West Seattle, Washington
Roundabout (above) or signal, to ease the traffic woes at Highland Park Way and Holden? Not that the city has money for either, yet, but the concepts have been roughed out and we were there as SDOT’s neighborhood-traffic guru Jim Curtin talked about them at this week’s Highland Park Action Committee meeting:
More local fans! Starting with the ultimate pre-game rally, in Upper Alki:
Thanks to Barb for inviting us to her neighborhood, where members of the Seahawks’ drumline Blue Thunder played for a pregame rally a short time ago!
Yes, part of the group did go to Arizona. But others who stayed home had a few gigs like this one.
As for the neighbors – it’s not every Super Bowl Sunday you get to make some great memories BEFORE the game.
Elsewhere in West Seattle:
From the inbox, two more sets of young fans – from Manuela:
Now, a case of fan creativity: Ian sent “a photo of West Seattle’s own Michelle Heck‘s snackadium. Note the iPhone jumbotron!”
And we just found this on Instagram – @Webcami’s photo from Alki:
Oh so close to game time! Two more scenes of spirit – above, Lynn Hall spotted Seattle Fire crews in a photo-op moment at Don Armeni late this morning; below, another stunning view-above-the-clouds from Gatewood photographer/pilot Long Bach Nguyen:
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1:18 PM: Thanks to Janna for the heads-up: A crash on southbound I-5 just past the West Seattle Bridge is slowing down not only I-5 itself, but also the ramp from the bridge. If you are heading south, consider alternatives. P.S. If you want to check the status before leaving, the city’s Travelers’ Information Map has live video – go here, click “live traffic video” from the lower right, choose “Greater Duwamish” on the dropdown, and then choose the 4th/Spokane view.
1:41 PM UPDATE: The live-video feed shows the offramp and freeway moving at what looks like normal pace now.
Thanks to Heather for tweeting the photo and the news of two West Seattle entrepreneurs tying the knot – in the Super Bowl teams’ jerseys, no less: Naomi Gonzalez and Fran Dunaway, the West Seattleites who founded clothing company Tomboy Exchange in 2013, are newlyweds. Their Saturday wedding, according to a note on the Tomboy X website, was a surprise: “Everyone thought they were coming to play flag football but at halftime they sprung a surprise ceremony amongst their friends and family in Seattle.” Heather adds via Twitter that the game resumed after the wedding, and ended in a 27-27 tie.
Even the reader reports include a Super Bowl “theme” …
A warning for neighbors – someone just stole my husband’s 12th-man flag out of our front yard :-( We were home and heard the dog barking, but didn’t check because she also barks at cats a lot. To get the flag, this person had to climb up our porch and take it off the roof in a highly visible yard. Took it all, including the rusty flagpole we use for our Seafair pirate flag. Particularly sad after we spent most of yesterday afternoon trying to find one in a store. Anyway, just a reminder to others that nothing is sacred, even on Super Bowl Sunday. Watch your stuff.
FOUND ITEMS: Melanie didn’t mention where these turned up, but if you have had any of the following stolen recently, check with police:
Some items were left on the parking strip between my house and my neighbor’s house. A report has been made to the police, and the police will come by and pick up the items: … Shoes, bowling bag (no ball), trophy (broken), black shirt, baseball-type cap (with golf logo).
If any more Crime Watch reports come in today, we’ll add them to this roundup, so check back later!
ADDED SUNDAY NIGHT: Almost missed this one from Brenda, sent Saturday night:
At 8 this morning went out and my CRV wasn’t in its usual parking place. Instead,
it was a little ways down the street, parked at an angle with the engine running. The front windshield was cracked by my club which they tried to remove. Car completely gone through with stuff everywhere. I don’t keep any valuables in the car and it appears as if nothing was stolen. They also opened my mailbox but nothing in it for them to take. Police notified and report taken. This was on the 9900 block of 33rd Ave., SW.
Inspired by those two proposed float designs (backstory here), West Seattle Hi-Yu‘s 2015 theme is “Sound Respect” – as in, respecting and caring for Puget Sound – and the next step is choosing a button design. Like the float, it’ll be chosen from community-generated designs brought to tomorrow night’s Hi-Yu meeting:
The button design does not have to include any or all of the elements. Use your imagination. Draw several ideas, with color, in a circle that is the size of a Hi-Yu button (2″ across the center of a round button) … After the button design is selected, a graphic designer will make the necessary adjustments to refine it for the button to be printed and the buttons will then be made for the 2015 Hi-Yu Festival.
Hi-Yu buttons are sold at events throughout the summer as a fundraiser for the all-volunteer nonprofit. Tomorrow night’s meeting is at 7 pm in the lower-level meeting room of Admiral Congregational Church (California/Hill).
Big snack spread planned for The Big Game? In honor of that abundance, here’s something more you can do in the next few hours: Score a touchdown against hunger by contributing to one or both of two local churches’ Super Bowl-linked food drives. Before 1 pm or so, take a nonperishable item or two or three or … to Tibbetts United Methodist Church (3940 41st SW; WSB sponsor; backstory here) and/or Peace Lutheran Church (39th/Thistle; backstory here).
P.S. The food drives are part of our West Seattle Super Bowl Spirit list – see it in full here.
They’re on the run again for a Super Bowl Sunday tradition – the West Seattle Fat Ass 25K/50K, billed as “a no-fee, no-shirt, no-aid, no-whining type event,” the most hard-core fun run of the year. It’s also “no roads closed,” so you’ll see the ~200 runners – including the group who sent the photo – along sidewalks and paths in the next few hours, one round-trip to/from Lincoln Park for the 25K, two for the 50K, scheduled to have started around 8 am.