New Orleans

26 Sep
2009

We arrived in New Orleans in the afternoon, after a half-day stay at our “apartment” in New York (JFK:T5). We were picked up at the airport by our host, Renso Amariz, a feature-length film director whose current project is called: “The Local 504″. It’s a story about a United States resistance group that continues to fight after the Soviet Union captured and occupied the United States in an alternative historical time line. We were put in contact with Renso through Clark’s friend, and Renso’s Navy buddy, Aaron Ingrao.

First stop was the New Orleans CVB to pick up our VIP passes and to collect a list of places of interest. There was a lot of interesting information, but most of the attractions listed were too touristy for the #12hrs crew. At that point we told Renso, “show us the local version of uptown!” —and off we went on another Twelve Hour demolition derby.

It was around this point that Joe broke the news that he’d be leaving the trip—but only temporarily—he had to return to Buffalo to quit his job! He had taken all his available vacation time in order to go on this journey, but the-powers-that-be were unhappy that he was taking it all at once—so they gave him an ultimatum, and he responded. The only catch with this was that Joe’s flight was at 6 am, and since Clark (AKA Mom, AKA The Tour Manager) wasn’t going on it, he wouldn’t be waking everyone up. The crew was going to have to party straight through to wheels-up, or Joe risked losing a ton of money.

We headed to Renso’s house, took some quick showers and charged all our gear—we knew this night was going to run long so we needed to have full power. While at the house, Renso’s roommate introduced us to an incredibly niche genre of Hip Hop called “Sissy-Bounce,” which only exists in New Orleans at this point. He also made us aware that one of the forerunners of the genre, Sissy Nobby, would be performing live at the Dragon’s Den that night!

So what is “Sissy Bounce”? Some things are best described using video:

Needless to say, after witnessing the video we had no choice but to go to this show and experience this fascinating microcosm of the hip hop universe. Ultra-Pride, Dirty South, Hip Hop?! In a musical genre that is known for its homophobia and misogyny? We had to meet these trend setters and witness this social upheaval that started in the dance hall.

It was time to head out and start seeing the sights and tasting the flavors of the creole country. Our first stop was the “Ernie K-Doe: Mother-In-Law Lounge,” this colorful establishment is family run and was established after the death of Ernie K-Doe in 2001. It is a vibrantly colorful establishment, full of live music, life, and the history of “The Emperor of the Universe.”

Upon Renso’s recommendation, we headed to Parasol’s to get “the best Po’ Boys in town.” To be honest, neither Joe nor Steve were overly impressed with the food, but it was filling and gave us enough fuel to drink through the night. Carrie, the bartender at Parasol’s, was a Buffalo native and informed us that Drew Love, one of our favorite bartenders from the Pink, had bought us several shots, long distance. It’s always great meeting people from Buffalo on this trip.

After the Po’ Boys, it was off to Dragon’s Den to check out the Sissy Nobby show. This club was was probably what dudes were looking at when they came up with the word “sweatbox,” it was about 115 degrees in the place and so humid that water droplets glowed around light sources.

Clark went up to the band after the first set, and challenged one of the MCs to an ass shake-off. This was a foolish endeavor since Clark had never tried to “drop it like it’s hot” before. However, over the course of the competition, we were able to capture some hilarious video.

After the Sissy Nobby show, Steve and Jeremy traveled to Harrah’s to participate in some games of chance, while Clark, Renso, and Joe headed to Bourbon
Street for a tour of what the city had to offer. The bar crawl continued for quite awhile, and eventually the boys decided that they needed to head back to Parasol’s to be closer to Renso’s house.

After celebrating the fact that the restaurant was open “after-hours,” Joe headed home to Buffalo, NY to quit his day job. The next morning, Clark and Steve ran into their first logistical screw up and almost missed their flight out to LA. Running through an airport last-minute was inevitable at some point in this trip, but they made the flight.

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San Francisco

25 Sep
2009

We left Austin in the very early morning hours and headed to the Bay area. We were greeted by KPIX – CBS Channel 5 and a limo from Bauer’s Limo.

