Washington D.C. Conference Center

Washington Convention Center (Washington, D.C.)
801 Mount Vernon Place, N.W. • Washington, DC 20001 * phone: 1-800-368-9000 / 202-249-3000 * http://www.dcconvention.com/
Located in the heart of the nation’s capital, inbetween the historic museums, the White House, and Chinatown, its surrounded by many restaurants, entertainment, and attractions. Has well over 2.3 million square feet of space, equipped with the latest technology, and home to nationally branded dining outlets such as Wolfgang Puck’s, Quiznos and Starbucks, its a multi-floored, multi-roomed convention center ready to meet any conference needs. Rating : 5 stars out of 5. Visited 01/09-11/2007. 02/20/2008-02/22/2008.

 

 

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Washington, D.C.

Washington, D.C., United States of America
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Washington,_D.C.
2005 Population estimate: 582,049. Baltimore-Washington Metropolitan area: over 8 million. The capital city of the United State of America, aka “The Federal City” or “Washington City” – named after America’s first president and former military leader of the American Revolution : George Washington blended with the Acronym “D.C.” for “District of Columbia” – the federal district coextensive within the city of Washington. It was founded on July 16, 1790 as a federal district as specified by the United States Constitution. In order to be representative of the “Union” of all 50 states, the capital could not be located in one of the 50 states, and had to exist outside of State boundaries in order to be representative of the 50 states that act somewhat like 50 separate governments – seperate but united. The District of Columbia and the city of Washington are coextensive and are governed by a single municipal government, so for most practical purposes they are considered to be the same entity, though this was not always the case. As late as 1871, when Georgetown ceased to be a separate city, there were multiple jurisdictions within the District. Although there is a municipal government and a mayor, Congress has the supreme authority over the city and district, which results in citizens having a different status and less representation in government than residents of the states. Located within D.C. are the centers of all three branches of the U.S. Federal government – also the headquarters for the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, and the Organization of American States, and other national and international institutions. Washington is the frequent location of large political demonstrations and protests, particularly on the National Mall. Washington is the site of numerous national landmarks, monuments, and museums, and is a popular destination for tourists. Many people often confuse Washington D.C. with the State of Washington, which is located in the Pacific Northwest – and it is because of this, that some people refer to it simply as “D.C.” and the other as “Washington State”. As host to over 180 embassies and hundreds of international organizations, Washington, D.C. has a substantial population of foreign residents. There are also many students from abroad studying at the local universities and colleges. This adds a cosmopolitan flavor to the city.

 


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Night at the Museum (PG, 2006)

Night at the Museum (PG, 2006)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0477347/
Directed by Shawn Levy. Starring: Ben Stiller …. Larry Daley, Carla Gugino …. Rebecca, Dick Van Dyke …. Cecil, Mickey Rooney …. Gus, Bill Cobbs …. Reginald, Jake Cherry …. Nick Daley, and many more.
A hilarious comedy about a out-of-work dad whose inventions keep failing and is having a hard time finding a job. He takes a job at the local Natural History Museum as night security guard. Little does he know how much history comes alive at night in the museum. Based on an ancient Egyptian artifact that brings the museum to life – he joins up with the museum collection to catch the thiefs that will destroy the museum’s life and interests – Its a battle of phenomenal historical proportions with humor to die laughing for. Rating: 4 stars out of 5. Viewed 1/8/2007.

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Sushi Go-Round and Tapas, Washington, D.C.

Sushi Go-Round and Tapas
705 7th St. NW, Washington DC 20001 * 202-393-2825 * sushigoroundatmci.com
Located in the heart of Chinatown in Gallery Place, home to the only sushi bar belt in DC. Excellent food and quick and fast service. Delicious sushi. Must visit for any on-the-go sushi connaisseur. Rating 4 stars out of 5. Visited 1/8/2007. Re-visited 2/20/2008; 2/22/2008 - and the Sake is excellent.

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New Big Wong, Washington, D.C.

