18 Jul 2016


I took all these photos on a lovely day in March, not too long before we left Tacoma.

I've created a blog entitled 40 months in Tacoma. On it I am uploading all sorts of photos I took during the time I lived there, some of which have been featured on x over it, but most haven't.

Sent from my Triumph Norm-6

12 Jul 2016

Five fingers

I'm not pretending I've come up with anything original or revolutionary here, but I think these are good things to keep in mind. I came up with them over a year ago and they still ring true. I could add more to the list, but I like it as is.

Sent from my Olympia SM3

This is post 500!

23 Jun 2016

International Typewriter Day 2016

I've been pretty inactive in the typosphere lately, with the move and my own other interests overriding the typewriters except for the occasional letter.

Our new house has a nice mirrored display/bookshelf in the dining room (though we don't have a table in it, it's mostly just a piano and some open space) that was perfect for 3 typewriters. These are a few of my machines that lack cases, the three most photogenic at least!

I got the Underwood Standard right before moving for $20, I couldn't pass it up. It needs a back foot and the right carriage knob, so if anybody has a spare of either of those please let me know!

And meanwhile, happy ITD!

23 Apr 2016

115 typewriters on the move

The move we've been planning for all year has finally arrived. The movers cleared out the house, minus typewriters and other essential items (okay, the typewriters aren't essential but I wouldn't entrust their care to a moving company!)

At W's suggestion, I decided to take advantage of the great empty space of the living room to do a group photo of all 115 of my typewriters. I spent several hours last night arranging them (with his welcome help in carrying them around) and posted an out-of-focus teaser to the Antique Typewriter Collectors group on facebook.

So here they are, all 114 portables and 1 lone standard, laid out for your eyes to feast.

I'll save any grand speeches for my beloved Tacoma for another time.
But, the next time you see me, I'll be in Sacramento.

5 Mar 2016

Urban Inspection 5: On the other side of I-5

A new bridge is currently being built to expand I-5 and add more lanes.

But I prefer these sorts of bridges, not the massive pairs with 5 lanes each.

Even better if they are covered with moss!

But that's just western Washington. ;)

Freeways and their bridges by their very nature split communities and cut areas off from each other. In Tacoma, the "other" side of 5 has a reputation for being more dangerous, cheaper, and less interesting. In my 3+ years here I haven't often gone on the "other side of the tracks" just because there have rarely been reasons to, other than my desire to explore places.

I took these photos of "my" side of town from this bridge just on the other side of the freeway.

This white-painted fence with red diamonds marks the end of a street which was cut off by the freeway.

And there was a nice display of graffiti in the ravine beneath the bridge which houses a rail line and freeway extension.

I made a timelapse video, along with these pictures.

31 Dec 2015

Happy New Year (and some December stuff)

December has been a busy time. W and I spent the past week with my sister and her boyfriend, visiting from Michigan, and we had a great time in and around Tacoma. One of the highlights was a trip up into the mountains.

There's almost never snow in the lower elevations in western Washington, but up in the mountains there is a tremendous amount. In fact, the highest levels of snowfall in the continental 48 states are measured here!

There was only 2 to 3 feet of snow where we went, Crystal Mountain. There was more at Paradise, but the road was closed due to an excessive amount of snowfall for this time of year. That's saying a lot, when you consider that it sometimes has snow as deep as 16 feet! (it's like driving through a tunnel and I'm looking forward to hopefully getting to see that some time this winter after a very bad winter last year with low snowfall)

We found a lonely abandoned sled at a little turn-out on the road, and went down this little hill a few times.

It was a gorgeous day and everything was beautiful and perfect.

The road into Rainier National Park was closed, as it always is in the winter.

We found a snowman. Or should I say, Jabba the Snow Hutt. 

The snow was actually kind of blue if you saw it at the right angle. Hopefully you can see this here.

Earlier this month, I had the pleasure of joining Scott and Cabot for a type-in in Kirkland, WA. I only managed to snap this one photo of Scott on Cabot's decrepit Underwood standard. That was a fantastic machine, it looked so terrible but true to the Underwood's reputation, it typed pretty great.

Happy New Year! I managed to snap this photo of the final sunrise of 2015 just as I am finishing up this post!

16 Oct 2015

From the top you can see the world

Mount Rainier seen through the clouds on the road in Bonney Lake

Humans love views. I, wholeheartedly believing "the trees are the view", can't deny that I love seeing what's miles and miles away. We like to think we're on top of the world. We probably evolved to want to see where we are and what's around us, and none of that modern stuff has changed this.

Consequently, I love hiking in Washington. There are countless trails to the countless peaks of the Cascades and Olympics, each with its own unique view of the country. Our latest hike was a moderate one—4 miles to the top of Shriner Peak, a little southeast of Mount Rainier. I'm not in the best hiking shape though, so the 3434 foot gain was a bit challenging. About 1000 feet per mile, a 40% grade, excluding the alpine meadow a mile before the peak.

 On the trail there were lots of patches of fall color and fallen leaves.

As well as the fully evergreen areas with a soft pine needle bed.

Suddenly, the mountain appears before our eyes.

Just in time to catch this little rainbow.

Looking south towards Mount Adams

Then the trail passed through a rocky alpine meadow.

The low evening sun beautifully lit up patches of the ground.

Hiking upmountain once again.

Nearing the top—plenty of views now that we are out of the forest.

It wasn't that far before the summit appeared, complete with the abandoned fire lookout tower.

Where the best view of the day was to be had, of course. Right in time for sunset. From the watchtower you can see the four closest major peaks of the Cascades: Rainier, Adams, St Helens, and Hood.

Click to view panorama

Last time I took a break in my typewriter phase, my blog lay dormant. I hope none of my readers mind that this is turning into a travel and photo blog for now in the absence of typewriters. Either way, I'm not changing anything.