KPIX Van

KPIX Van

#12hrs and KPIX Crew Shot

#12hrs and KPIX Crew Shot

We headed downtown to film our segment for the news. We were “surprised” with a “special” guest, Dave from CBS 5’s travel show. The whole crew was very excited to meet Dave. You can see our antics on KPIX here: Video

Special Guest - Dave

"Special Guest" - Dave

Dave gives Joe Crabs and Joe tweets about it.

Dave gives Joe Crabs and Joe tweets about it.

Dave walked us down to Fisherman’s Wharf and treated us to some delicious crab. Fresh seafood is always so much better than the stuff we get in Buffalo.

Crabs!

Crabs!

Stunning by our whips

Stunning by our whips

After this it was time for the real fun to start. GO CARS! These things are absolutely wild, albeit a little lacking on the torque side (Read: We had to push them up some hills). They also contained a GPS “tour guide” that told us interesting facts about the things we were seeing and constantly reminded us that we weren’t on an officially sanctioned tour and that we should immediately make a U-Turn.

Taking the outside line on the corner

Taking the outside line on the corner

Fishermans Wharf

Fisherman's Wharf

We spent the afternoon dashing around the city, seeing the sights, hearing the sounds, chatting up strippers on the corners, and repeatedly disobeying traffic laws. However, the afternoon soon waned and as with most of our tour stops, it all came to an end just a bit too soon. We had to catch our flight to NOLA and so we dropped off our straight-pimpin-whips to the fine people at Go Car Tours and started to beat feet towards the BART.

Golden Gate Bridge

Golden Gate Bridge

China Town

China Town

On our way, we stumbled into a very happening district of the city and grabbed some excellent food at Giordano Bros and Taqueria Zorro. After our meal, we caught the BART to SFO and we were soon on our way to New Orleans!

The Original BART

The Original BART

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Austin B-Roll Video

23 Sep
2009

Here’s the B-Roll footage from Austin, the full episode is gonna be wild.

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Austin, TX

22 Sep
2009

Our one week anniversary of the start of our most epic journey began with what some might call torture. Clark woke Joe & Steve with death metal. Not Cool. Vengeance will be had.

When we arrived in Austin we were greeted by Evan from Delaware North (the company that pretty much runs all the retail and food in airports nationwide) he was kind enough to take us out to lunch at The Salt Lick in the Austin airport. Food was AMAZING, try the brisket..no seriously try it, but make sure you leave room for the most loaded baked potatoe I’ve ever seen in my life because you’re going to want to sample that, trust me.

After a welcome but extended stay at the Austin airport we were scheduled to meet up with our host for the night Mr. Dan Northcutt (goes by Northcutt, because he’s rad like that). Now when we first met Northcutt he emailed us telling us of his hot-dog restaurant suggesting we hit it up to grab some hot dogs and cold beers (interestingly enough that’s both their slogan and website (www.hotdogscoldbeers.com) now when someone tells you that they own a hot dog joint you’re not really expecting much. To be honest I thought we were getting picked up by a Texas hick in a pickup with a rocking mullet. I’VE SINCE LEARNED NOT TO JUDGE A BOOK BY IT’S INTRO EMAIL.

Northcutt couldn’t have been more awesome if I invented him for the purpose of this project. Dude was on point. Just amazing. Picked us up took us to one of many business ventures of his, Frank. Frank isn’t just a hotdog shop. OH NO. It’s a GOURMET hog dog shop, a bar, a chill lounge (located on the 2nd floor for the nights when you just wanna sit back sip some whiskey and relax) and bodega. YEAH THAT’S RIGHT A NEW YORK CITY STYLE BOGEDA. IN A BAR. That’s how cool this guy is, he can put a bodega in his bar and get away with it and still pack the place every night.

