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Soozy's 50 First Dates Tour:The Ride Report

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I will stick a link up on BUSA (Burgman USA) today, Chuck. Thanks for reminding me.

Pacman, we didn't go in, but it looked like a riot in there. I have been trying to understand Beer for awhile. Questions like flavors, for instance. I recently learned what 'hoppy' taste is...and yuk, I might add. So I know now I like beer cold, full of bubbles, and as close to water as it can be. And then bottle shapes are important. It has to be a long neck. Phallick symbol?!! Oh good grief. Corona with a lot of lime, please. Wimp? Oh definitely.

Lano, you are a boat guy? This forum of folks may not know that sailing is as big a passion for me as scootering. Yawl...a homonym for my frog companion. It just keeps getting better. There is a gathering of wooden boats in the area right now, and I will be making it there. I have 3 and a half goals right now. The world's largest butterfly museum...live ones! Riding up Ranier. Seeing the wooden boats. (Starship song just came to mind! "Wooden ships on the water...very free and easy. Easy the way you know it's supposed to be...") Finding the troll under the bridge. OH! and seeing the Pike's Market and Phil the Pasta guy. OH! And having coffee at the original Starbucks. And the possibility of going out on a 42 footer a friend of John is picking up in Portland as I type. That is more than 3 and a half goals. At what point does keeping up with these goals become just work?? Blink blink.

Sometimes the universe just opens up for you. I understand it is not because you have been good, or because you have paid it forward, or because you deserve it. It just happens.

Here is a little piece of history. Seattle is my father's birth place. He was one of those man's man guys. Mountain climber, snow skier when one had to walk up before they could slide down, sailor, Air Force Lt. Colonel. He was the youngest man at 17 to earn 'Ship's Captain' rating in Seattle area when he was made Captain of the Sea Scout's 60 foot sailing vessel in the 30's. He joined the Air Force when it was the Army Air Corps and flew bombers. He was assigned to an ice hut inside the Arctic Circle for 8 weeks to study weather patterns. His uniform and sleeping bag and weather gear were all the same thing, a penguin bag! He was on the Manhattan Project from the start, and present at the failed New Mexico test of the bomb and the successful one, flew through the blast clouds at the Nevada and Marshall Island tests to collect air samples, and was on duty at Tinian when the Enola Gay was dispatched.

For some reason I started thinking about him as I passed through New Mexico and through Nevada. I was close to both blast sites, which I just now realized.

Here is an interesting link I found:

http://www.enolagay509th.com/manhat.htm

There was a book written and long ago out of print called 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 Pssssst, about the New Mexico tests.
 

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... Look at the sloop...or whatever it is. I wished for a zoom lens.

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It is impossible to tell for sure. She could be a yawl, but probably a ketch.

Her profile proportions are very similar to Caroline's. Caroline is a Bermuda ketch cutter, and I think your green boat is probably the same.

A yawl carries it's mizzen mast behind the rudder post. A ketch carries it's mizzen mast ahead of the rudder post. Judging by the distance the mizzen is from the transom I'd guess she is a ketch unless she has an unusually deep fin or bulb keel, which is not uncommon in that area because the rivers (other than the sandbars at the mouths of some rivers) and bays tend to be deep, almost like fiords in some places. On the other hand, if her bottom is shoal-draft, she would definately be a ketch with that mast placement. Her sailplan is short relative to her length, which would indicate she does not have a super deep keel, but the short sail plan could be intended to reduce working loads on the lines making sail handling easier for the crew. She could carry a good sail area, too, especially if she can rig a staysail above the main.

I do not see any evidence of a gaff, so I'd expect she has Bermuda main and mizzen sails, which makes her a Bermuda ketch.

I see a mainmast set well aft and two forestays, one to the sprit, one to the prow, so I'd guess she is capable of carrying a suite of fore-and-aft foresails on a reach, which would make her a Bermuda ketch cutter.

Due to the climate and prevailing sea conditions in the Pacific Northwest a midship pilothouse is common on large sailboats for safety and comfort reasons, no matter the sail plan. In other areas, yawls that size are almost always built with a centrally-located cockpit or pilot house and ketches are almost always built with aft-located cockpit or pilot house. Hence, people elsewhere than the Pacific Northwest tend to name boats by their cockpit location, not by the relative location of the rudder post and mizzen mast, though such a convention, though common, is technically incorrect.
 

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Soozy, Make the Phil the Pasta Guy take you sailing on his 32 foot sail boat.
 
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Hi Soozy:

I don't know what your schedule is, but I'll be in Seattle on Wednesday and Thursday night this week.
 
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We should drop in on Phil the pasta guy on Wednesday. I called him and he works Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.

