Friday, April 4, 2014

Jealous in Seattle.

Driving through downtown Seattle the other day and at the red light I was thinking a coffee sounded real good and there's Starbucks at 4th and Union. I was tempted for a second to use the parking space right out front but noticed the sign...


Now that's what I could use. My very own reserved parking spot downtown and just for me!

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Spring has Sprung in Seattle!

Friday late afternoon I was making my way through Seattle via the Alaska Way Viaduct trying to avoid construction, wrecks, stalls, and rush hour ... #WRONG

But, I did see some cool stuff like this tree in the midst of the rain and gray. Spring has sprung in Seattle. Yeah!

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Doggie in the Window

I had a great time Monday morning at the Activerain Meet up, March 24, 2014. Activerain is a real estate network and we get together locally about 4 times a year. This morning as I was getting ready to take a few photos of the group this doggie in the window was checking us out and cracked me up. I laughed thinking the attraction was probably more about the wonderful smells of breakfast than our lively conversation.

Doggie looking through the window at the 14 Carrot Cafe in Seattle.

But who knows, right? Dogs with people have real estate needs!

Monday, March 17, 2014

Edmonds, Washington... a waterfront town.

Just a few minutes north of Seattle in southwest Snohomish County lies Edmonds, Washington. Like many cities in the area it’s a waterfront town with a rich colorful history.
Edmonds is the oldest incorporated city in the county (1890) but its namesake dates back to 1884. George Brackett, city founder, was a very entrepreneurial logger and amassed a lot of land and timber holdings throughout the area.

I love old downtown Edmonds and especially its waterfront. You can catch the iconic Washington State Ferry here and the 30 minute boat ride across Puget Sound will put you in at Kingston on the peninsula in Kitsap County. It’s a beautiful trip and on a clear day you’ll enjoy spectacular views of the Olympic Mountains to the west and the Cascade Mountains to the east.

Kingston Edmonds Ferry terminal on the waterfront in Edmonds, Washington.

Most days, unless in dock for servicing, you’ll ride the Puyallup, a Jumbo Mark II class ferry built in the late 1990’s. These are the super class big boats! Or the MV Spokane, a smaller Jumbo Class boat built in the early 1970’s. There’s about 20 trips a day across the Sound, so you won’t have to wait long and you can either drive on in your car or walk on. Fares are very reasonable.

I’m in Edmonds to teach a social media class this morning. I made good time getting here so I headed down to the waterfront to take a few photos... I’m having fun playing with my Tadaa app for iPhone.

This first photo is looking at the Kingston Edmonds Ferry terminal at about 8:30 in the morning. This 2nd one, I popped back down to take after the class about 2:30 pm.

Looking from behind Richard Beyers, Sighting Whales at the Kingston Edmonds Ferry.

I've shared a few of Rich Beyer’s public sculptures in previous posts. This is his Sighting Whales. It’s based on some observations he made while having a drink with friends on the Edmonds waterfront and seeing people on the wharf spotting some whales.

The Linda Ruehle Bench    Art for the People    Donkey Run Away From the Mines

Sighting Whales, by Rich Beyer, Edmonds waterfront.

School of Fish is by Lewis ‘Buster’ Simpson. It’s made from found metals and is a re-fabrication of an earlier work he did back in 1982 for the Washington State Arts Commission and the Department of Fisheries titled, ‘Recycled Salmon’. I met Buster a few times back in the early 80’s while I was at And/Or, Soundwork Studio.

School of Fish, by Lewis 'Buster' Simpson, Edmonds waterfront.

Anyway, I love apps like Tadaa. They give me the opportunity to experiment with more than the still shot frozen in now. I get to go a little deeper and choose the mood and frame the moment to explore the subject’s past, present, and future.

Originally posted on the Activerain real estate network: Edmonds, Washington... a waterfront town.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Sit down, get started and keep it simple.

I studied music composition with Lockrem Johnson back in the early 1970's and I fondly remember a story he told about his student days. Back in the early 1940’s Lockrem was an up and coming composer studying with George McKay at the University of Washington.

Hungarian composer Bela Bartok was in town and George McKay introduced him to Lockrem and the composition class. As the story goes, George asked Bela, “and what advice might you have for this aspiring young composer?”

Bartok replied... “Sit down, get started, and keep it simple.”

In 2000 I found a book titled, The Eighth Lively Art: Conversations with Painters, Poets, Musicians, and the Wicked Witch of the West, by Wesley Weher. Wesley was also a student of Lockrem in the late 1940's and told a similar story about Bartok’s advice to a group of student composers at the University of Washington as, “Keep your music simple! Don’t try to say everything at once.”

I'm thinking a little artistic license was evident in both versions of the story, but none the less great advice for starting any creative process. Also, I think it's ironic that Bartok, who wrote some the 20th Century's most complex and intricate music would say that.

If I've learned anything in life it’s #1 to trust the process (especially when I'm doubting it) and #2 simple ideas get complex soon enough. Anyway, you never know when an idea will occur, or exactly what it will be. But if your mind is open you’ll accept what the universe has to offer and run with it.

Dell Wade, a gifted composer and friend of mine would head up to Lockrem’s house in Lake Forest Park most Saturdays back in those early days and spend the better part of the afternoon studying composition, listening to music, and helping out with everything from housework to paperwork for his publishing company, Puget Music Publications.

Lockrem had a great sense of humor. He loved telling stories, guess it games, and practical jokes. I remember one day we were playing 'guess what Beethoven Sonata this is?' and he'd only play the first note. Good times, great memories.

Lockrem Johnson    Bela Bartok    George McKay    Wesley Weher   

Originally posted on the Activerain network.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

A Rainy Day

It's been pouring rain all day... Back from Seattle I'm headed down Benson on Easthill Kent for my office this afternoon listening to NPR and thinking, "When the rains come, they run and hide their heads." It was 1966 and Rain was the flip side to Paperback Writer. These two songs along with the Rubber Soul album, followed by Revolver really stirred my imagination and changed my musical direction forever.

They were no longer the 4 young Lads singing cute songs like I want to hold your hand. I agree with Ringo, who said years after The Beatles, he thought Rain was one of his best drum tracks.

Traffic is light, where is everybody? Oh that's right! They're stuck on the freeway in Seattle. That's why I came home the back way...

I love the sound of rain and the extra snaps and pops the hail adds. I had a home on May Valley Road years ago, between Renton and Newcastle. I used to really enjoy listening to the rain out on the back patio. It was covered with one of those green corrugated plastic roofs. Our home backed up to Cougar Mountain on the south side and when the rain rolled in the low lying clouds would back up against the mountain and wow we'd really get dumped on and that plastic roof would roar!

I'm a Northwest guy, so I rarely if ever use an umbrella, but with a good rain jacket and a baseball cap you'll make out just fine. Come summer we'll be glad we had days like today, when it's beautiful outdoors, the skies a clear and the landscape is a thousand shades of green. I'll be singing then, "The bluest skies you've ever seen are in Seattle!" ;0)

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Glad to see R back.

If you grew up in the Pacific Northwest back in the day, you certainly know what this place is... The Old Rainier Brewery. After a ;pmh hiatus the “R” is back!