“Stop asking. Demand beat cops.
You had some with Fitzsimmons, then they got taken away.
We’re just here for 3 months.
You need someone to invest in getting to know the players.”
This man had his hand down his pants for the duration of my dog walk.
Cops just on opposite end of park.
Adovcate for a dedicated beat cop at the upcoming Residency Council Meeting –
Jun 18. NoLo Building.
These guys remind me of the three amigos.
And they always stand in the same order.
“Yeah, a pecking order has been established.”
His name is Zazu, he’s eleven.
“I need a new job.
Maybe I’ll go to Haiti (but I don’t just want to show up)
or Berlin (they loved me there).”
“We would consider Pioneer Square for a location
but most tourists buy their books before they come to Seattle.”
Still, it’d be nice for the locals. Ada’s is a kickass bookstore.
So this happened today.
He’s checking himself out in the car window.
I love your dogs. I have friends with dogs and they always go
right for my tennis balls! I have to lift my cane up.
(If you see this woman, tell her something funny. She has a laugh like silver bells.)
“I work down here driving cabs.
I think the local government needs to take better care of their homeless.”
(And I liked his choice of words.)
Everyone gets a bad hair day now and then.
“I want to give Steve Banfield a hug for writing that letter to the Mayor.
You tell him for me. My name is Jane.
And I love following your blog.”
“The trolley is a cute idea, but we have tracks and no trolley.
Instead we have mayors who use the meter maids as their fundraiser
and punish people for coming downtown.
They don’t think about how businesses get by in the interim.
They need to connect the dream to reality.”
“I like working down here, the regulars are really great.
It’s a nice local bar. And, I wish we had less homeless.”
(He said that right after a woman aggressively panhandled customers going into the bar .)
“I like the diversity you get here.
This stand is good work. I like these guys.”
“I worked down here for a while and over time you develop relationships with (the homeless).
The worst is when you engage with them and they look at you like they don’t know you.
I’m like…’after 6 months bumming cigarettes off me, how can you not remember me?'”
“I like to dance. All kinds of dancing, all clubs.
Even in the street, wherever there is music.
I like when they do dancing in the square over there.”
Gus runs a hot dog stand during the baseball season.
When I see him he quotes the whole season’s dates to me.
He told me he loves going to all the other hot dog stands for sides,
and he loads his dog until the bread is all soggy–his favorite!
“I love it down here, been here for 10 years.
That’s it, I just love the people.”
“We’re here for her birthday.
We don’t spend a lot of time here, we’re from Tacoma.”
(Unfortunately I only got one shot, so I’ll say the birthday girl is
making a wish and thank all three ladies for chatting with me.)
“I like this area but it can be a little creepy.
We’re just trying to find an affordable club.”
“There is such a concentration of services here for the homeless,
which is good for them but hard on customers.
We’re trying to have weddings here.
People come in from all over the country…and they spend their money here in town.”