Tuesday, August 28, 2007

We are Smart and Overweight

Here is some good news bad news.
According to new study nearly 60 percent of Washingtonians are overweight. (Link)
Worst States for Obesity
1. Mississippi
2. West Virginia
3. Alabama
4. Louisiana
5. South Carolina
Tennessee (tie)
7. Kentucky
8. Arkansas
9. Indiana

I guess that Southern cooking isn't good for the waistline.

Good news is we are still smart (Link)

Thanks Josh for the correction

Heroes Season 1 is finally here

The Season One if finally available on DVD.
Watch Heroes Season 1 and prepare for Season 2 Sept 24th

Thursday, August 23, 2007

The AIDS Walk is almost here

I still have a long way to go to reach my fundraising goal. You can sponsor me via the link below. Any contribution is greatly appreciated.

Sponsor Me on the AIDS Walk

Also be sure to join the LifeLong AIDS Alliance Myspace Page

Last Minute: A Capitol Hill Block Party Tonight

I saw this posted on the Capitol Hill Blog

It will be on 14th Ave between Pine and E. Union St. Not really sure what it is all about. If I didn't have a ton of work I would investigate more. But if your interested in going check out this link

Twilight Walking Tour of Historic Cedar Falls Townsite

Seattle Press Release

NEAR NORTH BEND, Wash. — Step inside the past and take a stroll in the twilight to Cedar Falls; historic townsite and birthplace of Seattle City Light. Explore the remaining houses and discover the stories of those who worked, lived and grew up in this unique setting. Closed to the public since September 11, 2001, the area remains a working community with Seattle Public Utilities and City Light operations. This event will feature:

  • Marian Arlin, Former Cedar Falls Resident
  • Linda Carlson, Author, Company Towns of the Pacific Northwest
  • Friends of the Cedar River Watershed
  • Displays, refreshments, photos, scavenger hunt, and much more!

What: Walking tour of historic Cedar Falls townsite

Who: Adults/Families (age 10+)/Groups

Where: Meet at the Cedar River Watershed Education Center, just east of North Bend (about 32 miles from downtown Seattle). See below for directions.

When: Friday and Saturday evenings: September 7 & 8th , 6-8:30 PM.

Cost: $5 per person

To Register: Drop-in either evening. No registration required. Groups, please call ahead and let us know you are coming. Call (206) 233-1515 or email: crwprograms@seattle.gov

Directions: From I-90 going East Take Exit 32 ( 436th Ave.) Turn right at the end of the off-ramp. Follow the road ( 436th Ave. SE, Cedar Falls Rd. SE) for about 2.5 miles to Rattlesnake Lake. Continue with the Lake on your right side until you reach the Cedar River Watershed Education Center.

For more information about programs at the Cedar River Watershed, please visit: the Friends of the Cedar River Watershed website.

Bunch of Contests you can Enter

All Time Low Contest

Enter Here

Butane Variations Contest

Enter Here

Great Lake Swimmers Contest

Enter Here

Aiden "Conviction" Contest

Enter Here

MTV is looking for aspiring journalists to cover the 2008 election

If you love politics, blogging and journalism then MTV wants you.

"MTV is looking for one aspiring reporter from every state and Washington, D.C., to be part of our Choose or Lose team. We know that you're already hitting the streets and doing this work. So now we're giving you the chance to join a national team of journalists in covering this unprecedented election year from a youth perspective."

You can apply here

More Sidewalks for Seattle

From a Seattle Press Release that went out today

Mayor Greg Nickels announced today his new sidewalk program - Keeping Pace - will increase the number of sidewalks in Seattle. This week Nickels sent legislation to the Council requiring the inclusion of sidewalks in new residential projects within areas of the city where most development is happening, and in all commercial developments, regardless of size.

“Sidewalks are an important part of Seattle’s transportation agenda and one of my goals is to make Seattle the most walkable city in the nation. But many parts of our city have no sidewalks. With this legislation, we can begin building Seattle’s next transportation system one foot at a time,” said Nickels.

I had no idea there was a lack of sidewalks in Seattle. I guess I am so used to living on Capitol Hill that I just assumed the entire city was covered in sidewalks. Anyone live in a neighborhood here in Seattle that lacks sidewalks?