If you need a bike while you are here, I do have the geekiest girl on the campus.....
 
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Ken, good to see you! Thanks for all that. I saw that ship and thought it was almost a dead ringer for the Caroline.

So Phil is a sailor??? I wonder if I can talk him into taking me out on his boat?

We have been having a patriotic time today and will be going to fireworks on Commencement Bay in Tacoma tonight.

Pictures later.
 
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Ketch would be accurate. I spoke too soon. Yes, I have been around a lot of boats. Spent my youth (nine years) in the Navy. I love sailboats and the ocean. Yeah I know, not much of either in the Texas Panhandle.
 

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Ken, good to see you! Thanks for all that. I saw that ship and thought it was almost a dead ringer for the Caroline.

So Phil is a sailor??? I wonder if I can talk him into taking me out on his boat?

We have been having a patriotic time today and will be going to fireworks on Commencement Bay in Tacoma tonight.

Pictures later.
Go sailing if you get a chance. Be sure to take some Dramamin before boarding, and keep up with it while aboard.

Only the sail plans are similar. Topsides and layout are very different. Hull shape is also very different. Caroline had a cockpit behind the mizzen, and 12 feet of her canoe stern removed before I bought her. Her current owner, a girl's boarding prep school in Maine, has restored her original lines. She is 60 feet with a canoe hull with a deep bulb keel and a counter-balanced rudder. I have sailed her once since she was restored and she is much more kindly in a following sea.

I'll go back to lurking now. Peace be with you.
 

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Late to the thread, but this...

The sound they make...how can I describe it? Let's see. I laid in the tub and the small of my back created suction which stuck it to the tub. When I yanked it loose, that sound resembled the voice of one of these uttering one syllable.
has got to be one of the funniest things I have read in a LONG time!! :rofl:

Sometimes the universe just opens up for you. I understand it is not because you have been good, or because you have paid it forward, or because you deserve it. It just happens.
True, just as sometimes it can close down on you for no particular reason. Nothing to do but keep on keeping on...

Great report! I look forward to more :thumb:
 
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Thanks, Scott!

July 4, 2009

Carla does web pages, graphics design work, and animation for people. She is working on a page for the Retirement village called Patriot's Landing and she needed pictures of a big event they held today, so we joined them. This facility is primarily for military retirees.

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First event, there was a halo jump (jump high, pull chute low). Three military men jumped in and carried a flag.

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The entire Declaration of Independence was read. I don't know that I had ever actually read or heard the whole thing. Here is a link if you haven't read it:

http://www.ushistory.org/declaration/document/index.htm

Following the reading, men from each branch of the military raised their flag, then the US flag was raised.

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Uncle Napolean Sam

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Following the ceremony, the community shared a massive meal and had quite a picnic party with carriage rides, artists, dunking booth, and a dog show.

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I love this one.

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If I smelled as good as these burgers, I would have a boyfriend.

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As I watched the fish, lovely folks stopped to talk and tell stories.

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As the evening approached , we headed to Commencement Bay to watch the fireworks. It was a cool beautiful night.

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CJ finally made an appearance. He and Elliot are twins.

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Finally...Galluping Gertie on her opening day

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Soozy:RE: no boyfriend--------You are mistaken. You have MANY boyfriends on TWT,maybe just not "THE" boyfriend
place happy-face here
 
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Had a really quiet and relaxing day. Started with church and naps and reading and ended with sunset over Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains.

Got Johnny to ride the scooter!

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It was a gorgeous day to go to Pike's Market, so we did!

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The very first StarBucks

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It is a VERY busy place.

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And of course the fish were flying! It was so hard to catch one with this camera.

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There were flower shops all over the place, but this one dyes roses purple and blue.

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Eclectic artists...

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And lots of bikes and scooters.

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Elliot has the pose perfected.

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The Wall of Gum, folks. Yes I said The Wall of Gum.

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The ceiling of the elevator.

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We took a stroll through the Seattle Aquarium and saw creatures we could touch.

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This is a picture of some of the things a whale eats. What amazed me was the organization of this piece of life.

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Jellyfish with fun backlighting.

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And so many more.

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I hit the button too soon...here are more pictures.

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On our way out we found Phil the Pasta Guy!

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Phil wants to go to Olympia Friday and drive some little boats...so there you have him folks...Date number 17!

Phil helped us choose pastas and we are now preparing a dinner consisting of grilled salmon, brussels sprouts, lemon basil fettucine pasta, lovely bread, and cobbler with fresh peaches.

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yum!
 
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Sooz, it looks as if you are having a great time. I wish I was there and wish you were here. Maybe we can ride again together someday
 
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Took a little tour of my brother's work place today. It is a little place I amsure you have never heard of. Microsoft. It is huge and these are just shots near where I stood.