New Big Wong Chinese Restaurant and Carry out
610 H Street, NW; Washington, DC 20001 *202.628.0491*
A little hole-in-the-wall, below the sidewalk level in the heart of China town, chinese restaurant – with tanks holding fresh live seafood, and a clan of cooks in the back preparing fresh vegetables. Food is affordable and business thriving. Food was ok on my visit late night 1/8/07, but can’t say it was my favorite. Rating 2 stars out of 5.

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International Spy Museum, Washington, D.C.

Spy Museum (Washington, D.C.)
800 F Street NW, Washington, D.C. 20004 *202.393.7798* spymuseum.org. Located right between the National Portrait Gallery and the FBI Building, is located the museum of spies …. where one can go and learn of the cunning and glamour of spies. Building is host to the Spy City Cafe – open for breakfast and lunch, as well as a pretty cool shop and museum store – selling invisible inks, disguise kits, miniature cameras, clandestine recording devices, ciphers, books, CDs, and collectibles. You start out in a florescent elevator that leads you to a chamber with a guard who tells you to collect your alternate identity and to choose the mission – as you go through halls and chambers where you will be taught the history of spies, famous spies, the tools, the techniques, the skills, the disguises, the arts. You will learn how to place bugs. You will learn how to make a microdot. You will learn how to pick locks. You will learn how to crawl silently through the airducts. You will learn how to listen and eavesdrop. One of the largest collections of international espionage artifacts and weapons. Rating: 4 stars out of 5. Visited 1/8/2007.

 

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National Portrait Gallery and Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C.

Smithsonian American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery (Washington, D.C.)
8th and F Streets, NW, Washington, DC *202-633-1000* ReynoldsCenter.org Admission: FREE (the way a museum is supposed to be). Hours: 11:30 am – 7:00 pm.
A beautiful set of museums in a National Historic Landmark Building in the heart of revitalized downtown Washington, DC. A dazzling showcase for American art and portraiture celebrating the vision and creativity of Americans. It’s living history that tells the stories of American through all those who built our national culture. Visual arts, performing arts, new media, portraying the Nation’s poets, presidents, visionaries, villians, actors, and activists which smiths together the National Portrait Gallery. In the Smithsonian American Art Museum, just across the hall, the stories of America are told through visual arts spanning more than three centuries of artistic achievement paralleling the nation’s cultural development. The building itself speaks of Washington’s deep history – constructed in 1836 and finished in 1868, it was one of the first public buildings constructed in early Washington. The site of Abraham Lincoln’s 2nd inaugural ball in March 1865. The Museums have been open since 1968. The Museums are both beautiful collections and in very open well ventilated and airy space. With a class of charm just like those in the old world, this museum is a must-stop and visit tourspot when in D.C. Beautiful. Rating : 5 stars out of 5. Visited 01/08/2007.

 
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Renaissance Hotel, Washington DC

Renaissance Hotel (Washington, D.C.)
http://www.renaissancehotels.com
999 9th Street, NW, Washington DC 20001-4427 * 202-289-0947 *
In the heart of Washington D.C. – between the White House and the Capital, opposite the Washington Convention Center, near Chinatown, Smithsonian, Museum of Modern Art – stands the Renaissance Hotel, a contemporary, 16-story hotel with over 800 guest rooms, 13 suites, and 156 rooms in a dedicated Renaissance Club Tower. 10,000 sq ft fitness center, indoor swimming/lap pool, state of the art exercise equipment, steam room, aerobics classes, massage. Florentine restaurant, Presidents Sports Bar, Lobby Bar, Starbucks in hotel lobby. Meeting and Banquet facilities. Very elegant hotel, nice comfortable rooms, and a bed so comfortable it’ll coaxe you to sleep.

