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Then -- The Millwall Mullet 1993

Kasey Keller, the Sounders goalkeeper, is the subject of a 32 page illustrated children’s story–Mighty Kasey–that follows his footballing journey from Olympia to Europe and back.   It’s available from the Sounders and all proceeds benefit Boys and Girls Clubs of King County.  I assume the book follows him from club-to-club.  What I don’t know is whether the book follows the evolution of his barnet from the Millwall mullet to the current look.  It looks like it all happened quite suddenly.  One day, George Michael circa 1984, the next … 

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No caption needed

We’re just back from vacation (see the previous post) and things seem to have been chugging along in Ballard and elsewhere in our absence.  Checking local news remotely from France, the above sign reported by myballard.com made both Lisa and I laugh out loud.  The scary part is that while the language is a little unusual, the proposal itself seems eerily familiar.

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No more working for a week or two.  We’re going where the sun shines brightly.  We’re going….  Huh?  Oh yeah, we’re on vacation.  Back on October 28.  See you then.

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Belltown Cottages October 2010

I know.  It’s hard to believe.  Cottages in Seattle’s Belltown neighborhood.  Belltown Cottages: it’s the epitome of an oxymoron.  Yet here they are, sitting at the corner of Elliott Ave and Vine Street, next to the Belltown P-Patch.  There used to be 11 cottages on the site, only three remain.  The last remnants of a residential housing style that apparently “dominated the waterfront and Denny Regrade from the 1850s to the 1920s.”  That’s from the City of Seattle Parks and Recreation web site. 

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Curbside appeal, Kitsilano, Vancouver

We recently visited friends in Vancouver.  They warned us they were having some work done on their house and suggested we might want to enter via the back entrance.  Yeah.  No doubt.  The front of the house was supported by 2x4s.  But unlike this house in Ballard, which is being raised, instead of razed, our friends are actually burrowing down.  Well, they’re not, their contractor is.  The house will remain at the same elevation, but the five foot basement will eventually have 8 foot ceilings and be converted into a separate rental apartment and a guest suite (yes!).

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John T. Williams 11th and Pine

This mural on the Sun Electric building in Seattle’s Capitol Hill shows John T. Williams, a homeless Native American who was fatally shot by police in downtown Seattle on August 30.  This and other recent incidents involving the SPD have drawn a lot of attention, including air time on NPR and this clumsy article in the L.A. Times.  Williams, who’s actually a member of Canada’s Dididaht First Nation tribe, spent some time on Capitol Hill as noted by the CHS Capitol Hill blog.  I’m as concerned about accidental shootings as the next man, and this mural looks like an appropriate use of the space to me.  But I admit I was also curious about references to the “11th Ave poster wall.”  The what?

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Crack Shack or Mansion?

House prices in Seattle are ridiculous.  We all know that.  According to Redfin, the median price for a house in Ballard in July 2010 was $450,000.  The median, you may recall, is a strip of grass between lanes on a road.  It’s also the mid-point in a range of values.  Half the houses for sale in Ballard in July 2010 were priced below $450K, half were priced above.  Sounds like a lot, and it is.  But try buying a house in Vancouver. 

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