Hello World! And happiest of Fridays.
What’s going on? Been a busy, BEAUTIFUL week in Seattle. Sad to say the sunny 70 degree weather is apparently leaving us just as we approach the weekend. Good thing I got most of my gardening done earlier this week.
One of the unique things about working on the Seattle waterfront, and living here in general, is that you have an ever-changing landscape just beyond your window that reflects global trade and commerce. I’ve previously posted photos of the plane train:
Boeing moves 737 fuselages between their factory in Everett and the final assembly plant in Renton 1-2x/week depending on the production schedule for global customers.
Here’s one I bet you wouldn’t expect, though. Yep-that’s coal. It’s just passing through en route to British Columbia. There are three export terminals in British Columbia that ship coal to Korea, Japan, China, and Europe. Last year, coal shipments were a $5.6 Billion commodity export. There are plans to create a coal shipment terminal in Washington state near the B.C. border, but that plan is being protested by multiple constituencies.
Seattle is also a major commercial port city, having the 6th busiest seaport in 2011. The photo below is a container ship coming into dock to be unloaded at the Port of Seattle. The tugboat alongside its stern is captained by my uncle; he’s at the wheel in this shot. (Occasionally he’ll bring the tug into the slip between the two piers across from my building and call me on his mobile to harrass me while I’m working. This is not something that would happen to most people.)
What happened this week?
- The Boston bombing suspect was questioned by authorities for 16 hours before being read his Miranda rights. The FBI invoked the ‘public safety exception’ in this case, and in doing so gained knowledge that the brothers planned to force the driver of their hijacked SUV to take them to New York City where they planned to detonate their remaining explosives in Times Square. That plan was foiled when they had to stop at a gas station, allowing police to catch up to them. I’m still disquieted by the Miranda issue here.
- There was a massive building collapse in Bangledesh that has claimed 290 lives to date. The facility manufactured clothes for companies like Walmart, Dress Barn and Benetton.
- Seattle was named the #1 most popular city in the US. No, really. I’m not making this up just because I live here. Portland, my former hometown, is #2. So all of you people that smirk when you watch Portlandia, thinking it’s just a hipster haven? There really is some secret sauce there. (It is a hipster haven, though.)
- Think Seattle sounds like a place you might want to live? You might want to read these 37 things you should know about Seattle first. Most of them are true.