Not long ago I wrote about my experiences with the pathologically narcissistic women of the Pacific Northwest. I took a little heat, but I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again … I’d rather be right than popular. And I am.
Case in point …
Yesterday, I stopped at La Parisienne in Belltown to get some things to take home, and while waiting, I decided to get a storefront shot for a later review. Here it is:
Alright, it’s nothing special, but it’s my picture and I’m happy with it.
As I’m setting up, not even in shooting
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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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Remember, you heard it here first.
And a bunch of other times too.
As a lifelong student of human psychology, I’ve always been fascinated with the way that people justify hypocrisy to themselves. The conclusion I’ve reached is that people know they’re full of shit, they just generally don’t care.
Everybody wrings their hands about Global Warming, but they do so purely for their own self-interest, not because they give a damn about the planet or anyone on it. They would just as vocally ridicule Global Warming if they thought for a microsecond that it was the
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Downtown motorists were caught somewhat off-guard this past week when Pike Street became a veritable parking lot during the evening rush hour.
The reason for the backup?
The far right lane of travel east of 5th Avenue has been converted to a bus-only lane. Because of this, as you can see here, both rightmost lanes between 4th & 5th Avenues are now right-turn only.
This is probably beneficial for drivers, as well as near-downtown residents, as the majority of people heading east on Pike are heading for the freeway to leave Seattle. Speaking for all of us down here,
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During my evening commute, while still in the middle of the sound, I felt the captain throw the ferry into reverse thrust. When I looked out of the window to see what was going on, I spotted what looked like a gigantic whale. I gathered my things and headed to the bow of the boat, and when I got there, I noticed that the “whale” was in fact a submarine.
I’ve spent hundreds of hours on the Puget Sound, and I’ve seen thousands of different vessels on that body of water, but this was a first for
Continue reading What’s Long and Hard and Filled With Seamen?
On June 30th, unarmed light rail fare enforcement officers got into an argument with two men who allegedly did not have proof of fare payment.
The passengers, Oscar Perez Giron and Mario Parra Cetina, were removed from the train at the SoDo Station, and a King’s County Sheriff’s Deputy arrived soon thereafter.
A few minutes later, an altercation ensued, at which point Giron was shot by the deputy. Supposedly, Giron pulled a gun during the altercation, which he appears to do in the video, although it’s sort of hard to see.
What I don’t understand, is why if Giron
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The Moon and The Space Needle. Reflected.
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,
Continue reading The MEattle, er, Seattle 2014 July 4th Fireworks
“If you ask me, you look like a couple of them ‘Canadian’ geese.”
I took this photo moments before they got taken in for obstruction.
When I get the standard reply from suburban soccermoms, I just politely concede my children’s disadvantage.
“They don’t have a yard? They share a room? You don’t have a car?”
“You’re right”, I say sheepishly, “You’re right. Next year, we’re going to.”
They don’t understand, they can’t understand, nor do I want them to. Instead, I play up the “poor us” angle. It makes honkies feel better about themselves.
Two generations of white flight has left the vast majority of suburban Americans completely ignorant of urban life. “What if they get mugged?”, is another oft-repeated question, which
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A Female Deer!
Alright, I have no idea if this is a female deer or not.
At least that’s my story and I’m sticking to it.
When I spotted this deer outside my office window today, it’s not like I ran over and inspected its genitalia.
Because that would be, you know, weird and stuff.
So, I didn’t do it.
Fine, it ran away before I got the chance, but when I said I didn’t do it, I wasn’t lying.
I don’t fornicate with animals!
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So it looks like Jorge Carrasco (pronounced “whore-hey carrasco”) won’t be getting a raise after all.
After a public outcry, a weird brand.com image-cleaning campaign, a botched radio interview, and a bunch of lies, the CEO of Seattle City Light pretty much forced Mayor Ed Murray to deny his request for mo’ money.
It’s worth remembering, though, that the Seattle City Council voted almost unanimously (the socialist candidate was the lone “no” vote) to give the guy a raise. These are the people whose sole job it is to look out for your interests, and nearly every last one of them voted
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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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Happy Rpide Day, eh hosers!