So we’re at Frank, chilling, trying to plan out the evening, couple beers mixed with a couple shots of Jameson just figuring out where we can shower when in walks Taylor the man behind Austin’s Restaurant Week and coolest new mag Rare Austin (www.rareaustin.com). Taylor tells us he has this membership to a Men’s Club called the Metropolitan Club and he’s set us up with some showers and a bar tab (people just love taking care of us it’s mind blowing). Of course we take him up on his offer and head over there immediately as a shower and beer is exactly what we were looking for at that moment.

When I say that Austin continually surprised me is a gross understatement of what that city actually gave back to me on a consistent basis. We walk into the “Member’s Only” room and WOW. Steam room, showers with 7 plus shower heads, just about every men’s grooming product you could imagine and oh yeah waiter service bringing us cold beers in the biggest goblets you’ve ever seen.

I had to indulge in a quick (1 hour is quick right?) steam before I moved into the shower to allow the 7 different shower heads to further indulge me in extreme luxury. After the showers everyone moved on to the grooming stage of extravagance. Gold Bond, hair products, hot shave cream, the works. We were truly living the life of trust-fund playboys, just without the douchiness of being raised complete pricks..it’s what we call a true win-win.

Post most-amazing-shower-in-the-world we headed into the Lounge area to charge up our gear and sip on some goblets of beer. After getting sufficiently distracted by the amazing situation we found ourselves in, Northcutt calls to tell us to get our asses back to Frank so we can get this night started (by night I mean 5 in the afternoon). So off we went.

When we got back to Frank, Northcutt had his whole crew waiting for us. Among them was Stuart who gave us a quick rundown on the huge growth that Austin has been experiencing. He also happens to have a SUPER hot girl friend who owns a high end cupcake shop down the street from Frank called Delish (www.delish-cupcakes.com). Yeah, we went and got our cupcake on.

We all walked down to La Condesa which served up some really unique and delightful apps. We had sushi on a tortilla, some mini brisket burritos and REALLY REALLY good margaritas. The tab? Just shy of $300 and covered, because we’re apparently really fun to hang out with (thanks again guys!). Apparently people in Texas eat a lot more than us folks from New York because after that we went back to Frank for some platters of their amazing hot dogs. When I say amazing I really mean knock your socks off good hot-dogs. These ain’t your run of the mill street meat dogs. I’m talking Chicago style with the greenest relish you’ve ever seen and onions so sweet you swear they were made of sugar. I mean NY Style Sausage that is so authentic you’d swear you heard a cabbie cursing in the background.

So now it was officially time to “Keep Austin Weird” (the city slogan, really could a more perfect city exist?). Our first stop was the Dizzy Rooster where they had a candle light tribute to Patrick Swazye (apparently when you bounce here you have to watch Roadhouse as a training video). After that we headed over to St. Cecilia’s to class it up a bit. While enjoying martinis and margaritas we met up with the guys from English Teeth (www.myspace.com/englishteethmusic) who gave us a track to use for the Austin b-roll video.

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Good Day Sacramento

21 Sep
2009

The 12 Hours crew is guest hosting Good Day Sacramento! Watch us live at Good Day Live.

Video archive: Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3

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Day 7 – Kissimmee/Burlington

We’ve been looking forward to our Orlando trip for a little while now but all of our expectations proved to be way too low. The people of the Kissimmee visitors center took such good care of us it’s literally raised the bar to a whole new level.

Orlando is one of our shortest stays at only 7 hours so we had to pack a lot of action into a shorter day than usual. Chris, our host, picked us up from the airport and we headed out to the Boggy Creek Airboat Ride center. Loaded the crew on to what I was calling, incorrectly as it turns out, a fan boat and took off in search of gators and cool fan controlled maneuvers on open water. Unfortunately we weren’t able to see any crocodiles but we did do some pretty cool slides and 360’s. Overall a very satisfying little adventure.

In combination with the airboat ride is a small gator after show. Normally just another tourist trap kinda event, but not today. Today they let Steve wear the gator as a hat. The problem with this is that if you push on a Gator’s stomach, they have a tendency to urinate.. This particular gator released its’ bladder ALL OVER STEVE’S HEAD & NECK. It was absolutely hilarious!

