Vehicular Narcissism

Inflated sense of their own importance. Lack of empathy. Sense of entitlement. Expect special treatment. Believe they are superior. Problems regulating stress. Expect unquestioning compliance with their desires. The rules don’t apply to them. Their time is more important. They must be first. They absolutely, positively MUST be first, regardless of the inconveniences or risks […]

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Smoke On The Water

Driving home from a friend’s house late the weekend before, I had to stop to get photos of a toasted cheddar moon and blazing red telluric Mars just above it. Little did I know that, courtesy of the fires raging in Washington, Oregon, and California, we soon wouldn’t be able to see the sky for […]

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Gratulerer Med Dagen

Today is Syttende Mai, Norwegian Constitution Day. This is usually a big deal in Ballard, now considered a Seattle neighborhood that used to be (and still should be) its own entity. But thanks to the restrictions on free association and public gatherings, Syttende Mai is a silent affair this time around. There’s no parade, no […]

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The Juanita Beach Goldfish

For years I have been fascinated with the story of a goldfish that survived the April 29th, 1965 Puget Sound earthquake. This was a strong quake that one of my parents remembers vividly. They were just kids when it happened, and as a kid I remember marveling over their description of the strong jolts, groceries […]

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Urban Decay II

Today the middle section of the last Kirkland Parkplace building had fallen in by way of behemoth hydraulics. An excavator scraped the innards onto the ground and then into giant trucks which hauled them away to lands unknown. ¬©2020 H. Hiatt/wildninjablog.com. All articles/posts on this blog are copyrighted original material that may not be reproduced […]

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Urban Decay

There are plenty of ruined buildings in the world but no ruined stones. Hugh MacDiarmid Where were these photographs taken? Sarajevo? Beirut? Chernobyl? That’s what I would guess if I hadn’t taken them. These were taken last Friday in Kirkland, Washington. The last of the Kirkland Parkplace buildings was coming down. The group of brick […]

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Salsuginis Bye and Bye

Safe indeed by land to journey,But the way is rough and trying,Long the road and full of turnings;Lovely is the ship on ocean,Beautiful to ride the billows,Journey easy o’er the waters,Sailing in a trusty vessel;Should the West-wind cross our pathway,Will the South-wind drive us northward… The Kalevala, Rune XXXIX If you are a regular here […]

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Necrotic Bothell

How will we know it’s us without our past? John Steinbeck There is a Bothell I used to know. It is an increasingly distant memory, a mist flickering on the moors of my imagination. What remains of that Bothell amounts to the dying embers of a fire that is being stamped out by an oversized […]

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205 Cedar Street

Tuesday, March 12th, 2019. Kirkland, Washington. As traffic screams by on Kirkland Way south of NE 85th Street I pull into a gravel parking lot to get a better view of an old white house on the east side. When I’d passed it the previous weekend I wondered why I hadn’t investigated it before. I […]

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