West by Northwest

Here is a series of 50 photos taken a little before and during our trip up the coast to Seattle. We took well over 300 photos, many of them completely banal, so I whittled them down to a consumable morsel and tried to put everything in context.

Thank you for reading during this whole stressful relocation. I really hope you like these, you who read this website and you who make viable, useful and sometimes frequent comments. I read every comment left on this site, even the ones where you call me a xenophobic whore-bitch and tell me to bite your ass. Don’t think that I’m so cold that it doesn’t hurt or make me cry on occasion. Usually, however, you all make me giggle. Thank God for you.

  • GH

    Great pics. The Experience Music Project resembles one of those toad-ish spaceships from the Fifth Element.

  • http://aprilgem.com/log April

    Thanks, DBL, but I really wouldn’t have missed that for the world. I’m known elsewhere for my own double entendres. ;-)

  • michelle

    Dooce, thank you so much for sharing your beautiful-artistic-funky photos and your hilarious stories and great writing style. You make my workday.

  • Zan

    Looks like the “mechanically inclined male” topic is taking on a life of it’s own. I hate to pay people for work I can do for myself, even when it means I have to learn something new. I really enjoy it. I never thought anyone thought it was sexy. Maybe my beautiful wife just has her own ideas about it, but in the mean time she has a new sliding glass door out to a 14×20 foot deck, a completely remodeled bathroom, a slplit rail fence, and a tired, but proudly mechanically inclined husband. If you want to see the deck (why not), see http://mek.highcroft.com/images/

  • http://www.tangomoon.ca/journal.html Amanda

    I love your old L.A. apartment! It makes me want to decorate….so cozy.

  • http://hammerland.net/gallery/view_photo.php?set_albumName=Random-San-Francisco&id=aaa Xanthan

    Oh, thanks for posting a pic of a Viszla. Since our hounds died (we had two Russian Wolfhounds), we’ve been talking about whose poop we want to pick up next. Vizlas seem cool… though that bark collar wasn’t a good omen! Now to go ask my wife why she doesn’t call me “bearded and scrumptious” (I’d settle for “fuzzy and yummy”).

  • http://www.frankiehots.com Frank

    Dooce, if there is someone who does graphics better than you, I’d like to see it. Very cool new logo.

  • Michele

    Thanks for sharing your life with all of us :)
    The way you use words and your candid nature makes me feel like you are family. Happy holidays to you and Jon and the mid-sized Chuck. He’s growing up fast…sniff…

  • Igor

    Why do I want that first photo ? The light on the wonderfully polished parket, the atmosphere of a real homely home : dog quizically looking at you, wondering what you’re up to now, fresh flowers, books, the rug on the floor, nice wooden furniture. There’s everything to love.
    Thank you for your kind permission to let me use it. Not-for-profit, strictly self-indulgence. My new home has to be just as warm and welcoming.

  • http://face4radio.blogspot.com Shane

    OMG Dooce, you take an awesome photo.
    Do you give lessons?

  • http://www.blurbomat.com the very very flattered husband

    My wife kicks 7-8 million lbs of ass. I am the luckiest man alive. Jason Lee?

  • Kevin from Seattle

    The Experience Music Project is one of the ugliest things ever made. I remember when I first saw the architect’s model on display a couple three-four years back – I laughed and laughed. The finished product lived up to the model, only more so. Now I’m waiting to see the new library being inflicted on us by Rem Koolhaus when it opens up sometime next year…po-mo architecture just does not belong in the human universe.

    Sorry to rant. Glad things are going well, and thanks for the smokin’ photos.

  • galt

    v.v.f.h.–i made the first Jason Lee comment. I kid because I love. and because i’m jealous. Jealous. your wife probably does kick all that ass. at least her writing does.

  • http://romi.diary-x.com Romi

    no, thank you :)

  • http://www.blurbomat.com the pomo husband

    Don’t be hating on my boy Gehry. The EMP is Jimi Hendrix and Pete Townsend expressed in building form. If you don’t see that, you are stupid and don’t deserve to look upon it.

