Tacoma Urbanist

Jun. 11, 2008 at 12:02am

First Class Dining, Publicity Awaits Chalk Victor Friday

(This Friday 6/13/2008 is Frost Park Chalk Off at noon at 9th and Pacific Avenue. All are welcome)

This Friday, the Frost Park Chalk Offs venture further into the political world.  Although Frost Park has had a number of politicians visit, such as Tim Farrell and Ryan Mello, this week, a politician will be the sponsor.

Sponsor For Episode X
Jim McIntire Running for State Treasurer

Campaign Manager: Tacoma's Andrew Austin

Andrew Austin: Tacoma blogger (The Bus Stops Here), co-editor of the Tacoma Sun, self proclaimed transit geek, Frost Park attendee and noted urbanist.

Frost Park attendees no doubt have a wide range of political beliefs. Any other politician from the Treasurers race, or any other political race is free to become a sponsor as well by offering prizes for any category at any time.

Sponsor Event and Plug:


Experienced, Effective Leadership

State Representative Jim McIntire will bring 30 years of diverse, hands-on financial experience to the critical office of State Treasurer.

Uniquely suited to the job in an era of changing financial markets and growing capital budget stresses, McIntire will bring to the post an important mix of technical knowledge, private sector experience, public policy know-how, and grasp of how long term financial decisions affect our economy and families.

Please join leaders of Pierce County to help Jim in his campaign effort

Hosted By:

Bill Baarsma, Steve Conway, Tim Farrell, Dennis Flannigan, Rosa Franklin, Calvin Goings, Tami Green,Todd Iverson, Jim Kastama, Derek Kilmer, Steve Kirby, John Ladenburg, Ken Madson, Ryan Mello, Dawn Morrell, Debbie Regala, Larry Seaquist, Dan Sexton, and more 

Wednesday June 18th – 6:00-8:00pm

The Hub Restaurant

203 Tacoma Ave South, Tacoma, WA, 98402


Chalk Off Prize No. 1

$75 Gift Certificate at El Gauchos Restaurant

Frost Park challengers have gotten soaked with rain, gotten extremely dirty and have even literally bled in the middle of competitions. This week, El Gauchos will provide some light at the end of the tunnel which will be reached by the victor.

(shown: Gin Julep with Sapphire Gin muddled with mint, flaming Bananas Foster preparation)

The victor of Chalk Off Episode X will eat like a king or queen.  If they are able to prevail against the other challengers, they will have fully earned the El Gaucho outing.

El Gauchos is a complete indulgence.  The service and food are likely the best in the City of Tacoma.  It is a world upon itself and it feels like Sammy, Frank and Dean could come through the door at any time.

If there is a downside with El Gauchos, it is that it may be difficult the next day to force yourself to choke down what you have previously been eating.

Caution to victor: $75 will get you a good range of the food if you are strategic when ordering.  Be careful not to overspend.  Consider foregoing the Captains Wine list. Consider going during happy hour.

Also, consider barring your significant other from overly "celebrating" and ordering the 1950 Chateau d'Yquem Sauternes unless you are ready to spend half of what RR Anderson's used car lists for.

Chalk Off Prize No. 2 : Artistic Publicity

The Tacoma Sun

The victor and second place contestant in Episode X will also receive prominent roles in a feature article in the online magazine The Tacoma Sun on Frost Park Chalk competitions following an interview by the Tacoma Sun editorial board.

The feature will include portions of the interview with the victors and information on the victors' next art show, a selected winning chalk off submission by the victors, and at least one link to their websites.

Bonus Prize : Tacoma Illuminati Art
Deciphering Adventure

While the victor is at El Gaucho, they may choose to undertake a solo art adventure (very) loosely based on Tacoma's version of the Da Vinci Code.

Within the many passages, rooms, staircases and landings at El Gaucho, there lies an original painting laden with information about the history and power structure of Tacoma.  The victor will need all of their knowledge of art, Tacoma history, and knowledge of  Mason symbolism to decipher it fully.  Here's an opportunity for a real authentic history lesson on Tacoma.

Very likely, the victor will have to momentarily slip away from their "dinner date" and the ever watching Matride to pull this off.  They will have but a few moments to decipher what they can before they are escorted back to their table.

For identification purposes, here is what the picture generally looks like with most of the details, and identities and symbols obscured:

Its all there.  The Illuminati of Tacoma assembled.   Questions to be answered: Who are they?  What are they doing?  How do/did they exercise power? Why is the painting located here?  (no spoilers please)


Thanks Jim McIntire and Tacoma Sun!

comments [4]  |  posted under tacoma


by Erik on 6/11/2008 @ 11:08am
Check out Dave L.'s Frost Park Chalk Off version of Papercraft Tacoma City Hall in his submission from Exit 133:

Nice work Dave L.


Nice has submitted an entry as well.

by NineInchNachos on 6/11/2008 @ 11:40am
with respect to the mystery people in the painting.

is the guy in the grey sports jacket Fred Crisman author of "Murder of a City" (available from TPL) penned under the pseudonym Gold, Jon. ???

by Erik on 6/11/2008 @ 11:42am
is the guy in the grey sports jacket Fred Crisman author of "Murder of a City" (available from TPL) penned under the pseudonym Gold, Jon. ???

Unlikely. However, you look to be on to something.

by Erik on 8/14/2008 @ 3:22pm
Our sponsor for Episode X Jim McIntire just sent me an email.


Please remember to cast your ballot in the August Primary Election next Tuesday. I need your support and vote.

Recently the State Democratic Party Stated, "We have the opportunity to elect a Democrat with the experience, skills, and values needed to provide smart financial guidance for our State: Representative Jim McIntire."

I'm pleased to have the recent endorsement of the Seattle P-I:

"McIntire has a particularly broad background, combining economics, public policy and elective experience. McIntire has a doctorate in economics, teaches at the University of Washington's Evans School of Public Affairs and has dealt with numerous fiscal policy questions as an academic, an adviser to officials and, since 1998, a state representative. He is chairman of the state Economic and Revenue Forecast Council and previously chaired the House Finance Committee.

McIntire wants to be a treasurer who works with other officials to make sure the state addresses its needs in such areas as transportation, higher education and public schools...Washington would be well served by that kind of informed, strong leadership."

I am the Democratic Nominee for Treasurer and I am endorsed by the Washington State Labor Council, Washington Education Association, Federation of State Employees, Firefighters, Conservation leaders, and more than 90 of mylegislative colleagues, including House Speaker Frank Chopp and Majority Leader Lisa Brown.

Over the past few months I have been working hard on the campaign trail -- I have made a point to visit more than 20 counties and address thousands of citizens and listened to your ideas.

Please cast your vote today for Jim McIntire for Treasurer: A Financial Leader for Uncertain Times.

Jim McIntire