Seen around town – West Seattle Blog… http://westseattleblog.com West Seattle news, 24/7 Sun, 18 Feb 2018 04:04:26 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.4 Green pigs pop up at Alki and elsewhere in Seattle: Turns out to be guerrilla advertising http://westseattleblog.com/2018/02/green-pigs-pop-up-at-alki-and-elsewhere-in-seattle-turns-out-to-be-guerrilla-advertising/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/02/green-pigs-pop-up-at-alki-and-elsewhere-in-seattle-turns-out-to-be-guerrilla-advertising/#comments Tue, 13 Feb 2018 17:42:25 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=908804

Thanks to Al for the photo – Alki is one of the spots around Seattle where green pigs like those have suddenly popped up. Given the location, we first called Seattle Parks to see if the pigs were some sort of authorized art; nope, no one had asked permission to place them there, and Parks was working to track down who had, before having to spend crew time to take them down. They had heard of sightings elsewhere in the city, so next we went to Reddit‘s SeattleWA subreddit – and indeed, someone elsewhere in Seattle had already solved the puzzle: A real-estate company that has done this elsewhere.

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WEST SEATTLE SCENE: Sign of the times? http://westseattleblog.com/2018/01/west-seattle-scene-sign-of-the-times/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/01/west-seattle-scene-sign-of-the-times/#comments Fri, 19 Jan 2018 23:51:21 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=906676 We all know development is happening at a fast pace. And in some cases, it’s a bit repetitive – in the 5200 block of California SW, four side-by-side parcels are proposed for nine townhouses each. And we just noticed one parcel has this sign:

(Our favorite reaction on Twitter, where we shared this a little bit earlier: “When templates attack!”)

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READER REPORT: Lose your law books? http://westseattleblog.com/2017/12/reader-report-lose-your-law-books/ Fri, 29 Dec 2017 22:27:52 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=904916

Do those books look familiar? Lost? Stolen and dumped? Or? Joy sent the photo, noting, “These books were in Bay 2 shelter at Junction” when she was there late this morning. We just drove by a few minutes ago and they are still there, on the bench in the covered shelter on the south side of SW Alaska just west of California SW.

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From the ‘in case you wondered too’ file: The flag-bearing marchers http://westseattleblog.com/2017/12/from-the-in-case-you-wondered-too-file-the-flag-bearing-marchers/ http://westseattleblog.com/2017/12/from-the-in-case-you-wondered-too-file-the-flag-bearing-marchers/#comments Sat, 02 Dec 2017 20:14:50 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=902560

Several people asked us about a group seen “marching” northbound on California, through The Junction and beyond, this morning, carrying a flag and some wearing what at least two observers perceived as military-style garb. One person caught the photo shown above. We caught up with the group north of The Junction; when asked what they were about, they directed us to goruck.com. In addition to selling rucksacks and other gear, the company organizes/facilitates teambuilding-type long-distance walks; its founders include a former Green Beret, and some of its event raise money for the Green Beret Foundation. Thanks again for the tips – on many things, so far today! – 206-293-6302 any time of any day/night.

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MISSING AN ORANGE BICYCLE? Maybe one of these is yours http://westseattleblog.com/2017/10/missing-an-orange-bicycle-maybe-one-of-these-is-yours/ http://westseattleblog.com/2017/10/missing-an-orange-bicycle-maybe-one-of-these-is-yours/#comments Tue, 03 Oct 2017 00:02:32 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=896594 From the WSB inbox today – two photos of bicycles that appear to be abandoned, both orange. This one, in The Triangle:

This one, off Harbor Avenue SW:

If either one is potentially yours, let us know.

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WEST SEATTLE SCENE: What the Admiral District film/video crew is doing http://westseattleblog.com/2017/09/west-seattle-scene-what-the-admiral-district-filmvideo-crew-is-doing/ Wed, 27 Sep 2017 18:04:58 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=896103 (WSB photo)

Thanks to everybody who texted/e-mailed to let us know about that film/video crew at 46th SW & SW Stevens in the Admiral District. We went over to find out what they’re working on. It’s a TV commercial, according to the production-company manager who spoke to our photographer, and that’s all he said he could tell us, along with noting that they’re only expecting to be there through mid-to-late afternoon today.

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CRIME WATCH: Stolen and dumped? Seen in Gatewood http://westseattleblog.com/2017/09/crime-watch-stolen-and-dumped-seen-in-gatewood/ http://westseattleblog.com/2017/09/crime-watch-stolen-and-dumped-seen-in-gatewood/#comments Wed, 27 Sep 2017 02:17:37 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=896061

The photos are from Keith, who spotted “what appears to be a dumped CD portfolio” while walking his dog in Gatewood: “Further inspection shows the CD carrier has been repurposed to house technical information. This was likely stolen from a truck and discarded. I bet the owner would love to get it back.”

