Friday, December 18, 2020

The Great Pizza Review of the 2020-2021 Pandemic

We heard about a friend who was having frozen pizza from famous locations across the country mailed to him. Intriguing. I looked into it, and we found that it was prohibitively expensive, for the quantity anyway. So, we moved forward with a new plan: get a list of the most recommended provisioners of pizza in the Pacific Northwest. Well, the greater Seattle area, anyway. First up: 

Zeek’s Pizza

When I first came to Seattle in 1999, this was the place my friends said was unique to the city. It’s solid. A perennial favorite. One of our friends turned me onto the bacon pesto breadsticks for this review, so let’s start with those:

These are salty, savory, tasty. A cut above with a variety of evolving flavors than the typical breadstick. My wife pointed out that these are cheater sticks: pizza dough cut into sticks. She’s not wrong, but I don’t care. They go well with ranch and washed down with Hunniwater Kindness Green Apple Lime.
Now onto the pizza itself. Here are the remains of our first meal: 

On the left is their Yeti; Chicken, Bacon, Tomato, Red Onion, Parmesan with an Alfredo Sauce Base, They are essentially savory bread sticks pre-dipped. They go great with ranch. Some people with delicate palates would prefer something more subtle. I have admittedly simpler tastes. I like primary and bold color combinations. I like salt and juicy goodness, digestive tract be damned later that evening, no matter how many lactaids I take. This fits that bill.

On the right is their Puget Pounder. Original ingredients are Pepperoni, Canadian bacon, Italian Sausage, Mushroom, Black Olive. We subbed out the mushrooms (which, let's be honest, have such a subtle taste they might as well not even be on food. They look like cartoon dog noses anyway) with pineapple, as per my daughter's request. They covered half with the Pineapple. I can't tell if that was a mistake, or a suggestion. I had slices of both. The sauce, almost squeaky mozz and mid-crust reminds me of Pizza Baron in Portland and an unnamed parlor on the way to Mt Hood. (Theirs are a little thinner, with more corn meal on the bottom, and big bubbles showcasing exposed sauce with all the little triangular cracks on the edge. I miss both.) I say mid crust, where the cheese skates a little on the sauce when bitten. This is tasting nostalgia. I don't care how many people are going to talk about the merits of New York vs Chicago vs Detroit pizza. THIS is the heart of Pacific NW pizza. This essence. This experience.
Nostalgia is a powerful drug. It reminds us of sledding and 3-1 snowball fights with the whole family pitted against Dad, and he still would get the upper hand, throwing into the branches of the trees where we took shelter, raining all their snow down upon us. Heading back to the truck, socks wet and feet frozen, exhausted to a pizza parlor where the stucco ceiling stalactites hung at least three feet down, like a battery of swords of Damocles, while we ate the best thing in all of creation.

Zeek's is a good starting point for this review. It's easy to ignore it when you are busy playing on your Nintendo Switch, and pounding a beer or a bong. But pay attention to it a little bit, and it will let you know that you live on stolen land, among the trees. And you want to make peace with all that is here to truly belong.

Friday, December 11, 2020

More album covers

 I’d better get these up here before all of them get deleted from my phone!

Looks like the mobile website has a hard time organizing the pics though. Meh.

From the inside of a paint can

Paint can insides again

Butter drop

Sick beets

Paint palate 

Split pea soup!

Getting Tired of Facebook

Besides the fact that staying in one's own echo chamber has done a wonderful job of dividing our country, the fact that the albums I create on Facebook keep getting randomly deleted is really annoying. I created a THIRD version of my "Album Covers" album today. Those are photos I've taken that *feel* like they should be on an album cover.

It's so easy to post photos on Facebook. Click on image from phone, upload. Not so easy to update my Blogs (maybe I should see if they have an iPhone app... oh look, I just figured out how to do this on the mobile site!)

Ok, great! Here are 4 I just shot of the colors on my wall, from the interactions of Christmas Tree lights and tree/ornament shadows. Obviously, I’ll use these for my LDB mashup 😀

Monday, January 15, 2018

Phoenix: From the Phoenix Fest to a Community Member's House

More words and thoughts soon.  Pictures now!
Phoenix in January 2018, at a friend's house!

A Rainy New Year, but the Phoenix stands tall!
A Rainy New Year, but he Phoenix Stands Tall!
What it Looked like in 2002 at Burning Man:

What it originally looked like for the Phoenix Fest in 2001:

What *I* looked like in 2001!

Original Concept Art:

Monday, May 22, 2017

2016 Body Painting Examples

This is a bit overdue!  Now that body painting season is warming up again (literally), I figured it was time to show off some of the better examples from last year.

For all your happy little tree needs.

So, that was me last Halloween.  I've since cut my hair ;)

I spent most of my time last solstice working on this peacock work, for the Sol Cycles ride.  I'm happy with the results!  Photo courtesy of John Cornicello. 

By the way, if you want to see the difference between a professional photographer's output and a newb with an iPhone, here is my shot taken within five seconds of John's, *after* I did post cleanup! (Yeah, sticking with John for my shots!!)

On the same day, I also was able to get this piece done, with stencils cut in advance.  Again, photo courtesy of John Cornicello:

Finally, I did a commission piece for JJ for charity.  Her boyfriend loves Hawaiian Tiki bars, so I painting one form the viewpoint of the bartender:

Looking forward to doing more work this year!  Feel free to contact me if interested.