Updated Review on the Renaissance Hotel: 2/17-2/21/09 Visit: Once again another conference trip to Washington D.C. with a stay over at the luxury hotel in the Marriot chain: The Renaissance. Always comfortable and charming, welcoming staff, and pleasurable surroundings, but if you ask me – not worth their weight in gold, and gold is what they ask for. High priced, they find a way to get as much out of you as they can. They improved with the room this year, no stocked fridge with $5 candy bars and $8 bottle of waters. (though there is a $8 bottle of water unrefridgerated on the counter) They didn’t do a hold charge on my personal credit card which I appreciated greatly as it normally screws up my budget when they do that. They had free HBO which was a plus. The swimming pool wasn’t a pool, but rather a swimming machine – but they had a very deluxe workout room and area with great saunas. So I was pleased with that. There were price increases on the Federal Government rate ($226/night) and Internet per day changed to $15.99/day (which i didn’t have to use since I use Verizon’s Air card). I give this visit a 3.75 stars out of 5, putting their average up to 3.25 stars out of 5 for my combined visits.

2007/2008 Reviews: At $188/night, this hotel is curtailed to the rich – they charge $9.99 for internet service (noon to noon, not 24 hours unless you start the service at noon), no complimentary breakfast or amenities (unless you are a premiere tower club member), and you pay for everything extra. In my opinion, hotels like that are a rip-off. But if your rich, and are looking for places to throw your money away at, here’s your place – its comfy, elegant, friendly staff, clean rooms, and a place for the elite. Rating: 3 stars out of 5. (unless you’re wealthy with $$ to blow, then 5 out of 5) Visited 1/8-11/2007. Re-visited 2/20-23/2008 (They also charge a deposit of $100 for incidentals. What incidentals? the $5.00 bottled water on the table? the pay-per-view movies? Geez. ) Location is good however. Great views from the upper floors.

 

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Goth Night @ the Church, Sundays – Denver, Colorado

The Church, Sundays Goth Night (Denver, Colorado)

http://www.coclubs.com/church/churchMain.html * 1160 Lincoln, Denver, CO 80203 * 303-832-2383 * churchmanager@coclubs.com *

Located in a artsy art-deco cathedral, this multi-roomed/ multi-bar club has an ambience worth dying for. With a delicious sushi bar in one of the back rooms, this bar has it all. I originally visited the venue during the Colorado Dark Arts Festival and had an incredible time at their establishment. From 2007-2009 on Sunday nights they had a Goth night in the basement and hiphop or techno up above. Both rooms downstairs were goth/industrial/ebm. At that time the place was often crowded, with yet enough room to still find a space to dance. As of 2009-2010, the Goth night has been moved up into the cathedral room with all three bars open, and the Sushi bar flowing with great sushi and Japanese treats. The music is great and there is plenty of room for dancing on the dance floor without rubbing elbows. Extroadinarily improved ambiance for the night. They did away with the hip hop / techno night above and now is only a Sunday Goth club. Much better improvement and major Kudos to the management. Great staff and incredible DJ’s. It’s a good Sunday night escape. Rating: 5 stars out of 5. [ 2007-2008 — Rating: 4.25 stars out of 5]. Visited 1/7/2007; 7/20/2008; several dates in 2008 and 2009. 1/17/2010.

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Sin City New Years Eve (Vancouver, British Columbia)

  Sin City – New Year’s Eve 2006
Club 23 West Cordova, Vancouver, British Columbia
One of North America’s kinkiest and wildest New Year’s Eve events – stemmed off of the now bi-monthly event that takes place in the heart of Vancouver on the 2nd and last saturday’s of the month – this year’s ringing in the New Year was crazy, wild, kinky, and unforgettable. It’s worth the travel to attend, no matter where you are at in North America. Great music, great space, great DJ’s, and a great staff. Brought to you by Mr. Dark and DJ Pandemonium, your incredible hosts. Strict fetish dress code guarantees like-minds alike. Also, one of the more affordable options for NYE’s, as unlike many other clubs, they don’t overcharge their cover just because it’s New Year’s eve. Get your tickets early however, online preferably, as they sell out quickly – and this event was sold out a few days before the event. gothic.bc.ca runs a booth at the event, capturing the moment for those who wish a memory in the “no cameras/photos” club, Fetish vendors, and a dungeon downstairs for your BDSM pleasures. Highly recommended venue, and the absolute best Fetish night I’ve ever been to in all my world travels. Rating: 5+ stars out of 5. 