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Warped Tour 2007

Warped Tour 2007

Pictures and Videos from this years Warped Tour

My Smugmug
Blake's Smugmug

The Guys from All Time Low in the interview area about to kiss

Amber Pacific

Matt and Blake

Kenny from the Starting Line

Bryce from Rocket Summer

Crowd at the Gorge

The Rocket Summer

Daphne Loves Derby

Amber Pacific

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

MTV & Real Networks team up to take on iTunes

Local company Real Networks has teamed up with MTV to form a new digital mp3 company. (think iTunes)

My thoughts on this are as follows:
I love Real Networks. Rhapsody is a great service as long as you don't try to sync it with a Sansa Mp3 Player(Major Headache). Their biggest mistake was not creating an interface like iTunes that would work with any MP3 Player allowing the user to easily create playlists and organize their music on their desktop. They could have incorporated some more social networking aspects to their business as well. Actually they should have just bought a company like Last.FM

Then there is MTV, a dieing machine. MTV does not play music, and people don't turn to MTV to learn about what's new in music. They have become a great channel for teen soap operas but that's pretty much it.

MTV has tried on several occasions to enter the MP3 world but failed miserably. Anyone remember URGE (Microsoft and MTV). The Press Release for the new MTV and Real partnership reminds me alot of the 2005 press release for URGE that read

"RealNetworks, MTV form new digital music company"

Both companies need some new talent to bring in some new ideas and a better marketing team. Rhapsody ran those horrible infomercials about their all you can eat service and MTV is so full of themselves they can't see past the 1990's.

So in my opinion in 4 years MTV and Real will have parted ways, MTV will still be known for rich spoiled 16 year olds (My Sweet 16) and Rhapsody will still be running infomercials.

Sunday, August 12, 2007

Trip To Anacortes, Washington

Taking a break after hiking up a hill in Anacortes

View from the Hill

Making and Eating Smores

Kellan is having a bit to much fun Drinking

Beach in Anacortes

Matt's Cabin

Matt showing us his balancing skills

Blake and Jon Fencing

Dave, Leslie and Matt sitting on a Rock

Blake and Barry

More Cabin Trip Pictures

Looking Hardcore. (Matt Browning Got us together for some pictures on the Beach)

More Beach Pictures

Some Videos
View from Cabin

Matt and Phil attacking Jon

Jon and Blake Fencing

Hiking up a Hill in Anacortes

Dave playing some Bluegrass

Kellan who has had a bit to much to drink is teaching us how to Dip It Low

Thursday, August 09, 2007

Final Fantasy in Seattle

One of my Favorite Musicians is coming to Seattle

Final Fantasy (Owen Pallet)
Oct 22, 2007 8:00 PM
Nectar Lounge
412 N 36th Street
Seattle, Washington 98103

If you plan on attending join the Group on Facebook

Final Fantasy - No Cars Go (Arcade Fire Cover)

the cn tower belongs to the dead

This Is The Dream Of Win And Regine

He Poos Clouds

Ride like the British

Seattle has become only the 2nd city in the United States to use the Double Decker buses.
You can read all about the Double Decker buses at www.CommunityTransit.org

It's time to move to Seattle..or be glad you live here

According to to the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco Seattle ranked 5th for Technology Markets. (from PSBJ)

What does this mean? Well it means that the Seattle's economy will most likely remain strong as long as the Tech industry continues to do well. Housing market will continue strong and Seattle will continue to be a great place to move to.

Movies, Buskers, Free Wi-Fi and Music in the Parks

Parks and Community Partners offer Tons of Fun in Center City Parks!
Films, music, arts & farmers' markets, dancing, yoga, Minnie Driver, and more!

This summer Parks and Recreation, in partnership with the Downtown Seattle Association and many other partners, offers exciting, fun activities in downtown Seattle parks that reflect Mayor Greg Nickels' initiative to revitalize and bring new life to our downtown parks.

If you haven't been downtown recently, bring the family for events ranging from movies and music to classes and competitions-there are plenty of weeks of summer left! You'll find something for everyone at these parks: Occidental Square, Hing Hay Park, Freeway Park, Pioneer Square, Westlake Park, Waterfront Park, Lake Union Park, and Victor Steinbrueck Park.

For the complete lineup, please see http://www.seattle.gov/parks/.

