16 Jul 2017

Alpina ephemera

On my trip back to Washington (as seen in two of my recent photo posts), I was able to visit my friend Scott (of Click Clack Ding!). He'd bought quite a big lot of Alpina ephemera from Germany (seriously, a lot of cool stuff, which will eventually be posted to his blog) and was generous enough to let me take any duplicates he had and post them here for you!

In addition, here are two photos with his Alpina collection, showing some of the other ephemera.

30 Jun 2017

Another trip back (part 2)

I spent quite a lot of time in Tacoma on my trip, so most of today's photos were taken there. First, here are some photos I took at Point Defiance Park.

There were raccoons beside the road, begging to be fed, as usual.

View from the point looking out at Puget Sound.

Gig Harbor and the Olympic Mountains.

At some points the trail atop the cliff is quite close to the edge.

Here are the Tacoma Narrows.

More raccoons!

Tacoma Narrows bridge view from a neighborhood.

A better shot of the bridges.

A nice little mural in the Oakland/Madrona neighborhood.

Hilltop neighborhood.

Part of a mural there.

Boarded-up houses with "By Order of the City of Tacoma Do Not Occupy" signs are common.

You need to "Turn Wheels to Curb" so if your brakes fail the car doesn't roll down the hill.

Looking down 11th Street towards the Murray Morgan bridge.

Tacoma's Fire Station Number One.

The Rialto Theater on 9th Street.

Storm clouds brewing on the way to Olympia.

What's left of the unfinished Satsop Nuclear Power Plant.

Two cooling towers loom over pastoral farmland.

Foggy oceanside at Westport.

You can just make out the lighthouse through the fog and trees.

A view of Mount Saint Helens through the clouds driving south on I-5 back to Portland. I drove through an incredible thunderstorm, the biggest one Washington has seen in recent years. (For those in the eastern regions of the country, though, it would have been an average storm)

30 May 2017

The SFO Museum typewriter exhibit

Back in February, I posted about the SFO Museum coming to the house to pick up a few typewriters for their upcoming exhibit, The Typewriter: An Innovation in Writing.

At long last, it opened earlier this month! It's behind security so I needed to be escorted in. But what better way to see an exhibit than with its curator?

It was great getting to see an original Sholes & Glidden in person.

The exhibit isn't large, but it is well-packed with typewriters from all eras and parts of the world.

Typewriters used by famous people are placed out towards the walkway to catch the eye of passersby, like John Lennon's Imperial.

I have four typewriters in the exhibit, one of them is my Moskva 4.

My Olympia SM7, Everest Jolson K2, and Blue-Bird 18b (not shown) complete the list.

And last but not least, the curator, Daniel Calderon! The exhibit is the result of a year of planning and lots of hard work from everyone involved at the museum, but he has had an especially high level of personal involvement.

If you're ever at San Francisco International Airport, this will be on display through 28 January 2018.

28 May 2017

Another trip back (part 1)

While W has been deployed, I went on a two week trip back to Washington as a break from work, and being alone at home. Here are some photos I took on the trip.

Shasta Lake, California.

An abandoned building in Tangent, Oregon.

Milwaukie, Oregon's library is in a very natural setting for a city.

Back in Washington on I-5.

The Narrows Bridges, back in Tacoma

Another view of the bridges.

Wright Park.

A new bridge for the Wright Park pond.

New market-rate high-rise apartments going up in a former parking lot.

Ships at Tacoma's harbor.

A view of the city from across Commencement Bay.

A rural road in Kent.

Abandoned houses in an industrial area of Fife.

I'll have more later!