Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Texting While Driving Illegal As Of Jan 1st

As of January 1st it is illegal to text while driving. Fines can be as high as $175.

Seattle Housing Market Doing Well

The Seattle housing market is doing well when you compare it to the rest of the United States. While the nations housing prices fell 6 percent, Seattle experienced a 3.3 increase at the end of the year. (from the Seattle Business Journal)

Monday, December 17, 2007

10,000 Seattle Streetcar Riders in First Day and a Half

photo from Bejan from Flickr

Even with some early problems (link) over 10,000 Seattlites rode the streetcar around.

From the City of Seattle Press Release

The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) announced today that an estimated 10,450 passengers rode the new South Lake Union line of the Seattle Streetcar in the first day and a half from December 12 through December 13. The numbers are even more surprising considering that the official launch of the Streetcar was at 12:15 p.m. on Wednesday, December 12.

“The numbers tell us that we are off to a great start,” said Mayor Greg Nickels. “There is excitement all along the line as Seattle rediscovers how streetcars can bring communities together.”

Riding the streetcar is free through the month of December and retailers all along the line have teamed up on several promotions to celebrate the opening.

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Seattle is the 8th Greenest City in the country

According to Earthlab Seattle is the 8th Greenest City in the Country right behind San Francisco. Damn you San always seem to beat us. (from the PSBizJournal)

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Sigur Ros - Heima Screening in Seattle

Heima Trailer

Metro Cinemas at 4500 9th Avenue NE will be screening the new Sigur Ros DVD Heima on December 20th. You can buy tickets here

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Pictures & Videos from my Gingerbread Party

Montage of Pictures and Video of the Gingerbread Party

Video of the after party (Eric eating the Frosting)

Some random pictures. All my pictures can be found Here

Me Making More Frosting

Saturday, December 08, 2007

Sugar Bakery Preview

The Sugar Bakery & Cafe had a preview tonight. The place looks amazing and the pastries were yummy. It will be a welcomed addition to First Hill.

Here are some pictures I took. (they came out a bit blurry)

Artwork from

Sugar Bakery + Cafe
1014 Madison Street (between Boren & Terry)
Seattle, WA 98104

Thursday, December 06, 2007


LATKE LARRY invites you and yours... Friday, December 7th Seattle (Capitol Hill) see entrance addresses below -FREE- Info: 206.323.8486 to the...
6:00 p.m. - Latke Dinner and Hanukkah Celebration Jaffe Auditorium - 1520 E. Union
7:30 p.m. - Hanukkah Services Alhadeff Sanctuary - 1441 16th Ave

Dreidles, Scrumptious Latkes with all the trimmings and one BIG Celebration!
Join us for everyone's favorite Latke feast and musical extravaganza. Kids, don't forget to bring your most beautiful, most inventive and most creative Hanukkiah. Your handmade masterpieces may win some great prizes! Free & open to the public!

Free Lights for the Festival of Lights
In cooperation with Seattle City Light’s Twist & Save program, the Tikkun Olam Council will be giving away free Twist & Save Energy Star® compact fluorescent bulbs (donated by Seattle City Light) at this year’s annual Latke Dinner. The bulbs use one-quarter of the energy and last ten times longer than regular bulbs. Join “Latke Larry” for the annual TDHS Latke Dinner, and help our environment by reducing your carbon footprint! Celebrate the Festival of Lights, and bring some of that light home with you. Click here for more information on the Twist & Save program.


Wednesday, December 05, 2007

My Top 15 Albums of 2007

These albums are in no particular order. Takes a few minutes to load

Honorable Mention
Cassino - Sounds Of Salvation

Here are some videos from my top 15

Patrick Wolf - Magic Position

Stars - Take Me To The Riot

Tegan & Sara - Back In Your Head

Shout Out Louds - Impossible

Mummra - What Would Steve Do

Arcade Fire - No Cars Go

Singles That I Liked That Are Not Part Of The Top Albums

M83 - Coloring The Void
The Knife - Heartbeats (Silent Shout Version)
Junior Boys - In The Morning (Hot Chip Remix)
The Teenagers - Starlett Johansson
Band Of Horses - Detlef Schrempf
LCD Soundsystem - All My Friends (Remix)
Final Fantasy - Flare Gun
Rilo Kiley - Silver Lining
The Dykeenies - Clean Up Your Eyes
The Envy Corps - Wire & Wool
Maritime - For Science Fiction
The Pipettes - Guess Who Ran Off With The Milkman
Kevin Drew - Cocaine Skin
Saves The Day - Can't Stay The Same
Chromeo - Bonafied Lovin (Teeganers Remix)
Rooney - Where Did Your Heart Go Missing
Bat For Lashes - Sad Eyes
Bloc Party - Flux
The Shins - Phantom Limb
Voxtrot - Blood Red Blood
Scissors for Lefty - Ghetto Ways

Presents for Kids lost in flood. Miller Community Center Needs Help

Apparently The Miller Community Center and The Country Doctor (low income health clinic, 19th & Republican) had a ton of presents stored in the basement of The Country Doctor ruined by the recent flooding. The Toys were to be delivered to low income kids on December 15th. They need presents ASAP. If you would like to donate presents to help out low income kids then please call the Miller Community Center Director at (206) 684-4753

Could you live a green lifestyle and completely off the grid?

I know I couldn't. My favorite 30 days episode has two people go off to live in an almost 100 percent green community for 30 days. Growing their own food, recycling their human waste, solar power for electricity..etc. Though I know I could never live 100 percent off the grid and green, I would really like to adapt a lot of the green lifestyle to do my part for the environment.

The City of Seattle has set up an entire page filled with tips of how you can live green at home, in your yard, on the move & when you shop. Visit the site at

Watch This 30 Days Episode and see how the people of the Dancing Rabbit ecovillage in Missouri live?

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Huge 6 Bedroom House in West Seattle

5203 45 Ave SW Seattle 98136
List Price 749,650
Listing# 27170788
Beds 6 / Baths 2.5 / Fireplaces 2
Year Built 1968
Covd Prkg. 2 Garage-Attached
Appx. SQFT 4800
Acreage 0.145
Lot Size 6300
*listed by Rich Bianchi

Huge 6 BEDROOMS and 4800 sq. ft. including garage. Great views of the sound, Olympics and territory. Slate entry, separate dining room, family room with fireplace off kitchen and 3/4 bath in large master suite. Finished basement with view, 3 bedrooms and rec room. Large double garage. Deck that's great for sunset view and BBQ's. Patio area and nicely landscaped yard.

If you would like to view this condo you can contact your agent, Me or Rich

Walk Or Take The Seattle Streetcar

Seattle was recently named the 6th most walkable city out of the major US cities

"Cities were ranked by their walkable urban places divided by population. Seattle scored high, even though it's the largest city in the rankings without a meaningful rail transit system." (PSBusinessJournal)

We might not have a rail system but we do have a Streetcar. The Seattle Streetcar opens on Dec 12th and will be Free. The Streetcar will run from Downtown to the Eastern Side of Lake Union. (PSBusinessJournal)

Hillary For President Rally Today at the SpitFire Grill

Rally in Seattle with Hillary for President Senior Advisor Ann Lewis


Tuesday, December 4, 2007 at 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM


2219 4th Ave.
Seattle, WA 98121
General Area: Belltown


Meet Ann Lewis, former White House Communications Director and Senior Advisor to Hillary Clinton for President, join Hillary’s Women’s Council, connect with other Hillary supporters and learn how you can get involved!