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Gig Harbor RV Resort, Gig Harbor, WA

I have only one friend in Washington, and that's Debbie. She lives in Gig Harbor, so that's where I found an RV resort. Gig is on a Puget Sound Peninsula. She said we'll have fun, so I'll have her show me around.


As far as I know, this is the best site in the resort.


What is behind me you ask?


Looking in, a huge cozy forest backyard. It goes down into a dry creek.


From the other side, I can see my RV through the trees. I just barely see the Mr. Totality graphic. The weather here is absolutely perfect.

Yesterday I got a tour of Gig Harbor from Debbie. She took me to the restaurant that anyone in town would have asked, "Have you been there yet?" Tomorrow she's taking me to Seattle.


Today I'm working on a project. An electric winch to mount my scooter. This is a 'one of a kind' Spruce Goose project. There is my goose neck to route the cable to the scooter. The winch has a little wireless remote like a car door opener. This way I can steady the bike up with both hands and press the go button at the same time.


Home Depot is just around the corner. I was driving in a foresty area and all of a sudden the Home Depot sign was there. I biked up a driveway and surprise, there it was on a hill clearing. Forest-deep-o.


I took a break from my project and sat in my back-yard with a cigar.


My introduction to Seattle via Debbie. She drove us to the ferry and then we got a scenic ferry view on the way to Seattle.


And of course we had to go up the space needle. So we did it right and had lunch there.


We had a window seat on the revolving restaurant so I snapped this. Then we went down and walked around a bit.


At the Public Market there is a store called Pikes Place Market. They have a ritual of yelling and throwing big fish back and forth in the air. I'll come back again and visit. She said there is a ton of stuff to see here. Nice place to visit, but I think I'll stick with my forests.


I just luuuuuv my electric winch. Tested and passed. It's such a more gentle way of raising the bike on the rack. That's my remote control.

Of all the places I've been so far, Gig Harbor Resort and nearby resources are the best balance of value. The pool here is the best even though it only has another week of its seasonal status. But I hear of a YMCA close by with a good pool. So I signed up for another week here. I'm getting my teeth cleaned, and a few other little maintenance items. Next I'll probably check out some of the islands North, and see about any forests East of Seattle.

 


According to the movie, "Men In Black," the space needle is an actual alien ship that is ready to take off. Well, I dunno. Here is an actual snapshop of a UFO flying over Seattle.


And here is the needle. Looks a lot like the one above, doesn't it?


Gig Harbor has a Ben&Jerry's. I never saw one before. Mid day they have "happy hour" where you get two scoops for the price of one. I got the flavors that are not sold in stores. I think they keep the really good stuff only in their shops. I'll let the flavors speak for themselves.

 

I biked into Tacoma today. Went to Taccoma Art Supplies and Union Station. I walked into the Tacoma Museum of Art next door, but promply left when I saw they only had modernist and contemporary.

Union Station is a gem of the Beaux Arts style - my favorite. Raw brick on the exterior is a bit harsh, but I forgive it for the whole.


The interior now houses glass art from the local factory across the street. These opposites of decor beautifully narrate the nature of human evolution on this planet.

 

 

 

Beaux Arts is characterized by order, symmetry, formal design, grandiosity, and elaborate ornamentation. It came out of the ideology that the universe has a beneficent hierarchical order beyond the material world that is worthy of adoration and exaltation. It’s Greco-Roman roots used these architectural elements to house temples dedicated to the Gods. It is intricate craftsmanship marked by repetition and precision that is a reminder of hierarchical order. Later these elements came to house political institutions and even commercial trade.
The popularity of the Beaux Arts style waned in the 1920's, and within 25 years the buildings were considered ostentatious. By the 1940’s such a thing would have caused embarrassment. Beaux Arts was taken up in America by the Robber Barons of the Gilded Age. For them is it was another way to express boundless optimism, but it ended up mostly displaying conspicuous consumption. That cast a shadow over Beaux Arts. It came to represent commercial, political, and ideological oppression. The working class who felt exploited and that they should rise up in revolt in order to create a better world for themselves, cried “wasteful ostentation.” Then as democracy, middle-class values, science-based existentialism, and socialism took hold, any suggestion of an architecture expressing a Sovereignty beyond the material world, would have been considered obsolete foolishness. The two World Wars and the revealed weaknesses of the Ruling Class, further contributed to social disillusionment. Today, designers express virtue in witty haughty pessimism that swipes away any hint of organizing intelligence in the universe that is deserving of adoration and optimism. Adoration and monumental ornamentalism are natural partners.
Times are changing and it won’t be long before individuals discover that freedom versus exploitation is something that happens inside themselves and not through the outer world. They will also discover that the Gods are their own inner nature and not some external system of impersonal boundaries that treats them like pawns. They will celebrate the excellence of their inner nature with grand orderly material monuments. When this happens all art such as the glass stuff hanging inside Union Station will simply disappear because it is art about revolting and breaking free from external boundaries in the false belief that they restrict human individuality and freedom. Music will follow exactly the same.
This is the first time I've written down this knowledge and it was fun.


If the blown glass factory across the street had this excellence in craftsmanship, I would have visited it.

 

I've been getting a lot of exercise – making up for all the RV parks that didn't have swimming pools. This is my view while in the pool.





And a lot of looking up.

I just like hanging out here, so I think I'll explore Seattle from something like the KOA Seattle RV Park. I also want to find an RV lake near Mt. Rainier and bike up to the top as I did with Mt. Shasta. Then explore North a bit.


No one ever walks back here, so I have privacy leaving the blinds up all the time. When I wake up in the morning I just turn my head and see this. No need for a landscape painting inside my RV :)

 

 

 

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