Sunday, January 20, 2013
Sunday, January 13, 2013
Turn and face this train! Well, things are changing on 6th Ave. The outer reaches of Belltown are having the bejeezus developed out of them. I'm not some NIMBY whiner, so I say that it's a good thing. But such ventures come at a cost. In this case, two rather sizable buildings are coming down: The Sixth Avenue Inn and the King Cat Theater. Observe:
They still haven't stripped out all the air conditioners yet, so it'll be a while till its date with the wrecking ball. I heard from some old jazz guy that the lounge here (not always called the Tally-ho Sixth) used to feature some pretty hot players back in the eighties. Well, even if it wanted to host today's jazz talent, it couldn't. It's doomed. And Jazz Alley is across the street. They get national acts and they want you to keep your table conversation to a minimum.
Back in the nineties, this place was a revival movie house, then nothing, then a Bollywood theater, then a death metal venue. Now it's just doomed. It will soon join its former across-the-street competitor, the UA, in theater heaven. The UA was torn down and persisted for ages as an empty lot. Now there are big happenings taking place on that entire Lenora-Blanchard block.
The metal monsters are gathering to take the King down. Although I'm sure what they're going ot build will be acceptable, I advise the King not to go quietly.
Funny thing, a little bit ago I made the observation that nobody lives on 6th Ave. in Belltown. But that will change very soon.
Sunday, January 6, 2013
Hey, I understand that the Seahawks won today. Ordinarily, I'm a big football fan. But it seems that when I watch a Seahawks playoff game, they lose. So I went to see The Hobbit. I was quite surprised by how excellent it was. It's also really long, so you feel like you're getting your money's worth. But it does occasionally suffer from the same thing as the Lord of the Rings trilogy, that being characters staring moodily off into the distance while they tell no one in particular either what happened long ago or what's going to happen very soon. And then there's generally lots of talking. It was, however, very nice to see Gollum. He's kept fit since LOTR. One thing I don't get is when Martin Freeman turns into Ian Holm. Couldn't they just put a lot of old makeup on Martin Freeman and not have to pay Ian Holm for playing Old Bilbo? This is an important question. So in conclusion, The Hobbit is way better than I expected. And Skyfall was way worse.
Thursday, January 3, 2013
Unless you're Eastern Orthodox.
Tuesday, January 1, 2013
I was at the Space Needle last night to watch it explode. Very impressive. Here are a few short videos:
So yes, extremely spectacular. I was standing underneath some of the fireworks. It was slightly disorienting. Anyhow, Happy New Year from me and the New Year's squirrel.
С новым годом!