One of the nice things about my new phone is that I finally have the ability to take pictures from my phone that don’t look like there’s half a jar of suspiciously pixellated Vaseline smeared on the lens. That doesn’t necessarily mean I can toss out my regular camera; although the camera in my Evo is supposed capable of shooting 8 megapixel photos and HD video, in reality the results are still only so-so compared to my regular Canon point-and-shoot (although the suspiciously blue skies do add a bit of a nice touch.) but it’s a whole heck of a lot better than what I’ve been using. This means that some of the random shots I take as I wander around actually even come out every so often. In this post, I’m going to share a few photos from the last couple of weeks. You will find these after the jump.
First off, I’d like to share this photo of my newest nephew, who just arrived a bit less than three weeks ago. Benjamin Michael Lutz was born to my brother Jared and his wife Emily on the 29th of May, weighing in at a hefty 10 pounds 2 ounces at birth.
And because this Blog has been seriously lacking in dog pictures as of late (That can be either a good thing or a bad thing depending on your perspective,) here’s Imola and Minardi from our family gathering last weekend. I was surprised how well they behaved in spite of the pack of various Labradors that were wandering the yard. These two are the only ones who need to remain on tethers though, because the yard wasn’t fully fenced in, and these two would probably head for the hills in a heartbeat given the opportunity. Not necessarily because they want to run away or anything, but left to its own devices, a Beagle essentially becomes a nose with a set of legs, a rather strong set of vocal chords and a serious one-track mind, so it’s best to just not take the chance.
Moving on to slightly more random things, if your car just happens to be missing a door, you might be able to find it over at the abandoned Shell station on 148th.
Recently one of the local banks went for a bit of an image makeover, which resulted in this new logo. As far as logos go it’s the type of thing that generally results from ten minutes of tinkering in Powerpoint, but there’s one little thing that seems to stand out disproportionately: That little period at the end. I suspect that it may have resulted at least in part from a shortening of their name (if I recall correctly, the previous name was “Washington Federal Savings and Loan”) but it’s just not the type of thing you see much of these days. There are some other places (slightly obnoxious sound warning on that link) around here using periods at the end of the name, but it’s a bit of an anachronism these days. Not that things like that stop big rudderless media companies from trying to pull the same stunt.
Moving across the lake to Seattle, we come to the Jackson Federal Building, Seattle’s own soul-crushing monolith of godless bureaucracy. Along the south side of the building are these ridiculously convoluted sets of stairs. Not only do these steps make a spectacularly inefficient job out of the simple task of getting you up the hill, but also provide a fine example of what happens when you start letting the government design things. If not for the hideously expensive trainwreck that would probably ensue, it might be fun to find someone and start pointing out ADA compliance issues…
And back down near my office, we see this humongous poster of newly minted Seahawks coach Pete Carroll being hastily removed a couple of days ago. Surely the fact that they started taking this down three days after massive sanctions were imposed on USC based on egregious violations that happened while Carroll was coaching there is just coincidence, right?
If this place is selling sausage AND foods, I’m really not sure I want to find out what’s in the sausages…
And this one comes from the sidewalk in front of my building yesterday afternoon, where repairs to a broken 102-year-old water main were being carried out by Seattle Public Utilities with typical government efficiency. As I headed out for lunch today, there was one guy shoveling, one guy in a backhoe, and four guys standing around watching. When I went out again later there was one guy in a backhoe, seven guys standing around doing nothing, and a couple of cops there for good measure. I was fully expecting to leave work at the end of the day and find twelve guys, a SWAT team and half the Seattle City Council standing around. Apparently repairs were supposed to be complete sometime yesterday evening, but it sure didn’t look like they were going to be finishing up anytime soon. At least they got the water back on the building, which means I can probably learn to live with a bit of jackhammering in the office for a bit.
Finally, this sign wishes to remind everyone that there may be children and/or magically animated Italian puppets playing in the neighborhood, so be sure to drive safely.