The town Christmas Tree went up last week. I wanted to get some pictures, but I showed up too late – by 2:30PM Gilkey Square had just about lost the light.
I think of Gilkey Square as a big boring area, a miniature concrete wasteland at the main “T” intersection into town. But it turned out there was kind of a lot going on there today!
The first thing I noticed was this “Apartment For Rent” sign. I believe the apartment is on the second floor of this building. It is a 1BR, 980 square feet, $795, with “Great View.”
I’ll pause to let you digest that.
Granted, we don’t have much in the way of jobs or an economy here in Skagit County. But if you’re a freelancer looking for a change, you should move here! Really!
Okay, it’s not ALL “small town quirky charm” here. Last month the town newspaper ran a big front-page article about a recent crime wave of valuables (including purses, cash, digital cameras, and iPods) being stolen from unlocked cars downtown. The county Sheriff is asking people to please lock their car doors, and maybe think about not leaving valuables in plain view like that.
It’s regrettable, but those are the times we’re living in today.
Oh and there is also a coyote-related crime wave. Several cats and small dogs have gone missing, even in town. One dog, a well-known dachshund, was attacked and killed in his front yard.
I learned about it from his obituary, which was extensive and surprisingly engrossing. Also: dog obituary in the newspaper. HOW CAN YOU NOT LIVE HERE?
Okay well let’s get back on track!
Here is a panorama I took of the square. Click on it, then click again for the full-size version.
After taking the pictures, I turned around and discovered something interesting had popped up in an empty storefront. It is now a display for “The Nomadness Report,” a weekly publication which features “spirited tales of gizmology, technopassion, small-craft design, extreme nautical geekery, open-source culture, engineering challenges, location-independence, technomadics, and survival.”
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This is apparently a project of the Nomadic Research Labs, which built a famous high-tech recumbent bicycle in the late 1980s.
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And of course my question is, “HOW reminiscent of the Starship Enterprise are we talking, here?”
Damn, now I want MY own storefront, too! I don’t know what I would put in it, but I imagine it would be like a cross between a knitting store and the Museum of Jurassic Technology.