My Pacific Northwest

Burnt weenie: Oscar Meyer tries to roast his privates

Via: My Fox Spokane

You know this had to hurt: A man in Prefontaine Place Park was found by police and firefighters straddling a fire he had set in an abandoned fountain.

According to police, the man was wearing “crotchless chaps-style spandex with his genitals and buttocks showing,” Seattle’s Publicola” reports.

When police and firefighters arrived at the park, located at Third Avenue and Yesler Way, about 12:30 a.m. Wednesday, they found the man letting the flames touch his genitals and buttocks, a park department spokeswoman said.

The man told an officer that he was having a “weenie roast” as he gyrated over the flame.

Firefighters put out the fire and police had the man involuntary committed to Harborview for a mental evaluation.,0,7081345.story


September 12, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a comment

Pineda: Poster child for curing Mariners blues

Via: TNT

The absolute joy with which Michael Pineda has embraced all things baseball – and everything about the Seattle Mariners – is starting to spread like a smile across his team.

He is 23 and, yes, a bit naive. More than a bit awed by the fun of it.

Tonight, in his ninth big-league start, he won his sixth game with seven shutout innings of the San Diego Padres, delighted in talking about his first professional at-bats, his first base-running exploits and, of course, his pitching.


Pineda’s earned run average is now 2.16, and in 58 1/3 innings, he’s walked 14 batters and struck out 61.




23-year-old rookie

9 games, 6 wins

58-1/3 innings

2.16 ERA

14 walks

61 k’s


Possible AL rookie of the year?

I think it’s way to early to say, but yeah.

He was good in March, but he is even better now.



May 23, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a comment

Shipping coal to China: A big export terminal north of Bellingham?

Via: Joel Connelly – Seattle PI

BELLINGHAM — A giant proposed facility that would export coal to China, the Gateway Pacific Terminal, is either a gateway to high-wage jobs or a door open to long trains and coal dust pollution, in a debate that has divided Whatcom County.

About 350 people showed up Wednesday for a debate before Bellingham City Club. They heard eloquent, at times acrimonious, debate on an issue that could impact a local environment — but also a global climate undergoing warming from emissions of greenhouse gases.


The Gateway Terminal, a $500-700 million construction project, would generate 1,500 unionized construction jobs over a 2-year period, and employ about 280 people once the terminal is in operation, Cole argued.

But Bob Ferris, a project opponent, warned that the terminal would bring mile-and-a-half-long trains through Bellingham -“30 miles of additional trains a day” — and do local and global environmental damage.

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April 28, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Man makes a rowboat his home under the 520 bridge

Via: Seattle Times

Under the concrete pillars of the Highway 520 bridge, anchored in a foot of water, William Kaphaem and his dog, Lulu, live in an aluminum 14-foot rowboat.

They seem to have found peace at the edge of the Arboretum.


“Beavers, muskrats, wood ducks, eagles — lots of eagles — blue herons, green herons, mallards, Canada geese, cormorants, kingfishers, raccoons, coyotes, now and then,” says Three Stars about what he’s seen.

Among the some 2,400 homeless counted living outside this January by the Seattle/King County Coalition on Homelessness, his is one of the more unusual living arrangements.

The way he sees it, he and Lulu didn’t have much choice: the streets or here.

Kaphaem has rigged the boat so it’s covered by a 20-by-18-foot brown plastic tarp, with a few feet of headroom. It seems to blend in with the muddy bottom by the bridge posts of the Montlake Boulevard East exit.

You wouldn’t even know there was somebody inside unless you yelled over the noise of the rumbling cars and trucks above, “Hey, Three Stars!”

Kaphaem, 51, says he has Mohawk ancestry and so he prefers to be called by that name, which reflects the outdoors.


Under the bridge, he doesn’t bother anyone; and those who know about him leave him alone.

State Department of Transportation workers working near the bridge one day recently just shrugged him off.

But John Moriarty, the 13th Coast Guard District assistant division chief for waterways management, when asked about a boat such as Three Stars’, says, “Now we’ll have to check him out.”

They have concerns. For example, what is Three Stars doing with his waste? wonders Moriarty.

Three Stars says he either bags it and puts it in the trash bins “that go to a landfill” or uses lavatories.

Moriarty says that also, “We want to make sure he’s safe.”

So far, Three Stars seems to be.


April 25, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

America Comeback Cities for 2011

Via: Kiplinger

Seattle, Washington

Population: 3,407,848

Unemployment rate today: 9.3%

Forecast job growth for 2011: 2.1%

Clean technology,  health care, hospitality and information technology will lift employment in the  Seattle area by more than 2%, following a recession hit of nearly 8%.

Boeing is adding to its workforce each month and electric utility Seattle City  Light’s energy efficiency program, aimed at businesses and homes throughout the  city, will create about 1,000 jobs by increasing local contractors’ business.


Portland, Oregon

Population: 2,241,841

Unemployment rate today: 10.0%

Forecast job growth for 2011: 3.4%

The Portland area is  seeing significant growth in the software industry and in clean technology —  energy efficiency, electric vehicles, and batteries and wind power. Vestas, a  high-tech producer of wind power systems, recently moved its North American  headquarters to Portland. Vestas brought over 400 employees with it, but will  also create an additional 200 jobs. ReVolt Technology, a European firm focusing  on renewable battery technology, is setting up its headquarters in Portland,  bringing 150 jobs to the city.

Plus the Portland Development Commission  has awarded approximately $4.4 million in loans and grants to businesses, with  the aim of retaining or creating about 1,000 jobs. Portland lost more than 9% of  its jobs during the recession. Look for employment growth of about 3.4% this  year.


April 21, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Shoot! – crackdown on ‘topless’ espresso stands

“Topless” coffee stands may soon be regulated in Kitsap County. Lary Keeton, the county’s director of community development, has started the process of drafting legislation to do so.

“I recently had an unfortunate surprise unwittingly driving through a poorly advertised topless coffee kiosk,” said Emily Selph, a mother of three young children from Bremerton. “Now when I say topless, I mean there were small stickers over the relevant square inch of this woman’s breasts.”

That, Selph argued, fits the legal definition of obscenity.

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photo: I’m thinking, possibly Mr. Keeton and Mr. Selph.


April 15, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , | 1 Comment