Once Steve cleaned off as much natural Gatorade as he could, the crew headed out to the city of Kissimmee to grab some eats at the Broadway Pizza Bar. Steve, Joe & Clark dug into Calzones (pretty good, don’t hold a candle to Pizza Plant Pods though) while Jeremy mowed down a sandwich and some italian wedding soup.

In order to make our 6:40 pm flight to Burlington we had to be at the airport around 5. Finishing lunch at 2:00 you’d think we wouldn’t have enough time to do anything too awesome. If you thought that, YOU WOULD BE HORRIBLY MISTAKEN. This is the beginning of what might be the most epic 2 and a half hours of the trip yet.

Now we head to GATORLAND. We met up with our park guide, Mike Hileman, and the hardcore shenanigans began. First up on the VIP tour, feeding the gators. Now when someone tells you that you’re going to be feeding some alligators you assume you’ll be throwing food over a fence or something safe like that. Not here kids. Here you walk right up to them (I’m talking 3 feet max distance) and toss them some raw chicken. AWESOME. What’s not awesome is when you’re taking a group shot 3 feet in front of about 12 huge gators and your guide screams “RUN!” followed by extreme laughter as you’re darting to safety.

The fun is just beginning at this point. It was time to head to check out WHITE ALLIGATORS. Yeah, white ones (Don’t call them Albino, they have blue eyes) and we got to take their picture. There are only 14 of them in the world and we had the rare change to photograph them up close and personal. Our guide really wanted to show us his favorite gator Chester so we obliged him. You remember Chester from the news a few years ago, he ate 3 dogs in his neighborhood. He’s about 13 feet long, 1,000 lbs. and 3,000 lbs/sq inch of dog eating, jaw crushing ability. It was super intense.

When someone turns to you and asks “Hey, would you like to wrestle an alligator?” The only answer that comes to mind is “Yes!”. Gatorland has a twice daily gator wrestling show (that’s very funny, exciting and an overall great time) where real professionals handle these million year old killing machines. When the show was over and the spectators left our show began. We went into the sandy cage and approached our beast. I was first up. “Just climb on his back and put your hands on his neck” our guide explained. I complied. Then he spoke words that I’ll never really forget. “Ok now don’t lose” at that point he yells at the gator and starts hitting him in the tail, you know– to get him good and pissed off. I’m struggling trying to contain the beast as it’s slowly dragging me to the killing waters where 10 of his friends waited to dine on my Jameson marinated flesh. The order came out “Alright, jump off and pull him back by the tail.” I tried and after really setting my footing was able to drag the animal back several feet. This story repeated itself for Jeremy, Steve, and Clark. It was definitely a once in a lifetime experience.

Just when we thought we were about to leave, they pulled us back in for the Gator Jump show. During this show they dangle meat above the gator pool and the gators jump out several feet to grab their grub.

As 4:45 rolled around we decided it was time to head to the airport as we had a 5:00pm TV interview to record.

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Washington DC

17 Sep
2009

Day 6 – Washington DC

After a great saturday night in South Beach it was time to visit our nation’s capitol; Washington DC. We had a nice cushion in our flight schedule so we were able to get some additional sleep at the Ft. Lauderdale airport.

Our Flight Crew - Ronalee I., Jim M., and Lauren H.

Our Flight Crew - Ronalee I., Jim M., and Lauren H.

Jawa Transport at Dulles

Jawa Transport at Dulles

Once we landed in DC it was time to ride in the Jawa Transports at Dulles and meet up with our host for the day; Tyler, who is one of Clark’s friends from High School.  He’s an active member in Virginia’s Democratic party– When in Rome do as the Romans; we arrived at Blue Ridge Arsenal around 5pm and rented a glock and a couple hundred rounds of ammo. This was Joe & Steve’s first time ever firing a handgun. Steve had a good time, Joe claims to have been unimpressed (So we omitted pictures of him so as not to hinder his future political career).

