Seattle, May 2005 

Pictures from the week prior to FrogFilk 2005, when I visited my friends the Dockreys in Seattle WA, and the Hardwicks in Eugene, OR.

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Saturday, May 7, 2005.

Last night, I arrived in Seattle via flying machine, my guitar arrived intact and undamaged. The Dockreys are wonderful hosts, and after a great Indian dinner at a restaurant with a 1:1 staff-to-customer ratio, we spent the evening watching videos from their nifty homemade digital media server. Quite cool.

Today, we're on our way out to see some of Seattle, and we see a mama and her ducklings running along the side of the road. A strange thing to see in a suburban neighborhood, at least in my experience. I managed to grab this video clip of the little rascals running along.
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Saturday, May 7, 2005.

Last night, I arrived in Seattle via flying machine, my guitar arrived intact and undamaged. The Dockreys are wonderful hosts, and after a great Indian dinner at a restaurant with a 1:1 staff-to-customer ratio, we spent the evening watching videos from their nifty homemade digital media server. Quite cool.

Today, we're on our way out to see some of Seattle, and we see a mama and her ducklings running along the side of the road. A strange thing to see in a suburban neighborhood, at least in my experience. I managed to grab this video clip of the little rascals running along.

Our first stop was Boeing Surplus, an amazing place full of all sorts of wonderful stuff, from leftover electronic gadgets, to computers, to tools, to bulk scrap titanium. If I hadn't flown to Seattle, I might have easily left with armfuls of goodies  to take home.

Here, Michelle Dockrey (hereafter referred to by her nickname 'Vixy') models the largest socket wrench ever to be seen by human eyes.
Our first stop was Boeing Surplus, an amazing place full of all sorts of wonderful stuff, from leftover electronic gadgets, to computers, to tools, to bulk scrap titanium. If I hadn't flown to Seattle, I might have easily left with armfuls of goodies to take home.

Here, Michelle Dockrey (hereafter referred to by her nickname 'Vixy') models the largest socket wrench ever to be seen by human eyes.

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I'm crushing your head. I'm crushing your head.
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Here, Matt Dockrey (hereafter referred to by his nickname 'Fishy') considers purchasing a stepladder. For, um, working on his 747.
Here, Matt Dockrey (hereafter referred to by his nickname 'Fishy') considers purchasing a stepladder. For, um, working on his 747.

Boeing Surplus can really work up one's appetite. We stopped at a restaurant in the University district. Don't recall exactly which restaurant it was, but it was one of those theme places like TGI Friday's where both the restaurant and the employees must be adorned with numerous pieces of 'Flair'.

The outdoor seating allowed us to see boats moving  by as part of some sort of water-borne parade that was going on that day. It was a huge parade, the water was covered with thousands of boats.

During our meal, a massive drawbridge opened up just past the tree line. Vixy explained the system of horn honks that the boats give, and that the bridge operator responds with.
Boeing Surplus can really work up one's appetite. We stopped at a restaurant in the University district. Don't recall exactly which restaurant it was, but it was one of those theme places like TGI Friday's where both the restaurant and the employees must be adorned with numerous pieces of 'Flair'.

The outdoor seating allowed us to see boats moving by as part of some sort of water-borne parade that was going on that day. It was a huge parade, the water was covered with thousands of boats.

During our meal, a massive drawbridge opened up just past the tree line. Vixy explained the system of horn honks that the boats give, and that the bridge operator responds with.

After we were done eating, we walked around the corner to watch the drawbridge operating. It was a gorgeous, sunny day and it was nice to be outside seeing the sights.
After we were done eating, we walked around the corner to watch the drawbridge operating. It was a gorgeous, sunny day and it was nice to be outside seeing the sights.

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A clip of the drawbridge beginning to raise.
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A clip of the drawbridge beginning to raise.

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Panorama photo of the drawbridge and some of the last remaining vestiges of water traffic after the parade broke up. On the hill near the middle of the photo, you can see some of the buildings of the University of Washington.
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Panorama photo of the drawbridge and some of the last remaining vestiges of water traffic after the parade broke up. On the hill near the middle of the photo, you can see some of the buildings of the University of Washington.

