Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Taco Trucks, Iron Man & Battlestar Galactica

Three Things To Do On Friday

If I sound a bit obsessed it is because I am totally obsessed. Check them out at 3517 Rainier Ave S

  • Iron Man at Pacific Place

I can't help that I'm a major geek and grew up on Marvel Comics.

  • Battlestar Galactica (Tivo'd)
Things are heating up in the final Season. My friend pointed me to this great blog io9 that sheds some light on the last few episodes (link)

Gelatiamo The Best Gelato In Town

I am lucky to live downtown, so close to the best Gelato and Chocolate in Seattle. Next time you get a chocolate craving check out Gelatiamos. They have the best Dark Chocolate Gelato that I have ever had. The Chocolate Box on Pine also carries Gelato from Gelatiamos.

I recommend 2 scoops with Dark Chocolate mixed with Raspberry Gelato.

Gelatiamo - 1400 Third Avenue

The Chocolate Box - 108 Pine Street

Friday, April 25, 2008

This Weekend: The Ballard Jazz Festival

The Ballard Jazz Festival is going on all weekend.



View Full Schedule Here

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Drama Queens & Belly Dancers

Thanks to the new local website, you can now find classes on drama, belly dancing or any other subject in your neighborhood.

Here are a few classes offered on Capitol Hill
Drama Classes

Build A Float For This Year's Pride Parade

The Dept of Neighborhoods is giving out grants for Pride Parade floats. There will be a workshop on Tuesday April 29 from 6 to 8:00 PM at Entre Hermanos (1505 Broadway Avenue) on how to apply for these grants.

For more information call Jose Cervantes, 206 684-4574, or go to http.//

Post-Apocolyptic Seattle

University of Washington students start recruiting helping hands for their neo-noir graphic novel. Joel Shapiro reports.

This sounds like a pretty awesome project. I just wish they had a website where people could sign up to find out more or get updates, but I could not find one anywhere.

Sun. April 27th Safety and Self Defense Workshop

If you are worried about safety on Capitol Hill, you should check out this upcoming Self Defence Workshop.

Sunday, April 27th from 9:30am-3:00pm, Miller Community Center, 330 19th Avenue East.

This is a free workshop

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Tacos That Will Change Your Life!

Last Saturday on a whim my friends and I decided we wanted to try out the local taco trucks. We checked out Yelp and decided to visit the number one rated Taco Truck.

Tacos El Asadero
3517 Rainier Ave S
Seattle, WA 98127

These were the best damn Tacos I have ever had. I don't know what were in those Tacos, but for the rest of the weekend all I could think about were those Tacos. I highly recommend checking this place out if your looking for some authentic Mexican food. Try the Steak Tacos.

Tacos El Asadero on Yelp

New GPS Unit Seeks Out The Cheapest Gas Prices

My friend Tech Expert Brian Westbrook was on KOMO a few days ago demonstrating the new TomTom 930's ability to seek out the cheapest gas prices. Check out the video

Seattle No. 1 Green Building City in the Country

Seattle No. 1 Green Building City in the Country
Tally of LEED certified buildings puts Seattle ahead of the nation

SEATTLE - The U.S. Green Building Council, a Washington, DC-based nonprofit organization, determined that Seattle has the most high-performance, environmentally-friendly buildings in the country.

Seattle has 41 projects certified by the council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) national rating system. LEED covers all building types and emphasizes state-of-the-art strategies for sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials and resources. Ten of the LEED certified buildings, including City Hall and Central Library, are owned by the City of Seattle.

Besides Seattle, the top five cities with the most LEED certified projects include Portland, Chicago, Washington, DC, and Grand Rapids, MI.

“We’re proud to top this national list of green buildings,” said Mayor Nickels. “With so many cities embracing new energy-efficient technologies, the competition to remain a top LEED city is fierce. We will continue to make Seattle a model for the nation and the world.”

In his State of the City address in February, Mayor Nickels announced an effort to make Seattle America’s Green Building Capital by improving energy efficiency in our commercial and residential buildings by 20 percent. The city will also provide cost-savings for struggling homeowners who will see their heating bills drop as waste is reduced, and create new green collar jobs for those working to make our homes, offices and industry more energy efficient.

Visit the mayor’s web site at Get the mayor’s inside view on efforts to promote transportation, public safety, economic opportunity and healthy communities by signing up for The Nickels Newsletter at

Friday, April 18, 2008

Snowing In Seattle In April

From Flickr user LoveCrafty

From Flickr user hrbrmstr

What a crazy day.

I can't believe it snowed today, and by the looks of the weather report we have not seen the end of the snow.

