Friday, December 26, 2008

The Latest on Garbage

This contradicts the latest report (dated Dec. 24) on the SPU website. As a Thursday customer, I thought our garbage would be picked up today. But no, not till Sunday--

December 26, 2008
For Immediate Release


Andy Ryan
(206) 684-7688


Hans Van Dusen

Seattle Garbage Scheduled for Special Weekend Pickup
Conditions Permitting, Garbage Will Be Collected Saturday and Sunday

SEATTLE -- Special Saturday and Sunday pickup is being scheduled, conditions permitting, for the city's residential garbage, recycling, food and yard waste customers, Seattle Public Utilities said today.

Due to continued inclement conditions, today's customers (Friday, Dec. 26) are scheduled to be collected tomorrow (Saturday, Dec. 27) and Thursday customers (Dec. 25) will be collected on Sunday, Dec. 28.

Thursday and Friday customers are advised to leave their garbage at the curb through Sunday. Collection contractors will inspect neighborhood routes throughout the weekend for service opportunities. Customers scheduled for Monday through Wednesday pickup should set out their materials on their normal appointed days, next week. There will be no additional charge for setting out extra garbage.

Despite inclement conditions, the city's collections contractors have been running limited commercial routes around the clock this week, providing service to urgent commercial accounts where containers are accessible. Contractors are running 40 commercial trucks today to serve locations on major arterials and utilizing extra staff to access snow blocked containers. Approximately 40 percent of Seattle's business accounts have been collected this week.

"We are eager to resume residential services as soon as possible, but safety with our large trucks is our first priority," said Hans Van Dusen, Solid Waste Contracts Manager for Seattle Public Utilities. "Warmer weather is forecast for this weekend and next week, and we expect that will make it safer to send big trucks back into Seattle's neighborhoods."

Customers whose collections have been delayed by a week can set out double their normal amount of garbage at no additional charge. When setting out extra waste, customers are encouraged to place perishable food items in their collection containers and set bagged non-perishable items next to the containers.

Customers who have had their collections missed can also take their waste to Seattle's Recycling and Disposal stations, where it will be accepted at no charge. Seattle's Recycling and Disposal stations will be closed on New Year's Day, January 1.

Seattle Public Utilities' (SPU) web site ( and call center (206-684-3000) will be updated with the most current collection information. Customers can also be sign-up for CurbWaste E-News service alerts at

In addition to providing more than 1.3 million customers in the Seattle metropolitan area with a reliable water supply, SPU provides essential sewer, drainage, solid waste and engineering services that safeguard public health, maintain the City's infrastructure and protect, conserve and enhance the region's environmental resources.

Dirty Snow on Christmas Day





I've reported this graffiti.



Friday, December 19, 2008

Snowy Walk to Graham Street Grocery

I wasn't sure how often the 36 would be running today so I decided to get food from the Graham Street Grocery instead of trekking to Red Apple.

Looking east from the parking lot of the Chinese Baptist Church.


And looking west.


The Orcas/Beacon intersection.


Juneau Street, I think.


Another church.


I did see several 36s.


The west side of Graham was clsed to traffic.


There's the Graham Street Grocery.


The folks at the store could not have been any nicer. I bought a whole bunch of stuff, and they gave me free coffee and a snowman pin.

I passed a P-patch on the way home.


Not much to see there today.


Tuesday, December 16, 2008

How to Complain About the #36 Passing You By

Aimee Curl at the Seattle Weekly complained today that the #36 has passed her by two weeks in a row, and this time she and the other passengers had to wait nearly half an hour in 20-degree weather.

One reader commented that she should file an online complaint about the service on the #36 route.

Since there's nothing I love as much as an online complaint form (except, perhaps, whining about the #36), I'll share the link with you all. Let's all file complaints when the #36 passes us by. Try to provide the stop location, time, direction, and bus unit # if you have it.

Metro online complaint form

I'm not sure it'll do any good, but they might at least be forced to keep track of all the complaints somewhere.

