August 5th, 2011

Wednesday's walk

This route was a little confusing, since other than visiting the historic Crown Hill Cemetery I was mainly just wandering, sometimes covering the same street several times. It turned out to be a little over seven miles.

I'm using the MotionX-GPS application on my phone to automatically make these maps as I walk.

Crown Hill Cemetery

This cemetery, founded in 1903, mainly served families from northern Europe who worked in Ballard's sawmills and shipyards. Fatal accidents in those lines of work (particularly the former) were common.

The Civil War veterans' memorial in Crown Hill Cemetery

I found myself wondering while looking at this whether there has ever been a culture which used sundials as memorials.

I searched later on, and found out that a large-scale memorial in the form of a working sundial was created in Port Hueneme CA for the victims of the Alaska Airlines Flight 261 crash. It's designed to cast a shadow on a memorial plaque each year at the exact time and date of the crash.

Thursday's walk

I'm not entirely sure what went wrong with my GPS readings near the start of the walk (i.e. that diagonal line): in reality I was just walking north on 3rd, and turning right on Wall.

Gerard Schwarz Place

The street was renamed last month, in honor of Mr. Schwarz's last concert with the Seattle Symphony on June 16. His replacement's first concert with the Seattle Symphony (in his new position at least) will be on September 17.

KEXP 90.3FM

Yesterday's walking route took me by the Seattle (and worldwide via the internet) independent radio station KEXP, and the person working the front desk was kind enough to oblige me with a tour. Here you see the studio where the live performances happen.

Canlis

My understanding is that this is the only restaurant in Seattle to have a dress code (at least one which doesn't include "business casual" as an option).

The new suicide bars on the George Washington Memorial Bridge

Before these suicide bars were installed five months ago, apparently this bridge was the third most popular suicide destination in the entire United States (behind only Niagra Falls in New York and the Golden Gate Bridge in California).

We should have installed those bars long ago, in my opinion: this was a shameful thing for our city to be known for, and the cost of the bars was trivial.

Seattle's skyline

Gas Works Park on the left, space needle on the right, skyline in the middle, and a seaplane flying in overhead. A classic view of Seattle, I think.