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After seeing the drawbridge, Fishy got the idea to go down to the Ballard locks to watch the locks in operation, and see if any fish were going up the salmon ladder.

This is a beautiful area, with a gorgeous park at the lakeside, right next to the massive aquatic locks. Note in this photo the difference in height between the lock on the left, and the lake on the right. The locks lower boats about 16 feet to reach the level of the Pacific ocean.
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After seeing the drawbridge, Fishy got the idea to go down to the Ballard locks to watch the locks in operation, and see if any fish were going up the salmon ladder.

This is a beautiful area, with a gorgeous park at the lakeside, right next to the massive aquatic locks. Note in this photo the difference in height between the lock on the left, and the lake on the right. The locks lower boats about 16 feet to reach the level of the Pacific ocean.

Here, two boats exit the smaller of the two locks. We got to watch the locks cycle several times that day, including one run of the extra-large super-size lock. It let out a large bay-cruise ship, along with a gaggle of smaller boats, all leaving the parade.

There was one particularly fancy yacht in that group (not pictured), with  the crew all dressed up like Mr. and Mrs. Howell. I dubbed its captain 'Captain Stubing' and was making fun of them most of the time. He seemed very concerned when a nearby boater was having trouble controlling his craft and looked like it was going to damage his multimillion dollar hole-in-the-water.
Here, two boats exit the smaller of the two locks. We got to watch the locks cycle several times that day, including one run of the extra-large super-size lock. It let out a large bay-cruise ship, along with a gaggle of smaller boats, all leaving the parade.

There was one particularly fancy yacht in that group (not pictured), with the crew all dressed up like Mr. and Mrs. Howell. I dubbed its captain 'Captain Stubing' and was making fun of them most of the time. He seemed very concerned when a nearby boater was having trouble controlling his craft and looked like it was going to damage his multimillion dollar hole-in-the-water.

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On the other side of the locks, a nifty Burton-esque sculpture marks the location of the salmon ladder. You can see Fishy and Vixy looking over the railing at the salmon ladder. You can also take stairs down below and watch the salmon swim upstream through glass windows.

Unfortunately, no adult salmon were running upstream that day, it was the wrong time of year. However...
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On the other side of the locks, a nifty Burton-esque sculpture marks the location of the salmon ladder. You can see Fishy and Vixy looking over the railing at the salmon ladder. You can also take stairs down below and watch the salmon swim upstream through glass windows.

Unfortunately, no adult salmon were running upstream that day, it was the wrong time of year. However...

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... there were huge numbers of baby salmon leaving the bay. The name for baby salmon is 'Smolt', and it was printed on every sign in the vicinity. Smolt this, smolt that, smolt, smolt, smolt, smolt... 

In this video clip, if you look closely, you can see them leaving the bay via something called a 'Smolt Slide' (ack, I said it again), which looks to be little more than a giant water faucet squirting the poor things into the ocean at maximum velocity.
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... there were huge numbers of baby salmon leaving the bay. The name for baby salmon is 'Smolt', and it was printed on every sign in the vicinity. Smolt this, smolt that, smolt, smolt, smolt, smolt...

In this video clip, if you look closely, you can see them leaving the bay via something called a 'Smolt Slide' (ack, I said it again), which looks to be little more than a giant water faucet squirting the poor things into the ocean at maximum velocity.

Sunday, May 8th, 2005.

We drive into Fremont, where I get to see the famous Fremont Troll. It guards the highway 99 bridge into Seattle. You can see it's already nabbed a Volkswagen.
Sunday, May 8th, 2005.

We drive into Fremont, where I get to see the famous Fremont Troll. It guards the highway 99 bridge into Seattle. You can see it's already nabbed a Volkswagen.

Vixy tries out a Baby Taylor at Dusty Strings in Fremont. She's trying to learn to play the guitar, and keeps complaining that her hands are too small. Not sure if she's convinced she needs one of these or not. But they're really sweet little guitars.
Vixy tries out a Baby Taylor at Dusty Strings in Fremont. She's trying to learn to play the guitar, and keeps complaining that her hands are too small. Not sure if she's convinced she needs one of these or not. But they're really sweet little guitars.

