dawntown's Blog

Dec. 21, 2008 at 3:59pm

Wright Park Winterland

Ooohh, we had some fun last night with about 40 other people who decided to hit the Wright Park slopes last night about 11pm.  After trying some dead cardboard, a lid to a plastic storage box, and a broken plastic sled, I finally went back to the apartment to grab my dusty snowboard.  Holy sh**, that was the ticket.  Kris and I flew down the slopes, kicking up tons of snow dust in our wake.  Some of the braver folks (care of alcohol, Im sure) decided to build a ramp and toss themselves carelessly through the air.  Fun times for this Texas girl, I tell ya. 

So here are some of my pictures of the morning after.  As I write this, there is still a heavy snow falling.  Im guessing no work again tomorrow.  That will give me more time to craft Christmas gifts!  Enjoy.

DSC05131I hope these guys can keep it rocking through the night. DSC05135Snow Ghosts
Gently, she weeps. So cold... DSC05149Before my coffee... DSC05150
A plaque on a new building DSC05164Hungry woodland creature in the park.

comments [9]  |  posted under snow storm, Tacoma, Wright Park


by dawntown on 12/22/2008 @ 6:29am
Good morning, all! At this god forsaken hour, I can't seem to get back to sleep. The roads are apparently drivable, although I beg to differ. I will have to dig my car out of a foot or so of snow, and that's before I can even attempt to drive in this mess. So, to vacation or not to vacation is the question this morning. Anybody up for discussing this dilemma is welcomed to meet me at the Satellite later. If you do go, please bring some heavy painkillers. This old lady decided to hit the Wright Park slopes last night again. This time attempting the make-shift ramp after one too many pear ciders from Parkway Tavern. Right now I can only sit on one butt cheek, and there is absolutely no bending over. But you damned right I got some air! Mr. Crane got photographic proof.

by dawntown on 12/22/2008 @ 8:33am
Ok, when your boss calls you at 7:30 and says she is on her way to pick you up for work, then the answer to the question of the day becomes quite clear:

Not to vacation

And I didn't get to enjoy my Satellite brew. So, now the question is, who wants to go to lunch today?

by dawntown on 12/22/2008 @ 11:22am
Rescue me, please!!!!

by Dave_L on 12/22/2008 @ 12:21pm
Sounds like fun. I wish I could have joined you! You do have good taste in subject-matter, Dawn. You chopped-off the bottom, but that piping inside the window is stuff I had to design.

by dawntown on 12/22/2008 @ 12:37pm
Cool. What the hell is that building? Time machine, perhaps

by Dave_L on 12/22/2008 @ 1:07pm
It's been a sore subject among some bloggers. It's the new MultiCare boiler-steam plant nearing completion. The old smokestack will come down eventually. The building caused/causes concern, but aesthetically was actually redesigned to a more classic look with more glass and artistic features. Plus a nod to famous inventors and scientists. It houses huge boilers, generators and switchgear for the hospital. I'm not allowed to confirm or deny the time-machine part.

Regarding Scout's comment below, I should say I had just a tiny, invisible part, and that just happens to be the one window behind which our stuff is located. I had nothing to do with the cool stuff. (GBJ was the architect, though. JTM the G.C.)

by scout on 12/22/2008 @ 1:12pm
Dave L - From what I can see you (they) did a really nice job!

by Crenshaw Sepulveda on 12/22/2008 @ 1:25pm
The steam plant is a fine looking building and I suspect it will win a couple of awards. Some day they should allow some journalists (bloggers) to tour the inside to enlighten those that have no idea what goes on in such places. I've been inside any number of steam plants and they are really amazing secret worlds. St. Joe's has a terrific steam plant, but this one really is stunning.

by Dave_L on 12/22/2008 @ 1:29pm
(The Boiler Plant will be protected by a capable fire sprinkler system.)
I continue to digress, but a mind-blowing Seattle steam plant worth visiting: www.asme.org/Communities/History/Landmar...