Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Spring Color

Spring color is in full bloom here in Seattle. Especially in the Magnolia area, where I live. Walking around the neighborhood with the camera I am assaulted by vibrant colors. Which is great to see after this gray winter. This photo shows a range of the colors available currently.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Holy Giant Urinals Batman!

So you've drunk a few beers and it's time to make some room for a couple of more. You can see where the restrooms are and so you go on over and walk in. Where upon you are overwhelmed by this huge urinal. And I mean huge. The top of the automatic sensor is taller then me, so let's say it is at six feet high (approximately 2 meters). The urinal itself is one big piece of ceramic, I would say 32" wide by about 4 feet 10 inches high and about 18" deep.

Luckily I had my camera with me and took a quick photo. It is so fun to just be surprised by items like this, just when you think you have seen all the urinals there are, pow you come across this one. You can find this one at the Irish Pub in Seattle in Magnolia off of Dravus.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Are Baby Carriages EVIL!!

Well some of the shops in Copenhagen, Denmark think so. I ran across this sign in quite a few place in Copenhagen. Usually you would see this no baby carriages sign with a no bike sign. Seems the Danish dislike the Baby Carriages more then skateboards, because I didn't see a no skateboarding sign anywhere. Where as here in America no skateboarding signs are a dime a dozen. And I have never seen a no baby carriages sign here in America. I love finding theses little idiosyncrasies in different cultures.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

How to knot your tie?

So you're walking along, late for a dinner where you need to be dressed to the nines and you still haven't tied your tie. In your flustered state you can't remember how to tie it, doh, what to do. Well if you are lucky enough to be in Reykjavik, Iceland you can stop at this alley entrance for instructions. Now this is a cool sign / wall art. As well as being helpful.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

No Dumping . . . Whatever

Sometimes while walking around you notice / come across the strangest signs. Take this one for example "Dump No Material Whatever". You can stop and think about it for a moment and come to the conclusion that you are not to dump anything here. But if you read through it quickly and look at how the text is placed you can read it as "Dump No Material . .mmm . . ahh . . Whatever". Meaning I am trying to stop you from dumping anything here but oh whatever do what you want because I truly don't care. Just Saying.

Monday, April 05, 2010

Ice Bar in Iceland

Back in February I was able to go to Reykjavik, Iceland for the weekend. My wife and I had a great time and hope to get back there in the future for a much longer stay.
While there I was able to get some fun photos. Here are a couple from the Ice Bar. It is more of a novelty place to go to, but you just have to go do it once. Just remember you have to pay to go in where upon you get a parka to wear and a free shot of Jeager Meister ( the drink frozen in the big ice blocks).

Saturday, April 03, 2010

Pabst mural in Fremont

Everytime I walk by this mural in Fremont near Rain City Video all I can think is:
This is what the world looks like after consuming to much Pabst Blue Ribbon beer.

Though I don't have this type of experience, especially from drinking to much PBR, it is what I imagine.

Thursday, April 01, 2010

The Iron Horseshoe

I was going through my archive of photos, which just grows and grows, when I came across a horseshoe picture I forgot to publish in my Horseshoe series.

I don't know of anyone else who makes this shoe. But, my friend Mike Carson, a Blacksmith in Woodland, CA, forges a lot of historical items. This shoe made from a rail road spike was traditionally used by Railroad Companies to Shoe their Iron Horses.

What with the change in technology for trains and railways these Iron Horses have been forgotten. I wonder if anyone out there still has raises this breed?