Tyler provides Range Safety Instruction

Tyler provides Range Safety Instruction

Steve loads his clip

Steve loads his clip

Lock and Load

Lock and Load

Clark empties 10 rounds into a 3 grouping.

Clark empties 10 rounds into a 3" grouping.

It was about time to head into DC proper and get an up-close look at some of our country’s historic buildings. By the time we got into the city we realized we were starving so we stopped at the Capitol Lounge for some great food. Joe had a pizza, Clark grabbed some fish & chips while both Jeremy and Steve picked up a couple of steak sandwiches.

Capitol Building with protestors in foreground

Capitol Building with protestors in foreground

During our post-food stroll around the capitol building area we got a real treat, a free comedy show. It all started when we found a deposit of protest signs in a refuse bin (from the Tea Baggers… err Partiers).  We hold a bit of a grudge, we were supposed to have a Special tour of the Capitol Building, but it was canceled due to the Demonstrations going on during our visit.   It only got better from that point when we stumbled upon some live entertainment. It was an unnamed band with a preaching front man. Now I’m all for some good free speech and everyone’s right to protest but this was too inaccurate and funny to respect. You know the drill “death panels”, “tax payer funded abortion” it was a top 40 version of right wing nut job lies. Really good stuff and we enjoyed doing a little Heckling until the Capitol Police asked us to move along.

After laughing at the crazies our group split up, Clark and Adia toured Washington on foot, while everyone else went to Georgetown for a bit of a bar crawl. We wondered in and out of several fine establishments eventually ending up at Rhino’s Bar for $8 pitchers and Sunday night football.

The Washington Monument as viewed from the Capitol

The Washington Monument as viewed from the Capitol

Capitol Building

Capitol Building

Washington Monument (Closer Up)

Washington Monument (Closer Up)

The White House

The White House

A couple pitchers later we headed back into Fairfax, VA to Bridges. Now this was truly a one of a kind bar. Bridges really packs a punch on multiple levels. There were frat boys, sorority girls, pool tables, poker tournaments, lawn games, couches, lay-z-boys and a dance floor. It was mindblowingly lame and incredibly awesome simultaneously.

Last call is 1:30 in VA and that’s when we headed home. A great night in DC/Georgetown & Fairfax.

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After a VERY difficult morning in Charlotte, we made it to the airport and got on the plane heading for Ft. Lauderdale. Upon arrival we were greeted with a BIG DOSE of humidity and Mark from Planet Massage, our guide for the day portion of our trip. He took us to Mango’s restaurant for lunch. It was good eats, Steve got the fiery chicken salad, Joe had a mahi-mahi sandwhich, Clark had the seafood bisque and a sea food salad, and our host ate a Reuben.

Rueben Sandwich from Mangos in Ft. Lauderdale

Rueben Sandwich from Mango's in Ft. Lauderdale

Once we were finished consuming a MUCH needed meal we headed over to the Planet Massage offices for some even more needed rub-downs. Let me say, I’ve only had 3 massages in my life and this one was AMAZING. I’m usually not a fan but I guess that’s because I’ve never physically abused my body like I’ve been doing on this trip before.  The staff was incredible professional and the atmosphere at the shop was very relaxing and calming.

Joe getting a Massage at PlanetMassage.com

Joe getting a Massage at PlanetMassage.com

At this point we were ready for a change in scenery, Mark and his wife were kind enough to drive us to South Beach.  On the way Clark decided to join the 21st Century and get a BlackBerry (INSERT CLAPS FOLLOWED BY BOOS FOR NOT GETTING AN iPhone).

When we got to South Beach we had a stunning moment of realization. We didn’t know anyone and had no where to stay. Off to facebook and twitter to put out the word. Moment later, a phone call. One of Clark’s old co-workers had an uncle in South Beach, a couple phone calls later we were standing in a sick condo on the 20th floor of Miami’s newest building: The Plaza. Pat Grant(our new host) couldn’t have been nicer, he cooked us pizza, let us wash our clothes and told one of the best stories I’ve ever heard, watch the video here:

The view from our Condo

The view from our Condo for the evening

In exchange for the amazing hospitality, Clark took a few headshots for Pat’s business ventures including: http://www.geoacooperative.com. He also asked us to announce this AMAZING OPPORTUNITY for Marketing Students, you and your team could win up to $90,000 and experience in a national advertising campaging by entering this contest!