Next, it's tourist-trap time. Here I am at the foot of the Space Needle. High velocity pennies rain down from above. (Just kidding.)
Next, it's tourist-trap time. Here I am at the foot of the Space Needle. High velocity pennies rain down from above. (Just kidding.)

Vixy at the Space Needle, Seattle skyline in the background.
Vixy at the Space Needle, Seattle skyline in the background.

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The Seattle skyline from the Space Needle. In the distance, you can see Qwest Field (the Seahawks' Stadium) and Safeco Field behind it. Running into the downtown area, in the middle of a strip of greenery, are the rails for the monorail trains. We took the monorail downtown, where it stops at a large shopping mall.
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The Seattle skyline from the Space Needle. In the distance, you can see Qwest Field (the Seahawks' Stadium) and Safeco Field behind it. Running into the downtown area, in the middle of a strip of greenery, are the rails for the monorail trains. We took the monorail downtown, where it stops at a large shopping mall.

After getting off the monorail, we went down to the waterfront and saw the Pike Place Market. It's a lot like the waterfront in San Francisco, but busier and more interesting.

One of the most striking images was the seemingly endless rows of flower shops, very colorful and very busy.
After getting off the monorail, we went down to the waterfront and saw the Pike Place Market. It's a lot like the waterfront in San Francisco, but busier and more interesting.

One of the most striking images was the seemingly endless rows of flower shops, very colorful and very busy.

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Monday, May 9th, 2005. I stole Vixy's bus pass and went downtown by myself today, to do more tourist-y stuff. Vixy gave very good directions as to which buses I needed to ride to get to my destinations and back again. Ah, public transit, how quaint.

This video clip was taken at the Seattle Aquarium, which had a very nifty display of Jellyfish circulating in a lucite archway. It was as if the jellyfish were floating in the air right next to you. Neat.
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Monday, May 9th, 2005. I stole Vixy's bus pass and went downtown by myself today, to do more tourist-y stuff. Vixy gave very good directions as to which buses I needed to ride to get to my destinations and back again. Ah, public transit, how quaint.

This video clip was taken at the Seattle Aquarium, which had a very nifty display of Jellyfish circulating in a lucite archway. It was as if the jellyfish were floating in the air right next to you. Neat.

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Here, an octopus attempts to eat a small human, but is foiled by the plexiglass.
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Here, an octopus attempts to eat a small human, but is foiled by the plexiglass.

At the Seattle Science Center, they have a butterfly room where you can go inside and let the butterflies land on you. Lots of opportunities for neat pictures in here.
At the Seattle Science Center, they have a butterfly room where you can go inside and let the butterflies land on you. Lots of opportunities for neat pictures in here.

Another butterfly.
Another butterfly.

I thought this one would make neat desktop wallpaper. I framed it this way on purpose, putting the background out of focus, with the butterfly in the lower right corner being in-focus. That way the main interest of the image could be in the corner, perhaps not covered up by an application window.

If you want to use this as desktop wallpaper, click on it a second time to get the full size version, then right click on the picture and select 'Save picture as'.
I thought this one would make neat desktop wallpaper. I framed it this way on purpose, putting the background out of focus, with the butterfly in the lower right corner being in-focus. That way the main interest of the image could be in the corner, perhaps not covered up by an application window.

If you want to use this as desktop wallpaper, click on it a second time to get the full size version, then right click on the picture and select 'Save picture as'.

I got a kick out of the Lego Mars rover at the Science Center.
I got a kick out of the Lego Mars rover at the Science Center.

And I've always had a soft spot for planetarium projectors.
And I've always had a soft spot for planetarium projectors.

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Tuesday, May 10th, 2005. Today was all about the Boeing Museum of Flight. Someday, I want to get out to Washington DC and see the Smithsonian, but for now, this will do nicely.