If you recognize these, let us know and we’ll connect you.

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WEST SEATTLE SCENE: Leavenworth by the bay http://westseattleblog.com/2017/08/west-seattle-scene-leavenworth-by-the-bay/ Fri, 25 Aug 2017 23:25:03 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=893016

The photo is from Lynn Hall, who says the performance at Anchor Park is/was a promotion for Leavenworth. Given that liederhosen and mountain goats are not usual sights around here, we will take her word for it. Maybe we can set up an exchange program and offer them … a standup paddleboarder bearing fish ‘n’ chips?

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WEST SEATTLE SCENE: Proposal in the sky over Alki http://westseattleblog.com/2017/07/west-seattle-scene-proposal-in-the-sky-over-alki/ http://westseattleblog.com/2017/07/west-seattle-scene-proposal-in-the-sky-over-alki/#comments Tue, 04 Jul 2017 04:06:16 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=887729

9:08 PM MONDAY: Thanks to Jim Borrow for the photos (and also thanks to the person who texted a view that we tweeted earlier) – this was seen over Alki around 7 pm.

And so we’re wondering, did Sheila say yes?

P.S. Last airborne Alki proposal we featured was five years ago.

TUESDAY MORNING: See the comment section for Sheila’s answer (and more)!

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VIDEO: Mystery object seen from Alki, ‘falling’ at sunset – likely a contrail http://westseattleblog.com/2017/06/video-mystery-object-seen-from-alki-falling-at-sunset/ http://westseattleblog.com/2017/06/video-mystery-object-seen-from-alki-falling-at-sunset/#comments Tue, 06 Jun 2017 04:31:24 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=885126

9:31 PM: Don’t know yet what this was but we’ve received multiple reports, including the text that had the video attached, as seen from Alki Avenue SW. Help us sleuth it! We’ll add whatever we turn up.

9:57 PM: One commenter points to the possibility it was just a contrail. Haven’t found any meteor or rocket reports so that just might be it; still looking just in case.

11:10 PM: Our favorite expert skywatcher Alice Enevoldsen believes it’s a contrail. She writes:

tl;dr–In my expert opinion: contrail.

Longer answer: of course I don’t know for absolutely certain, who could possibly know that, besides the pilot? So let’s run through the main reasonable possibilities.

Space Junk Reentry
As mentioned by the viewers of the video (yay! thank you!) it could be space junk, right? You’re absolutely correct, there’s space junk burning up in our atmosphere all the time. That bright second half of the line sure looks like fire too. The speed is wrong though. Most reentries go a similar speed, since they’re stuff entering our atmosphere from orbit. Controlled reentries have a slightly different speed than uncontrolled ones, but they all tend to be a good bit faster than this is moving.
Here’s a gif of a satellite going about twice as fast as usual.

Meteor
Again, the speed is wrong. Meteors go much faster, they’re also known as shooting stars. When your friend says “look! A shooting star!” by the time you look, it’s gone. The Chelyabinsk meteor seemed to go a bit slower, because it was huge (as average meteors go) and therefore got deeper into our atmosphere than most. Here’s a gif of a meteor, going about normal speed.

Comet
From our point of view looking at the sky on a given day, comets don’t move.

Contrail
For something long, thin, and cloud-like the first direction to examine is a contrail. The speed of the object is correct for an airplane moving out of our field of view. Also, the direction works, because this “downward” path is consistent with a plane travelling west and eventually disappearing over the horizon. We still have some questions: why do we see it go so far down, and why is the contrail two colors: dark and “fire”?”

Both colors can be explained by the direction of travel and the time. This is around sunset. The end of the plane’s contrail is in the evening sky, in a position that is after sunset and therefore in the Earth’s shadow. The plane’s current position is in sunlight, but as it is sunset, the position is brightly lit with all the colors of the sunset. It is brighter than the clouds it appears near, because it is higher than them and therefore in brighter sunlight than them.

It is potentially possible that the lighting of this contrail makes it so we can see the plane and it’s contrail longer than usual, contributing to the “straight down” appearance of the trail. I’m not certain of that explanation for this part. It could also be as simple as observation bias: this one is so cool, we don’t remember other contrails going this direction.

–Alice Enevoldsen
Alice’s AstroInfo

P.S. Details soon on Alice’s summer-solstice sunset watch!