Joe with Keith Richard

Joe with Keith Richard

As most people know South Beach is expensive, VERY expensive (think $400 just to walk into a club). We were having none of this. Thanks to an amazing fan suggestion we headed down to Club Deuce. It’s the Old Pink, but more glorious. The shots were doubles, the beers were $3.50 and you could SMOKE INSIDE THE BAR. That’s right INSIDE THE AIR CONDITIONED BAR, for Joe this was absolutely heaven on earth. At one point he asked if there were any bar tending spots open. If there were he would no longer be on this trip.

The crew at The Deuce

The crew at The Deuce

Like any good dive bar there was jammin rock and roll on the box and pool table always in use. Typical. Not so typical, what could possibly be a genuine clone of Keith Richards in the bar with us. Great stories. Great accent. Great character.

Joe with a Keith Richards Impersonator

Joe with a Keith Richards Impersonator

Now not wanting to stay in one place the whole night we took a quick walk down to Slim’s. By quick, I mean quick. 10 minutes in and out $7 beers aren’t our thing. So we went back to the deuce, got to know the staff a little better and ended the night there early (yes early) around 4:30am.

By now we were hungry again and there was a great mexican place across the street. So what else is there to do at 4:30 in the morning when you’re drunk but eat some delicious gigantic burritos? At this point Steve is fairly intoxicated and decides he’s going to hit on a beautiful Cuban girl in her own language (kinda). What came out of his mouth was “Tu muy caliente” or “You’re very hot” she said “Si…ya later”. Sick burn.

It was time to take a cab back to Pat’s condo and turn in for the night.

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Charlotte

15 Sep
2009

Took a red eye from Seattle to JFK the night of Day 3. Arrive in JFK around 6 and set up shop in T5 to work. After a couple radio interviews we started going through video and photos, lots of good stuff in there for the webisodes when we get back. At one point I looked at Clark and said “You understand that going to work for us is flying around having fun, going on facebook and twitter…we’re the luckiest guys on the planet”

Our faithful steed

Our faithful steed

So after ‘work’ we board the plane to head to Charlotte and a night we probably won’t soon forget (or remember). Once we land we meet up with our host for the night, Burton. Burton owns Sintient Clothing (www.sintient.com) and knows how to party. We hop in his boy Tom “TOMMYGUNZ” ’s Hummer and head to Burton’s place to charge phones, shower and get ready.

Burton and his Girlfriend

Burton and his Girlfriend

First stop is the Blues, Brews & BBQ Fest in Downtown Charlotte. Let me tell you, I thought I’ve had good BBQ in Buffalo. I have not. I haven’t even had kinda good BBQ. The ribs at this place were OUT OF THIS WORLD. Saying the meat was “falling off the bone” is almost an understatement.

Blues, Brews, and BBQ

Blues, Brews, and BBQ

After devouring some more BBQ and deep fried apples we headed to Amo’s to see a great band called Save Our Sterio, then our night started to escalate very quickly. Our host decided to start ordering up drinks at an alarming rate. Not ones to say no to a free beverage we consumed the beverages with smiles on our faces.

Save Our Stereo

Save Our Stereo

When the show ended we headed downtown to check out a couple clubs. One in particular didn’t want to let us in without paying and they weren’t very happy about Clark bringing in camera gear. Joe had a few choice words with the bouncer (that no one can remember now) and everything was cool, we went on in (no cover). Shortly after Joe got ‘tired’ and went to bed. Clark went exploring the city with Steve and his friend. Around 3 am they picked Joe up from Burton’s place and headed to their final stop of the evening, Steve’s friend Jen’s house.

