Showing posts with label Seattle. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Seattle. Show all posts

Saturday, December 09, 2017

The President assaults Lady Liberty (images found in Seattle/Ballad)

by Jack Brummet

On Thursday, there were stacks of this image in old newspaper boxes around downtown Ballard (Seattle, Washington). 8"x11", artist/prankster unknown.


Friday, August 18, 2017

Drawing: Faces 2084 — A local Sasquatch band defend the Lenin sculpture in Fremont

by Jack Brummet

With the recent news that some right wing groups and the mayor of Seattle want to take down the great state of Lenin in Fremont, a local group of Sasquatch came to defend the statue.


Thursday, April 13, 2017

The Slender Thread movie with Anne Bancroft and Sidney Poitier

By Jack Brummet

We have an annual screening of the film The Slender Thread at the Crisis Clinic, and I finally made it for the showing tonight. It is a pretty amazing movie on a topic (suicide) that was not really talked about in the 60s. Or the 70s, 80s, 90s, 00s, and even now. Anne Bancroft, Telly Savalas (and his brother George), Sidney Poitier, and Ed Asher are the lead actors. Bancroft and Poitier—the suicidal woman and the phone worker—are the focal points of the story. A lot of it is outdated and nothing like how we work now, but it is still fascinating and touching if you have ever done this kind of work. The movie, directed by Sydney Pollack, was based on the Seattle Crisis Clinic, which was one of the first hotlines in the country.

I worked on a crisis line in 1971-72, and the movie is pretty realistic about that era. We were flying by the seat of our pants, without a lot of professional help from shrinks/MSWs, etc. When I returned to this work a couple years ago, it was much more buttoned-down and professional (and effective). When I was on the Kent crisis line, we had four hours of training provided by the Seattle Crisis Clinic (where I work now): two hours on active listening and communications skills and two hours on suicide work. The next time around, it was 80 hours of training, with four days of in-service training each year, and continual ad hoc feedback on your work.

As corny as it was at times, 
the movie was moving. They got a lot of it right, which, for Hollywood, is pretty good. It's an almost noir looking black and white movie with footage (including aerial) of 1960's Seattle. Another reason this really hit home was that the woman committing suicide lived a few blocks from us in Ballard, and a lot of key moments occurred at Golden Gardens, just down the hill from my house.

I don't know if it is available streaming, but the DVD is for sale on Amazon.

Saturday, April 08, 2017

Lennin's red hand

Over the last couple of years, I've seen Lennin's hand in Fremont painted red more often than not.


Tuesday, April 04, 2017

Seattle's massive tunneling machine, Bertha, breaks through the wall

The (formerly) world's largest tunnel-drill machine Bertha broke through its final rock just before 11:30 a.m. today (after years of delays).

Bertha began tunneling on July 30, 2013. It’s expected to finish on April 4. That’s about 1,345 days, or about 32,280 hours. The machine traveled about 9,270 feet (1.755682 miles) over that period, which puts its speed at about 0.00005438915 mph. 
For comparison, garden snails travel at a rate of speed more than 10 times faster (0.000621371 mph or 1 meter/hour), according to a British researcher.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Donald Trump naked in Seattle, NYC, Cleveland, San Francisco, and L.A.

By Jack Brummet, Public Art Ed.

Photo via The Stranger  

A statue of a Donald J. Trump has been placed at the corner of 11th Avenue and Pike Street. The plaque reads: "The emperor has no balls."  

As it turns out, these statues now appear in San Francisco, Seattle, L.A., and Cleveland. The statues were created and deployed by the art activist group INDECLINE. Where next?

And when will the candidate freak out publicly about this?  Stay tuned. . .

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Saturday, May 28, 2016

Seattle, suicide hotspot?

Seattle myth: Seattle has the highest suicide rate in the U.S. 

Not true. This high suicide rate is commonly blamed on the rain, and S.A.D. (seasonal affective disorder), as well as serotonin deficiencies--caused by lack of sunlight--that lead to depression. In fact, Seattle falls in the bottom half of the top 50 cities. On the other hand, the Aurora Bridge is the second most popular place t
o commit suicide in the U.S. (behind the Golden Gate Bridge). 

The top cities for suicide per capita (including many sunny and warm places):

1 Las Vegas, NV
2 Colorado Springs, CO
3 Tucson, AZ
4 Sacramento, CA
5 Albuquerque, NM
6 Mesa, AZ
7 Miami, FL
8 Denver, CO
9 Jacksonville, FL
10 Pittsburgh, PA
10 Wichita, KS
12 Portland, OR
13 Fresno, CA
14 Phoenix, AZ
15 Tulsa, OK
16 Milwaukee, WI
17 Oklahoma City, OK
18 Atlanta, GA
19 Austin, TX
20 Cincinnati, OH
21 Charlotte, NC
22 St. Louis, MO
23 Indianapolis, IN
24 Louisville/Jefferson Co., KY
24 Virginia Beach,VA
26 Nashville-Davidson,TN
27 Cleveland, OH
28 Seattle, WA
29 Kansas City, MO
30 Houston, TX
31 San Francisco, CA
32 Fort Worth, TX
32 Honolulu, HI
34 Columbus, OH
35 Philadelphia, PA
36 Omaha, NB
37 San Diego, CA
38 Dallas, TX
39 San Antonio, TX
40 Arlington, TX
41 Long Beach, CA
42 San Jose, CA
43 New Orleans, LA
44 Minneapolis, MN
45 Memphis,TN
46 Oakland, CA
47 El Paso, TX
48 Los Angeles, CA
49 Chicago, IL
50 Detroit, MI
51 New York City, NY
52 Baltimore, MD
52 Washington, DC
54 Boston, MA


Thursday, October 15, 2015

Three million lakes in Alaska

By Jack Brummet, h2O Ed.

Photo of Symphony lake courtesy of Wikipedia Commons.  Photo by Frank Kovalchek, 2009

It's kind of a mind-effer that there are three million lakes in Alaska [statistic via Wikipedia/media].  That is more than four lakes for each person living there. Eat your heart out Minne-land of 10,000 lakes-sota.

Seattle, with 100,000 less people than Alaska, has five lakes. One of them is large.  And then there is the shore of Puget Sound.  Of Seattle's total area, 41% is under water.

Aerial photo of Seattle permission of  Wikipedia User:Jelson25, via Wikipedia Commons.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

The Doors' Jim Morrison melts down again in Seatte, ca 1970

By Jack Brummet, Music History Ed.

There is a very good piece on John Densmore's website on The Doors final appearance in Seattle. It was a disaster (as was their previous appearance at a festival). 

Only 5,000 seats in the Coliseum were filled. At one point Morrison claims, "You know, I haven't been to Seattle in about two years; And good riddance they say." The audience corrected him, reminding him of last year's Seattle Pop Festival (another disaster).  He then asked "Was it a year ago?" 

According to my friend Francis, the audience was unrelenting and kept calling out for "Light My Fire," which he swore he would never perform again.  The audience was also asking him to "Play Miami" referring to the show and his subsequent arrest for indecent exposure.  Jim tried to infuse some humor into the situation with, "Well you know, driving into Seattle from the airport... Seattle reminds you of a late 1930s version of twenty years in the future. You know what I mean?!

Francis said he was pissed both figuratively (e.g., very drunk) and literally.  The power was pulled in the middle of a song, and The Doors walked off stage.