West Seattle, Washington
Thanks to Karen Derby for the photo from another event in The Admiral District tonight – the West Seattle Motorcycle Club‘s monthly ride-in at Pizzeria 22. She reports “a good turnout,” adding, “Hopefully next month will bring even more folks and more variety of bikes.” If you’re an interested rider, next month’s ride-in is Tuesday, August 9th. (It’s a standing listing in the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar, as are meetings of other clubs that are open to new participants/members – e-mail us at email@example.com if you’re interested in adding yours.)
12:57 PM: One surprise so far today: A GoodYear Blimp flyby:
Thanks to everybody who texted and sent photos! We were at Hamilton Viewpoint Park, covering post-West Seattle 4th of July Kids’ Parade festivities, when someone texted that the blimp had flown over Burien and was headed this way; minutes later, we spotted it over Elliott Bay. While the GoodYear Blimp website includes a comprehensive schedule, it doesn’t mention a Seattle stop during its current Northwest visit – via Twitter, we see it was in Chehalis last night.
GoodYear actually has more than one blimp – this one is the semi-recently-moved-to-California Spirit of Innovation, 10 years old and due to be retired next year.
P.S. If you want to check on its whereabouts, use your favorite flight tracker and look for N4A. We’re seeing it near Whidbey Island right now.
ADDED 1:51 PM: One more photo – while reviewing our photographer’s images from the Colman Pool 75th-anniversary party, we noticed the blimp was overhead while members of the Sears family – longtime pool operators – were at centerstage:
(A separate story about the pool celebration is coming up.)
‘PEACE TO ORLANDO AND EVERYWHERE’: On a fence in West Seattle, photographed by a reader:
BANNER PLANNED: In a comment on our earlier report of the mayor’s statement about the Orlando massacre, Sam announced plans for a support banner at Alki Statue of Liberty around 3:30 pm this afternoon.
Artists, music, barbecue, and drinks, outside Ola and Duos in the 2900 block of SW Avalon Way, until 4 pm.
ADDED 3:15 PM: A card and flowers are outside OutWest Bar (California/Brandon).
Final words for tonight:
5:04 PM: We’ve been getting questions about an Alaska Airlines jet flying over West Seattle, accompanied by a smaller plane. It’s a “photo flight,” we’re told via Twitter.
— Woodys Aeroimages (@woody2190) April 1, 2016
5:16 PM: Added a photo texted by James Tilley, atop this story – thank you!
5:36 PM: And one more photo from James, above – plus, below, Woody’s Aeroimages gave us permission to republish its tweeted photo of the two planes’ takeoff:
— Woodys Aeroimages (@woody2190) April 2, 2016
Alaska Airlines unveiled its updated look two months ago.
“Give Peeps a chance!” Thanks to Sandy for the photos of Peeps creations on display in Fairmount. Not sure if they’re still out in all their glory now that the rain’s back, but they were delighting passersby on Saturday, including Sacha‘s “Peep-a-pult”:
We spotted that row of “No Parking” signs, from Luna Park eastward to Duwamish Head, this afternoon, and took a closer look. Any time you see a series of signs like that, some of them are supposed to have explanatory information attached, and once we found those infosheets, we discovered that 10 am-7 pm on Saturday, the spaces are saved for a “production shoot” by Sean Cope Pictures. We sent and left messages, and received a reply saying it will be “just plate shots for a car/lifestyle photo shoot. Very small shoot. Nobody famous, just a local shoot.” So if you see the crew on Saturday, now you know.
Thanks to Alki photographer David Hutchinson for the view of tonight’s “Snow Moon” full-moonrise, looking east to downtown, from Duwamish Head in West Seattle. Might be a nice morning moonset, a few minutes before ~7 am sunrise, per the chart you can find any time on the WSB West Seattle Weather page.
It’s a misty Valentine’s Day, but don’t let that get in the way:
FARMERS’ MARKET POETRY: That’s Douglas from Jet City Improv. Yes, he’s at the West Seattle Farmers’ Market. But no, he said, he’s not performing Shakespearean love sonnets as promoted – he’s improvising poems, just for you. With flowers.