What are you waiting for, watch the video for their 5-year and see what you’re missing … 

 

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Asleep by Dawn: DJ Ferret’s Underground Club Mix #2

Asleep by Dawn: DJ Ferret’s Underground Club Mix #2

  http://asleepbydawn.com/ht-ucm2.htm
An extremely affordable CD and DVD combo set on sale currently at Hot Topic! A beautiful compilation of sound and music from our favorite dark music – with stunning videos, concerts, performances, and tracks. It’s only $6.99. You’d be a fool not to get yourself a copy. Half of the music also has not yet been released in the U.S. Don’t feel like going down to Hot Topic? Just order it online like I did. It’s a great party mix, and the DVD is great for parties where you want some VJ’ing going on.. I have a new favorite band due to the DVD – Faun, wow, how enchanting! Rated: 5 stars out of 5.
Songs on Audio CD
1. Dope Stars Inc. “Fast and Beautiful” #
2. The Crüxshadows “Sophia (Radio Edit)”
3. Absurd Minds “Stop The Fall (Cephalgy Remix)”
4. Angelspit “100%” #
5. Joachim Witt “Ahhh!!!”
6. Star Industry “Sin” *
7. Emilie Autumn “Shalott” #
8. ThouShaltNot “When I Crash”
9. Stromkern “Stand Up”
10. Azam Ali “Endless Reverie”
11. Voltaire “Day of the Dead” *
12. ASP “Ich Will Brennen” #
13. Ayria “Six Seconds on All Sides” *
14. Carfax Abbey “Evisceration”
15. Neuroticfish “MFAPL (Intelligent Freak Mix)”
16. De/Vision “The End (single mix)” #
17. Paralysed Age “Raindance”
18. Rasputina “Warbots” *
19. Estampie “Al Jorn – Alonso”
      Videos on DVD
1. The Last Dance “Once Beautiful” *
2. Subway to Sally “Sieben” #
3. Ego Likeness “Aviary”
4. E Nomine “Mitternacht”#
5. The Dreamside “Open Your Eyes”
6. The 69 Eyes “Dance D’amour”
7. Lunascape “Mindstalking”
8. Qntal “Von den Elben”
9. Gothminister “Dark Salvation”
10. Switchblade Symphony “Clown”
11. Corvus Corax “Dulcissima” #
12. kHz “Test My Faith”
13. Eisbrecher “Vergissmeinnicht”#
14. Faun “Egil Saga” #
15. Alice in Videoland “Cut the Crap”
16. Irfan “Otkrovenie”
17. Umbra et Imago “Memento Mori (live)” #
18. SpiRitual “Pulse”
19. New Skin “New Skin”

* = exclusive and unreleased # = not previously released in USA

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Tamara (R: 2005)

Tamara (R: 2005)
Directed by Jeremy Haft. Starring: Jenna Dewan …. Tamara Riley, Katie Stuart …. Chloe, Chad Faust …. Jesse, Bryan Clark …. Shawn, Melissa Elias …. Kisha, Gil Hacohen …. Patrick
http://www.tamaramovie.com/. Teenage geek girl falls for her teacher – he turns her down and it drives her crazy enough to do a love ritual to “make” him fall in love with her and to have the power of persuasion to make anyone do things for her. She chickens out when it calls for blood, but a high school prank from the jocks who want to get even with her, accidentally kills her and spills her blood, making the spell complete. She returns from the dead to get revenge – but no longer a ugly duckling, but turn-everyone’s-head beautiful with a rage not to be toyed with. It’s B-rate, but I like the plot and the storyline. But definitely a at-home horror. Rating 4 stars out of 5. Viewed 1/2/07.