  • http://www.screenimages.com Marc

    So the beard. And the sultan of scrumptious under it. Do you get a rash? Is it a play-offs beard? Did/will he shave it when you arrive? Would those babies have beards? I dare you to post the culled pix too…

  • http://ai.shinigami.tripod.com Tina

    I think you should put up more photos of yourself! I remember when you had up the wedding pictures, very pretty :-) The pictures are beautiful, especially the ones of the sunsets.

  • http://unixgal.techieswithcats.com anotherLisa

    Gorgeous pictures! Thanks for sharing them.

  • http://www.sourbob.com sourbob

    Can’t tell you how much I’m looking forward to hearing about all of your petty frustrations with Utah.

  • LK

    heather, what IS your secret? i own a nikon coolpix but my pictures are not NEARLY as beautiful as yours. i love all the doggie photos, too, they almost made me want to be a dog person. :)

  • http://www.realityremixed.com Keith

    Awesome pics. RE: the content here — we laughed with you, we cried with you, we vomited with you. It’s all good. We loves ya, dooce, otherwise we wouldn’t keep coming back.

  • http://www.thenyoudiscover.com tyd

    wow.. it looks like you had a wonderful journey. I really love the pics of seattle… you captured my neck of the wood brilliantly. Now.. how can I get some friends with that kind of view in Redmond? =)

  • http://dasiy.sovereignmagic.com daisy

    I like the comments on your site too. Always good for a giggle.

  • andrea

    you’re the best Dooce, love reading about your life and those pictures! man! feel like sharing the script that put together that incredible gallery? it rocks.

  • http://bearclau.diaryland.com bearclau

    Love the sunset shots. That alone, would be worth the trip for me. And I agree, Jon is definately the ‘make babies’ type. Can’t wait to read more of your adventures!

  • Bob

    Long time reader, first time caller…. or something like that. The sunset pictures were quite awesome. Makes me want to get out and start taking pictures around here some day….

  • http://pinkhairthing.blogspot.com pinky

    Go ahead and mock me, but I can’t look at all of the pictures because the window they are in is too big for my crapass PC screen at work and there is no scrollbar, and I can only read the first half of each caption because then it is beneath my screen and it is all making me sad. Is there a way to scroll down, or make the window smaller, or anything, you techno-geniuses?

  • http://keurigirl.diaryland.com Stephanie

    Ahh, these pictures make me so thankful I live in Seattle! They are fabulously beautiful. Thank you for sharing! I wish I could take artful pictures like that.

  • http://dictionary.reference.com/search?q=scrumptious&r=2 allisonic

    I want your life. Especially your dog.
    And your hair looks good, Dooce.
    And damn, you’re younger than I thought. But you write like a 29 year old.

  • Carrie

    Dooce, you and Mr. Scrumptious make me laugh and smile and think and bust a gut every day. I love reading about your adventures, and look forward to reading them. You are a fantastic writer and the photos and graphics inspire me to be creative in my own work. BEST of luck to you in your new place! OH, and do you mind if I use photo #36 as my wallpaper (is that the right word, for the photo on your desktop?) on my work computer? Only my workmates and I will ever see it, but the sunset photos are SO lovely, it would be nice to see it behind my little icons. Thanks!

  • PJ

    I thoroughly enjoyed the pictures, and the comments even more. Thanks! You may now commence with the baby-makin’.

  • http://www.dooce.com dooce

    pinky: i was afraid that the window might be too big for older systems. unfortunately, adding scrollbars to the window sort of compromises the design of the whole thing, and I tried to make the window as small as possible given its contents.

    here is a version with scrollbars, and with a resizable window. it’s not the same experience, but I hope you can see everything. let me know if it works.

    Carrie: don’t mind at all if you use #36. thanks for asking.

  • http://www.skipperchong.com skipper

    Your Nikon pictures are great — even if they are Nikon. I’m of the Canon persuasion. Love #50, Yankee Foxtrot style. Yipee!