Weather in Seattle for the next 3 days

Here is some snow footage taken from around Seattle by some local residents

Dining Out For Life

It's that time of year again, time to eat out for a good cause. Check out the details

Lifelong AIDS Alliance is proud to host the 15th Annual Dining Out For Life on Thursday, April 24, 2008! Dine at a participating restaurant on this day and 30% of your meal cost will be donated back to Lifelong in support of our care services.

Click here for a list of participating restaurants for 2008!

To learn more about volunteering as a Dining Out For Life Ambassador, click here.

Would you like your restaurant to participate in Dining Out For Life? Join a growing number of community-minded restaurants by contacting event coordinator Trevor DeWitt at or call 206.957.1638!

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Movie To Check Out This Weekend

The Visitor is playing at Harvard Exit Theatre this weekend.
IMDB Rating 7.2

A college professor travels to New York to attend a conference and finds a young couple living in his apartment.


Showtimes: 4:30pm | 7:00 | 9:25

Seattle Animal Shelter seeks donations to help orphaned animals

SEATTLE — Spring is here, bringing with it many needy puppies and dogs to the Seattle Animal Shelter. To help nurture these canines, the shelter is seeking donations of interactive treat toys, training collars, leashes and leads, and interactive plush dog toys. For a detailed wish list of approved items, please visit

Donated items will be distributed among volunteers in the shelter’s foster-care program, whose sole mission is to rehabilitate sick, injured or other animals who might not otherwise be viable candidates for adoption. Volunteers take animals into their homes and provide temporary care until the animals are ready for adoption. The shelter also encourages the public to support the Help the Animals Fund, which pays for veterinary care for sick and injured foster animals.

“The foster-care program is a proven life-saving program,” says Seattle Animal Shelter Director Manager Don Jordan. “Last year, more than 2,700 animals were saved because individuals opened their hearts and homes to these animals. The community plays a key role in our efforts to get these animals ready for adoption. We rely on our volunteers and appreciate their efforts. We couldn’t do it without them.”

The shelter is open seven days a week and is located at 2062 – 15th Ave. W., approximately one mile south of the Ballard Bridge. Donations may be taken to the shelter from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. For additional information or directions, call (206)386-PETS (7387), or go to for a link to a map and driving directions. For Metro bus routes, call (206) 553-3000 or visit this web site:

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

The Teenagers At Neumos This Saturday

SAT. APRIL 19TH 2008



The Teenagers "Starlett Johansson"

Capitol Hill Block Party

The Capitol Hill Block Party has released it's line up for 2008, and it looks good. Last year I only saw Matt & Kim but this year I am looking forward to seeing

Vampire Weekend



Tickets go on sale April 18th
Tickets can be bought at

City to Plant 800 Trees in 2008 - Neighborhood locations sought for Bridging the Gap trees

SEATTLE - The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) announced today it will expand the city’s urban forest in 2008 by planting more than 800 trees. As part of a nine-year planting plan funded by Bridging the Gap, SDOT’s Urban Forestry team is now evaluating potential tree locations and encourages Seattle neighborhoods to nominate sites.

Interested neighborhoods can apply by phone at (206) 684-TREE (8733) or online at the SDOT Community Trees website (

The department ideally needs roadway sites where up to 100 trees can be planted, on both sides of a street, for five to six blocks. Planting contiguously allows SDOT to consolidate maintenance efforts and preserve scarce forestry resources. This is particularly helpful during the first three years of growth when trees are most vulnerable and require constant tending and watering. First preference will be given to locations along arterials and where planting strips exist with a five-foot width between the sidewalk and the curb.

A medium-sized deciduous tree will absorb approximately 1.5 metric tons of carbon dioxide over its lifetime. As part of the city’s environmental efforts, approximately 60,000 street trees will be planted throughout Seattle by 2037 to help counter the impacts of global warming. Thanks to Bridging the Gap, SDOT planted 681 trees in 2007.

To encourage citizens to plant and maintain their own trees, the city’s Office of Sustainability and Environment also has a new public information campaign called Seattle reLeaf. On its web site (, Seattle reLeaf helps property owners decide what tree is best for them, and how to plant, prune, and water.

Friday, April 11, 2008

Sonics Fans Want Answers From Howard Schultz

I was always curious why more people weren't upset with Howard Schultz. Here is a Sonics fan that wants to have a word or two with Howard Schultz

From the Seattle Times on YouTube

Seattle Weekly covers Gov. Gregoire's visit on April 10th as she promises to keep the Sonics in Seattle

Seattle Weekly

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Bumbershoot - Sneak Peak

Bumbershoot sneak peak of their line up this year

Beck, Stone Temple Pilots, Lucinda Williams, Neko Case, Ingrid Michaelson, Del Tha Funky Homosapien, Jakob Dylan, !!!, Lee “Scratch” Perry, Saul Williams, Joe Bonamassa, M. Ward, The Walkmen, Asylum St. Spankers, Dan Deacon, MIDIval PunditZ, Blitzen Trapper, Bedouin Soundclash, Tim Finn, Dale Watson, John Vanderslice, Final Fantasy, The Fall of Troy, Orgone, Forro in the Dark, Ryan Bingham, Wreckless Eric & Amy Rigby, Arthur & Yu, Darondo and Nino Moschella, Pacifika

Final Fantasy & Neko Case!!! Looks like I'm going to Bumbershoot this year.

