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Barack Obama, El Presidente!

Posted on November 5th, 2008 by Djordje.

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Seattle, 11.04.2008  |  People gather spontaneously on the streets of Seattle to celebrate the historic victory of Barack Obama.

In the historic elections last night Barack Obama defeated George Bush who sought the third term in the White House :). Maverick lost, again. I guess it’s time for retirement.

America surprised me tonight. As I said back in February, if America can elect a black man, I will see this country in an entirely different way. A much more positive one. I moved to the States in 2001, and I’ve been unfortunate enough to live under Bush ever since. But that is going to change soon. What makes me really, really happy is that I participated in the elections that will be remembered for a very long time. And it wasn’t just about getting rid of Bush a.k.a. disaster, but the fact that my vote went to the first black president of America. I don’t know if we’re going to see much change (This system is not very flexible one. It doesn’t like to change), but there is a whole lot of hope.

Congrats Barack, and goodbye Dubya!!!

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Seattle Zombie Walk 2008

Posted on October 27th, 2008 by Djordje.

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I spent the weekend with a bunch of Seattle zombies. First it was a Thriller dance in Pioneer Square on Saturday, then Zombie Walk in west Seattle yesterday afternoon. I’m not into getting all dressed up as a zombie and roaming the streets looking for “brains”, but I have to tell you it was a lot of fun spending time with these people and especially taking photos of them. Those of you zombies who stumble upon this entry, in case you’d like to see more more photos, click on the photo above. Or you can see even more here on my Flickr pages, “Seattle Zombie Walk” and “Seattle Zombie Thrillers“. I may have taken a photo of you.

I’ve had a few people ask me for prints, so I’ve uploaded some photos to my Printroom page. If you’d like to get a print, click here.

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Seattle Zombie Thrillers

Posted on October 25th, 2008 by Djordje.

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Today was 25th anniversary of Michael Jackson’s Thriller video, and Seattle Zombie Thrillers gathered in Occidental Park to host a Thriller dance event. 93 events, in 91 cities, in 12 countries were held today worldwide. Seattle Zombies, approximately 190 of them, had two dances in Occidental Park, then moved on to West Seattle, where they performed at Easy Street.

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Alaskan Way Viaduct

Posted on October 20th, 2008 by Djordje.

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Semiannual Inspection

Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) workers perform a semiannual inspection of the Alaskan Way Viaduct, due to be torn down in 2012. The viaduct, built in 1953, carries 100.000 vehicles a day. The 2001 Nisqually earthquake damaged the viaduct and shook and seawall. It is said that another earthquake of the same scale would have very serious consequences, and it could possibly take the viaduct down. The whole issue is very controversial. On one side there are people who propose that it be repaired. The DOT claims that the viaduct is in such a bad shape that the only way to repair it would be to rebuild it. Which is something many oppose, primarily real estate developers who see the opportunity to develop the area the viaduct occupies. The final solution is yet to be determined. What is known is that the work to take down the viaduct on central waterfront is beginning in 2012.

My take on this is that the viaduct is one very ugly structure. But I will miss it once it’s gone. And so will many Seattlites who consider the viaduct their own landmark. Driving northbound on a sunny day is the most beautiful scenic drive in the city. However, I can’t forget those people whose bedrooms are so close to the viaduct they can touch it. It is nice looking at the cityscape from the car, but just imagine sleeping in one of those buildings near it.

The story on the viaduct is an ongoing one that will last until the viaduct is gone.

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Southwest Airlines Torchlight Parade

Posted on July 28th, 2008 by Djordje.

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I’ve lived in Seattle since 2001 and this was the first time I took part in this annual event that is part of Seafair, Seattle’s summer festival celebration that lasts from June until August. Unexpectedly my wife and I spent a fun afternoon down on 4th avenue. The parade was a classic “family fun” event, which we still officially aren’t if you define a family as having at least one kid. But what we found the most interesting were the people who started lining up 4th avenue as early as 7.30 AM. I should mention that the parade kicked off at 7.30 PM. There was a group of 3 guys who built a one-bedroom apartment right on the sidewalk. Literally! The only thing that was missing was a bathroom. Luckily “Honey Bucket” saved the day. They had a full kitchen with pretty much anything you need, a living room with two sofas and a few armchairs, lamps, family pictures hung on the trees, and a room with a bunk bed for the kids. Just look at the photos and you’ll see what I’m talking about. A few blocks north we found a guy eating pizza and watching a movie in his sidewalk livingroom. In short, the most entertaining part of the whole parade was not he parade itself, but rather those who watched it. Can’t wait 2009….

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Barack Obama in Seattle

Posted on February 8th, 2008 by Djordje.

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So after months of not posting anything, I’m back! Who’s to blame? Dunno, blame it on Canada. That’s always an option. Or blame it on Barack Obama. So today I went to the home of the Greatest, The Sonics’. That was a joke. The “Greatest”, that is. As a woman who sat next to me said, “There haven’t been this many people at a Sonics game in a long time”. To that I added “Perhaps they need to start playing.”

Obama gathered 21.000 people at Key Arena. According to “well-informed” sources, at least 3000 people couldn’t get in. Most of the attendees were younger people, those who’ve kept Obama at the forefront of this race. It was refreshing to see them getting involved. It does seem that they really want to see a change in this country. And what a change that would be! I will look at the US with very different eyes once a non-white person enters the White House. And stays there for at least one term. Or a woman. Hell, I live in a “girly” state. Every position of any importance is held by a woman in Washington state. Personally, I doubt that America is ready for a non-caucasian president. Or a president in a skirt. I want to be proved wrong!

Traditionally it’s been students and younger generations who’ve brought big, historical changes. Unless they role up their sleeves, nothing will ever happen. Someone commented (intelligently) on NPR that Baby Boomers will win again unless younger generations don’t prevent them. I don’t need to explain what action we need to take.

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