Center City Cinema Outdoor Movies in the Park. All movies begin at sunset.
August 11: In the Mood for Love - Hing Hay Park
August 18: Monsoon Wedding - Hing Hay Park
August 25: SteamBoy - Hing Hay Park
Sept. 6: Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring - Occidental Square
Sept. 13: Lord of the Rings: The Twin Towers - Occidental Square
Sept. 20: Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King - Occidental Square
Sept. 27 To Kill a Mockingbird - Occidental Square

Be on the lookout between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. weekdays for buskers! These strolling artists, minstrels, mimes, and musicians will perform daily in Freeway, Hing Hay, Pioneer Square, Westlake, and Waterfront.

Wi-Fi Hot Spot!
The City of Seattle is providing free wireless Internet access in Freeway, Occidental, Westlake, and Victor Steinbrueck Parks and in the plaza at the new City Hall. Users can login using seattlewifi for the SSID.

2007 Out to Lunch Concert Series presented by Starbucks and Safeco
Concerts begin at noon, produced by the Downtown Seattle Association. For more information, please visit: www.downtownsummer.com.

Occidental Square
August 21: Mark Whitman
August 22: Little Bill & the Blue Notes
August 23: Two Scoops Combo
August 24: Left Hand Smoke

Westlake Park
August 28: Dr. Funk
August 29: Clinton Fearon & the Boogie Brown Band
August 30: Clumsey Lovers
August 31: Type A!

Freeway Park
Friday, August 17, "Out to Lunch" with musical guest Minnie Driver! Produced by the Downtown Seattle Association.

Music in the Park Lunchtime Concerts
Occidental Square
11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
August 10, 17, 24, and 31; September 6 and 14.

Waterfront Park
Noon - 1:30 p.m. Adefua African Music & Dance Company presents Sunday afternoon gatherings of movement song and spirit! For more information, please call 206-722-6602.

Victor Steinbrueck Park Sounds of Steinbrueck Park Music Series
Tuesday and Thursday evenings through September. 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. August 21, 23, 28, 30; September 4, 6, 11, 13, 18, 20, 25, 27.

Arts and Crafts & Farmer's Markets!
Art and Music in the Park on First Thursdays at Occidental Square
Presented by Starbucks and the Pioneer Square Community Association. Music begins at 6 p.m. For the complete lineup, please visit
Thursday, September 6.

Saturday Market at Occidental Square
You'll find arts, jewelry, crafts, and other wonderful things.
August 11, 18, and 25, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Urban Gardening Classes
Container Gardening, Composting for Apartment Dwellers, Culinary Herb Gardening and Salad Gardening classes presented by Seattle Tilth. For class descriptions and to register, please go to www.seattletilth.org or call 206-633-5045, ext. 2.
- Wednesdays, Aug 15, 22 & 29, 5:30 - 7:30pm - Victor Steinbrueck Park
- Saturdays, Sept 15, 22, 29, 10 am - 12 pm - Cascade Park

Special Events!

Summer Sundays at Pike Place Market
Farmers sell at the Market every day, but look for farmers to sell on Pike Place, which is closed to vehicular traffic from Stewart to Virginia. Stop by for a noontime chef demonstration, which take place each Sunday. Shop for ingredients from the farmers, then recreate the recipe at home!
August 12, 19, and 26; September 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30

Seattle Sandfest
The ultimate urban beach party will feature professional and amateur sand sculpting, live music, family activities, and more.
Westlake Park, August 25, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., organized by the Metropolitan Improvement District and managed by the Downtown Seattle Association.

Uptown Stroll, Counterbalance Park, August 25, sponsored by the Uptown Alliance and other friends of Counterbalance Park.

Homestreet Bank presents Dancing 'til Dusk
Enjoy FREE dance instruction and live music in our outdoor ballroom every Thursday in August. 6 to 9 p.m. (Instruction: 6 to 7 p.m.)
August 9: Zydeco Dance with music by Captain Leroy and the Zydeco Locals
August 16: Salsa with Tor Dietrichson's salsa band
August 23: Electric Slide & Chicago Stepping with DJ Comandr Whitehead and the Chicago Steppers
August 30: Swing with music by Casey MacGill's Blue 4 Trio

The SITE SERIES // Dance on Common Ground
Join us each week for a "new" dance as we add another dancer, change locations in the park, or re-invent our score. ParkDance is part of The SITE SERIES // Dance on Common Ground, which uses movement to encourage us all to see, explore, and appreciate our environment more fully. This series of site-specific contemporary dance performances, staged in public spaces, explores the interactions and relationships of people both to a space and to each other, and how these affect our sense of who/what "belongs" in each space. Each performance takes this question of "who/what belongs" into account as it surprises the audience with dance in unexpected places and with unexpected interactions. Part of the 4Culture King County Performance Network Site Specific Art Happenings. Performances are August 10, 13, 24 from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. and tentatively August 21 from 3:15 to 4:15 p.m. Victor Steinbrueck Park.

