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Archive for March, 2011

Palmer Apts on Ballard Ave

The former Palmer Apartments, this ghost sign, and the Palmer Building sit at the intersection of Ballard Ave and NW Dock Place.  Dock marks the spot, the end of the road as far as the Ballard Ave Historic District is concerned.  Dock Street Brokers occupy the former North Star Hotel building across Ballard Ave.  The old Berg Fuel Co shack and Ballard Hardware’s pipe yard are south across Dock Place.  There was something else painted below Palmer Apts, but it’s just about impossible to make out from the street.  It’s very faded and the newer building to the north is kind of in the way.

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Waiting for the Interurban

Last weekend the New York Times Travel section featured Seattle in their 36 hours section.  I like Seattle as much as the next person, probably more.  But considering that the New York Times gets to do 36 hours somewhere or another just 52 times a year, I’m surprised to see Seattle up on deck, again—that’s the third time in five years.  There’s a lot of other great cities out there.

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Pelican Press on 15th Ave NW

Intrigued by the worn sign and matching building, I was curious about Pelican Press.  The Pelican Press is a free newspaper published every Thursday, in Sarasota, Florida.  Here in Ballard in Seattle, the Pelican Press, not to be confused with Seal Press, are custom printers, offering various custom printing services from business cards to embroidered sportswear.  Not too exciting, but in their defense that is what it says on the other signs on the building.

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Western House Board and Lodging 1910

This photo appears in Julie D. Pheasant-Albright’s book Early Ballard (p. 46) with the following caption:

The Westernhouse (sic) Board and Lodging boardinghouse pictured in 1910, was located at 5240 Leary Ave.  Several old boardinghouses still stand in Ballard, including this building, which now houses the Senor Moose Café….

Sounds reasonable, but let’s face it — Pheasant-Albright and the UW Special Collections, where she got this photo, have been wrong before (as we saw with the case of the misplaced Illinois Grocery).

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U.K. Subs – Warhead

U.K. Subs - Warhead

Some songs are just burned in your brain, like it or not.  This one is in mine.  Chances are I saw the below performance on Top of the Pops from 1980 at the time.  It used to be on at 7pm on Thursday.  This was still before music videos were widespread and you had to sit through a lot of crap to see a few good songs, if you were lucky.  And the music wasn’t even live.  The performers mimed and pretended to play, and half the time they didn’t appear at all, and we got to see some interpretive dance instead.  The audience pretended to be fooled, except in cases like this one, where they just look bored.

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"Iconic"

I read about the whole Will the last person leaving Seattle turn the lights out thing years ago in Roger Sale’s 1976 book Seattle Past to Present.  Between January 1970 and December 1971, Boeing laid off 65,000 people, almost two-thirds of its workforce.  Sale wrote:

Seattle made the national news … and the tale most often told outside of the bleak unemployment figures was one of billboards and bumper stickers that asked the last person leaving Seattle please to turn out the lights.

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Hot Shot Hamish Scores Two

First it was Uruguay international Diego Forlán. Now GP has it from a reliable source that rumors are circulating about the possible signing of one-time Scottish international Hamish “Hot Shot” Balfour.  Based on the season so far, it’s clear that the Sounders need a large presence up front, a target man, with the ability not only to make space for Fredy Montero, but to score goals himself.  To be good on- as well as off-the-ball.  With the departure of Blaise Nkufo, Nate Jaqua’s injury that just won’t heal, and O’Brian White’s inability to finish, the situation is dire enough that the Seattle Times reports that Sounders’ Coach Sigi Schmid is considering recruiting a target forward from that other “football.”

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