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Black Christmas (R: 2006)

Black Christmas (2006: Rated R)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0454082/
Directed by Glen Morgan. Starring: Katie Cassidy …. Kelli, Michelle Trachtenberg …. Melissa, Mary Elizabeth Winstead …. Heather, Lacey Chabert …. Dana, Kristen Cloke …. Leigh, Andrea Martin …. Ms. Mac, Crystal Lowe …. Lauren, and many more.
What a let down (well honestly I did expect a b-rate flick) and while in typical hack-n-slash style, a remake of the original, and quite better than the original, though that’s not saying much. A twisted youth grown up escapes the mental institution just in time to return home for Christmas and to do a murdering buffet of succulent eye balls and human flesh cookies. Not recommended. Rating: 2 stars out of 5. Viewed 12/29/06.
 
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Bimbo’s Bitchin Burrito Kitchen, Seattle, WA

Bimbo’s Bitchin Burrito Kitchen
506 E Pine St, Seattle, WA 98122 * (206) 329-9978

A crazy little hole in the wall restaurant off Pine with bitchin’ decorations, kitch, and food. Ambiance is great, and quite radical. Staff are cool and the food is great. Great place to meet with friends and get a taste of the Southwest, art-deco-kitch style. Rated: 5 stars out of 5. Visited 12/29/2006.

 

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Bauhaus Coffee Shop, Seattle, WA

Bauhaus Coffee
301 E Pine St, Seattle, WA 98122 * (206) 625-1600
http://bauhauscoffee.com/
A great coffee shop in the heart of Capital Hill with books and coffee, chai and free wifi, and late night hours. Friendly staff and a great place to meet people. Good service. Highly recommended for any coffee connaisseur. Rating 5 stars out of 5. Visited 12/29/06

 

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Neighbours 80’s, Seattle, WA

Neighbours 80’s Night
Every thursday.
(206) 324-5358 1509 Broadway Ave, Seattle 98122 http://www.neighboursonline.com/

Visiting Neighbor’s infamous 80’s night – a night by DJ Trent Von called “Rock Lobster”. A mish-mash of attendees, one of the only straight nights (or a night that many straights attend) at this popular Capital Hill gay bar. Supposedly listed as the best night and place for straight guys and girls to hook up in Seattle. Music is always good and festivities happening. It has a reminesce to me of the old “Luvafair” that once glorified Vancouver, B.C. Rated: 4 stars out of 5.

 


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Thai Go! (Seattle, WA)

Thai Go!
Near corner of Denny and Broadway, Seattle, WA
http://www.thaigousa.com/
A Thai food franchise in the heart of Capital Hill. Quick service and while the front of the store looks like fast food, the inside is standard restaurant fare with Thai artsy decoration. Service good, staff friendly. Pad Thai was decent. Thai ice tea very good. Rating 3 stars out of 5. Visited 12/29/06

 

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Children of Men (R: 2006)

Children of Men
2006: Rated R. Directed by Alfonso Cuarón. Starring: Clive Owen …. Theodore Faron; Julianne Moore …. Julian Taylor; Chiwetel Ejiofor …. Luke; Charlie Hunnam …. Patric; Danny Huston …. Nigel; Claire-Hope Ashitey …. Kee. In the distant future, the world has started its countdown to its end of humankind, as the race has become sterile, and can no longer reproduce. Torn in war and anarchy with no hopes of a future or ability to pass things on to our children, the world has lost hope and virtue. But a woman conceives and its a race to save the baby from harm and laboratory studies as a new hope is passed on to humanity. Good plot and good flick, but the ending was abrupt and less than satisfying. Rating 3 1/2 stars out of 5. Viewed 12/27/2006.

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Bad JuJu Lounge, Seattle, WA

Bad Juju Lounge
1425 10th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98122 * 206.709.9442. http://www.thebadjujulounge.com/. In a new location, and a little different vibe. But Belgium fries to die for next door and attached – so can enjoy with your favorite beverage. A different ambiance than the last location, still a great place to hang out. You can find good music flowing there every now and then, unless you’re into hiphop and lounge – where your ear palates would be pleased. Good drink specials and a friendly staff. Less seating and space than their last venue, still a good place to chill. Rating 3 1/2 stars out of 5. Visited 12/27/2006.

