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Archive for November, 2010

Still Life Mural in Seattle's Fremont Neighborhood

Personally, I have my doubts.  But Lisa takes a different perspective with the following guest post, a eulogy for the Still Life coffeehouse.

The Still Life in Fremont cafe/coffeehouse was the first place I ever went in Seattle.  On my first visit to town, in 1998, a friend picked me up at the airport and took me straight there. I had a peach smoothie.  The laid-back, friendly vibe set the scene for my whole visit and helped convince me that Seattle was the place I should be.

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Felony Flyers and Bettie Page

The guy with the mural on the side of his house is not the only Bettie Page fan in Seattle.  Here in Ballard we have this more modest tribute backing onto a parking lot by the dumpsters.  Perhaps not that surprisingly, given the name, Felony Flyers has fled the scene leaving us with Bettie Page sitting on a pile of skulls.  Names have been changed to protect the guilty and Felony Flyers now operates as Psycho Cycles further down on Market Street near the Portage Bay Café.

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Sanna Nyassi

The MLS Expansion Draft was today and I doubt many were surprised to see that Seattle Sounders Sanna Nyassi and Nathan Sturgis were both selected by Vancouver.  Nyassi was Vancouver’s first choice, Sturgis was their third.  (If you’re wondering what I’m talking about check my post on the MLS nuts and bolts from Monday).  The Sounders released their protected list on Monday and Sanna Nyassi, Patrick Ianni, and Nathan Sturgis were noticeably absent, as was Blaise Nkufo.  Strangely present was Nate Jaqua. 

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Deux Chevaux

These days the Citroen 2CV appears to be relatively rare, even in France.  Not that surprising given that Citroen stopped building them 20 years ago.  So, I was pleased to see this one in Axat in the Languedoc-Roussillon region of France last month.  According to this Wikipedia entry, the 2CV has “uncompromisingly utilitarian unconventional looks, and deceptively simple Bauhaus inspired bodywork.”  

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MLS Nuts and Bolts

Steve Zakuani

The nuts and bolts in question are of course those associated with Major League Soccer, not real estate Multiple Listing Services.   If, like me, you sort of know how the league works but are a bit fuzzy on the details, this could be the post for you.  I’ve spent 30 minutes Googling so you don’t have to.  Today’s nuts and bolts: the MLS Expansion Draft, the MLS Superdraft, and the Salary Cap and Designated Players.

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Tintin: Breaking Free

Tintin Breaking Free

I wrote last week about my discovery of Tintin in Thailand, the 25th or 26th Tintin adventure (depending on whether you count Tintin and the Lake of Sharks).  It was already confusing enough, so I decided not to clutter the post further with reference to what is really the 25th (or 26th) adventure: Breaking Free.  Originally published in 1988 and republished in 1999, Breaking Free has been characterized as an “Anarchist Parody” of Tintin.  There is, of course, a detailed overview of the book, its plot, etc. on wikipedia.  But unlike Tintin in Thailand, there’s also an easy-to-access online version of Breaking Free that you can read for yourself.

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Ghost Sign Puivert

Ghost Sign Puivert

We saw several ghost signs advertising Suze in the Languedoc-Roussillon region of France.  This one was in Puivert, a small town situated in the shadow of one the many Cathar Castles that litter this area.  I can’t help wondering if the person who commissioned this ad couldn’t have found a more uneven or less smooth surface on which to place it.

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