One of the things that Tim wanted to do before he left Portland was to visit Seattle.
So, we bombed up to Seattle on a Saturday morning to see what there is to see in town.


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The skyline of Seattle from I-5 traveling north into the city.


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Tim, looking artful in front of the Seattle Art Museum. It sort of reminded me of the Portland
Building, in Portland by Michael Graves- Portland Building


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Walking into Pike Place Market.


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The standard postcard picture in Seattle.


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This is also a pretty standard tourist stop at the market. These guys throw fish all over the place
and they put on a bit of a show. You buy a tuna, they toss it from the ice cooler to the packer -
10-20 feet - and then right back to where the person is eagerly waiting. It's pretty cool.


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I'm enjoying some pastry here.


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We wandered from Pike Place down to the Pioneer Square, where we booked our afternoon tour underground.
This is the Pioneer Building, which I thought was pretty cool.


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I thought this was just great. In Seattle, even their homeless people eat smoothies. Actually
the Chiquita people were passing out free samples and all of the bums were loving it.


Safeco Field


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We figured a trip to Safeco Field was a good way to spend part of the afternoon. The A's were in
town and the sun was out.


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You know how some people still affect you long after you haven't seen them for awhile? Well, my buddy
Jason Leuschen has managed to make it so that I can't pass up a good seagull picture. Here's another
one for you Jay.


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The view down the right field foul pole.


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I talked to my mom from the game. She said, "Why did you go to Seattle?" I responded, "Well Mom,
they have the best hot dogs at Safeco Field!" To which she replies, "That's my boy!"


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Tim and I at the game. The A's beat the Mariners 5-2 at the end, but we left after the 4th.


Seattle Underground


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So, the story about Seattle's underground is very different than Portland's. It turns out that
Seattle is built on a tidal mud flat which winds up being below the water level when the tide comes in.
The town founders realized this a little too late, as the invention of one Thomas J Crapper allowed
the town's residents to find out. Since the crapper was intended to operate through indoor plumbing
and the one thing that you know about plumbing is that crap flows downhill, if you flush a toilet
where the lowest point is actually under you, the toilet blows upwards not down. Anyway, the toilet
issue was not enough to force the town to do anything, but the great fire of 1889 leveled the town and
gave the planners another shot. However, the business owners were not willing to wait until the town
rebuilt itself one story higher. They went ahead and rebuilt their buildings only to see the city
rebuild the only part of the town that it fully owned - the roads. Thus is born the 33 underground
blocks in Seattle's downtown. More history on the fire is here: HISTORY . The tour Tim and I took follows Bill Speidel's somewhat
irreverent history of the city called Sons of the Profits. The toilet with Tim above is
from the inside of an old hotel on the "ground" floor.


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The tour took us under some of the local buildings. Here you see the arched walkways that the
present-day sidewalks are built on.


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Tim in the underground.


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If you walk above this glass panel into the underground, you would think that you're simply
walking over an opaque sidewalk cover. But, in fact, these glass covers allowed the shoppers
at the time to see what wares were being sold at the lower level, which was akin to an indoor mall.


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Smith Tower Observatory.


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Picture of Tim and I, sitting on a bath tub, in Seattle's underground. To the left is a glass cover,
of the kind used inset in the sidewalks. There were also some old wooden pipes just outside the
field of this picture, but they were pretty cool.


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As is typical for a guided tour, this one finished right into the gift shop. In the gift shop
you'd find copies of "Sons of the Profits" as well as weird pictures like the one in the top
centre of this shot. I mean, who takes this sort of picture in 1880??


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Tim and an actual crapper, made by the Thomas J Crapper company.


Seattle Touring


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Cool street address near the waterfront.


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Nice view of Seattle's downtown and the stadiums to the south of downtown.


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Tim stoically salutes the Space Needle.


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The area around the Space Needle is pretty cool, including the Experience Music Project,
some amusement park, as well as the Science Fiction Museum. Here, Tim is saying, "I don't know
what the heck this thing is above my head!"


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EMP behind the Sci-Fi Museum. Do you think it's a Gehry?


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A little tough to get an edge on this stuff.


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Tim caught me with the Space Needle and EMP right there.


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Cool Pearl Jam poster inside EMP. The real reason we went to EMP was not to see EMP. We went to
see Double Take, a really interesting art exhibit pairing classic paintings, like by Monet and Van Gogh
with modern and semi-modern work, and then comparing and contrasting the works. It was one of the
highlights of the day for me. More info on this exhibit HERE


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Another shot of EMP showing the cool colours of the stainless steel finish.


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Tim, under the Needle.


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OH MY GOD, THEY'RE CRASHING A PLANE INTO THE SPACE NEEDLE!!!


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Tim was having a good time playing with pictures of the EMP.


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Nice shot of lightning hitting me outside the Space Needle.


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After the Space Needle, we wandered around the waterfront area until we found dinner. This
scuplture is at the Harbor Steps.


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This seemed like a good idea at the time.


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The sun setting over the Puget Sound with me checking it out (left side).


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The waterfront lit up from sunset light.


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The sun just above the Coast mountains marking an end to our tour in Seattle.

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