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Cafe Vita

Cafe Vita
1005 East Pike, Seattle, WA. (206) 709-4440. http://www.caffevita.com/. A unique cafe and coffee roasting company in the heart of Seattle’s Capital Hill. Enjoy a cup of coffee or chai while watching the beans get roasted and coffee truly produced. A local Seattle-based coffee company (not new in concept since Seattle is a coffee city) which specializes in small-batch coffee roasting, espresso preparation, and espresso equipment. A great spot and great staff. Free wifi. Visited 12/27/2006. Rating 4 1/2 stars out of 5.

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Utilikilts, Seattle, WA

Utili-Kilts
866-666-MYUK.
http://www.utilikilts.com/. Located just behind Merchant’s Cafe, down the alley, off of Yesler, this little warehouse shoppe has the finest and most utilitarian kilts on the market. Specially known and crafted in Seattle, these kilts are a must addition to your wardrobe. Started in April of 2000, originally started in order to fund a global arts project, involving seven double-deck busses that would travel the world, the company took lift and went on its own providing the world with the best kilts known to mankind. Check them out! Rating: 5 stars out of 5. Visited 12/27/2006.
   


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Merchant’s Cafe, Seattle, WA

Merchant’s Cafe
109 Yesler Way • Seattle, Washington • (206) 624-1515
One of Seattle’s oldest and most historic restaurants, nestled into the heart of one of many of Seattle’s historic districts, in the birth epicenter of Seattle’s famous Pioneer Square. Excellent food and great drinks. At least with former management. It has apparently changed hands recently. They used to have really good fish and chips, and the Black Orchid drink specials during Confessional night’s were potent and mind-numbing. Rating: 5 stars out of 5.

 


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Pioneer Square, Seattle, Washington

Pioneer Square
http://www.pioneersquare.org/. The heart of the city, where it all began. Thriving in history and many tales of times passed. This historic section of Seattle will enrich your spirit just from strolling past the historically preserved architecture that looms above you. There is over 20 blocks of Victorian Romanesque architecture, over 30 fine art galleries, and over 200 unique shoppes. In addition to coffee houses and restaurants, its also a section of Seattle’s thriving nightclubs – bringing entertainment to the city from the city’s birth. Rating: 4 1/2 stars out of 5. Visited 12/27/06.

 


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Seattle Aquarium, Seattle, WA

Seattle Aquarium
1483 Alaskan Way, Seattle, WA 98101 * 206.386.4300
http://www.seattleaquarium.org/
A beautiful addition to Seattle’s downtown area, Puget Sound wharf location, just down the hill literally from Pikes Place Market. A great place for kids and adults alike to learn about sea life – from fish to seals and see the beauty that is underneath and above the ocean’s surface. Rating 3 1/2 stars out of 5.

 


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Seattle Underground, Seattle, WA

The Seattle Underground. Dirt. Corruption. Sewers. Scandal.
608 First Ave, Seattle, WA 98104 * 206.682.4646. undergroundtour.com.
Gather together for $9-12/person for a 90 minute walking tour down into the old extinct level of the first buildings, streets, and sidewalks of Old Seattle – back when it really was skid row, and find out why it was called Skid Row. The tour begins with a orientation and brief history lesson in old Doc Maynard’s, a restored 1890’s saloon. Then the tour takes you on a 3 blocks tour of really old Seattle – back in the days from when it was once known as “Mud Flats”. The terrain is uneven, wet, dark, dank. Be shown places where pedestrians once had to climb up and down ladders just to access the street in order to cross it, how before they built up the streets, a boy drowned in a 8′ deep pothole, and how 18+ pedestrians committed involuntary suicide officially just by wandering down the street and falling into the sidewalk. The day when Seattle was embarrassed to have created a waffle iron grid of a city, with the streets the high top part of the grid, the stores and sidewalks the holes. The tour ends in the Rogue gift shop where you can get souvenirs. Cute and humorous tour, not really worth its weight in pay, but a fun thing to do. Rating 2 1/2 stars out of 5. Humor gets a 4 star rating.

