Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Seen in Seattle...

So, I actually went to Seattle the other day. Even though it's less than an hours drive away, I rarely go there. It's not that I don't like it there. If I could live there, I would. There are tons of great neighborhoods, filled with great art, design, people & yes, food. We went there to pick up a mannequin. No really, we went to Seattle to pick up a mannequin. (Somewhere, I think Lewis Black's head is about to explode). It was in a neighborhood near (or maybe in) Fremont, self proclaimed "Center of the Universe." You can easily spend the day wandering around to look at the great, the odd, the unusual statues & artwork, like the statue of Lenin, from the Soviet Union or the rocket ship. I've seen public knitting & the annual go-kart race, with all it's wild & strange go-karts. There's an annual naked bike event. No, I've never seen it & I'm not sure I'd want to, but it's a hugely popular event. There's a troll that "lives" under the bridge & speaking of bridges, there's a talking bridge. Oh yeah! There's a chocolate factory (Theo), but not a Hershey's chocolate kind of factory (or a Willy Wonka kind ether, sorry). It's a factory as unusual as it's location, filled with amazingly strange, but delicious flavors. It's an amazingly creative community & I'd love to live there (except, during the bicycle thing).
The bumper sticker is one that I saw all over Seattle. I'm not sure if it's advertising for something, like maybe a sporting goods company. I like the sentiment, but then I don't see it everywhere I go...It's kind of like "Don't Worry, Be Happy," sounds great, but after you've heard it a million times, a could be a bit annoying.
Have you ever been to any hotspots of creativity? Where'd you visit? What did you see? Where did you eat? It's always amazing & fun to happen upon one of these places, active & ever changing communities, candy for the eyes & food for thought...SAM


McVal said...

Seattle sounds so cool! To me, Ireland and their creative way of celebrating the past. Thru pottery, art, music. I love it!

Waterrose said...

I haven't seen that bumper sticker around here....but I wish it would trend down here... Did you live in Arizona?

Unknown said...

I grew up there (well mostly), in Tucson. I was there from about the age of 10 to about 24 & I was born there (my father was in the Air Force). It really is beautiful, though I didn't always think so. I'd love to go back.

Rebecca said...

Tucson is much easier to appreciate as an adult (I grew up there too, but now live in TX). Here in TX, Austin is definitely the hot spot for creativity!

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Crafty Girls Workshop said...

Oh, I'd love to visit Seattle some day! My favorite creative place is Austin, Texas. It's not a super long drive from where I live, San Antonio, TX. Only about an hour or so. It seems that they have this really cool vibe up there. You might think that the capital of a super conservative state would be the same but for some reason, as least in the South Congress street area, they are artsy and funky and FUN! Guess it's the college town thing. I love it there. Stopping by from SITS and I'm totally following you now!


Anonymous said...

Hey, I have that bumper sticker (actually it's a magnet) but it's on my fridge instead of my car!

You can find it at many local pet stores. I don't think it advertises for any particular company -- just a commentary on how people should behave, but in dog-speak. :-)

Waterrose, if you want one, let me know and I'll mail one to you!


Debby@Just Breathe said...

I've never seen that bumper sticker but I like it! I've never been to Seattle either.

Happy SITS Saturday Sharefest!