Yes, it’s been a while. Yes, I’ve been immersed in research. Yes, I’ve been madly prepping for NaNoWriMo at the last minute. Sue me, I’m an artist. ‘Nough said. I do, however, want to bring something to attention. There’s a little fisherman’s pier a little north of the Port of Everett and the Naval station and that’s where I’ve been going to learn the clutch on my 66 Mustang. I was there for the first time a couple of weeks ago, thinking it was just another empty parking lot. Boy was I wrong. When driving into the lot you will see a derelict blue shed to your left half hidden by a giant sign advertising a new marina. Coming back at it, however, you can see the wooden hull of a ship peeking out under the roof of that shed. It turned out when I pulled over that the rotted-out hull was the schooner Equator, built in 1888 in San Francisco as a copra (dried coconut meat) trader. She was converted to steam in 1897, then eventually diesel and gasoline before being abandoned in Everett harbor in 1957. But that’s just her work history. Take a look at the …

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Ah, Starbucks. Named for Captain Ahab’s faithful first mate in Herman Meville’s Moby Dick; cult obsession of my hometown, Seattle; worldwide coffee sensation; provider of my daily happy juice. But I’m not here to talk about my obsession with my Caramel Macciato or my Earl Grey Tea Latté (seriously, guys, “London Fog” was a lot easier to shout over the din of 7am commuters). A lot of people are under the impression that the woman on the Starbucks logo is a mermaid (two tales? Okay, I can kind of the go with that), or a Siren (see right). Unfortunately the bit about the Siren is tragically wrong. Pop culture has shifted our recollection of the Greek myths. A prime example of this is Perseus riding Pegasus. The only mortal to ever ride Pegasus was Bellerophon, son of Poseidon and master of horses. Perseus had the winged sandals given to him by Mercury and therefore didn’t need a winged horse. The only connection the two have is that Pegasus was born of Medusa’s blood when Perseus beheaded her (a result of having trysted with Poseidon back in the day). But I digress. Ahem. Sorry, touched a bit of a nerve there. …

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