 

   


Seattle Underground Tour
An old bath room
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Pike’s Place Public Market, Seattle, WA

Pike’s Place Public Market
1531 Western Ave, Seattle, WA
http://www.pikeplacemarket.org/. One of the largest attractions to downtown Seattle – Pike’s Place Public Market – where the deals are sweet, the goods diverse, and the fish go flying. Covering 9 acres of downtown overseeing the Bay, with a 100 years of history, makes Pike’s Place a very special place. It’s nicknamed “The Soul of Seattle”. It was started on August 17, 1907 – by eight farmers who brought their wagons to town to sell their goods. By 11:00 am that day, and 10,000 shoppers later, they realized this would be a good place to sell. By end of 1907 they opened their first building. Now its home to 200 year round commercial businesses, 190 craftspeople, 120 farmers, 240 street performers and musicians, 300 apartment units, and attracts over 100 million visitors a year. Rating: 5 stars out of 5. Visited 12/27/2006. 


Front of the Market
   


Fish flingers

 


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Washington State Conference Center, Seattle, WA

Washington State Trade and Convention Center
Pike St. Seattle, WA 98102 *
A large convention center in the heart of the Emerald City. One of the most innovative and encompassing Trade or Convention centers in metropolitan hubs, and is within walking distance of Seattle’s attractions. Rating: 4 stars out of 5. Visited 12/27/06.

 


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Plymouth Pillars, Seattle, WA

Plymouth Pillars
Boren Ave. between Pike St. and Pine St.- Seattle, WA 98102 * (206)684-4075
A small stretch of park overlooking I-5 and downtown Seattle from Capital Hill. features a close-up panoramic view of urban center of Seattle. The newly renovated park features a dog off-leash area, benches, a pedestrian corridor and public art. The four limestone columns were donated to the City by John Hauberg – a local builder and art collector. They originally stood at the entrance to the Plymouth Congregational Church which lay in the path of I-5. The building, demolished in March 1966, was located at the southwest corner of 6th Avenue and University Street. The columns were dedicated at their new location in the park on October 24, 1967. Rating: 3 stars out of 5. Visited 12/27/06.

 


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Edge of the Circle Books, Seattle, WA

Edge of the Circle Books
701 East Pike st, Seattle, WA 98102 * 206.PAN.1999http://www.edgeofthecircle.com
The best Pagan and occult shop in the region, Edge of the Circle trys to appease the earthy and true Occult paths while steering away from the New Age and fluffy-bunny witchcraft types. Owner and Manager – Robert – a spitting image of Harry Potter grown up; and the charming and all-knowing Raven who does an incredible reading … this place has everything you need for spellcrafting and ritual. From Santeria to Satanism, from Ceremonial Magic to Faeries, from Witchcraft to Druidism. Great books, great art, great supplies. A must visit for any magical practitioner. Rating: 5 stars out of 5. Visited 12/27/2006.

 


