Posted On: Saturday - June 13th 2020 6:13PM MST
In Topics:   Immigration Stupidity  Lefty MegaStupidity  Music  Geography
In the days between early June and late September, Seattle and the rest of the Pacific Northwest is the most beautiful place I've seen, and I've been everywhere, man, at least in this here land. That big vanilla ice cream cone of a volcano that goes up to 14 1/2 thousand feet is visible from any hill, through spaces in the tall evergreens, and both the hills and evergreens are everywhere.
It's possibly worth it to live up there throughout the gloomy winter for the other 7-8 months. Well, it's not all that cold really, other than the rare nights in winter when the clouds are not there. It's accurately called a "temperate" climate - if you like the outside between 45 F and 55 F, you're golden! It's like that a large part of the year. It's not even that they get that much rain on that side (the west side of they Olympic Mountains gets a whole lot more). That 37 in. yearly or so is lower than most States in the East and Deep South. It's just that there are so many damn rainy days. 1/8" today, sprinkles tomorrow, once in a while a downpour, but it just doesn't freakin' dry the hell out till June sometime! The sun is 19 degrees above the horizon at its HIGHEST at the winter solstice , so even if there is that sun break at noon, that sun doesn't do squat.
Yeah, but during that beautiful summer, with no serious heat to speak of - the people complain when it's 82F and not even humid, for cryin' out loud - it gets light before 5 in the morning and it's not dark until nearly 10P. It's time to play then, and for outdoor types, it's a HUGE playground - mountains to the west, mountains to the east, mountains to the south, water right up to downtown, saltwater to the west, and freshwater to the east.
(This song, with the tune written by a guy named Hugo Montenegro and lyrics by Jack Keller and Ernie Sheldon, was also sung by Bobby Sherman and Perry Como, but I like this Connie Smith version. I didn't know before that the song was a theme for a TV show about 19th century Seattle, called Here come the Brides*. Bobby Sherman was in the show.)
The city of Seattle, Washington is in the news, or, excuse me, I should say, and the CHAZ, as some of it is now the Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone, supposedly not a part of that city and State anymore. Mind you, we at Peak Stupidity have absolutely nothing against secession. There's no law against it, though the US Army may invade and start a terrible 4 year-long war of aggression just the same. It's just that these young Commies and BLM fools wouldn't know how to run a coffee shop**, much less a country. I hate that they picked the city of Seattle too. Why not Gary, Indiana, guys? They picked one of the many nice neighborhoods too. If Seattle, you could find a few place where the cops already don't want to go, like down in Tukwila or by the SEATAC airport. No worries, right?
The CHAZians have already been seen on youtube, yelling at each other about whose turn to speak it is, and what they want to accomplish. These are people who ordinarily wouldn't get along, with the exception of when working to destroy American culture and stuff . Hopefully it won't escalate and require anyone calling the Law or anything ... wait.
OK, now we're all Libertarians here, right, so ... right? No, but I can see a better society with a lot fewer lawmen around (lawladies even less so). It's just that it works only with the right demographics such as, for example, the citizens of the United State for its first century, and on into the next to a lesser degree. Even with orderly rational people (take China, please ..) you've got the basic problem of mo people, mo problems. I'm positive that CHAZ, if not already, will be a virtual shitshow. (There's probably already a youtube channel with that name that they can use. What do you mean, you have the rights? Your law means nothing in CHAZ, white man.)
The CHAZians are just part and parcel to all the ruination I know of in Seattle. The place is still beautiful. However, the big money of computer "TECH", and huge immigration from India, China, and all over, for cheap TECH labor, and then the lefty politics, likely an infestation that came along with Californication, has introduced and induced a population generally unworthy of the beautiful landscape and well-built city.***
It wasn't always like this. I've been to graveyards with most of the headstones and monument displaying the Swedish and Norwegian names of many of those early settlers and builders of the city*. A couple of decades ago, when I was there for a while, even those nice neighborhoods on the various hills, Magnolia to the NW, Queen Anne, due North, Ballard and Fremont north of there, and Capitol Hill to the East were all reasonably affordable. Now you got mo people, mo money, mo problems. Working class people have been gentrified right out of many of the nice areas, except, of course, we don't call it gentrification when it happens to white people, so quit bitchin'.
Here are a couple of pictures of Capitol Hill, the first of a commercial street, and the next of a type of house you see a lot of, especially there. When I was there walking around (gotta get some Pagliachi's pizza!) I looked around enough to wonder about certain people, and I don't mean just the tattoos and nose piercings. I'd heard it was a gay area, and asked exactly that of some dude on the street "hey, is this a gay area?" He didn't seem miffed about the question but denied it. I wonder if he's now living in CHAZ, maybe in the gay area, possibly with some new tattoos and piercings.
I never got into the Grunge music scene (out of Seattle) very much, but since Pearl Jam was the first Grunge song I ever heard, I got to like this one quite a bit.
Eddie Vedder – lead vocals, rhythm guitar
Jeff Ament – bass guitar, backing vocals
Stone Gossard – rhythm and lead guitar, backing vocals
Mike McCready – lead guitar, backing vocals
Too many different drummers to figure out who played drums on this one.
A song by a more recent Seattle band, The Head and the Heart was featured here 2 weeks into this blog. Here it is: Lost in my Mind. You'll like it.
* There were plenty from the East Coast too, especially Boston. On Queen Anne Hill, one of the ritziest parts of town, just north and uphill from the Space Needle, there are streets named after Boston suburbs and outlying towns in Mass. The was due to there having been these Mercer girls (part of the story in Here Come the Brides), who'd been sent for, from 3,000 miles, right down the I-90 end to end.. OK, I kid, way before the 90.
** Yeah, they can work at a coffee shop, or sit at a table for 2 hours, pounding and expounding their points regarding the coming revolution, but run it?
*** It is a well-built city, in my opinion. Most of the neighborhoods, even not near downtown, have commercial streets that are within 5-10 small blocks from anywhere in the neighborhood. The streets go in a grid, big hills and ravines be damned. One is tempted to think the planners had never heard of switchbacks, though there are a few here and there.