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Here are the great minds which founded it.

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I could smell GEEK in the air and I don't mind saying I was just a little bit excited by the IQ vibes floating all about.

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Here is one of the cafeterias.

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We met Dimitri who has a GYPSY dancer wife! For some of you who are aware of my secret pursuit of gypsies...YES they do exist!

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John works mostly with the VidLab, so here is his daytime home.

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And the museum...

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I didn't know you were cruising so far north! I guess Joe had enough of you last summer, so you went to hang out with John. Next year, maybe you can travel all the way to see Jim!!! hahahaha!

Hi Ken H, if you are still lurking.

Can you believe that I forgot to post a link for my first worldwide live radio broadcast? Too much on my mind. The webcast archives will be up in a few days, so I'll post that, for all of you who wish to see what Soozy created.

Looking at all the gorgeous photos of you on your trip makes me miss you all the more. But you better step up your dating rate, you haven't even made it halfway to 50!

I love the pix of the sea mammals - otters are my favs! Bring me one home, please. See, I don't want one of those silly little tiny cars, I just want a pet seal or sea lion.

Stay cool, don't let the U turns make ya dizzy.

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I have been here for a week and I had not ridden the scooter. I studied the maps and gassed up the scoot, checked the tires and oil. I wanted to make sure I could find Rich's hotel and the restaurant Carla suggested. Rich Simmons had posted that he was going to be in Seattle on business, so we formed a plan to have dinner while he is here. He said he didn't intend to become one of my %$#!**## dates, but it just worked out that way. Yup folks that is number 18! And thank you Linda for the loaner!

Anyway, I rode around and ended up in downtown Seattle in search of the Freemont Troll under the bridge.

Here are giant gears I found.

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And the scary scary troll whose hand is holding a VW.

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There is a statue of Lennin in Freemont too, but I didn't get a picture of it, so here is a closer picture of the troll. You have to answer a Troll's question to pass. He asked me to marry him and I said 'no.' About ten minutes later I dropped my bike. I guess it was the wrong answer.

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I dropped the bike, but I didn't drop me. Before I could try that bike lifting technique I have seen on the net, two guys were on either side of me and I was on my way. Seattle is so cool. :mrgreen:

I found my way to Rich's $16 dollars to park here hotel parking lot and drove around the barricade to park for free at the suggestion of a valet there. I was switching from gear to a skirt and sandals and up drove Rich. We made it to West Seattle to Salty's. Here is what you see from the road.

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We opted for the outside deck seating and had a stunning view of the city across Puget Sound!

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Wonderful food!

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A nosey hilarious neighbor. His first line was, "Mangoes are the fruit of love. Wherever there are women, mangoes."

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As we shared dinner and conversation, the view was changing. We saw ships pass..

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Ferrys...

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The city...

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Dozens of sailboats...

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It was a great time!

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Thanks Rich!
 
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I didn't know you were cruising so far north! I guess Joe had enough of you last summer, so you went to hang out with John. Next year, maybe you can travel all the way to see Jim!!! hahahaha!

Hi Ken H, if you are still lurking.

Can you believe that I forgot to post a link for my first worldwide live radio broadcast? Too much on my mind. The webcast archives will be up in a few days, so I'll post that, for all of you who wish to see what Soozy created.

Looking at all the gorgeous photos of you on your trip makes me miss you all the more. But you better step up your dating rate, you haven't even made it halfway to 50!

I love the pix of the sea mammals - otters are my favs! Bring me one home, please. See, I don't want one of those silly little tiny cars, I just want a pet seal or sea lion.

Stay cool, don't let the U turns make ya dizzy.

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I am waiting to hear you guys sing! The only thing I created were those MC Hammer purple satin pants I sewed for you. I will try and figure a way to get you an otter, or a sea lion, or maybe an elephant seal. I know my trunk holds water without leaking because it held a whole bottle of syrup without leaking. I just didn't want to remove the big screen tv and the stripper pole from the basement to make more room.

Hahaha! The trip to see Jim is 5 miles. I may need a 3 day weekend for that.
 
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Thanks again for sharing Soozy, it's a treat to tag along!
 

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Rich is improving in his choice of dinning locatons and partners. This is who he usually eats with.

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Today is the opening of Kent Cornucopia Days and CJ is involved in a dance/play. I was excited to get to see him in his new passion...dance.

The town center has a great water space for kids and kidlike adults. I was pretty much fascinated with the large marble ball that is completely supported on the water flowing around it. It turns slowly even when kids are not moving it.

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The play was cute and it was so good to see CJ put everything into his art.

