West Seattle, Washington
Thanks again to beach blogger Cathy Woo for the tip about artist Thom Ross working for a while on Alki today; by the time we got down for photos at midafternoon, he was about to pack it up — reader Tim’s comment on our original post has more details on why. The figures are made from plywood, which Ross has used for other memorable displays.
Banner today on a house along Cali south of Morgan Junction:
Someone in Florida who clearly has ties to Seattle includes descriptions of our city’s neighborhoods in this blogpost today, describing West Seattle as the essence of “old Seattle.” Though we still love WS fiercely and cherish its unique charms, we wonder if that atmosphere isn’t eroding a bit with the building boom, among other things. P.S. When you want to wallow in a little nostalgia for the bonafide “old Seattle,” check out the excellent new local-history blog, Vintage Seattle.
–Forecast: Still calling for sun Monday afternoon
-Forgot your margarita/daiquiri ingredients? List of liquor stores open Sunday (none in WS but one in Burien)
-Fresh corn 5 ears for 2 bucks @ Tony’s (per signboard along 35th)
-Misty Isle beef back ribs $2.59/pound @ Thriftway (per weekly-specials ad)
-Macrina brioche buns (for burgers or whatever), 4-pak for $2.99 @ Metro Market (per weekly-specials ad)
-New picnic table/grill area in the grassy meadow north of Colman Pool @ Lincoln Park:
It’s listed in our weekend roundup but seems to be worth a standalone mention in case you happen to pass the American Legion Hall on the east end of The Junction tomorrow afternoon and wonder what’s up — tomorrow is the third and final day of the first-ever Rainfest; day 1 was at the Legion Hall too, day 2 was in Parkland. Guess you could call this the anti-Folklife, if it becomes a M-Day Weekend staple.
First it’s up a bit, then it’s down a bit, then it’s up a bit: West Seattle’s lowest posted price for regular is back up two cents — Delridge Arco (near Home Depot), now back to $3.31/gallon. This is a dime below the daily statewide average as tracked by AAA, but 15 cents higher than this day last year.
Assuming we GET some sun — Monday afternoon looks the most promising — in case you hadn’t noticed, recreational rentals are booming along our best-known beach. We got nice sun-splashed photos recently of Wheel Fun Rentals (first photo), which popped up this season next to Coastal, and Alki Rental Shack with kayaks (second photo) and more, at Seacrest.
-Remember our West Seattle Cams page
-Ferry schedules here
-State highway traffic alerts here
–Memorial Day “driving tips” from WSDOT
–Real-time flight info for anything going through Sea-Tac Airport
–National Weather Service forecasts for all of Western Washington
(IF GOOGLE IS BRINGING YOU HERE – THIS IS A 2007 POST – OUR MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND EVENTS LIST FOR 2008 CAN BE FOUND HERE.)
The 3-day weekend’s almost here, so let’s just call it a 4-day weekend and get rolling already, shall we? The list is shorter than usual since it’s assumed many people are leaving town, but if you’re staying here in fabulous WS, there’s plenty, including one of Kenyon Hall’s occasional extravaganzas, a barbecue demo, and more — just a click away:
There’s now a date set for a road closure that will mean months of detouring for people who use Sylvan Way/SW Morgan to get between 35th and Delridge:Ã‚Â The closureÃ‚Â starts June 18 and is expected to last through mid-September. It’s happening for underground utility work related to all the housing construction in the area; an open house is planned one week ahead of time to help make sure everyone has the info they need to get through the shutdown. This city press release has more info on the exact shutdown zone as well as detour plans.
Tough month for Mayor Nickels. First he lost his father — now he has to deal with reports that his son has been indicted for alleged casino cheating. FRIDAY EARLY AM UPDATE: Citizen Rain (new local blog aggregator) has a link to Jake Nickels’ MySpace. (The cached version seems more interesting.)
What many of us saw this morning was indeed, as some guessed, a training exercise: “Multi-agency escort training for traffic units,” according to the police department, further explaining that this sort of training is vital because motorcades for dignitaries can be dangerous, and practicing with other agencies helps troubleshoot any communication issues that might arise during “the real thing.”
We’ve received a few notes about this and happened to see it ourselves (but couldn’t whip out the camera fast enough) — massive police motorcade along Alki about an hour ago, motorcycles as well as cars — will let you know if/when we find out what that was all about!