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Validation

“Don’t get off the bus ’cause there ain’t nothin’ for you here!”

As I pulled into Tacoma at 7 o’clock this morning, those immortal words kept going through my head.

I did get off the bus, though … figuratively speaking … and all I have to show for it are these lousy Tacoma photographs.

Tacoma, WA

Tacoma, WA

Tacoma, WA

Tacoma, WA

Tacoma, WA

Tacoma, WA

Tacoma, WA

Tacoma, WA

Tacoma, WA

Tacoma, WA

Tacoma, WA

Tacoma, WA

Tacoma, WA

Tacoma, WA

Tacoma, WA

Tacoma, WA

Tacoma, WA

Tacoma, WA

Returning to Seattle

Returning to Seattle

The Tacoma Dome

The Tacoma Dome

Oh well, you get what you pay for.

On my way back home, fresh from writing a diatribe about lousy Seattle drivers, I could not help but repeatedly shake my head.

You see, in that 30 mile, 45 minute trip, I counted not one, not two, not eighteen, not two hundred and nine, but six … count ‘em 6 cars spun out on the side of Interstate 5.

Two Cars Spun Out on Side of I-5

“Six cars? Wow, there must have been hell of a blizzard in the Seattle area today, eh Rex?”

You would be forgiven for thinking so, but the fact is, we didn’t get any snow today. No, we didn’t get snow, but we did get rain. .62″ to be exact. A little over half an inch.

Much is made about how Seattle drivers cannot drive in the snow. Last January, a video went viral poking fun at just that:

What people fail to realize, however, is that Seattle drivers are really no better in the rain.

That’s right, rain.

You know, the stuff that falls on Seattle 160 days annually, and has done so for the last 5,000 years?

Yeah, that rain.

Well, guess what?

Seattleites can’t drive in that either.

I’m not kidding.

Ladies and gentlemen, if you live in Western Washington, and you cannot drive in the rain … then maybe, just maybe, this whole “driving” thing just isn’t for you.

I’m just throwing that out there.

Carry on.

5 comments to Validation

  • Bill

    I know Seattle is supposed to be gorgeous and all that, though as a shallow California I don’t really see it. But, is there a name for the ubiquitous architecture around that area? You know, the squat, box-like, brown/gray crap seen everywhere, including Rex’s wonderful photos? Neo-post-Soviet? Post-neo-Stalin?

    • Seattle Rex Seattle Rex

      I know Seattle is supposed to be gorgeous and all that, though as a shallow California I don’t really see it.

      Good, now go tell that to your friends and neighbors. If I thought you’d actually use it, I’d spring for a bullhorn so you could make hourly announcements from the nearest street corner.

      I think “Craftsman” Houses and “Bungalows” are the predominate native housing styles in the PNW, but I’m not super-familiar with house-styles designations. I’ve also heard them called “Northwest-style”, “Portland Style”, etc.

      • Chuckreis

        A lot of the single family houses I saw up there were Craftsman and Bungalow styles, and I think I remember a few Tudors and newer stuff that was built around a small lot (like a row or box house). But then again most of the single family I saw was over in West Seattle and up in the Queen Anne area. I remember a lot of color in that housing in contrast to the gray/beige/earthtones of planned subdivisions.

        Downtown seemed like a hodgepodge of every building style known to man except I did notice a good bit of Brutalism in the larger buildings that were probably built fast and cheap during a population boom. The Brutal style is kind of depressing but it is also very economical.

  • wafflesnfalafel

    Here’s a link with some info – even has a perfect example of our ‘grey square box’

    http://thesunbreak.com/2010/10/27/home-architecture-tour-seattles-boom-years-on-three-city-blocks/

  • karentn

    in that architectural tour link….the second picture. If you take out the design in the brickwork around the windows, that is my next door neighbors house.

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