I haven't seen any mention of them in their ridiculous annual reports, none of which correlate any rider-focused metrics (such as number of skipped passengers, timeliness of service, number of assaults) to specific routes. But at least we'll know in our hearts that the data exists somewhere.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

This Has Nothing to Do with Anything

But I am super-excited for my friend Will (below at left in a photo from Election Day), who will be one of three musicians from Washington state to march with the Gay and Lesbian Band Association in Barack Obama's inaugural parade.


It will be the first time a gay and lesbian band will march in a presidential inaugural parade.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

November Garden Bloom Day

Garden bloggers are supposed to take pictures of the blossoms in their yards on the 15th of each month. This isn't really a garden blog (and I prefer foliage to blooms), but I recently rewrote the explanation for this blog so it could cover anything:

"This is a personal neighborhood photo blog about the areas surrounding Mid Beacon Hill in South Seattle, and about other things I see, like, and do."

So here are photos of plants in my Mid Beacon Hill yard on Bloom Day.

Royal purple smoke tree, genus name Cotinus.


Viburnum, an evergreen. It would develop metallic blue berries if it ever got pollinated by a mate plant. I should get it one. I want everyone to be happy here.


I should bring these succulents in for the winter, but I doubt that I will. They'll probably come back anyway.



Raspberries in mid-November. I was surprised.


A couple of Ceanothus "Julia Phelps" blooms.


Ceanothus "Point Reyes."


Some beautiful little sedum.


Donkey tail Euphorbia.


"Angelina," the most thuggish of all the sedums.




I haven't weeded in months, and it shows.


Beautyberry. (Callicarpia?)




Speaking of plants, I went to a birthday party at a plant store last night.

First I drank aquavit at the Copper Gate in Ballard.


Arthur told us about a funny YouTube video that I still haven't looked up yet. He told us to search for "judas priest shreds." It must be this.



OK, anyway, the party was at the Palm Room on Ballard Avenue.



They had lots of gorgeous air plants.


And a big gray cat.


We got there early, before anyone else. Except the man of the hour.


We drank Sangiovese until midnight then went home.







Saturday, November 8, 2008

Grown Folks Coffeehouse Menu

I've only visited Grown Folks once, for a decaf latte right after they opened. I don't think they were serving meals at the time.

But now that I've heard wonderful things about their salad, and I see they have two soups daily plus custom sandwiches, well, I better go there for food soon. You should too.

See their menus and other info at the Grown Folks website.

Another Reason to Hit Calamity Jane's Happy Hour

(Besides the great food and drink menu.)


The light in there is fantastic at that time of day at this time of year.



Calamity Jane's happy hour is Monday through Saturday, 3 to 6 p.m.

Carleton Market

I checked out the open house at the new Carleton Market in Georgetown today.


If you like what you see here, pay them a visit on the corner of Carleton and Warsaw. Their for-sure hours are 4 to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, with possible additional hours to be announced later.

This liquor license belonged to the old Country Inn roadhouse, which occupied this building a hundred years ago.


The roadhouse became a grocery in 1911.


According to the Friends of Georgetown History, "Ghost hunters gave identified several spirits residing in this building, including a Mediterranean-looking man in a white apron who haunts the storefront, and a prostitute who leans out of a second-story window."

Not only does this place have a better story than the AM/PM, it has better food too.


I know an actual Swiss person who buys this brand of fondue. It's good.





I was a little disappointed that I didn't see any Cherry Garcia frozen yogurt.


So I added that request to their already varied list.


I'd go to Full Throttle Bottles for my bubbly, but they do have some champagne on hand if while shopping you suddenly decide you need to celebrate something.



They also have some wine and beer. (They don't carry malt liquor, but Duvel's a quick drunk with its 8.5% alcohol content.)



They also have some South Park beers.


Today they sampled some of their selection (not of alcohol, unfortunately) for the neighbors.







The Carleton Avenue Grocery is located on the corner of Carleton and
Warsaw, just south of the Hat & Boots (Oxbow) Park.