- Joe

[Update: Clark]

So after Joe “went to sleep” (even though he was still walking and talking). Steve, Jen, and myself headed out on a photo-walk around Charlotte. I must say that I was very impressed by excellent urban planning and the beauty of the architecture that comprises the city. Charlotte is a very cool city and I look forward to spending more time there in the future. Here are a few images to “wet your pallet”, but I highly recommend you check out the entire set on flickr and join our facebook page so you can see the exclusive “twit-pics” that get posted during our travels.

Downtown Charlotte

Downtown Charlotte

Steve in a Fountain

Steve in a Fountain

Rad Sculpture Downtown Charlotte

Rad Sculpture Downtown Charlotte

Jen pushing on the talking building

Jen pushing on the "talking" building

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Seattle

12 Sep
2009

Twelve Hours in a City – Seattle Flickr Set

As we arrived into Seattle, our old friend Akvile picked us up and we some how managed to squish the five of us into her Scion tc. It was quite the sight to see. Dropped off our bags at her place, took showers, did some laundry in her sink (even though she had a perfectly working washer), and headed off to see the city.

She first took us to Kerry Park on Queen Anne and got an amazing view of the city, Puget Sound, and Mt. Rainier. We were starving by this point so we made a quick dash to Dick’s Drive In to put some Dick’s burgers and milkshakes in our mouths.

We then proceeded to head over to the Fremont area where we saw the big Fremont Troll under the HWY-99 bridge. Clark really wanted to take a picture with everyone battling the troll, however, despite numerous attempts, the rest of the crew  ignored his suggestion to capture an epic troll battle.

We continued on to Gas Works Park. Formerly, it was Seattle’s gas light company’s gasification plant. Watched this one guy do some parkour, which inspired us to play an epic game of leapfrog (Video to come).

We then made a quick stop at Volunteer Park in Capitol Hill to see the Black Sun statue and climbed up the water tower to get a 360 view of Seattle. The hike up the stairs left everyone but Clark  out of breath for about ten minutes! On our way back to Akvile’s; Clark stopped to get an amazing cup of espresso at the Café Vivace stand on Broadway, while Joe and Jeremy went to a convenience store to buy socks and Gatorade, and Steve scored a sweet $6 Slasher shirt at Crossroads Trading Co. He was really proud of his find.

Arrived back at Akvile’s to drop off her car and set off on foot around the downtown area. Hung out at the famous Pike Place, saw some fish get thrown, fresh flowers and fruit stands everywhere, and some how felt inclined to purchase five fruit logs. Bad idea. Not as good as it sounds, so we used it as bum bait.

Clark, having railed his leg against the “black hole sun” statue and being on a heavy dosage of aspirin to prevent blood-clots had developed a massive amount of swelling on his shin which was turning a gnarly shade of purple.  He was showing the crew, when a gentlemen sitting to the right of us on the bench said he had him beat. He proceeded to tell us that only sixteen days prior, he was in a terrible motorcycle accident and was dead for ten whole minutes and was in a body bag. Whoa! He broke his back in two spots, half of his nose and cornea were on the asphalt next to him, and he showed us his shiny row of staples embellishing his forehead. And there he was, sitting at the park, sipping ona tall boy in a brown bag, enjoying this beautiful Seattle sunny day. We were impressed. Sadly, our video recorder did not record the story.

On our way back up hill, we noticed an awesome collection of gutter-punks in front of Macy’s with a sign that read “5 min = $5 massage or cigs or food.” Steve finally had someone he could give his bum bait fruit logs to! He approached this fine young lady and asked her for a massage. Amazing. She whipped out a neck pillow and placed it on the ground for him to sit on. She treats her customers quite well.  We were able to capture this exchange and it can be viewed here:

We then ventured back uphill to Capitol Hill to grab some drinks, but realized we should probably have dinner instead. We walked back down hill a few blocks and had dinner and drinks at Six Arm’s. We ended the night by building a human-pyramid on our first attempt using the 30 second timer.

To see the rest of the images from today’s part of the journey check out Clark’s photostream on flickr.

Seattle Video

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