Posts categorized “Tacoma”

Thursday, 20 June 2019

SEVENTY48

SEVENTY48

Owens Beach is pretty at sunset…

A few weeks ago three of my friends did something pretty durned awexome: SEVENTY48.

“What’s SEVENTY48?” you ask? Well, I’m glad you asked. I really am. Good asking! Good for you! SEVENTY48 is an annual sea race that begins in downtown Tacoma and ends in downtown Port Townsend (which are Seventy nautical miles apart), and has a 48-hour time limit. SEVENTY48: get it?

Oh, and there’s a catch: all vessels must be 100% human-powered. No motors or sails of any kind. Only paddles, oars, hands, feet, etc. There are people in canoes and racing shells, stand-up paddleboarders, kayakers, and all sorts of the like. It’s also an “unsupported” race, meaning you can’t have people bring you food/water/supplies during the race. You have to bring with you everything you’re going to need to go Seventy nautical miles. Since the race starts at 7:00 PM, that usually means bringing stuff to camp along the way!

From the SEVENTY48 website:

Simply, SEVENTY48 is the spawn of Race to Alaska. The idea for the R2AK was born in a beer tent at a boat festival. SEVENTY48 was conceived after a beer at R2AK. Rules are simple: no motors, no support, and no wind. That’s right. HUMAN POWER ONLY. Pedal, paddle, or row. We don’t care. It’s up to you. (And this is a boat race. Leave your 10 speed-towing-a-canoe idea at home.)

My friends each took out a single kayak from NC Kayaks. That’s probably because NC Kayaks is owned by two of the three friends who participated in the race. Look how pretty and sparkly:

ooooh pretty

Oooooh pretty…

These aren’t your regular kayaks. They’re what’s known as touring kayaks: kayaks designed for fast, straight operation on lakes and oceans, not for dodging rocks in white-water river rapids.

From the NC Kayaks website:

A touring kayak is a type of sea kayak that is designed with long distance travel in mind. Our kayaks are fast, light, hard tracking, durable, look good, and have enough storage you can really go somewhere.

My family and I went out to support our friends: we headed down to the Foss marina on Friday evening (the race started at 7:00 PM) to see them off.

There they go!

There they go!

Then on Sunday we drove up to Port Townsend to cheer them on as they came ashore at the finish.

Here they come!

Here they come!

One very cool detail is that the SEVENTY48 organizers provide each boat with a GPS tracker, and setup a nifty tracking website where you can track the progress of each of the teams.

Look at 'em go!

Look at ’em go!

It’s quite a feat of endurance as well as logistical planning to not only be able to row for Seventy nautical miles but to figure out what you’ll need to pack for the voyage, and how to pack everything you’ll need into the hull of a kayak (NC Kayaks happen to be pretty roomy, which helps).

The winner this year complete the race in under 11 hours. Last year my friends completed the race in just over 45 hours, and finished in last place of all the teams who actually finished the race (there were a bunch of teams that had to drop out for various reasons). This year they vastly improved their times and completed it in under 41 hours… and still came in last of all the teams who actually finished the race (a bunch of teams dropped out again this year)!

It’s such a momentous feat that all of my friends got tattoos to commemorate it, with their completion times. They’re going to add a new line for every year they participate!

SEVENTY48 Tattoos

Oooooo tattooooo…

Yay for friends doing awexome things! Be sure to check out the SEVENTY48 website to learn more. My friends also wrote some blog posts about the event over on the NC Kayaks website, so be sure to read those as well for a more on-the-spot perspective. Maybe someday you’ll do something as awexome as SEVENTY48? I mean, probably not, but who knows?

Categories: Featured Posts, Life, My Famous Friends, Tacoma.

