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Sounders on Fire

Boooo

It’s more than just a little ironic that Freddie Ljungberg happened to be the player featured on the ticket for Saturday’s game against the Chicago Fire, given that he now plays for the Fire.  Ljungberg was booed every time he touched the ball.  And his booking in the 83rd minute received some of the loudest cheers of the evening.  Maybe it was all in good fun, but folks seemed quite serious to me. 

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First Ave South Bridge

Driving back from the airport this afternoon, we were stuck on the ramp approaching the First Avenue South Bridge.  The northbound span of the bridge was stuck open.   I’d just picked up Lisa who had been in transit from Ethiopia for 30 hours, and was really ready to be home.  There was a fire truck a few vehicles over.  They had no idea what was going on.  One guy in a nearby car called 911.  They told him it wasn’t their problem.  Folks on motorcycles turned around and weaved their way back through the parked cars. 

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Peel back the mountains peel back the sky

Midway along the Interbay Corridor, just before the Magnolia Bridge, the old Western Pacific Chemical Company building sits to the right.  It’s a welcome Art Deco element in a long strip of mostly nondescript low rise commercial and light industrial buildings that stretches from Downtown to Ballard.  And it’s not just Art Deco, it’s streamline moderne, complete with curving forms, long horizontal lines, and nautical hints.

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I’m not an Arsenal fan.  And that’s okay.  Nick Hornby has that one more than covered.  But I supported them in this game, and I remember this goal very clearly, 31 years later.  The last minute winner from the 1979 FA Cup Final, the so-called “five minute final.”  The above version is not very good quality, but it shows Alan Sunderland’s crazy run back to the middle after he scores. And that’s really what made it stick in my mind. 

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So, ferry across the Narrows

This is the location of the infamous Bridge to Nowhere from Gravina Island to Ketchikan in Southeast Alaska.  The bridge that Sarah Palin supported before she opposed it.  The one where she “told Congress thanks but no thanks for that bridge to nowhere.”  Well, it’s almost the location.  This is the current ferry crossing.  The bridge, as proposed, would have been three miles south of here at the end of a new $32 million road built to access it.  An access road that was built even though Palin had already said “no thanks” to the bridge.  Hard to believe I know, but it’s all captured here in a report from CNN.

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Berg Fuel Co

This building, located in Ballard at the corner of Ballard Ave and Dock Street, is now part of Ballard Hardware’s pipe yard.  But it wasn’t always that way.  At some point before being acquired by Ballard Hardware in 1977, it was part of the Berg Fuel Co, a local business that operated from the 1930s through the 1960s.  I’m not sure what left these ghost letters.  Perhaps it was paint that has worn off over time or some sort of raised letters that were removed when the property was sold.  Either way it’s a cool effect, great that Ballard Hardware has left it more or less intact, and a shame that some moron tagged part of it.

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Yeah. We're moving on up now.

I pass by this house from time-to-time.  It’s definitely seen better days.  Despite appearances to the contrary, it’s located in the middle of Ballard, not clinging to some headland on Cape Cod.  Looking at the state of it, I was expecting it to be knocked down, not picked up.  But, hey, what do I know.   It’s movin’ on up, now.  Yeah.  Like you’d have been able to resist that headline. 

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