around at all of the people, at all of the signs, and I watched and waited for indication that someone, anyone, knew what was going on in this country.

That indication did not come. When all was said and done, I could do little more than mutter “poor fools”, hang my head and walk away.

So far this year, 136 black people (overwhelmingly male) have been killed by the police. In the same period of time, 279 white

Continue reading Black Lives Matter. Affluent Lives Matter More.

Welcome to Seattle. Now Go Home.

Mixed feelings.

On one hand, I don’t like to see people’s property vandalized. I’m an empathetic human-being and I don’t enjoy seeing harm, or even disappointment, inflicted upon other people. It makes me as sad as the next person, probably even more so.

On the other hand, especially in recent years, guests to Seattle have increasingly been made up of selfish assholes. People who, with little regard for the natives, ignore any and all traffic laws, drive dangerously, and lay on their horns at 6am.

These are also the people who park in every, single, solitary crosswalk in town,

Continue reading Welcome to Seattle. Now Go Home.

Smashing Pumpkins at the Paramount Theater

The Smashing Pumpkins played the Paramount last Wednesday night. After opener Liz Phair did her thing, Corgan began the show with a string of mostly-acoustic-ish (solo acoustic through a fairly large PA system) songs, then segued into some fully-electric songs, back to acoustic-ish, back to electric, back to acoustic-ish, etc, etc. The rest of the band came and went throughout the gig, depending on whether the song was a band or solo number.

When all was said and done, it was maybe 40% traditional rock, 60% quasi-acoustic, all kind of mixed together. I’ve never seen anything completely like it,

Continue reading Smashing Pumpkins at the Paramount Theater

Sequoia Sitta

Since about 11:00 today, a man has been sitting near the top of the Macy’s Giant Sequoia at 4th and Stewart/Olive.

For the majority of the day, helicopters have been hovering overhead, and dozens of police officers with assault-rifles have been standing at the base of the tree.

Assault rifles.

For a man in a tree.

Allow me to repeat …

Assault rifles.

For a man in a tree.

For a man in a tree.

As you might expect, this spectacle has drawn a fair number of onlookers, as well it’s cost the city a small fortune in “law

Continue reading Sequoia Sitta

What the Bloody Hell is This?

Strange Dome Under Construction

Picture: Pine Street

Answering a Seattle Police Officer’s Question

“Why don’t you use the crosswalk!”, bellowed the Seattle Police Officer moonlighting as security for the Paramount Theater.

My companion and I looked at each other with incredulity, before both breaking into laughter.

On this night, the officer had blocked the entire sidewalk for the convenience of a few rich people, necessitating us to walk in the street to get around the obstruction. Given that I have to do this 15-20 times daily just to get to work and back, it doesn’t even register as an unusual thing to do anymore. It’s just an automatic reaction at this point,

Continue reading Answering a Seattle Police Officer’s Question