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Wednesday, May 30, 2007

 

Further dispatches from the Emerald City

Here's a few tidbits from the weekend that you may or may not find interesting:


  • The Seattle Museum of Art recently reopened after an extensive expansion, which includes a piece involving flying/exploding Ford Taruses located in the lobby. For reasons unknown, one of these is actually a Mercury:




  • This can be found in the "Art Ladder" wing of the museum. These two French girls really seemed to dig it:




  • Other notable modern art pieces: a Mercedes/coffin, a bust made out of dogtags and one of several Andy Warhol prints featuring Elvis dressed as a cowboy. Elsewhere: a Frida Kahlo painting of the two nude chicks hanging out with a monkey that could be found in every Spanish textbook I used during college and more Renaissance-era depictions of Baby Jesus than you can shake a handful of frankincense at. The new SAM gets an B++ from me.


  • The original Starbucks, located across the street from Pike Place Market, has a map on the wall. Each country includes the number of Starbucks locations in it. The US has 8,000+ but in Italy, the birthplace of "good coffee"? Zip. Zero. Nada.


  • After another trip to Cinerama, it's become obvious that Portland could use a movie palace that screens first-run films. The Baghdad just isn't cutting it. They hosted Pan's Labyrinth for, what, two straight months?


  • A daily commute on Seattle's ferry system would get old real quick.


  • Viaduct: a series of spans or arches used to carry a road or railroad over a wide valley or over other roads or railroads, typically impossible to locate after midnight while extremely tired.


  • 20th Century Fox finally licensed the Duff brand name to make an energy drink instead of beer? Weak. I saw a can selling for $5 at that comic book shop in the bowels of Pike Place.


  • Finally, the locals were going nuts over a place upstairs called the Daily Dozen Donut Co., staffed by a group of punk guys. There was a line 30-deep when we walked by. While I've been in the market a million times, somehow I've never noticed the place. According to this, it's been open for over 18 years. Their gimmick? Tiny "little bastard" doughnuts served hot and tossing out free samples to any kid that yells at the staff. We couldn't get near the place but I wandered back later to take a picture of their logo: a lightening-struck donkey pooping out doughnuts. It didn't come out so here's a blurry cell phone photo of their marquee:




  • You stay classy, Seattle.

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