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Archive for May, 2011

Dupont y Dupond

That’s it for May.  Back on June 2.  See you then.

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Buy a Seat Save a Cinema

I took these photos at the beginning of March.  Buy a seat, save a cinema.  I thought at first that it was a statement akin to buy a sandwich, save a restaurant.  But I was curious enough to look into it a little further.  In fact the owner of the cinema had been selling seats for $100 to raise money to keep the business in operation.  That was only part of the saga that ended with the cinema closing earlier this month.  The Seattle Times reports on the closure and the cinema’s protracted struggle with the city here.  The Cinema has its say here with a detailed post-mortem.

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Sounders FC 1, Portland Timbers 1

View from the Stands -- Decades of Dominance

Well, we didn’t win the game.  It was a 1:1 draw that felt like a loss.  And if that wasn’t bad enough, from my vantage point there were actually times when the 500 or so Timbers fans in the northeast corner almost sounded louder than 30,000 plus Sounders fans (although the official attendance was 36,595 [another record], there were clearly Portland fans elsewhere in the ground).  But the Brougham End tifo set new standards in MLS soccer handicrafts, with the largest display in MLS history that took 600 plus man hours to produce.

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Sounders FC Supporters

Now we know it’s big time.  The Sounders/Timbers rivalry is actually the subject of this article in the Wall Street Journal.  The above title is all theirs.  The piece itself — written by somebody who clearly knows nothing about the Northwest and doesn’t even bother trying to fake any footie knowledge — is inconsistent and inaccurate, and maybe that much more entertaining for it.  It’s definitely worth a look.

The article begins with the premise that both sets of fans face a dilemma:

How to work up a healthy hatred for fans who, in so many ways, look and think exactly alike.

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Play together. Win together

Heading down Boren Ave from First Hill I saw this billboard sitting just west of the intersection of Boren and Olive.  For once, as you can see, the lights turned red just at the right time, giving me a chance to take a picture.  It’s an interesting premise: What would you and your friends do if you won the Washington State Lottery? 

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Frank Duncan Co.

Frank Duncan Co: Shoe Findings and Footwear Distributors: The footwear distribution part I get.  But shoe findings? Well, apparently shoe findings are “small tools and materials other than leather used in making shoes” (The World Book Dictionary).  You learn something every day.  The remains of this ghost sign, which itself partially conceals an older sign to the right, are located on the north side of the Federal Army and Navy Surplus at 2112 First Avenue in Seattle’s Belltown neighborhood.  Not sure why they removed the top layer of bricks, but it’s an interesting effect.

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Target: Knotty Bodies Espresso
Address: 5715 15th Ave NW
Status: Relocation

Knotty Bodies: Last days in Ballard

After all the excitement surrounding the extensive remodeling earlier this year (meticulously documented here), rumor has it that Knotty Bodies is relocating to Federal Way this Friday; that’s right, the whole thing, via truck.  Comments in response to a post on MyBallard.com suggest that the gas station declined to renew the Knotty lease because lines of cars waiting for coffee were interfering with the station’s operation.  Seems a bit hard to believe—there hardly ever seems to be any customers.  But apparently there’s an early morning rush hour for baristas in bikinis, and maybe coffee too.

UPDATE June 2, 2011:  Well, I’m back from vacation and have to report that Knotty Bodies, or at least the newly “remodeled” structure that formerly housed Knotty Bodies, is still sitting by the gas station.  It does, however, appear to be closed.

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