Final Fantasy - This Is The Dream Of Win And Regine

Neko Case - Maybe Sparrow

Monday, April 07, 2008

Seattle To Los Angeles via JetBlue

Starting this Tuesday you can fly Seattle to L.A. for about $99 each way via JetBlue. I love this airline. Blue Chips, comfortable chairs and about 30 channels of Direct TV.

Sunday, April 06, 2008

43rd District Seattle Caucus

The Seattle 43rd District Caucus......what a disaster. Why must our democratic process be so painful. I arrived at 9am and the caucus was finished at 3:10pm. I am shocked that it takes 6 hours to elect a few delegates. Nothing about the process was inspirational and patriotic. I had planned on attempting to go further, maybe try out for delegate in the Washington state convention, but after seeing how long and boring the process was I opted against it.

Here are some pictures of the event.

Sign Up Process

Everyone waiting for the official attendance count

My friend making a case for why he should be a Hillary delegate

Friday, April 04, 2008

Who Would Drive Three Hours To Visit A Peet's Coffee

This guy is crazy for driving three hours to go to Peet's Coffee

Obviously this guy has never been to a Vivace, Victrola, Ladro or Vita.

Personally I don't like Peet's, I find it has an uninviting atmosphere, and my drink was just not that great.

Music To Check Out: M83 "Saturdays = Youth"

M83 has a new album out on April 14th "Saturdays = Youth"

Check out these mp3s from the upcoming album

M83 - Graveyard Girl

M83 - Kim & Jessie

Seattle offers free public art workshops for studio and public artists

The Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs presents a series of workshops for artists interested in working in public art. The series is designed for artists who are new to public art or who have completed many projects. The workshops will provide opportunities for networking and gaining information and insight into the public art process. The workshops are free, however, advance registration is required. For more information, visit

-Upcoming Workshops-

Public Art in a Nutshell
Saturday, April 19
9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Seattle Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave.

Behind Panel Doors
Tuesday, June 3
6 to 8 p.m.
Rainier Valley Cultural Center, 3515 South Alaska St.

Getting it Made
Tuesday, Sept. 9
6 to 8 p.m.,
Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, 4408 Delridge Way S.W.

Text A Tip To Crime Stoppers

Crime Stoppers has unveiled their new Text A Tip Service.
Here is how to do it

Instructions to submit a secure tip:

  1. Select text “Messaging” or “SMS” (short messaging service) on your phone’s main menu.
  1. Create (compose) a new message, beginning with the keyword Tip486 (not case sensitive) in the body of the message.
  1. Send the message to the short code of 274637 (Crimes)
  1. Your initial submission will trigger an auto response from the secure transaction server. You will receive brief notes and a unique code number to that response. You must remember this code number, as it cannot be retrieved later. You and the Crime Stoppers coordinator may elect to engage in secure and encrypted two-way dialog at the time with no additional keywords being required to communicate with the system.
  1. You can text STOP to the short code 274637 (CRIMES) at any time to rest the system where you cannot be replied to by Crime Stoppers. If you do not send stop any further text messages from the same phone do not get a reply but are received. Any new text messages would require the TIP486 keyword again and would be assigned a new code number by the system

Standard text messaging rates may apply.

Seattle Spring Clean Starts This Saturday

Spring Clean, April 5 – May 31, is Seattle's premier clean up event and part of Mayor Greg Nickels' Clean and Green Seattle Initiative. Now in its 22nd year, Spring Clean provides opportunities for citizens to clean up Seattle's public open spaces of their choice with city support.

Typical volunteer projects include litter pick ups, invasive plant removal, storm drain stenciling, graffiti removal, and general area beautification.

Free Help
City support includes planning assistance, tools, gloves, safety vests, disposal bags, transfer station passes, and waste pick ups.

If you have a project that needs some clean up work, as long as it is on City of Seattle property, we can help!

Sign Up
If you are interested in participating in Spring Clean, please complete and mail in the
registration form (pdf) to be eligible for resource support.

