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Tuesday, February 01, 2005
The trials and tribulations of Star Wars Guy
Jeff Tweiten, the guy that pledged to spend five months on a couch outside of the Seattle Cinerama to wait for the next Star Wars movie, was slapped by the long arm of the law last week. As reported in an ongoing Seattle PI column, the eyebrows of area homeless advocacy groups shot skyward as Tweiten started making the national press in early January.
Much like Portland, Seattle has a "sit/lie" ordinance that prevents anyone from doing either on city streets during daylight hours. Usually Seattle police only respond to these if someone complains. One "anonymous" call later, Tweiten was given a warning to pack up his couch or risk a trip in a squad car. In the face of adversity, the Star Wars devotee did what any noble crusader would do: he found a loophole.
If Tweiten stands next to the Cinerama instead of sitting, he'll get to stay. Standing. On his own two feet. For around 16 hours a day. For the next three months.
A pretty daunting task but...apparently one that immediately petered out. According to his blog (linked above), Tweiten struck camp and set up shop a few blocks away at the Seattle IMAX. With the full permission of the Pacific Science Center, he'll be spending the next several months on private property, out of the ever-disdainful eye of the city's overzealous police force.
But there's just one more potential snafu.
The theater may be showing some sort of educational science film instead of Revenge of the Sith on May 19th.
Ladies and gentleman, I give you the 21st century, American-equivalent of Mohandas Gandhi.