Other Activities

Seattle Public Library Used Book Sales, Monday - Friday, 11:30a.m. - 1:30p.m., Freeway Park

Beba's Waterfall Café & Outdoor Eats, Monday-Friday 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.,
Freeway Park

Drop-in Board Games, Monday - Friday, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m., Freeway Park

Drop-in Tai Chi Classes - Tuesdays through August 28th. noon - 1 p.m. Freeway Park

Urban Bootcamp, Victor Steinbrueck Park. To register, please call 206-547-2706 or visit www.smbgym.com

Bocce Ball Tournament - Occidental Square Quads tournament August 27 - 31. Form your own team or sign up as an individual. No experience is necessary - learn as you play! Contact Katie@pioneersquare.org to register. The deadline for submitting your entry is August 23.

Bocce Ball Practice - Occidental Square, August 23 from noon to 1 p.m. There's no
need to register, just come on down and we'll do some drills that will help improve
our bocce game. We will also spend some time on the rules and on your questions about how to play.

Drop-In Bocce - Occidental Square Bocce sets are available for checkout at the information kiosk at Occidental Square.

Comedy Lunch Hour - Victor Steinbrueck Park Thursdays noon to 1 p.m. FREE weekly comedy shows from the Comedy Underground, at the Southwest corner of the park. August 9, 23, 30; September 6, 13

Game Nights at Hing Hay Park - Hing Hay Park Tuesday evenings 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Enjoy Asian Game Nights, organized by the International District Housing Alliance (IDHA), and learn how to play traditional Asian games in Hing Hay Park. August 14 and 21

Poetry in Victor Steinbrueck Park
Scheduled poetry readings/open mic. Third Sundays, August 19th and September 16th, 4 - 6 p.m.

Yoga for Everyone - Victor Steinbrueck Park Monday, Wednesday and Friday* mornings through September 10 to 11 a.m. Come enjoy FREE yoga sessions with instructor Autumn at Victor Steinbrueck Park! Come move your body, breathe deeply, soak in the view, and take your inner exploration to the great outdoors! Class will meet rain or shine and everyone is welcome, regardless of shape, size, experience level, or physical ability. Autumn is experienced at adapting poses to individual needs, and you can do the whole class standing or seated on benches. Bring a mat, pad, or large towel if you want something between you and the ground. If you have questions, please contact Autumn at 206-697-6943 or info@homebodyyoga.com. August 10, 13, 15, 20, 22, 24, 27, 29, 31; September 5, 7, 10, 12, 14, 17, 19, 21, 24, 26, and 28 (*Please note: no sessions on August 17 or September 3).

Parks and Recreation extends hearty thanks to our generous and dedicated community partners:

  • Downtown Seattle Association
  • Pioneer Square Community Association
  • Freeway Park Neighborhood Association
  • Downtown District Council
  • International District Housing Allowance
  • Chinatown International District Business Improvement Association
  • Cascade People's Center
  • Uptown Alliance
  • Seattle Chinese Chamber of Commerce
  • Pike Place Market Preservation and Development Authority

Wednesday, August 08, 2007

19 Song MixTape

Well it's more like a mix mp3 playlist for your iPod. Here are 19 songs you can download.

Download Here

Click on each song to download

Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Taxicab Flat Rate to Airport Temporarily Suspended

During Planned I-5 Lane Closures, Aug. 10-29

SEATTLE – City of Seattle officials announced today a temporary suspension of the $28 flat rate from the downtown hotel district to Sea-Tac Airport during the I-5 lane closures, planned for Aug. 10-29. Fares will instead be computed by the taximeters to ensure cab drivers are fairly compensated for what are expected to be longer trips due to traffic delays. The flat rate will be reinstated when traffic delays due to construction have ended.

