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Another get-out-of-West Seattle Saturday

July 18, 2009
Moon-eyes decals used to be on everything

In the 1960s, the Moon Eyes decals were on just about everything (Orin O'Neill photos)

The no-parking signs had been posted last week. Today, California Avenue would be closed for the West Seattle Grand Parade. Do I love a parade? Not really, at least not if I’m not in it.

Especially if the street in front of my residence is closed off, and the side streets are clogged with people trying to park in places that are clearly marked “no parking.”

So I head down to Alki. On Fairmount Avenue. It’s a fun street to ride on, but it’s also a very useful shortcut. In no time, I’m on Harbor Avenue, headed for Tully’s. Tully’s has free Wi-Fi.

The GTS and friend, parked in front of Tully's

Don't know if the cruiser is parked legally, but it works

Upon finishing a Viente iced coffee (sweetened, with half-and-half), the question of where to go next had been answered by Cassie, who mentioned the car show taking place on the beach, or more correctly, the paved area next to the beach.

There were lots of interesting vehicles on display.

Seriously customized '37 Ford roadster

This '37 Ford roadster looks like something the late Boyd Coddington would have built.

Someone said there were 39 cars on display. Not enough to spend the day looking at, and California Avenue wouldn’t be open until 3:00 pm. I remember seeing the Bite of Seattle was happening this weekend. Oh, what the hell.

The Bite began decades ago as a promotional tool for local restaurants, which set up booths at Green Lake and offered samples of their best dishes for a few bucks. Somewhere along the way, the Bite moved to Seattle Center, and the local restaurants were mostly replaced by national chains and the same food vendors you see at every darn street fair in the Puget Sound Basin.

But a Thai restaurant from Woodinville has kept to the spirit of the Bite. There’s a sign advertising a pad thai/fried rice sampler for two bucks. This is where I’m having lunch. So are a lot of other people—the line’s really long.

As the line moves, other tasty treats for two bucks emerge: a chicken satay and Thai iced tea (which is really sweet and made with evaporated milk). Lunch for six dollars, and there’s even a spot among the teeming masses to sit down.

Chicken satay, pad thai, fried rice, Thai iced tea = $6.00

Chicken satay, pad thai, fried rice, Thai iced tea = $6.00

Not wanting to go on the Athrosclerosis (arterial plaque buildup) ride—only in Seattle—I decided to take the leisurely route home. East on Mercer, south on 5th Avenue through downtown. The decision about which way to turn at Airport Way was made for me; there was a police car blocking the right-turn lane. I guess this had to do with the Sounders FC-Chelsea match. It was Chelsea, 2-0, BTW.

I passed under the Link light rail bridge over Airport Way just as a train went by. This has happened a few times before, but this time there were people on the train. They rode free today, but on Monday they’ll be paying up. Favicon

  1. July 18, 2009 10:53 pm

    So funny you mention the Bite’s history. When we got here in 1991, we heard oldtimers complain that the Bite hadn’t been the same since it was at Green Lake. So now it’s our shorthand for “hey you kids get off my lawn” commentary – “The Bite’s never been any damn good since it was at Green Lake.” Not that we were here for it. P.S. Re: the parade – you know, it would be boss to see the scooter club in it. Do you guys do any parades?

  2. July 19, 2009 10:11 am

    It’s not unheard of… I imagine if someone sought out the VCOS or other scooter club and asked…

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