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Yes Virginia

For most of my photo sharing I don't need a dSLR, I really need to get a new compact=

There is an add campaign on some of the buses in Seattle that make me smile every time I see them:

A large picture of a jolly Santa with the text : Yes Virginia, There is No God.

My camera on my cell phone cannot currently be classified as functional so I have no photo of it.

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Seattle Metro

A castle is rarely late.

Dear Seattle Metro,

Thank you for having the 11:20pm bus not arrive. I appreciate the opportunity to wait fifty minutes at night for the 11:50pm bus to show up. If I had known that you decided to not send that particular bus I would have walked home and made it in less time then the consequent wait and ride time.

Also I appreciate your concern in regards to wanting to raise the price of quarterly bus passes to $250, that is such a great idea that I could buy a decent bike each quarter and ride it in instead of taking an overpriced, unreliable bus system.

Michael

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Seattle Recycling

A very friendly trash can.

A very friendly trash can.

Within the last week or so I complained about how Seattle Utilities only picks up recycling every other week.

Well I looked at their website and one can request an additional can if the first one is routinely becoming too full. For no extra cost.

This makes me feel better about this city.

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End of Summer

Skim boarding out on Useless Bay.

Skim boarding out on Useless Bay.

Today marked the end of summer here in Seattle.

Yesterday I was out kayaking on Lake Washington, today the wind picked up clouds rolled in and I do believe Winter has started. Or maybe this is just the northwestern Fall which happens to map right onto California winter.

The day started off with clear blue skies and a slight chill to the air. Now it is raining out. This weather will take some time to get used too, until then I will likely complain about it every now and then.

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Seattle Recycling

Look another sunny day in Seattle (not today though).

Look another sunny day in Seattle (not today though).

I always imagined Seattle to be a green city. I mean the pet stores sell vegan dog food (really?).

I am a bit surprised to find out that the city only picks up curbside recycling every other week. My old home in California picked up recycling every week but now in Seattle it is just twice a month.

It just seems lame.

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The Pit

A large vacuous pit in northern Greenlake.

A large vacuous pit in northern Greenlake.

A few blocks from my house is this large pit where a city block should be.

What happened? Was there a paranormal explosion that lifted away the Frankfurter Manor? Was it absorbed by such deep evil that all that remains is a puddle of water and some rebar? Perhaps a great new swimming pool gone awry?

No signs tell us thus we are left to assume the worst: a castle of mist forms there on a waxing half-moon which allows the lost souls of fallen musicians to once again strike out onto the streets of Seattle.

I will lock my windows during that lunar event.

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Back from Seattle

An oil platform off of the Santa Barbara coast.

An oil platform off of the Santa Barbara coast.

Oddly my trip to Seattle had relatively little internet connectivity. I was staying at a house with no wifi and no gracious neighbor with an open connection. My internet was limited to an hour or less a day at a Starbucks and someone else’s iPhone. It was odd to have my laptop the whole time and yet not be connected.

My trip up was a complete success though. Relying on the power of Craigslist combined with e-mail, instant messaging, Facebook, text messages and mobile phones all led to my soon to be current housing situation. Interestingly enough the final decision that got me into the house was decided by three coin flips. Sometimes luck is favorable.

This was my first time really driving around Seattle (well I was navigating since I am too young for a rental car) and I must say two things struck me: the traffic and the street names. The traffic is what it is. However the street names have an almost failed logic about them. I see the reasoning, north-south streets are avenues while east-west streets are streets. Then there are quadrants and numbers with the origin set in downtown Seattle. But once we get to 193 St. Ct. NW Private it starts to become a little concerning. Then there is the occasional named street thrown in just for kicks.

I feel the idea was that even if you are new to the city a sensible sense of direction and the ability to count could easily help anyone navigate around. In practice it does not quite work that way. If the city remained on a solid grid without large freeways, tunnels or raised roads it would work. However it is not a grid and there are many roads with only a few designated ways onto or off of the road.

Also I would like to note that despite what any tour book will tell you Pioneer Square is not a very good place to go. There were two parking lots across from each other completely empty, nothing is more suspicious then an empty parking lot. That and the flocks of homeless just shuffling about in worn boots and threadbare slippers.

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