Monday, 6 May 2019

Warren Dunes Gets Animated at Alma Mater in Tacoma

Warren Dunes at Alma Mater in Tacoma

Something something… some sorta pun about studying animation at my Alma Mater, Warren Dunes…

This last Saturday, Warren Dunes made the epic trek down from Seattle to perform a show in my very own Tacoma! Did I forget to post about the show beforehand like I usually do? SURE LOOKS LIKE IT.

The show was at Alma Mater (specifically “Fawcett Hall” in the back half of the building), which is an absolutely gorgeous venue in downtown T-Town. Seriously high-quality all around. A couple of cool things happened other than the show: Warren Dunes got me into the green room and I got some fancy green room tequila, and I was able to stand in the venue while they did their soundcheck to make sure it all sounded good (it sounded frikkin’ great; this is a high-quality venue with high-quality sound).

I made a couple of animated .GIFs of the performance, as is my nature.

Warren Dunes Soundcheck at Alma Mater in Tacoma

Ch-ch-ch-check it out (the soundcheck)…

Warren Dunes at Alma Mater in Tacoma

A bit of the Emerald City in the City of Destiny…

I promise I will try to give a heads-up for the next show I go to so you won’t just hear about it afterwards. You can also always check out my calendar to see what upcoming stuff I’m into. If you’re into that kind of thing.

Categories: Animated .GIFs, Concerts/Shows, Tacoma.

Monday, 25 March 2019

New Sitcom “Tacoma FD” Premieres This Week!

Are these lizards still broken…?

Are these lizards still broken…?

This Thursday evening a new Sitcom premieres on TruTV, and it just so happens to take place right here in my hometown. From the creators of Super Troopers, it’s called Tacoma FD and it’s the “FD” stands for “Fire Department.”

Y’know how Super Troopers is about a group of completely incompetent police officers? Well, the premise of Tacoma FD is that these firefighters are actually super competent, it just rains so much in Tacoma that most of the fires get put out by the rain before the firefighters can even get to them. So they have waaaaay too much free time on their hands, and hijinx ensue.

Here’s the official synopsis from TruTV:

On the heels of the breakout theatrical release of Super Troopers 2, co-creators and stars Kevin Heffernan and Steve Lemme will be donning new uniforms in Tacoma FD, a half-hour comedy set in a firehouse in one of America’s rainiest cities. Light on blazes that need extinguishing, this crew keeps themselves entertained with creative competitions, friendly first responder rivalries, and bizarre emergency calls. Leading firehouse shenanigans in the 10-episode first season are Chief Terry McConky (Heffernan) and Captain Eddie Penisi (Lemme), alongside an eclectic crew played by series regulars Hassie Harrison (Southbound), Eugene Cordero (Black Monday, The Good Place), Marcus Henderson (Get Out, Homecoming), and Gabriel Hogan (Heartland).

I confess I’ve never seen any of the Super Troopers stuff, so I don’t know if I like that style of comedy or not, but I’m definitely curious. Here’s the official trailer for the first 10-episode season.

It’s just too bad that it wasn’t actually filmed in Tacoma; it was of course filmed in Los Angeles. I’ll have to find a way to stream it after it premieres, since we’re a cord-cutted household.

Tacoma FD premieres Thursday, March 28th at 10:30/9:30c on TruTV.

Categories: Tacoma, TV, Videos.

Friday, 1 February 2019

A Giant Octopus Has Surfaced in Downtown Tacoma

It's a g-g-g-g-ghost!

It’s a g-g-g-g-ghost! Photo Source

Okay, so it’s not an actual octopus; it’s a massive, badass sculpture at the corner of Pacific Ave and South Tacoma Way (map) called “Gertie’s Ghost.” It was created by artists Sean Orlando and David Shulman, who were inspired by the ill-fated Galloping Gertie bridge.

“We were enamored with the story of the giant octopus that lives in the wreckage of the bridge,” Shulman told the Tribune. “We kind of fused all of those things together to try and build something that was evocative of an old railroad trestle but had the tapering lines and organic curves of an octopus’s tentacles.” Source

You can watch a timelapse video of its installation here!

