Blogs about ballard
We have only brief temporal intervals in which we can enjoy the things we love. Examples:
- The glass shop near home has closed. To continue taking glassblowing lessons, I will have to trek out to the suburbs (ick), or use a different shop.
- A neighbor of ours has moved. It was very convenient to swap cat sitting duties with someone just a few doors away.
- Circus Contraption has closed. I am glad that I had the opportunity to experience the aptly named "Show to End All Shows". I would have loved the opportunity to share this unique joy with you.
I am starting a new hobby - glassblowing.
During last month's vacation to the Oregon coast, I blew my own glass float at Lincoln City Glass Center. I recommend trying it yourself if you can't find your own on the sand. I've signed up for a set of lessons at a local hot shop next month and I'm quite looking forward to them.
I enjoy that working with glass is both an art and a technical craft. Each finished piece is absolutely unique, and very different from more common 'arts and crafts'. Most of all, I like the permanence of glass pieces. Practically all of the work I do on computers is intangible, always changeable, and never perfected. Once glass is done, it's done, and it's going to last a very very long time.
A somewhat interesting fact: It's been a long time since Dale Chihuly blew the glass himself. He's more of a director and designer of glassblowing.
A few yellow signs promoting a Saturday block party in our neighborhood were hanging around this week. I thought they were pretty cheap looking, but the husband pointed out a website on them - so we couldn't tell if it was some kind of marketing event or not. We resolved to check it out after going to the gym, we found that it was, indeed, a marketing event.
This "block party" was promoting a new quad of "townhouses" that had finished construction just up the street. I say "townhouses" because the units were 3 stories with the small footprint that is typical of townhouses, but they were actually free-standing houses with no shared walls. We toured the inside of the homes, and they're very very nice, but just very very small. The first floor has an entryway and a 1 car garage. The second floor has the kitchen / living room. The kitchen was beautiful, with small glass tile accents and a super wide window just above the sink. In fact, the all of the windows were huge - showing off the great views of downtown and Mt. Rainier, and letting tons of light into the rooms. The third floor had 2 bedrooms and a single bathroom - very well designed, but small.
I imagine that these homes would work for a single adult, but would be very cramped for even a small family. The advertised price is "from the $300s" - even $380,000 is a fantastic price for owning a home in Ballard. Seattle's home prices are suffering less than some cities, and Ballard is one of the better-off neighborhoods..
In addition to touring the houses, the "block party" had a firetruck and firefighters, a Zip Car kiosk, and free crepes from Anitas. (Well, the crepes weren't really free - the developer of the houses surely paid for them.) Yum - we love Anita's! I had a peanut butter and banana crepe, and it was delicious. And, much lighter on the calorie scale than those tricksy pancakes.
Remember the saga of Edith Macefield? She's the little old Ballard lady whose house was being eaten by a L.A. Fitness and a Trader Joes. She hadn't wanted to sell to developers, and eventually passed away in her home, as she wished. There was a rumor that she'd willed her house to the developer's construction manager, who'd been taking care of her.
News piece number one is someone vandalized Edith's fences with the messages "LA Fitness killed Edith" and "Save Ballard". Yet another example of how deeply Seattle values it's neighborhoods.
"News" piece number two is that that the New York Times has finally caught onto this story. (If the NYT website says you must register to read the page, just clear your cookies and refresh the page.) NYT was able to confirm that the construction manager was willed the house, and he'll sell it to help pay for his daughter's college. I'll be interested to see if and how the house gets integrated into the business complex.
In other news of TV I like, we watch a lot of Deadliest Catch around our house. We feel a special sense of kinship with the crab fishermen because many of them and their boats live in Seattle, some even dock in Ballard.
My daily commute crosses a bride over the Fisherman's Terminal, where many working boats are moored. Frequently I'll look out the window, hoping for a peek of a "famous" Deadliest Catch boat.
I did see the North American for a few days. While I am charmed by Sten Skaar and his goofy sweaters, the North American just isn't a major player.
A couple weeks ago, the husband and I were at Shilshole avenue, and we saw the Wizard, parked in drydock. Now THAT's a famous boat. It was very large and impressive. We didn't manage to spot any Coburns, though.
An afterthought: Are these crab fishing vessels "boats" or "ships"? I sure don't want Sig Hansen yelling at me for calling his rig the wrong thing.
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