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Seattle, Washington

Seattle, Washington a.k.a. “The Emerald City” (due to the lush evergreen trees in the area and to pull attention away from its other name “The Rainy City”. It’s a gateway to Alaska, The Queen City, The Jet City.
2006: Population – 578,700 with a metropolitan population of 3.8 million
Believed to be the birthplace to grunge music, reputation for being the largest coffee consumption city, birthplace for Starbucks and Seattle’s Best, and Tully’s. Seattle has the highest percentage of college graduates in the U.S., and home to one of the U.S. largest gay populations. The true town of “Boom” or “Bust”. It thrived and demised on its big booms … the lumber industry boom in its beginnings, till it burnt down. THe Panic of 1893. The Klondike Gold rush 1897, until it went bust. The ship building boom. The Boeing boom. The Microsoft boom. the .dotcom boom. Inhabited by nomads and tribes for 4,000 years – since the end of the glacial period (c. 8,000 BC – 10,000 years ago); First inhabited by the Duwamish Tribe with some 13 villages in the area of what is Seattle today as the first recorded inhabitation in 1850’s. Then the Denny party moved in 1851 to Alki beach and started the foundations of Seattle. Of course, there was a reason the native tribes did not inhabit that area, and they quickly felt the wrath of the area and decided to move to Elliot Bay where downtown Seattle now sits. A fellow named “Doc Maynard” moved in just south of the Denny’s. The area was first called “Mud Flats” because they chose to build the city of Seattle on top of mud flats. Little did they plan or organize, not knowing the tides, and the severe flooding that constantly took place on the space that they chose. So from the lumber industry boom, just kept filling in the streets with dirt, rock, and sawdust. The roads became quicksand. For 25 years. They continued with the lumbering and shipping the wood to San Francisco. Henry Yesler moved in and brought the first steam sawmill to the region. Struggling with the flooding, and battles with the Native Americans, it was a difficult city to live in. Prostitution, liquor, gambling, opium dens, etc. became prevalent in the downtown area. Rivalry with its sister city Tacoma also made competition tough. 1873 the Railway chose Tacoma over Seattle making times difficult. The railway didn’t hit Seattle till 1884. It wasn’t till 1906 before Seattle got a major rail passenger terminal. Seattle was often lawless and had a corrupt mayor. Lynch law was prevalent, schools barely operated, and indoor plumbing was a nightmare. Those who lived on the hills ran their sewage down into the downtown area in hollowed out wooden tubes, with current drifts from Tacoma, and dumping into the Bay, with tides and what-not, it all cess-pooled in the original Skid Row, that is now downtown Seattle. Sewage came in with the tides. The mudflat base kept making potholes throughout the city, regardless of how much they filled them with dirt and sawdust. When one pothole became so large a boy drowned in it, the city realized they had to face this problem as the pothole became 8 feet deep. The Great Seattle Fire of 1889 pretty much burnt down the entire city. Starting in a glue factory, spreading to a paint factory, then to a warehouse holding explosives and gunpowder, during low tide with no fire trucks and means to fight the fire, the city was essentially demolished burning 29 city blocks. The city rebuilt, replacing the wooden ash structure piles with brick and mortar – requiring a building code to mandate that. The city was renamed to “Seattle” – named after “Chief Noah Sealth” who was chief of the two tribes living in the area – anglicized to “Seattle”. Within a year after the fire, the population grew from 25,000 to 40,000. Mainly from the large amounts of construction jobs created from the fire. While rebuilding the city, they filled in the mudflats, and built a waffle-iron effect of a city in the downtown area. Building on top of buildings, levels, and layers – causing many new problems. This is why Seattle has an underground labyrinth of mazes. (which I’ll write about later) Now a booming city of technology and industry, a fascinating place to visit, with arts, culture, music, and business opportunities galore. The largest city in the Pacific Northwest, located in the United States, in Washington, between Puget Sound and Lake Washington. Nearly 108 miles south of the US-Canadian border, in King County.

Seattle from the docks


Puget Sound
View of Seattle from Capital Hill

walking around Capital Hill, Seattle, WA, A Sigil Adventure. Final move from the Pacific Northwest: Chronicle 26 – Chronicles of Sir Thomas Leaf and Prince Cian. Adventures in Seattle. Photos taken November 11, 2017. To read the adventures, visit http://www.technogypsie.com/chronicles/?p=21965. To read reviews, visit: www.technogypsie.com/reviews. All photos and articles (c) 2017. Technogypsie.com – by Leaf McGowan and Thomas Baurley. All rights reserved. www.technogypsie.com/photography. More info about Colorado Springs: http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=31051. Seattle, WA: http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=38. Capital Hill: http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=34093.

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