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Here’s a typical sight in Seattle. This ugly wall is home to even uglier moss.

Seattle, Washington, version 2016, has become overpopulated. Some of the culprits were actually born here. (Including me; however, I was raised in the Eastern Washington desert, and had to wait until 1974 to return to my birthplace.) Where was I? Oh, yes: we don’t need any more people. Buying houses or paying rent has gotten too expensive for many Seattlites. Our traffic problem, which has always been bad, has only become worse.

I don’t know why anyone would ever want to move here! It’s cold, damp, gray, and moss-covered. If you are planning to relocate, and you need help making the decision to look elsewhere, then please consider this as my gift to you — a photo essay deliberately calculated to dramatically bring you back down to Earth. A very wet, gray Earth.

I went for a walk near my house, through Kinnear Park, where I took these shots, on Tuesday, March 8, 2016. It was a totally normal day in Seattle. I barely managed to find a window between rainstorms.

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I took this photo at 3 pm. It looks more like 3 am. You’d expect to see some sunshine at 3 pm. Well, keep looking….

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This poor old Doug Fir tree…. Sooner rather than later, it will be completely overtaken by the ever-present moss.

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Dirt. What you are seeing here is the result of soil erosion. So much rain water has flooded the hillside that nothing is left, other than dirt.

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As my continued on my walk, I hoped the sun might come out a little. I’ve lived here long enough to know that wasn’t going to happen.

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Here we are; it’s almost Spring, and nothing is leafed-out.

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More of the same. However, the dying Madrona tree adds a touch of color to the scene. (Note that all of the trees are tagged, in the event of theft.)

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Now this is lovely….

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Another dead tree log. I’m not sure if it’s the insects or the weather who get the credit for the bark being slowly peeled from the log.

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Down below, at the Port of Seattle, a cargo ship is taking on more of our Precious Natural Resources, which will soon be transported to China.

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Give me a break! I wanna see something growing. Leafing. Budding.

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Now, this is really strange. I can only imagine someone was so needing a bit of color that they brought this dream catcher to the park and actually hung it on a tree.

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The Emerald City seen through bare branches of our ubiquitous alder trees. In Seattle, alder is considered a “weed tree”.

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Seattle parks come equipped with all the modern conveniences.

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This was creepy. I felt like I was in the movie, “The Birds”.

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Wouldn’t you know? Right when I finished my walk through Kinnear, the sun came out!

Well, if my little photo essay hasn’t convinced you to avoid Seattle; if you insist on coming — I have good news for you: they’re building your new home as we speak. I know, because it’s located about a hundred feet from my senior citizens apartment, where none of us old fogies has had a moment of peace in a year. As in: Bang! Bang! Bang! Thud.

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And I don’t know what the tubes show below are for, but I’m sure one of them is connected to your unit! (I hear unit #5 will be a real palace!)

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And now, for some happy, home-grown music. I was in a band with this group’s drummer, so I am prone to hype their tunes. See my blog story on that….

 

 

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