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A Run Around Lake Union

My friend Kate Bicket and I collaborated on a Seattle-centric photo essay called A Run Around Lake Union, appearing today in The Morning News.

Posted on May 12, 2005 to Elsewhere, Seattle


It catches the living spirit of the lake -- people doing thier own things out where everyone else can see.

Posted by: Edith on May 12, 2005 8:11 AM

very nice.
i miss seattle. alot. right up until i see the color of the sky in the photos. and then i'm glad i live in southern california where it's currently in the 80s. although my sister, who still lives up there, would tell me that the lack of rain has dried out my brain and i'm now warped for life....

Posted by: leahpeah on May 12, 2005 9:07 AM

You inspired me to procrastinate from my work in NYC to look up "The Wall of Death" ... apparently "The name and form were derived from the name of a carnival act that consisted of motorcycles speeding around the inside of a cylinder, going so fast that they ride horizontally on the vertical wall."

loved the pics -- makes me miss the pacific northwest, where I spent my college years.

Posted by: katie on May 12, 2005 9:33 AM

That was totally RAD, man.

Posted by: Keith on May 12, 2005 10:23 AM

This cries out for an annotated google map. Well, I, at least, can hear that cry. I will be visiting Seattle soon and you have whetted my appetite for walking this route.

Posted by: salt on May 12, 2005 10:31 AM

Ack....gasp...dying from the West Side Story "pate" lyric. I love making up alternate lyrics to that song, it is ALWAYS funny but you win with this one. I'm getting out of the business now.

Posted by: Courtney on May 12, 2005 11:07 AM

Great pics. Great humour. Never been to Seattle but think I'd like it.

Posted by: jj on May 12, 2005 12:15 PM

Caviar.com has moved. I don't know what that White Jeep was doing there.

Do you ever run by 2922 Eastlake Ave East, Seattle Washington 98102? it's apparently only a short block north.

Posted by: Edward on May 12, 2005 2:37 PM

Love the troll. Also googled "Wall of Death," but was beaten to the punch, obviously. Anyway, if you want to see what a REAL wall of death looks like, here are the pictures: http://www.wallofdeath.com/pressrelease.htm

Posted by: carny asada on May 12, 2005 4:29 PM

Thanks for the gosling pics. We have a small herd of them at the lake near us. The ducks stay well away and now I know why.

Posted by: Mickey on May 12, 2005 5:33 PM

That was wonderful, thanks. I'm really charmed by the troll, I keep going back to the picture your friend took. I even did a Flickr search for "Seattle Troll" but their search function is down.

I want a troll of my very own.

Posted by: LRM on May 12, 2005 9:07 PM

This is way cool. I've lived in King Co. for going on 20 years and have never been to Fremont, but boy do I want to go now! However, my favorite is the Ducks v. Geese/Westside Story song. Thanks for a great piece!

Posted by: Kristy on May 13, 2005 12:14 AM

Good Lord, and I though Austin was weird. I'm coming to visit. Molto props for the use of the phrase "going pear-shaped." I've always thought we should wrest that one away from the Brits.

Posted by: holley on May 13, 2005 6:52 AM

As with several other people commenting, I used to live around there as well. I enjoyed seeing most of these neato-o things again...


Jesus Christ, that thing creeps me out in a major way. I used to like going that way to hit Queen Anne and see friends, and I thought it was charming to see that gang of metallic bus denizens.

Now it holds only nightmares. Or am I the only one who remembers that horrible thing from "Invasion of the Body Snatchers?" yeeesh..

Posted by: Hojo on May 13, 2005 7:25 AM

Yeah - that was delightful - almost as de-stressing as taking a morning run around those sites and it was especially enjoyable to me as i just visited several of them for the first time last month. Felt connected. Nice work.

Posted by: isabella on May 13, 2005 10:25 AM

What's a Utilikiltarian?

It's not a Utilitarian? Do utilikitarians dress funny? How do you know one when you see one?

Posted by: miel on May 13, 2005 10:35 AM

My wife and I got engaged on that troll's right middle and index finger on vacation. They gave us three free pint glasses at the nearby Red Hook brewery to commemorate the happy day.

(It was either going to be there or at Bruce and Jason Lee's graves...nice view, but too morbid. And I don't think we'd have gotten the glasses.)

Thanks for putting it up. If you get out to NYC, I hereby offer you a guided run around the Central Park loop (also a six-miler).

Posted by: braine on May 13, 2005 11:13 AM


Utilikilts are, um...well, really, the pictures will demonstrate (if not explain) them better than I can:

I did like the coinage of "utilikiltarians," though. I drive much of that route every morning on my Ballard-Montlake commute, and it's fun to see it annotated. I'm glad I'm not the only one who smirks at the T&A Supply sign every single time I pass it.

Posted by: Thel on May 13, 2005 11:28 AM

Very cool. Perhaps you should throw the challenge out there, a la Tricks of the Trade.

Posted by: Jeff on May 14, 2005 12:42 PM

Very nice essay.

The "Replacements Needed" posters are put up by a group that does fundraising and other advocacy canvassing. My sister works for them and does Sierra Club fundraising, though I think that's a separate account. Those posters are everywhere, so I'm impressed if it's only one guy.

Posted by: Justin Baeder on May 15, 2005 10:16 AM

LOLOL about Hooters! "Shut up, I know you do!"

Jogging is good. More people should jog - or even just walk fast.
Sometimes when I jog the track takes my mind off the rest of my life and sometimes the rest of my life takes my mind of the track...

Posted by: Shine on May 15, 2005 3:15 PM

This is a nifty virtual tour & has filled me with a desire to visit Fremont, the existence of which I was not even aware of before today.

Posted by: Nadia on May 16, 2005 9:55 AM

I love running around Lake Union too. So much to see! There's one of those "PORTAL - over Lake Union" signs, in which someone crossed the L so it looks like it says "overtake Union." This is funny since the condos are moving in, but not funny because I just bought one.

I loved your new West Side Story lyrics too. HI-larious.

Posted by: Kerry on May 16, 2005 4:39 PM

re: goose vs duck
first thought was star-bellied sneetches

Posted by: nick on May 16, 2005 5:14 PM

"Condominium accent marks are the new heavy-metal umlauts!"

I liked that one best

Posted by: Windopaene on May 17, 2005 9:54 AM

Nothing to do with the topic at hand, but I found this and it made me think of this blog:

Posted by: Mekashef on May 17, 2005 10:14 AM

All of the "Fremont Center of the Universe" signs used to have a little sign below them that said "Turn your watch back 5 minutes". Why were they all taken away?

Posted by: C. on May 17, 2005 11:47 AM

This was just fabulous. I live on a houseboat on Lake Union, and it was so nice to see the little neighborhood written up in such fine style. Thank you!

Posted by: libby on May 17, 2005 12:26 PM

Am I the only one curious about the mention of a seattle Lenin statue?

Posted by: Anonymous on May 17, 2005 4:19 PM

You son of a bitch. We already have enough damned outsiders moving here, and pieces like this only further glamorize the PNW. Remember, the more people who come here, the less "here" it gets.

Nice job on the article, but damn.

Posted by: Jake Brake on May 24, 2005 3:25 PM

i am an idiot and i am lead by richard simmons

Posted by: idiot on May 29, 2005 12:43 PM