You can read more about its creation and installation in this great Tacoma News Tribune article and on Sound Transit’s website.

I personally love this. I (almost) always love massive installation sculptures. Tacoma actually has a lot of great public sculptures! I’ve always thought it would be kind of cool to have a feature on this website where I take pictures of every single public sculpture within the city limits (but who has the time for that?). There’s another massive installation sculpture going into the in-progress Dune Peninsula park, called “Alluvion” that’s made of deconstructed pipes that reference the old Asarco smelter smokestack that used to be on that site:

By the way, Dune Peninsula is so named in honor of Frank Herbert (author of Dune), who grew up in Tacoma! Neat!

Categories: Art & Artists, Featured Posts, Tacoma, Videos.

Thursday, 26 October 2017

Two Times the Hallowlarity with Fools Play This Saturday!

Two, Two, Two Shows in One Day!

Two, Two, Two Shows in One Day!

Yes, that’s right: the Saturday before Halloween (October 28th, 2017), Fools Play Improv is performing not just one, but two shows!

First there’s a show in Olympia at 8:00PM:

Hallolympia!

Hallolympia!

Then there’s a show up in Tacoma at 10:30PM:

Tacoween!

Tacoween!

Because the show in Olympia gets out around 9:30 or so, it is actually possible to see BOTH shows!

Details:
Fools Play in Olympia
Saturday, October 28th 8:00PM
@ The Puget Sound Estuarium
309 State Ave, Olymipa, WA (map)
All-Ages, Only $5!

Fools Play in Tacoma
Saturday, October 28th 10:30PM
@ Tacoma Little Theatre
210 N I St, Tacoma, WA (map)
All-Ages, Only $10!

There’s probably gonna be some Halloween Humor (Humorween/Hallowumer) at these shows! WHAT COULD BE BETTER NOTHING COULD BE BETTER.

Categories: Concerts/Shows, Fools Play, Tacoma.

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

A Toddler Tour of Tacoma

A Pictoral Journey.

A Pictoral Journey.

Just this past rainy Monday, my family and I were all driving around in our car (well, Carrie was the only one actually driving; Avery & I were riding in the backseat). My 3-year-old daughter asked if she could use my phone to take photos out the window. She ended up taking 86 photos in about 10-15 minutes. Here are my nine favorite in random order (click any to embiggen):

Also, at one point she put the camera lens down right on her leg and said, rather ominously, that she wanted to “take a photo of the darkness.”

The Darkness

The Darkness

Where’s her Pulitzer for Photography, Pulitzer peoples??

Categories: Life, Pictures, Tacoma, Weather, Wee Beb.

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

March to Fools Play This Month!

"March"… get it? MARCH? Because it's the MONTH of MARCH!?

“March”… get it? MARCH? Because it’s the MONTH of MARCH!?

Hey, gang, here’s the info for the Fools Play Improv shows that are happening in March, and to which you should March (get it!?!?!?!? In all seriousness, though, you probably shouldn’t literally march to them unless you live within a comfortable marching distance from one of the venues. Otherwise you should drive to within a comfortable marching distance from the venues and then march to them (please check with your doctor to make sure you’re healthy enough to march before embarking on any march)).

Olympia on March 18th!

Olympia on March 18th!

Details:
Fools Play Improv in Olympia (Faced Book event)
Saturday, March 18th, 8:00 PM
@ South Sound Estuarium
309 State Ave NE, Olympia, WA 98501 (map)
All-Ages, $5

In Tacoma on March 25th!

In Tacoma on March 25th!

Details:
Fools Play at TLT in March! (Faced Book event)
Saturday, March 25th, 10:30 PM
@ Tacoma Little Theatre
210 N I St, Tacoma, WA 98403 (map)
All-ages, $10 (buy tickets)

Ready… MARCH!

Categories: Concerts/Shows, Fools Play, Tacoma.