Saturday, May 31, 2008
I'm having a hard time getting any good super secret spy photos anymore since they fenced off the parking lot across the street and started tearing down the building. Living right off of Broadway I do see a lot of people that would be perfect for my purposes, but I usually don't have my camera on me. And they might get pissed if I randomly took their photos. Although come on, if you are going to wear some crazy get up and walk all over Capitol Hill, you are obviously trying to attract attention. You aren't fooling anybody. We know you just want to be looked at.
Anyhow, they fenced it all off across the street as you can see in the first photo. And last weekend there was a slew of firefighters who were conducting training and spent all day Saturday and Sunday on the roof cutting holes with chainsaws wearing all that gear. Keep in mind it was sunny and in the 70s. Ugh. Finally we got some action this week with the heavy equipment! The last two pictures show how they are tearing the building apart. It still is only halfway down. No action today. I guess they don't work on weekends.
It is sort of fun to watch people walk by and look at the building all torn apart. I'm sure I'm not alone in having memories of shopping there when it was QFC. And it is interesting watching the demolition guys use the huge, um, machine-thingies to tear the building apart and then sort the pieces so that they have a pile of twisted metal, a pile of crumbled concrete, a pile of wire bits, and a pile of mish-mash including wood, ceiling tiles, insulation, etc.
I'm so behind on posting stuff. Finally downloaded the pictures from my camera and rediscovered this picture above. I had gone out to Yakima to visit family a couple weeks ago and THAT PAINTING was living in the basement. As in, they had specifically seen it at a thrift store, purchased it, and then walked home with it because it was too big to fit in the car. It reminds me of a sweatshirt that my friend Kate had in the fifth grade--white, with a grey airbrushed-looking cat on it. Click on it to see it larger, although nothing can quite convey the impact of seeing it live.
It's pretty special.
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
In 1996, the New Orleans Times-Picayune reported his Sicilian heritage, but Cody denied it at the time because he was "ashamed" of his Italian heritage. Cody and his wife Bertha adopted several children, all Native Americans."
Friday, May 23, 2008
Today is going fine, but for some reason I feel kind of like pouring ketchup on my head. Credit for the lovely image goes to the Illustrator Denise VanLeuwen (sp!?) from the Netherlands. Nothing awful is going on, it just seems appropriate. And a hot dog sounds tasty too, with ketchup and relish!
Thursday, May 22, 2008
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Friday, May 09, 2008
They love nothing better than sipping free-trade gourmet coffee, leafing through the Sunday New York Times, and listening to David Sedaris on NPR (ideally all at the same time). Apple products, indie music, food co-ops, and vintage T-shirts make them weak in the knees. They believe they’re unique, yet somehow they’re all exactly the same, talking about how they “get” Sarah Silverman’s “subversive” comedy and Wes Anderson’s “droll” films. They’re also down with diversity and up on all the best microbrews, breakfast spots, foreign cinema, and authentic sushi. They’re organic, ironic, and do not own TVs. You know who they are: They’re white people. And they’re here, and you’re gonna have to deal. Fortunately, here’s a book that investigates, explains, and offers advice for finding social success with the Caucasian persuasion. So kick back on your IKEA couch and lose yourself in the ultimate guide to the unbearable whiteness of being.
Christian Lander is the creator of the website Stuff White People Like. He is a Ph.D. dropout who was the 2006 public speaking instructor of the year at Indiana University. He has lived in Toronto, Montreal, Copenhagen, Tucson, Indiana, and now Los Angeles, where he lives with his wife, Jess, a photographer who contributed many of the photos in the book.
"Cupcakes" versus "Cup cakes"
A cupcake, a well-loved dessert, is so named because it is a small cake the size of a teacup. In previous centuries, before muffin tins were widely available, the little cakes were often baked in individual pottery cups, ramekins, or molds. The name fairy cake is a fanciful description of its size: an appropriate size for a party of diminutive fairies to share.
(The above came from Wikipedia.)
Since Snotty had her bday party on Wednesday and I happened to be there, as well as hanging out with her yesterday post-hair-coloring, I have imbibed my fair share of cupcakes over the past few days. They have also conspired to put me into a sugar-induced haze so that I no longer am able to speak and make any sense. I just went and got a mocha in the hopes that the caffeine will assist me in my vocalization coordination, but my hopes are low.
See? I have no idea what I'm saying. I blame the cupcakes.
Thursday, May 08, 2008
Recieved the following email:
BRITISH NATIONAL LOTTERY LONDON, UK.
PRICE AWARD DEPARTMENT.
We the Board and Management of the British National Lottery happily announce to you the draw (#251) of the British National Lottery, online Sweepstakes International program held on the 31st of May, 2008. Your e-mail address attached to ticket number: 56418590625188 with Serial number 9274/102 drew the lucky numbers: 04078840032439 (bonus number 7), which subsequently won you the lottery in the second category.
You have therefore been approved to claim a total sum of £1,000,000 (ONE MILLION POUNDS) in cash credited to file KTU/5572001832/169. Your fund is now deposited with a security company insured to your name.
Due to mixed up of some numbers and names, we ask that you keep this award top secret from public notice until your claim has been processed as this is part of our security protocol to avoid double claiming or unwarranted taking of advantage of this program by participants.
All participants were selected through computer ballot system drawn 12,000,000 names from the World Wide as part of our International Promotion Program which we conduct once every year.
To begin your claims, please contact your claims agent,
The Foreign Service Manager by
Tel: + 44 (0) 704 570 6633
You are to fill the below details for documentation.
NOTE: in order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications, please remember to quote your reference and batch number in every of your correspondence with us or your agent. Furthermore, should there be any change of Address, do inform your claims agent as soon as possible.
Congratulations again from all our staff and thank you for being part of our promotions program.
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