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FLYOVER: Military Appreciation Day @ Sounders FC http://westseattleblog.com/2017/05/flyover-military-appreciation-day-sounders-fc/ http://westseattleblog.com/2017/05/flyover-military-appreciation-day-sounders-fc/#comments Sat, 20 May 2017 20:36:11 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=883406 Texter noted military aircraft in the area. Looks like it’s for Military Appreciation Day at the Sounders FC match vs. Salt Lake, 2 pm, with pregame ceremonies scheduled to include U.S. Navy EA-18G Growlers from Whidbey Island’s VAQ-129 Squadron.

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West Seattle scene: Flamingo-flocking fundraiser http://westseattleblog.com/2017/04/west-seattle-scene-flamingo-flocking-fundraiser/ http://westseattleblog.com/2017/04/west-seattle-scene-flamingo-flocking-fundraiser/#comments Sun, 30 Apr 2017 23:58:50 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=881450

“D in West Seattle” sent that photo this week after the flamingo flock turned up outside a neighbor’s house. It’s been a few years since the peak of the flamingo-flocking fad, and D wondered what we might have heard about who’s doing this right now (and why). The sign in the photo was a big hint – we found contact info online for the West Seattle branch of Young Life, a faith-based organization, and area director Alison Bray answered our inquiry: They’re flocking through July as a fundraiser, $50, West Seattle/White Center area only: “All donations help local middle-school and high-school students attend camp this summer.” If you’re interested, you can contact Alison – alisonb.yl@gmail.com.

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West Seattle weekend scene: Another film crew http://westseattleblog.com/2017/04/west-seattle-weekend-scene-another-film-crew/ http://westseattleblog.com/2017/04/west-seattle-weekend-scene-another-film-crew/#comments Mon, 24 Apr 2017 02:20:38 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=880872

Friday, a commercial in Sunrise Heights; this weekend, a short film along Beach Drive. We saw the trucks and equipment late today outside a waterfront complex south of Constellation Park and stopped by to inquire; they just said the shoot is for a “short film” and they will be done this evening. Subsequently combing various corners of the internet, we turned up a production-help-wanted listing mentioning a West Seattle shoot this weekend for an independent short film called “Victory“; cross-referencing that to an audition call, the plot summary is: “Our film catapults the viewer into the last fifteen minutes of the story of a mysterious insurgency group trying to do something about a chain-reaction holocaust.” We’ll make a note to watch for it when it’s done.

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EASTER SUNDAY SCENES: Giving, worshiping, shining http://westseattleblog.com/2017/04/easter-sunday-scenes-giving-worshiping-shining/ http://westseattleblog.com/2017/04/easter-sunday-scenes-giving-worshiping-shining/#comments Sun, 16 Apr 2017 23:22:07 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=880211 Three Easter Sunday scenes from around our area:

GIVING: Courtney e-mailed to let us how her brother, sister-in-law, and their children (photo above) spent their Easter morning – traveling around the area to give food and other life necessities to unsheltered people on the street. “I was so very touched by his heartwarming idea he just woke up with this morning,” she said.

WORSHIPING: Ann Anderson shared the photo above from the annual Alki Beach sunrise service coordinated by Admiral UCC, Alki UCC, and Fauntleroy UCC, one of West Seattle’s two annual Easter Sunday sunrise services.

SHINING: Ann also shared that photo of the sunrise itself, from Duwamish Head.

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UPDATE: About the aircraft noise = Mariners’ home-opener flyover http://westseattleblog.com/2017/04/about-the-aircraft-noise/ http://westseattleblog.com/2017/04/about-the-aircraft-noise/#comments Mon, 10 Apr 2017 20:32:01 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=879643 1:32 PM: We’re getting a flurry of questions about loud jets. Checked the flight tracker – they’re all commercial jets, to/from Sea-Tac Airport. So we’ll be checking with the airport next to see if anything unusual’s happening – might just be an abrupt weather change – we’ll update if we find out more.

1:36 PM: A caller points out there are military jets in the area too. Still checking.

1:40 PM: Sorry we hadn’t heard about this in advance: Military flyover for the Mariners‘ home opener (which has the odd start time of 2:10 pm, as we noted in today’s morning traffic report). That would tend to divert commercial traffic for a while, as when the Blue Angels are flying, for example.

2:27 PM: Mariners spokesperson Rebecca Hale replies, “We did inform media this morning of the possibility of the fly-over. As it was weather dependent, we weren’t sure it was going to happen until the last minute.” Of the many media lists WSB is on, somehow we weren’t on the M’s list, but we’re fixing that.

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