Stereotypes? What Stereotypes? I don’t see any stereotypes?
Did you know that cherry trees only produce fruit after a long cold-spell?
It’s true. This is why cherries grow in British Columbia, but don’t grow in the tropics.
You see, the cherry tree is extremely averse to procreating in autumn, because it “knows” that its offspring will not survive the winter. In order to improve the odds of its species’ survival, the cherry tree waits until after cold weather passes before procreating.
Survival of the species. It’s one of the strongest instincts on earth. It’s so strong that it’s even
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Yeah, right, like someone’s going to plug seventy five cents into a soda machine that has “Mystery” written on all of its buttons in crazy serial killer letters.
I mean, us Seattleites may be naive, but we weren’t born yest …
*sigh* … Alright then, I stand corrected.
I didn’t know whether to jeer or applaud when this woman got nothing out of this machine standing just east of Broadway & John St. Instead, all part of me could think was “Half of the world’s population lives on less than a dollar per day, and this lady just
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Whenever Seattle makes the national news, it’s never for something good, and this week was no exception.
Apparently, a woman who lives in a building about a block from my own, looked out the window this week, and when she did so, she spotted a radio controlled helicopter. As it turns out, this radio-controlled helicopter had cameras attached to it, as many do these days … even the $199 RC helicopters from Toys R Us.
Upon spotting this RC device, or “drone” as she called it, the woman naturally assumed that it had been launched with the sole intent
Continue reading Dear Women of Seattle, We’re Not All Looking At You. Regards, Rex
The Seattle Skyline from Kerry Park on June 21, 2014
Queen Anne Hill at Sunset
World’s Worst Photo of Anything Ever
Buzz Osborne. King Buzzo. Guy with the greatest hair in … well, the greatest hair anywhere.
As a prototypical member of what became known as “Generation X”, I hold a certain reverence for Buzz. When the music of my generation was being molded, Buzz was there, spinning the pottery wheel, yelling “Loosen the top string! Yeah, the fat one on top! Alright, now slow it down a little!”
Oh sure, it had been done before, but when Buzz began experimenting with drop-D noise, it just sounded better. It made me want to try
Continue reading Buzz Osborne … Unplugged?
While waiting at the dock this evening, I spotted an unusual bird sitting on a rail. The bird was bobbing its head and flailing about, so I grabbed my camera and zoomed in to see what was happening.
What I saw made my stomach churn.
It was a hideously ugly bird, and it was beating the everloving shit out of some helpless fish. The bird was holding the fish in its beak, and each time the fish flinched, the bird slammed the fish against the rail. In that split second, I named the bird “Ike” and the fish “Tina”.
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The phony liberals on the Seattle City Council are once again showing the voters what gullible, idiotic, pretentious fuckbags they are. “We are”, I should say, although nobody I vote for ever gets elected.
On Wednesday, the City Council, spurred by fraud-in-charge Mayor Ed Murray voted to raise the salary of Seattle City Light’s general manager, Jorge (pronounced “Whore, Hey!”) Carrasco, from $250,000/year to $364,000/year.
In other news, thousands of mentally ill people still call Seattle’s streets “home”. In yet another unanimous vote, the Seattle City Council voted to “give the stupid retards nothing”, while publicly pretending to care
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The three most important aspects of real estate have been completely lost on our avian brethren.
For the past month, each time my boat has docked in Seattle, there has been a calamity at the front of the boat. As it turns out, there is one particular seagull who decided that the best place to build her nest, was on a boat bumper. A boat bumper for the nation’s largest ferry fleet, no less. Clearly, this is a bird with aspirations for the Seattle City Council.
Each time the gigantic boat docks, the seagull flies into a rage, screeching to
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“Why do you
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“I can’t believe that people aren’t rallying in the streets over how cool this is!”
I said these exact words yesterday while showing a friend my new 12.2″ Galaxy Note Pro.
While the Android platform has its issues, myself being one of its harshest critics, the multiple-window multitasking I found in the new tablet was beyond cool. It was, quite frankly, the most awesome feature I’ve discovered since I began using Android about 5 years ago. The ability to literally draw a square, and have a new application pop into that square, all without disrupting the current application, is just badass.
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