LOVE IS IN THE AIR, AND ON THE DOOR: Two photos from Ann Anderson – first, crows at Hamilton Viewpoint:
Ann says the couple are residents there, and that crows, in general, are “courting January – March and trying to secure nesting sites by February. That means they will also begin defending them more so it’ll get noisier in the mornings soon. I love how tender they are with each other.”
Also from Ann:
She spotted the decorations on the door of a family she says is new to her neighborhood.
LOVE ON THE TRAIL: From Kim P, a sighting on the bluff trail at Lincoln Park:
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(WSB photo from this morning)
10:22 AM: The window display at Easy Street Records in The Junction actually preceded music superstar David Bowie‘s death – as did many such displays in honor of his album release and birthday last week, with his four-decade-plus career celebrated while fans had no idea he was on the brink of death. News of his passing emerged around 11:30 last night. Early today, Easy Street proprietor Matt Vaughan mused on Instagram:
“Crushing. Having a tough time w this one. There hasn’t been a day this last week that I hadn’t listened to his new record. I’ve been in a Bowie world this week and so proud of the record he just delivered. I’ve said to people in the store, staff, and my fellow Bowie heads…that I’ve never heard a record like this before, music like this before. He tested us to the very end. In listening to it, many of the lyrics seem to question his mortality, it’s a comforting record, yet other times as if he’s isolated…out on his own lil space capsule. I’ve never been a fan of one artist for this long. …”
Vaughan also mentioned meeting David Bowie at one of his Seattle performances; online tour-date histories show concerts in Seattle including 1972, 1976, 1997, and 2004, two years before his last live performance.
1:46 PM: And now there’s a marquee tribute too:
In West Seattle Crime Watch, we’ve been featuring an increasing number of “found” items that are suspected to have been stolen – from bicycles to bags – and helpful readers have gotten some of those items back to their owners. Here’s the latest discovery: Rico found that safe during his morning walk today: “At about 11:00 a.m., I saw a floor safe lying on the concrete sidewalk just south of Alki Point, opposite the old sewage treatment plant. It had been broken open. There were empty coin rolls on it and near it. The instructions to the safe were nearby.” Lose a safe? Had one stolen? Know somebody who has?
We’ve heard from several readers wondering about the lineup of RVs that turned up recently on the north side of SW Andover along the southwest side of Nucor, across the street from West Seattle Health Club. We went over for a look and counted nine parked there as of midday today. Several had orange tags on windshields or windows:
This lineup arrived concurrent with the departure of a group that had been parked under the West Seattle Bridge east of the Delridge/West Marginal Way intersection.
Questions about RVs parked on city streets have come up at recent community meetings including this one in September, when city attorney liaison Matthew York said overnight parking is not allowed and that police can issue citations. Researching further, though, we find that is not the case with city streets in industrial zones. The 72-hour rule still applies, though. So we asked the Southwest Precinct today if this is on their radar; precinct commander Capt. Pierre Davis replied that “a majority of the owners have been contacted and should be making plans to move their rigs,” while pointing out that “other social-service issues” are involved as well, and that Community Police Team officers are involved with that. He added that this is considered a city-wide issue that multi-agency teams are working on, too. The citywide program Road to Housing offers spaces in church parking lots for people living in their vehicles, though none appear to be available in West Seattle currently.
Thanks to Eddie for the tip: Cleanup work is under way at the overgrown, vandalized ex-church at 3025 SW Avalon Way. The site came up for discussion in WSB comments when we reported an early-stage 60-apartment proposal nearby. Still nothing on the books for this site, and we verified with the crew on site that they’re contractors hired for cleanup, no construction involved. (The city page for the site shows a history of complaints about its conditions in recent years.)
Just back from The Junction, where this was all happening at California/Alaska at noontime:
With the United Nations climate-change conference about to start in Paris, West Seattleites rallied in “encouragement” of climate action:
This was one of many rallies, small and large, planned for today.
Also on the southwest corner of the Walk-All-Ways intersection today: Wreath sellers from Pathfinder K-8. The school community makes and sells wreaths every year to raise money for environmental education and will be in The Junction every Sunday during the holiday season:
Just across the intersection, at the south end of the official Farmers’ Market zone, the Kiwanis Club of West Seattle was bubbling with enthusiasm about its annual Pancake Breakfast next Saturday.
