I am the biggest fan of Weird New Jersey IN THE WORLD.
In my world anyway- which is pretty much just me, my dog- who is freaking AWESOME- my camera, laptop and my cool collection of neat stuff ( which consists of things like gargoyles, some embalmers tools and a few casts of my family members teeth )
Weird NJ is the Promised Land for those of us who love to explore the odd and the macabre. I’ve had to read the books and magazines and watched anything Weird NJ on TV.
It fed my weird and curious little Soul.
Truthfully, I always felt a little cheated that Washington State didn’t have anything like Weird NJ. I’d go as far as to say I was downright embarrassed that we seemed so boring and normal.
So yesterday I find out from about a half dozen emails from some of my friends who know how much I THRIVE on strange and curious, that right here in Seattle we have our very own version of Mark & Mark- and that we are not so normal here out in the Pacific Northwest.
Meet Garrett ( on the left ) and Jeremy
Garret and Jeremy started to track and map weirdness and what they ended up with was a to do list for anyone who believes that there is more of the world to see then places with good reviews on Yelp.
MAP LEGEND from Liminal Seattle
Dark Forces: Lanyard Zombies, Drones, Corporate Death Zones, Cupcake Shops, Etc.
Time Distortions: Travelers, Timehunters, “Deja Vu”, “Losing Time,” Etc.
Mythologies: Pre-Shamanic Deer Cults, Radical Gnostic Animism, etc.
Cryptoids: Bigfoot, Lycanthrops, Trolls, Ogres, Etc.
Thin Places: Ley Lines, Magic Fountains, Plant Sigils, Portals, etc.
Straight Up Ghosts: Creepy vibes, Poltergeists, EVPs, Stone Tape Theories, Class III Apparitions
High Weirdness: Fortean Phenomena, Floating Toblerone, Things That Just Don’t Make Sense Classic UFO: Close Encounters, Sightings, etc.
Strange Animals: Bearing Gifts, Unusual Encounters, Fecal Divination, etc.
Visions: Dreams, Visions, Mystical Experiences, etc.
What can I say-
They had me at Cupcake Shops.
I subscribed to the Newsletter HERE and I’m going to use the map.
Maybe I’ll discover a little weirdness of my own along the way- fingers crossed!
Visit Liminal Seattle HERE
Read Press Coverage HERE
Seattle is a bike friendly town.
So friendly in fact that if you are renting one of those run around bikes you can dump it in a handicapped parking spot in a private parking lot and your friends can jam their bikes so close to the handicapped spot that there is no way anyone could use the passenger doors to let anyone out of the car or van without a care in your head because
YOU ARE DOING YOUR PART TO SAVE THE WORLD…
no matter how many people with mobility issues that you have to screw over to do it.
April 24, 2018
Underneath the Pike Place Market in Seattle, Washington
on a dark little road is the world famous
People from all over the world like to look at the Gum Wall and they even take turns getting their picture taken in front of it.
This is how it works:
You chew gum, take it out of your mouth stick it to the wall and make
Myself, I’d rather not do anything that brings me in direct contact with the wall.
But then again, I never claimed to be an artist.
It actually smells kind of nice down in Post Alley, some of the time.
On the other hand, it’s almost a relief when you go back upstairs and you get a nose full of freshly caught fish.
I guess if you have to be famous for something, you could do worse then fish and chewing gum.
The fires are burning in Central Washington but as anyone in the Seattle area will be glad to tell you, the air is full of ash and it’s all over the cars ( hey it’s also in our lungs but it’s all about priorities I guess ).
My dog, Hamish Macbeth, made no effort to ask to go out this morning(!) and when we did get out he spent most of his time asking to walk under trees and next to bushes and if he had to jump up a four foot wall to get near them, he did.
He didn’t want to be out in the open and he made that very clear to me.
I didn’t get why he was acting a bit strange because it was dark and I couldn’t see how much smoke and ash was in the air.
Because I followed Hamish Macbeth, I didn’t smell the smoke and we were covered by trees for most of our walk so for awhile I got to avoid the ash.
Lesson here is: listen to your dog when they insist on something.
When the Sun came up, we could see the Sun and the sky was/still is a weird orange color.
The freakiest thing- the shadows look orange too:
Here’s to living in a strange looking world.
These aren’t the most sexy Eclipse 2017 pictures you’ll see but they are interesting.
I stood in the same spot and went back every ten minutes to take a picture of the Sun. Because you can’t look at the Sun ( duh) I had to shoot without looking into the camera.
I didn’t know what I would get, but I figured it would be cool.
When I went back and looked at the pictures in order you did see the sun in all of it’s Glory- I didn’t capture the disk, but you can see it get smaller and you can see the sky around it getting a shade darker.
The temperature also dropped a bit.
The birds all went crazy. The crows and pigeons flew around in crazy circles before getting their bearings and heading off to call it a day. It wasn’t dark, but it did look like it was late in the afternoon/early evening.
Also the shadows distorted, which was kind of creepy.
In the last picture in this post, which I took just before the Eclipse was ‘over’ at 10:24, you can see an interesting camera artifact- it’s a purple orb in the top left hand corner.
In case your curious, I watched it from below street level next to the tracks at the King Street Station which was awesome because I didn’t have to talk to anyone.
I’ve been going through Pictures on my FB newsfeed and I guess these photos ARE lame and not very interesting.
But I can say I was there, I wore my Eclipse Glasses and experienced my first Solar Eclipse.
That in itself was amazing.
My friend Angie is out from work for a bit.
I’m dedicating this post to her because this is what she will see from the floor when she works on when she gets back to work.
I love this mural because there is something to see everytime you look at it- I wasn’t sure which part of the story to focus on. So like any Forensic Science Geek I have learned to take it all.
To be sure, I’m not positive I got it all though.
August 18th, 2017
Found Art in Pioneer Square
My favorite place to check out new art has some interesting pieces on display today-
okay, the gallery is an alley wall in Pioneer Square
but does that matter?
I have found that it does not- though it’s a challenge to shoot a picture around dumpsters and pallets.
But it was worth it.