I was alone in this particular endeavor, which is just as well, since my tendency to geek about airplanes and spaceships is more than friends and family are usually willing to tolerate.
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Tuesday, May 10th, 2005. Today was all about the Boeing Museum of Flight. Someday, I want to get out to Washington DC and see the Smithsonian, but for now, this will do nicely.

I was alone in this particular endeavor, which is just as well, since my tendency to geek about airplanes and spaceships is more than friends and family are usually willing to tolerate.

One of the highlights of the museum, for me, was something you didn't see on any sign or program booklet.

The F-4 Phantom was well known for having chronically leaky hydraulic systems. So much so, in fact, that the saying arose, 'If it doesn't leak, it must be empty.'

What I found so amusing was that this Phantom, dead and mothballed for years (decades?) as a museum piece, still leaked enough that the curators have to put plastic wastebaskets under it to catch the dripping fluid.
One of the highlights of the museum, for me, was something you didn't see on any sign or program booklet.

The F-4 Phantom was well known for having chronically leaky hydraulic systems. So much so, in fact, that the saying arose, 'If it doesn't leak, it must be empty.'

What I found so amusing was that this Phantom, dead and mothballed for years (decades?) as a museum piece, still leaked enough that the curators have to put plastic wastebaskets under it to catch the dripping fluid.

A gorgeous Corsair is on display in their World War 2 wing. Marvelous airplane.

The tour guide was explaining the reason for the Corsair's gull-wing design. He said it was because it had such a huge engine, driving such a gigantic propeller, that the designers needed a way to get the landing gear closer to the ground.
A gorgeous Corsair is on display in their World War 2 wing. Marvelous airplane.

The tour guide was explaining the reason for the Corsair's gull-wing design. He said it was because it had such a huge engine, driving such a gigantic propeller, that the designers needed a way to get the landing gear closer to the ground.

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An F-14 Tomcat and an A-6 Intruder outside the main building.
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An F-14 Tomcat and an A-6 Intruder outside the main building.

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Across the street, they've got on display, both Air Force One (a previous model before they got the current 747), and one of the Concordes, brand new to the collection. You could board both of them.

I was not, however, successful at getting anyone to take my picture coming out of Air Force One while making the Nixon double-V gesture. Darn.
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Across the street, they've got on display, both Air Force One (a previous model before they got the current 747), and one of the Concordes, brand new to the collection. You could board both of them.

I was not, however, successful at getting anyone to take my picture coming out of Air Force One while making the Nixon double-V gesture. Darn.

Here, I'm getting Concorde Engine Soot on my fingers. Neat.
Here, I'm getting Concorde Engine Soot on my fingers. Neat.

While changing buses downtown, I thought the Washington Mutual building looked really cool. All blue and glittery and stuff. Skyscrapers are cool when they're pretty like that.
While changing buses downtown, I thought the Washington Mutual building looked really cool. All blue and glittery and stuff. Skyscrapers are cool when they're pretty like that.

When I got back to the house, Fishy had set up his forge and was trying his hand at shaping some scrap metal. Neat stuff.

I got to do some pounding on the anvil myself. Fun!
When I got back to the house, Fishy had set up his forge and was trying his hand at shaping some scrap metal. Neat stuff.

I got to do some pounding on the anvil myself. Fun!

Fishy and forge.

As much as I enjoyed pounding metal, I was afraid to get too much into it because I just know I would have smashed or burned a finger, mere days before FrogFilk. Ah the life of a musician is a hard one.
:-)
Fishy and forge.

As much as I enjoyed pounding metal, I was afraid to get too much into it because I just know I would have smashed or burned a finger, mere days before FrogFilk. Ah the life of a musician is a hard one.
:-)

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After Seattle, we went down to the Hardwick's in Eugene for a visit. Here's a picture of their gorgeous house on their ranch. They were wonderful hosts and it was a nice visit. After which, we went up to FrogFilk and had a great weekend, but that's another story.
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After Seattle, we went down to the Hardwick's in Eugene for a visit. Here's a picture of their gorgeous house on their ranch. They were wonderful hosts and it was a nice visit. After which, we went up to FrogFilk and had a great weekend, but that's another story.

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