We were in that special place following the conclusion of a night shift--and by place I mean both physical and psychological. Physical, because walking into the base in those wee hours is a different experience--a beacon of...
We went to the Valley. We went back through town. We came up here. How hard can this last leg be? Well, as it turns out, it’s never over 'til it’s over. It might all blow up...
Where were we. That’s right. We’d just come all the way up from Rainier, and are now in the middle of the right turn onto Pike from 3rd. You activate the switch as detailed in the previous post,...
Okay, let’s get out of here. You got down here okay. Now let’s go back up. (this is the second in a series of posts detailing driving maneuvers on the 7/49. Click here for Part I: the southbound...
This one's about the physical act of driving the thing. It's time for tech talk!Two recent posts dealt with psychological and existential problems of doing this route.Another post offers tips on fights and other security issues. IntroductionI first drove it...

Go Forth

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He was smiling so hard I had to laugh.  It was infectious. I’m guessing he was older than he looked; the sort who says it's good genes that are responsible for their looks, but...

She Strong

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We were fresh into town from the long drive up from Rainier Valley, approaching Pike Street, our last stop on Third. A large and hulking figure came up to stand near me, silently. We watched the road...

In the Before

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My favorite part of the 5 is the slight right onto northbound Fremont Avenue. You’ve just come all the way from West Seattle, through town, up Aurora, and now you’re coming down Fremont Way preparing for that...