  • http://don'tgotone Aubrey (#3 I think)

    I really enjoy your writing and I enjoy your take on things! I am glad you went to all the trouble to keep us informed on the progress of the trip out of beloved California. The state will miss you, but something tells me you may be back here sometime…
    In closing, and I mean this in every good sense of the words: You are such a xenophobic whore-bitch, and you should bite my ass! (Or maybe you should just sick Chuck on those that mean it in a bad way!)


  • Sheila

    Your pics are great. Nikon rules. [Dropped my own Coolpix; $200 to fix; might as well put that towards an upgrade]

  • http://footinmouthdisease.blogspot.com Naaman

    OMG, now I feel like a total ass. I didn’t see the other comments about Jason Lee before I posted mine. Dammit! That’s what I get for not reading all the comments before posting my own. Just goes to show, though, that with that beard, you’re totally Jason Lee’d out, Jon.

  • http://billdugan.com DirtyBillLover

    Dooce, did you know that Jason Lee’s first job was at Taco Bell? I just read it online so it must be true.

  • http://www.thesafeword.com/daily/kerry.html Kerry

    Heather, please tell me you or the hubby went to watch The Price is Right at least once. It’s my dream to be on that show, because I know I could win the car, the boat and the Tokyo vacation. I am all about some Showcase Showdown. If you guys never went on the show, I’ll just cry.

  • http://www.ofrenda.org/theta esther the molester

    see, you act so mean like some kinda blogging scrooge but we all know you’re a smooshy softie inside.

    also, your hubbie *is* *scrumptious* but you’re pretty sex-ay yourself.

  • http://www.untopia.com garrett

    Great photos. (I’ve always loved Seattle… now I want to go back again.) Keep posting ‘em. I’m interested to see Utah from behind your lens.

  • http://www.longpauses.com Long Pauses

    While enjoying your photos I was also listening to an Internet radio station that just happened to play Nick Drake’s “Three Hours,” which is an even better driving song than “Pink Moon,” not that anyone at Volkswagon would care. Thanks for sharing.

  • http://www.thefalseidol.com/matej Jetam

    What is it about the opportunity to look into the lives of others that makes the humblest, straightest person a total voyeur? Anyway, fantastic photos! Makes me want to take a road-trip. Or spend some more time in the States. Or both. Those Seattle sunsets? Unreal!

    Oh, and to the Very Very Flattered Husband: yeah, definitely Jason Lee. Though I’d say that’s a good thing.

  • ex southern babtist

    You are too cute. And no I’m not Bi. You are doing what all of us want to do in life. Good for you. I apoligize for the clumziness. Went to the office X-mas party. Talk to you later. Hug the DOG. He’s a doll…

  • http://www.jeanettecline.com/thoughts.htm jeanette

    God, even your logo is funny. Are you like some kind of steppford-commedianne or something?

  • Stupid Kevin in Seattle

    Matter of taste, Jon. (Which oddly enough is my name too, but one that doesn’t get used much.) Don’t mean to be dissing or ruffling feathers. I actually enjoy the Oldenburgian whimsy that comes out in some of Frank G’s designs, but I think (personal opinion here) the EMP is a crass, ugly lump. With the exception of the purple wall along the west side, which is beautiful. And I don’t see it as a meaningful tribute either to the chunky rhythms and zesty chord voicings of Townshend, or the liquid grace and passion of Hendrix (from whose grave I’ve stolen a few flowers, I’ll have you know.) But like I say, it’s a question of taste. “Stupid”? You can do better than that…Can’t we all just get along?

  • ex southern babtist

    where are these people coming from. WOW. Are they trying to make a name for themselves? It’s not working.

  • anna

    dude, i always want to see more pictures of YOU! especially since you are inthe best shape of your life. and because that way i can be fully covetous of all aspects of you life.including your sleekified glutes. indluge me?

  • anna

    um. sorry about the spelling and spacing errors there. i’m blind and really tired.

  • Thomas – from the banks of the Mississippi

    damn. i’ve always liked your photos. any chance you’ll have a link to their own page like you did before the brief hiatus?

  • pinky

    Hey thanks, Dooce. I really enjoyed the photos, and I appreciate your making me my own version! What a great site. And fuck, Chuck is a cute dog. He’ll poop eventually, hang in there.