From Seattle.Gov

Sneak Peak Of The Capitol Hill Light Rail Station

Capitol Hill Light Rail Station

From the SeattleTimes

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Jewish Film Festival Starts Today April 3rd

The festival starts tonight with Sixty Six at 8pm at Cinerama

Sixty Six Trailer

More information about the festival can be found here

Alternative To Living In Seattle: 1 Bedroom Townhome In Renton $238k

Unit C 214 S 48th St Renton 98055 Talbot Hill
List Price $238,000
Listing# 28048827
County King
Beds 1 / Baths 1 / Fireplaces 1
Year Built 2004
Parking 1 Individual Garage, Uncovered
Community - Talbot Hill
Appx. SQFT 979
(listed by Jeffrey Albrecht

A very large one bedroom in a gated community. 979 square feet with an attached garage, and patio off the living room. Double vanity in the bathroom, gas fireplace and range, huge walk in closet. The site features a rec. center, exercise room, and sports court. Easy commute to 167 and 405.

If you would like to view this listing you can contact your Realtor, the Listing Agent or you can contact Me.

Seattle has nation's most arts-related businesses per capita

SEATTLE — Seattle ranks first in the nation in the number of arts-related businesses per capita. The city is home to 4,065 arts-related businesses that employ 21,025 people, according to Creative Industries 2008: The 50 City Report released today by Americans for the Arts.

"This study confirms what we in Seattle have known for years. Seattle is a creative capital that attracts creative people and industries which add to our reputation for innovation," Mayor Greg Nickels said. "Arts-related businesses contribute significantly to our economy and quality of life."

Among the nation's 50 most populated cities, Seattle ranked in the top 10 in the three other categories measured by the report. Seattle is eighth in the total number of arts businesses. The city ranked third in arts employees per capita (per 1,000 residents) and finished 10th for the total number of arts employees. The study found Seattle's arts-related businesses and arts employment increased 13.6 percent from 2007. The full report with rankings for all 50 cities is available at:

Combining Dun & Bradstreet data and geo-economic analysis, the study tracks and maps the presence of arts-related entities in six creative industries: museums and collections; performing arts; visual arts and photography; film, radio and television; design and publishing; and arts schools and services.

These creative industries range from nonprofit museums, symphonies and theaters to for-profit film, architecture and advertising companies.

"Seattle's creative sector is a cornerstone of economic development and tourism," said Michael Killoren, director of Seattle's Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs. "We're a national hub of cultural and economic innovation, and our creative edge attracts good companies, skilled workers and visitors."

Arts-centric businesses represent 4.3 percent of all businesses and 2.2 percent of all jobs in the United States, according to the report which underscores the arts as a robust economic growth sector.

  • More than 612,000 arts-related businesses employ 2.98 million people nationwide.
  • Arts-centric businesses grew 12 percent from 2007 compared to the growth of 10.7 percent for all U.S. businesses.
  • Employment growth by arts-centric businesses since 2007 was 11.6 percent, more than four times the rise in total number of U.S. employees of 2.4 percent.

"This study supports our mantra that the arts play a significant role in building and sustaining economically vibrant communities," said Robert L. Lynch, president and CEO of Americans for the Arts, a national nonprofit arts advocacy organization. "It further supports the need for arts education to fuel the creative industries with arts-trained workers and arts consumers."

The Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs promotes the value of arts and culture in communities throughout Seattle. The 16-member Seattle Arts Commission, citizen volunteers appointed by the mayor and City Council, supports the city agency.

So You're A Delegate Or Alternate...

Reminder that if your a Delegate or an Alternate, this Saturday is the District Caucus. Learn all about your responsibilities here.

You can look up the location and time on the Washington Democrats Website.

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Tolls For 520 Bridge Approved

Governor Gregoire has approved the 520 Toll which will go into affect next year. Tolls could be as much as $6 round trip and might even include I-90 which is currently still in debate. For those of you that live in Seattle and work on the Eastside and vice versa, it might be a good time to move.

McKean - Vintage Condos on Queen Anne

Vintage Condos Opening in Queen Anne

Historical Queen Anne gets another taste of vintage condos, with the grand opening of McKean Condominiums Thursday, April 3rd, from 6 pm to 8 pm. Sunset will be at approximately 7:43 pm, and wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served courtesy of Emerald Cove Catering.

McKean features only eight one-bedroom homes encased in an original 1929 brick exterior, priced from the mid $300’s to the mid $400’s*. While the building has been re-wired, re-insulated and re-plumbed, the 762 square foot homes feature authentic original hardwood floors and window frames, as well as the original hex-tile bathroom flooring and refinished cast-iron tubs.

Open Weekends Starting April 5th
Saturday & Sunday 12pm - 6pm
1404 Olympic Way West - Queen Anne | MLS# 28053213

Battlestar Galactica Season 4 Premiere This Friday

Battlestar Galactica Season 4 Trailer

My favorite show is back this Friday on the Sci Fi Channel. You have 3 more days to catch up on any episodes you have yet to watch from Season 3 or the movie Razor.

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