scribbles tagged ‘Seattle’

NW US Regional Accent

Saturday, February 11th, 2006 | tags: ,  |

On Wendy’s first day in Washington State:

Wendy: Is your accent the regional accent for the Seattle area?

Hairdresser:   I don’t have an accent

Wendy: oh, sorry,   I must have soap in my ears, have you lived in the Seattle area all of your life?

Hairdresser:   yes

Wendy: Are your parents orginially from round here?

Hairdresser:   yes

Today:

Waitress:   Waller?

Wendy: On the rocks

 

 

Wendy learning-to-talk-to-the-natives

NW US Regional Accent
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Excellent Coldplay Concert

Thursday, January 26th, 2006 | tags: ,  |

Last night Coldplay played at the Seattle Key Arena.

Summary: Lively, fun high quality entertainment

Chris Martin swaggered and pranced around the stage nonchalantly in a manner reminiscent of Pete Murphy or David Bowie.

They played a pleasingly long, well executed, set covering all 3 albums. The light show was dramatic and simple. It didn’t detract from the performance.

 

Live film of the concert was edited and projected onto a huge back-screen. The camera-work and editing was outstanding. It was creative and conveyed the kind of detail you can’t see, when like me, you’re dancing in the gods.

Yellow was about the 3rd song. Huge yellow balloons were released from the ceiling. I caught photographs of these on my cameraphone (pictures attached). the balloons burst sprinkling ‘glitter’ onto the audience.

Camera’s were heavily evident in the audience. During in my place much of the audience held their cell-phones aloft and swayed their arms.

I danced through the whole concert, extremely enjoyable.

 

Atmospheric, fuzzy T610 cameraphone photographs

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Baseball opening ceremonies

Monday, September 12th, 2005 | tags: , , ,  |

We went to see Seattle Mariners vs Baltimore Orioles at the Seattle Mariner’s ‘Safeco” stadium on Saturday evening.

The massive roof rolls closed to enable the games to continue in Seattle rain. Below, you can see it open in the early evening sunlight as the field is prepared for the game. Baseball games are a fabulous American ceremony.

Preparation of the field is like a dance involving

  • Mascot: Seattle Mariners use a person dressed as a ‘Moose’?! in slapstick style interactive antics.
  • Autographs: team members sign autographs at the edge of the field.
  • Overhead screens: play media clips of ‘bloopers’, games, and provide statistics.
  • Colours: Before the game starts the colours (National, State and Utility – e.g. firemen) are marched onto the field
  • Field preparation: the sand is sprayed with water, this appears like a tightly choreographed dance. The ‘lines’ are placed on the ground. Again this appears very ritualised
  • National Anthem: a guest sings the National anthem while the crowd stands.
  • Food: people walk up and down the isles calling-out the food types they are vending (popcorn, candy-floss, beer, lemonade). You catch their attention and purchase directly from them without leaving your seat. Alternatively you can walk to a huge walkway that surrounds the back of the stands and is completely bordered by food/drinks vendors.

This game included one minute of silence prior to the National Anthem to remember the victims of Hurricane Katrina. Essentially a shared experience, news system and re-inforcement of morale values.

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Bumbershoot

Sunday, September 4th, 2005 | tags: , ,  |

Spent the day with friends at the Bumbershoot festival listening to music, playing in the International fountain, watching people shop and eat.

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Kayaking on Lake Union

Friday, August 26th, 2005 | tags: , , ,  |

Kayaking on Lake Union was wonderful. Watching Seaplanes land, intricate and varied houseboat designs, awash in thick sunshine. We hired (US = rented) Kayak’s from:

http://www.aguaverde.com/

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