Everyone’s invited to the Masonic Center (40th/Edmunds) 7 am-11 am on Saturday (December 5th) – if you don’t have tickets yet, buy yours for a discount online right now – $8 online, $10 at the door.
(Photo by John Bartell)
Thanks to everyone who shared photos of this Thanksgiving Day’s beautiful beginning. While the full moon was getting ready to set over the Olympic Mountains this morning, the sun was climbing up from behind the Cascades:
(Photo by Bryan Hendrickson)
As beautiful as Mount Rainier can be in sunrise glow, the Olympics had it beat this morning:
(Photo by David Hutchinson)
(Photo by John Hinkey)
(Photo by Chris Frankovich)
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— Hugo (@MiVidaSeattle) November 22, 2015
So just in case you wondered too, there we have it.
ADDED 1:40 PM: And the Boeing Field takeoff, tweeted by @HoldenThePilot:
(YouTube video, also by HTP, substituted at 6:25 pm; Holden flagged it as “better video”)
We’ve seen/heard a few mentions of a loud jet over West Seattle around 5 pm – turns out longtime WSB contributing photojournalist Christopher Boffoli got a photo of it. He says the jet hit the afterburners “as soon as it turned to the southeast,” adding, “It was too dark to see any markings but based on the longer, twin seat canopy and the wider wing leading edge it appeared to be an F/A-18F Super Hornet.” Some readers noticed something similar last Sunday, and we saw/heard one (which also struck us as F/A-18-esque) while walking along Duwamish Head on Veterans Day morning – tweeted about it for the record. With Boeing‘s presence here and multiple military bases, could be many explanations, but we don’t have a line on one currently.
Now that it’s October 22nd, 2015, movie fans point out, everything in “Back to the Future II” is “in the past.” 10/21/2015 is the date to which the movie’s heroes traveled, so there were special screenings nationwide on Wednesday, including one at West Seattle’s historic Admiral Theater. That’s where Sherri Chun took the photo, saying, “I ran into Marty McFly and Doc Brown tonight at Back to the Future!”
P.S. Leaping into the near future, The Admiral will be among the theaters showing “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” and if you’re still looking for early-premiere tickets for December 17th – go here.
Two photos shared by your neighbors:
That’s from Don Brubeck, who writes, “Lots of people fishing from the bridge on Spokane St. Not me – I had to keep going, riding to work.” (Don is president of West Seattle Bike Connections, which meets tonight, as noted in our daily calendar highlights.) Next, from TS:
He writes, “Just a nice coho caught off Lincoln Park on Sunday afternoon. Fun to share.” According to the state Fish and Wildlife month-by-month advice, that’s what’s peaking on inland waters this time of year.
6:16 PM: Thanks to Jeremy Smith for that photo, and we’ll likely be adding a few more. In the patch of blue sky over downtown, clearly visible from north West Seattle, a plane has been skywriting BLACK LIVES MATTER. (There might have been a previous attempt- Brian Presser had tipped us to a skywriting attempt earlier this afternoon.) More to come.
ADDED 6:46 PM: Via Twitter, @joaquinuy put together photos of all three words:
— joaquin uy (@joaquinuy) August 31, 2015
If you’ve noticed bicyclists with numbered bibs riding northbound and eastbound along the West Seattle shoreline today – they’re finishing the longest route of the cancer-research-fundraising Obliteride, its two-day, 150-mile route. Many are pausing at a rest stop at the Marshall Reserve greenspace on Duwamish Head:
Obliteride also offered 10-, 25-, 50-, and 100-mile routes, all starting from Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center (which presents and benefits from Obliteride) and finishing at Gas Works Park. The 150-mile route was the only one going through this area. In all, organizers say more than 1,000 people are participating in Obliteride this year.
Maybe you saw the flyby too – Rosie asked about it via the WSB Facebook page, almost concurrently with that photo arriving in the WSB inbox courtesy of Keefe Leung. That was the Europe-based Breitling Jet Team, which performed at Seafair last weekend, leaving around 4:45 today. Keefe reports, “They did a couple photo-op passes in formations with the downtown skyline before continuing north.” They fly seven Czech-made L-39C Albatros jets; read about the team here. Next stop: Abbotsford, British Columbia.