April 30th, 2005


everything report

3/8a coach 4112

A hostage standoff on the Central District today caused E Jefferson St to be closed from about 9:00 to nearly 4:00. Buses were being let through. At one point, SPD closed a couple of bus zones. The control center coordinator informed us of this fact over the radio, explaining that it was for our customers' safety, and that we were to explain this to the customers in a way they would understand. So I did:

Ladies and Gentlemen, the Seattle Police Department has closed the next two bus zones, and we will make no stops until 21st Avenue. This is for your comfort and convenience. I've been instructed to make sure you understand this, so I'll be blunt. This is to keep your ass from being shot off. The next stop will be 21st Avenue.

Eight customers deboarded. http://www.komotv.com/stories/36595.htm has a good summary of events.

After work, I ran home, changed clothes, then my wife and I went to the Rat City Rollergirls bouts. This months matches were much more intense than last months, as the skaters improve their skills. Skaters were better centered (i.e. harder to knock over) and jams lasted longer. (Last month it seemed like the lead jammer would call off the jam just because she could, rather than in pursuit of a specific strategy.) There were some minor injuries, and a couple of fights. I think there is some overcompensation for the weaker performance in March; I wouldn't be surprised if things settled down into some serious skating next month.

My fave team, Grave Danger, showed remarkable improvement over last month. In fact, I remarked upon this point.

We went to the after-bout drankin' session at Jules Mae's pub in Georgetown after the bout, where we briefly hung with skaters (and former coworkers) lisa and sgtred and Lisa's boyfriend henry. Would have stayed longer, but I was wiped from going nonstop all day, and Sara was getting whacked out by cigarette smoke.

Lottie Mott's coffee shop closed today, and so we went over there for the closing party. This was to go from noon to midnight, but by 11:15, everyone had gone, and the shop was dark. In June, we'll have a new coffee shop and cocktail lounge, with new owners. The new owners are not officially named, but rumor has it that they are associated with a famous Belltown bar, one with a small cinema attached. Shhh!