Saturday, November 20, 2021

Sushi and Tamales in the Same Day

We were all over the place today.

We checked out a craft sale thing at Magnuson Park. Much like seems to be the case with a lot of the parks around here, Magnuson was formerly a military base.

There were weird samples.

The big event space at the park is in an old plane hangar which I think is pretty cool. I think the base is a former naval air base to be exact, so I assume that this is a relic from that.

Frelard Tamales is a spot I've seen on a couple of foodie lists so I was excited to try it. I like that they seem to legit only sell tamales. Buy them or get out.

We did a wild west themed escape room at Cryptic Cube Bellevue Escape Room with our friends Derrick and Gabby. The worker took our photos in the beginning and slyly made it into a wanted poster that was the reveal at the end. I thought that was a neat little twist. I was proud we escaped in the allotted time as well.

We messed around at Dave & Busters. I haven't played a game at one of these joints in a really long time.

Lydia is absurdly good at these basketball games.

Seattle has such glorious Asian food choices. Kura Revolving Sushi Bar may be the most legit kaitenzushi joint that I've been to outside of Japan. In a way it's better because the little screen at each table had fun little anime style videos about sushi. Also after 10 plates or something a toy would come out of the machine above our table. Very fun!

Wednesday, November 17, 2021

Hawks and Salmon

Before I started this insane job I'd been to like three hockey games in my life. Now I'm getting my arm twisted to go to them everyday in some sort of sick mode of torture. How many Canadians does a man see before he loses his mind? 

"Battle not with monsters, lest ye become a monster, and if you gaze into the Canada, the Canada gazes also into you." – Friedrich Nietzsche

Today's game was fun because it was against the Chicago Blackhawks. Chicago is full of poo poo people that deserve my scorn, so I felt it was important that I be there today.

When the Kraken win, which is not often, the players of the game will throw these plush autographed salmon over the glass to the fans. Well that's where all the rich people sit so the fish end up laying around like trophies back in their tunnel club suite lairs.

The fish throwing thing is a reference to the fish throwing happening at Pike Place Market. Seattle-native Macklemore raps about it in "Downtown".

I like the comically large luggage that the away teams use to move all their gear.

Don't steal it John. You'll never get away with it.

There's a shuttle that we take back to the parking garage, but this time I followed a couple random workers who acted like the bus was faster. It was not. The end of the night is another sort of sad demeaning part of working at this weird job. You're tired, you're feet hurt, it's 1 am and you have to work in the morning. All of the fans and most of the staff are long gone but you had to stay late to watch rich people drink beer, so now public transport is done for the night. The only choice then left is this sad single shuttle bus that you have no way to know when will arrive or if it will at all. Calling an Uber will burn off and hour or two of the money you just busted your butt to make in the first place. It's downtown at night in a major city and the street people are out shambling around. I think about quitting all the time but there's always another concert in the distance that I think if I could just last long enough to see that it will make it all worthwhile.

Continuing to get yelled at for leaning against a wall or looking at my cellphone is even more ridiculous due to the fact that I just accepted a position at Microsoft. Part of me is like "do you know who I am?!?" and then that's quickly followed by guilt for thinking I'm too good to do work that a lot of Americans are stuck with. I'm definitely building a lot of empathy for the working man. I sort of hate this but in the end I'm just a tourist and can stop at anytime. One of my coworkers said he was looking for more hours because he just got married and had extra bills to pay. Oh man.

Tuesday, November 16, 2021

Shoppin Large on Billy's Dime

Bellevue Square mall in downtown Bellevue, WA is a magical place that I love going to. At a time when many malls in the country aren't doing so hot due to the "world wide web" and covid, this mall is absolutely bumping at all times.

They have a Royce' shop. This is a magical brand of chocolate from the Japanese island of Hokkaido. I haven't seen this available outside of Japan and maybe a couple of fancy international airports.

Happy Lemon is a Taiwanese tea shop that has boba tea and these weird little bubble waffles. It is always always packed in this place. Everyday I'm bubblin'. 

Speaking of bubbles we picked up a bottle of a lil sumfin' on the way home. I had just received a job offer from a local mom and pop outfit headquartered one town over in Redmond called THE GODDAMN MICROSOFT CORPORATION. I don't know if you've heard of it but it was recently founded by a young entrepreneur named BILLY MOTHER EFFIN GATES. This is just how I type now.

Sunday, November 14, 2021

My First Seattle Basketball Game

Today we started our adventuring with a hike around Bothell, north of Kirkland HQ.

Later it was time for me spread more joy and hospitality at Climate Pledge Arena in the city.

The armory had a cool Lego exhibit happening.

Today was actually something a bit different for me at the arena: a Seattle University basketball game!

Idaho State were the bad guys today.

It was fun to see how the basketball court wood panels were set up. Fun fact is the ice for hockey stays underneath and concerts/basketball flooring are just stacked on top. 

The different tunnel clubs are more or less identical but some of them have unique art pieces or other little flair to them. 

"Tyrrell Winston
Wearing Me Down, 2021
Used basketballs, liquid plastic, steel, epoxy

Tyrrel Winston is known for his assemblages of old basketballs that he frequently arranges into grids so they become studies of material, culture, and history.

Self-taught, Winston began his art practice creating collages using paper scraps he found while roaming the streets of New York City. He also collected debris like basketballs and cigarette butts, both of which now serve as foundational material for his works.

His artworks all explore what the artist calls "embedded history": the narratives perpetually lodged in other people's discarded objects."

Seattle U is a tiny little Jesuit school so I'm honestly a bit confused about this arrangement. It seemed to me that there were barely enough people in attendance to bother keeping the lights on. One benefit to me was that there were way fewer rich people, and some of the tunnel clubs were completely empty. It also meant that I could check out some of the upper areas during my breaks and they would be devoid of people.

I believe this was the Space Needle club which was way outside of my zone. There were a section of lesser, higher up suites called the Pitchbook suites that another chunk of our team worked at. Also a fancy area called the Moet Club. I never did get stationed at any of those places and I wonder if that was a conscious choice or just a fluke that my masters decided to stick with.

This is the area that the announcer people stand at during Kraken games. They will also often have famous people come up here to wave to the crowd.

It was homecoming court... presentation time which was fun. One notable thing was that even a Catholic school out here on the west coast was so liberal that they didn't have homecoming king and queen, but rather two "royals". I believe they were both women.

It was clear that the production values were suffering a bit during these games.