Friday, September 30, 2011

Land of Parks, Part One

I am still often amazed at the number and diversity of parks in this city.  I thought that my former city had many parks, but at least in comparison, I was mistaken.  There are so many parks, I can hardly keep track, but I have made it my mission to explore each and every one of them.  I am actually doing a good job of it, having visited so many in my months here.  Having a dog helps.  It inspires me to get out and walk around.  I love to explore, but without the dog, I might be writing about exploring the television.  And speaking of dogs, Seattle is lousy with dog parks.  It seems like anytime someone in the city sees a vacant lot not being used, the city turns it into a small park.  This really adds to the quality of life in the city.  I love showing visitors some of our parks too.

I can think of fifteen parks I have visited already, just off the top of my head.  But I am going to start out talking about just a few that I have already visited several times...

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Stuff I See Around Town 8

The dresses were made entirely of napkins

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

WA's New? Politics

I moved to Seattle a few months ago.  I love politics.  While there is plenty to occupy one on the national political stage these days, I know I have to dive in and figure out state and local politics in my new home. 

What have I figured out?

Monday, September 26, 2011

Georgetown, Trailer Park Mall, crafty art and arty craft

The minute I head about the Georgetown Trailer Park Mall, I wanted to go.  How cool was this idea?  The perfect intersection of camp, irony, nostalgia, and gypsies.    The earnest, albeit hipstersish, micro-economy is based upon local and recycled stuff

We wandered into this alternate universe...

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Mind Blowing Links (for the weekend)

OK, so none of this is related to Seattle, but they are related to exploring.  Basically they are just fun, so enjoy...

The brain is a strange thing sometimes. The McGurk Effect even happens when you know it is happening.

An amazing bicycle design. If the wheels are durable, you could save a bunch on maintenance.  If you stay at the W Hotel in London, you can try it out.

Cheese or Font?  Cheesemonger?  Type geek?  Test your knowledge of cheeses and/or fonts.  Not as easy as it sounds for this person with some knowledge of both.

Mind Movies!  What if you could record your dreams?  It sounds like scientists are getting closer.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Black Bottle (review)

"I heard great things about this place," I said.  "From who?"  That was a good question, but the place had already attracted my interest when I walked past it one night in Belltown before even moving to Seattle.  The atmosphere is cool and dark.  I like dimly lit places, because you can get away with more.

So we stepped inside...

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Mobile Food Rodeo, with no clowns or horses

As I have been exploring the mobile food business, I was excited about the Mobile Food Rodeo.  I had been sampling trucks and carts here and there, but this would gather many of them I had been stalking in one place.  Plus it included trucks from Portland, perhaps the food truck capital.  It was also something fun to do with Travis, Michael, and Scott, visiting from out of town.  You have probably already figured out that I like to eat, and this passion was shared by one or more of my visiting friends.  I have a particular fascination with street food, and I wanted to share some of this with my friends.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Bumbershoot Virgin

While I was waiting and planning to move to Seattle, I followed the news and happenings here.  I saw the publicity for Bumbershoot last year and so wished I were here to celebrate my birthday.  This year, I was not going to miss it.  We could only afford and commit to one day this year, and I had one hell of a time picking the day.  Since I had not heard of most of the bands, I totally geeked out and listened to partial songs on iTunes, comparing and contrasting and trying to chose.  That still made it difficult because there was just so much damn good music on each day.  That is not even to mention the art, film, dance, etc.  Our schedule had so many events overlapping, that it would have been impossible to follow.  I was excited.

Is this where Frasier Crane was given the key to the city?

Now I have heard all of the locals griping...

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Monday, September 12, 2011


I wanted to add useful stuff on this site beyond me just blathering on and on about stuff.  Well, it is still me talking about stuff, but specifically about food and drink in Seattle.  I have compiled a list of places I have visited and liked.  It will expand as I get around to trying and liking new places.  Feel free to debate or give suggestions.  You may access it by clicking on the tab above (Food and Drink I Like in Seattle).

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

The First Two Weeks

The timing of the move to Seattle worked out strangely.  Two weeks after driving across the country and settling in a new city about as far away from my former home as I could get, I was scheduled to leave the country for two weeks.  My trip to Tanzania to climb Mt.  Kilimanjaro was planned for almost two years and was paid for well before the move was scheduled.  If we did not move then, it would be over one month before we could move and I would have to face that after returning from a fun, but physically exhausting vacation.

So we arrived in town only to find that our place had not yet been painted as promised, and the people were not present to give us our keys.  And the landlord was out of town.  We were meeting the driver with our stuff and after two hours, we would have to pay hundreds of dollars extra.  We began unloading our things on the sidewalk and grass.  It was going to be a long day.