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Soozy;
I am really jealous of your trip! :clap: Did you or are you going to get to see the old Howard Hughes "Spruce Goose" when in the Portland area? It's actually in a museum in McMinville, OR. Really a don't miss sight!
I'm sure that you'll have lots to tell us when you come to the Twisted Sister's II ride in October!
 
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Sea Fair is a month long happening for the Seattle area. It was kicked off today with the landing of the Pirates. ARRRRRRR!!

As we arrived, there were several boats circling, flying Jolly Rodgers, and shooting cannons.

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Way off in the distance this appeared.

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This is the Lady Washington, which was used as the boat in Pirates of the Carribean. A second deck was computer graphically added to it for the movie.

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Then the PIRATES landed! Which was pretty funny when the transport ran aground some distance form the shore. The Pirates were all yelling like pirates juiced up to disembark. Then they stood there looking at the cold water and the RRRR's turned to AAARRRGGGHH! I still think the guys in the back pushed the guys in the front.

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RRRR!!!!
 
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[ And really! Can someone tell me what this means?? I have seen this man for 2 days holding this sign.

He probably thinks it's all a conspiracy---- :giveup:
 
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He probably took too many non-transportation trips in the "60's".:eek2:

Now he's envisioning the Fairy Tails from his childhood as reality stories.

:giveup:

Poor Guy!
 
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And really! Can someone tell me what this means?? I have seen this man for 2 days holding this sign.

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He doesn't believe that Humpty was just clumsy and fell on his own. It was a wetwork. Mr. Dumpty owed Mr. Taliafarro money. So it was made to look like an accident. It was easy, what with his inner ear problem and alcoholism.
 
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Today we visited the dark and sordid underground of Seattle. That was fun to learn of the craziness of the founding folks of this town...I mean city.

I bought the book called Sons of the Profits that tells of the MORE than interesting roots and underhanded happenings.

The underground formed after the big fire of 1889, which burned down 32 blocks of the city. The city decided they needed to raise all of the streets up a story higher because of tide and drainage and sewage problems. So it took years for the city to build vertical walls down both sides of the street (every street) and fill them. The scene is likened to a pancake being turned into a waffle, with each city block being inside the dimples, and the roads being the ridges. Business owners could not wait for this construction to be completed and went on to rebuild in the dimples. This created high streets and low sidewalks. There was no way to cross a street, so wooden ladders were set up on the walls to the streets. You climb up one and down another to cross the street. After many years, new raised side walks were built at the street edges and to the second floors of all the buildings. Now there was a whole world underneath that is still there today.

There were many ...let us call them seamstresses, who would happily hem men's pants for a fee (if you know what I mean). The taxes on these businesses contributed 87% of Seattle's income in those days!

Here are some pictures of the underground and some of the buildings above that world.

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This street is a floor above the original street.

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The wall is the side of the new street.

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The structure to support the 'new' sidewalks is arches of brick and steel beams. This is the underground view.

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To light the underground, they used glass skylights. And yes, the skylights are walked on to this day on the sidewalks. THAT is a whole other sordid story from the days of the "seamstresses". There was a group of men who spent time watching skylights from underground, and a group of women who spent time walking on them above. Many had their prices written on the soles of their shoes.

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Lovely!

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A piece of the wooden sewer line.

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And stuff.

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One of the early shoe stores which I think became Nordstrom's.

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A totem pole was stolen from a tribe and erected here. It burned at some point so the tribe was contacted to make a new one. They said 'Sure! $5,000." Seattle paid it. When the check cleared the tribe sent this word, "Thank you for paying for the original totem, and a new one will be $5,000." Seattle paid it again.

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There is a story of a pair of men who bought side by side properties. One man started erecting a building and finished it. A day later, his neighbor informed him that he built six inches over the property line and should sell him the completed building to solve the problem. Instead the builder carefully removed bricks and shortened the building. When he finished, the neighbor/scammer gave up and built his own building sharing the wall of the first building. When HE finished, the first guy informed him that when he corrected his early mistake, he moved his building's wall back 12 inches. Now the scammer/neighbor was 6 inches over the property line himself!
Guess who ended up with both buildings?

There are stories about toilet geysers because tides and flushing schedules often did not mix. Toilets were raised higher than the floors to help with this problem.

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This was the tallest building west of the Mississippi in its day.

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Dark and scary, there are many ghost sightings reported through this section.

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The er... seamstresses. One is a cross stitcher.

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And here is the best plastic surgeon in town...

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I had my first Starbuck's coffee today, very close to the Starbuck's mothership. I LIKED it!!! It was in the 60's today and chilly. Sorry guys...just the truth. I learned that there are over 400 Starbucks in the city.

Here are a few fun signs.

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