Thursday, January 30, 2014

Pacific Northwest Trip June 2013 Day 7 Saturday June 22

This is the sixth of a series of posts dealing with my tenth and most recent trip to Seattle as adult. I’ve made minor corrections to these reports.  What few updates there are indicated by NOW in brackets.

Minor editing to fix typos/incorrect names.

One woman in my room nonchalantly changed out of her pants with the lights on last night. Probably good prep for what was to come this morning.

In the morning I walked to Pike Place Market and saw Rachel the giant piggy bank.  I also visited Target.  Heading towards the Bell Street Bridge I discovered, much to my shock, goals penned in below the freeway ramp at Elliott & Blanchard.  I walked along the Bell Street Bridge though the observation area ion the other side was locked due to a tour.  I returned to the hostel for breakfast.

I walked to Westlake Station and took the 72 bus (all busses this day Metro Transit) to the University of Washington, where I saw Drumheller Fountain. I walked to the nearby University Village, where I saw a couple of smaller fountains: Water Frolic (frogs & turtles), Water Break (turtles & birds), a couple of animal statues, and the Stonehenge Fountain.

I walked to the shopping area of the University District and visited Bulldog News, University Bookstore, Half Price Books (bought some DVDs; the dealer noticed that one was missing a disc before ringing it through so I passed on that one obviously), Cinema Books, Neptune Music (more DVDs), Scarecrow Video (got a bunch of DVDs on sale).  I skipped a few stores in the interest of time, taking the 44 bus to NW Market & 8th. I visited a branch there of Rain City Video. I'd passed it before a number of times but failed to notice it because it was attacked to a Shell station. I decided to move Ballard to tomorrow to take in more of the Fremont Fair in that district.

Aside from hundreds of market tents, saw the usual plant dinosaurs (more full green than usual), Fremont Rocket, Lenin (some of the crowd had put some political party slogans on it), Center of the Universe signpost, Jive Time Records, Ophelia Books (pet the cat), Fremont Troll, JP Patches & Gertrude: Late for the Interurban statue (the memorial stuff was now gone), Waiting for the Interurban statue.

I wandered to the start of the parade route. One bodypainted woman walked naked the other direction, probably one of the cyclists.  That's actually the highlight of the parade, albeit an unofficial part: it always starts with nude bikers.  Bikers included lots of people painted as superheroes, many painted as animals, some as death imagery.  About half and half in terms of gender,  and about half or more the women were full naked, not just topless.  One guy had a woman dressed as a tiger wheeled in a cage, no doubt an animal rights statement.

In terms of the non-biker parts of the parade, truth to tell, not much to say: I knew the festivities were continuing at Gas Works Park nearby in Wallingford, and those festivities interested me more than the parade, so I skipped the parade proper: you can see usual parade stuff a few times a year; I wanted to the stuff you don't get to see everyday. I can tell you there was an Uncle Sam in the parade though.

At the park it was pretty much anything goes in terms of dress; lots of photographers too. Some of the bikers used Lake Union there to wash off the paint. Technically you're not supposed to go in the other there but the police were hardly going to stop them today. There was a special beer section. Lots of live music playing at different locations and different times. Some danced to the music.

Hours later I decided to head back. The busses were running late due to the detours and traffic. Finally took the 32 to Dick's Drive-In near Seattle Center. I ordered fries, a Coke, and a shake. No burgers because they call come with mustard or diced pickles (mandatory).

I made it to the International Fountain just as it was shutting down for the day, but did manage a few spray shots at least.

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