Traffic delays have a direct impact on fares because when taxicabs operate at speeds slower than 15 miles per hour, taximeters use a 50 cents per minute time charge, instead of the $2 per mile distance charge. For example, a 40-minute delay would add $20 to the fare.

Ordinance 121131, adopted by the City Council in April 2003, authorizes the director of the Department of Executive Administration to temporarily suspend the flat rate from the downtown hotel district to Sea-Tac Airport when conditions result in an average increase of ten (10) minutes to the normal trip time and are beyond the control of the drivers. The Aug. 10-29 construction is expected to cause increased trip times to the airport.

“Time charges are programmed into taximeters to more fairly compensate taxicab drivers for providing service in heavy traffic conditions, such as rush hour traffic or event traffic. If there were no time charge, taxicab drivers could avoid working certain areas or times and seriously limit the availability of taxicab service,” explained Craig Leisy, manager of the consumer affairs unit. Taximeters are regularly tested and sealed by Seattle taxicab inspectors to assure accuracy.

The flat rate between the downtown hotel district and Sea-Tac Airport was established in 2000 to reassure out-of-town visitors that taxicabs were taking the most direct route to the airport and not overcharging. Many cities have established flat rates between their downtowns and airports for the same reason.

Taxicab passengers going to the airport during the I-5 closures are encouraged to share trips and the fares, or try to plan airport trips during off-peak hours when traffic may be lighter.

Seattle Animal Shelter continues “Habitat 4 Hounds”

8th Annual “doghouse drive” extended through August

SEATTLE — The Seattle Animal Shelter is continuing its eighth annual doghouse drive to help pet owners in need. Through “Habitat 4 Hounds,” the shelter is accepting donations of new and used, good-quality doghouses and dog igloos through Aug. 31, 2007. The doghouses will be distributed to needy pet owners to provide protection from the weather for their pets.

“This is the time of year when many people are clearing out unused items from their garages and basements. If you have a doghouse that you no longer need, we hope you’ll consider donating to ‘Habitat for Hounds.’ We would like to get a head start and have as many dog shelters available for needy pet owners so they will be able to provide protection for their dogs before the cold weather hits,” says Seattle Animal Shelter Director Don Jordan.

The Seattle Animal Shelter will accept new and used doghouses and dog igloos through Aug. 31, 2007. The shelter reserves the right to refuse any item that is either badly soiled or in a state of disrepair. Doghouses and igloos will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis to anyone who is in need.

“Although we do not advocate leaving dogs to live outside, the reality is some dog owners do not allow their dogs inside their homes. Doghouses are useful year-round, providing shade from the sun and protection from the rain,” adds Jordan.

The shelter is located at 2061 - 15th Ave. W., one mile south of the Ballard Bridge. It’s open every day from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. for licensing, and noon to 6 p.m. for adoptions. For more information, call (206)386-PETS (7386) or visit the Web site at www.seattleanimalshelter.org.

Monday, August 06, 2007

Pictures and Video from Vancouver Pride

Riding up in Brian's X3

Long Line to get into Canada

Think Metric

View From Hotel Room in the Wall Center

Vancouver Waterfront

Celebrities Nightclub

The Two Matts

Matt and I

Sitting on the curb waiting for the Parade

Vancouver City

McKenzie McMillan and I

More of My pictures available at http://alexgarcia.smugmug.com/

Matt Browning's Pride Parade Pictures can be found here http://photo.matthewbrowning.net/gallery/3264888#P-1-15

Here are some videos I took
Blake Doing a Diet Pepsi/Coke Taste Test

Vancouver Waterfront

Vancouver from Matt's Hotel Balcony

Jon Gone Wild at Vancouver Pride

Thursday, August 02, 2007

The Seattle KOMO-TV Blogger Meetup

Tonight was the big KOMO-TV Blogger Meetup. I have to say the event was pretty awesome. It kind of felt like a Star Trek Convention except all Bloggers.

I did get to meet three of my favorite blogs in person.
Justin from http://capitolhillseattle.blogspot.com - By far the best neighborhood blog.
Josh from http://seattle.metblogs.com
Rhonda Porter from http://www.raincityguide.com

And made some new friends from Tacoma
Derek from http://www.exit133.com
Kevin from http://www.feedtacoma.com

Here are some pictures and videos