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October 2001

 

remember, all photos are thumbnails - click on them to get the bigger version
When you see  you can click on it and get a really big, non-zoomed version of the day's photo!  
Every Saturday I take an extra large photo and
every Sunday I replay the photo from the same day the year before.
Monday, October 1, 3:45 p.m. - I haven't seen Big Blue in days and thought maybe he'd moved on but today, I can see the very top of him peeking out behind the northwest tower.  And, for those of you who may have recently joined us... Big Blue is our favorite crane.
Tuesday, October 2, 4:45 p.m. - There's a lot of construction noise today - but it must be happening where I can't see it.  There is a new little stack o' stuff just in front of the grand stairway.  Looks like Styrofoam of some kind.  And the flag on the pole is still tightly wrapped which I don't quite understand.
Wednesday, October 3, 5 p.m. - This is one of those days when I can't see a single change.  I'm sure one of you will spot something that I missed. 
Thursday, October 4, 5 p.m. - They removed the form on the little wall - east side of the grand staircase.  And, Greg did point out that they seams along the grand staircase are changing as they fill them in.  My Mom has her eye on the pile of Styrofoam which was moved a bit today.  Some changes are not all that dramatic
Friday, October 5, 5 p.m. - It's time to revise my photo taking schedule.  Waiting until 5 is getting a lot of bad shadows especially on sunny days.  Big Blue is still in the bowl.  Wonder if he's just going to stay there - he'd be an interesting tackle option.
Saturday, October 6, 3:30 p.m. - There hasn't been much action on the site, but the outfit that is set up in the parking lot closest to my condo spent the morning rearranging metal things and making a lot of hissing noises.  It sounded like they were building a new building but turns out they were only cleaning up their patch.  It looks very tidy now.
Sunday, October 7, 2 p.m. - It's a gray day here and it's supposed to get grayer so I thought I'd go ahead and get the photo while I could.  Bit of a contrast from this day last year!  No sign of life on the site today.
Monday, October 8, 10:30 a.m. - Although the photo was taken this morning, I didn't get a chance to get it up here until now - 8 p.m.  Meanwhile both Tony and Rikketyrik reported that First and Goal has new pictures up including ones of the fire that happened last month.
Tuesday, October 9, 3 p.m. - They are starting to do some real work on the end of the northwest tower.  Should be interesting to watch up close.  And, you can see that Big Blue is still with us.  I had heard that he was due to move on to the next job in mid-September. 
Wednesday, October 10, 3 p.m. - It's a cold, rainy, dreary day all over, including the construction site but the work goes on.  They are still messing around with the rock pile and making progress on the grand staircase work.
Thursday, October 11, 2:45 p.m. - I caught Big Blue delivering a bucket of workers to the top of the northwest tower.  If those workers were paying attention, they could have caught David Bell's 5th inning home run at Safeco which was hit just before this photo was taken.
Friday, October 12, 3 p.m. - Big doings today!  Big Blue is out for good.  Check the circle. They've started filling in the grand staircase.  If you look carefully in the circle you can see that Big Blue is lowering down a slab of concrete that makes the flat part.  And, they added some screening to the side of the giant scoreboard (arrow).  And, they've put down what looks like moisture barrier type of stuff on the east side of the grand staircase.
Saturday, October 13, 1:45 p.m.  There was a good bit of action on the site today for a Saturday.  Lots centered around the grand staircase.  But the big deal today is that I did not take the photos. We had a special guest photographer.  Robert Parker, his wife, Amanda and his really cool children, Jessica and Joe were in Seattle visiting from Bradford, England.  Robert has been a faithful visitor to this webpage and contributor to the ClamCam Forum and a very serious Seahawks fan.  Robert took today's photos.
Sunday, October 14, 1:45 p.m. - Looks like our weather last year was pretty close to our weather today.  It's a quiet day in the neighborhood today - no action at all.
Monday, October 15, 3:30 p.m. - There are a lot of people scattered around the grand staircase today working on the various bits and pieces.  Thanks for Tony for the heads up on new First and Goal photos.
Tuesday, October 16, 5 p.m. - Well, none of you caught my big faux pas yesterday.  I should never try and update a website during a playoff game.  I posed Sunday's photo instead of Monday's.  That's also why no one wrote to tell me the two big new things - they flag is back and the northwest hustle board has been installed!
Wednesday, October 17, 3: 15 p.m. - Just when I think you guys aren't paying attention, you set me straight. Yes, I neglected to mention the biggest news of all in yesterday's photo...  Big Blue's arm lying on the ground.  Yes, it's Bye Bye Big Blue.  I actually even got a note from his driver (the Craneologist) last night saying that today was his last day on the site.   It took 22 semi trailer trucks to move him out.  You can see the last piece being lifted off the ground in the little photo here.  It's going to be a different site without the big blue arm...
Thursday, October 18, 4 p.m. - We have a new section of the big scoreboard screened off today.  The flag is still there, by the way, but tucked in at the top. I suspect this is so it wouldn't get in the way of the installation.  They are doing a whole lot of work on the staircase but I can't quite get the details even with my binoculars.
Friday, October 19, 4 p.m. - More screening was added today.  But, the big news is on the ClamCam Forum.  Dave's been back on site and gives a full report. Plus, for those of you in Seattle, he tells us that his stuff will air on the Seahawks show, Saturdays at 10:30 - Channel 13.
Saturday, October 20, 4 p.m. - There was a fairly large crew out this morning working on that grand staircase.  They were rolling the black stuff on with big rollers.  I forgot to mention that they seem to be making good progress on the west side of the grand staircase, too.  They should be filing it in fairly soon.  But, I wonder why they haven't painted the beak yet!
Sunday, October 21, 5 p.m. - I was afraid I wouldn't be able to get a clear shot today.  It's been foggy and raining all day but it finally cleared enough for the picture.  Remember when they finished off the big scoreboard and put a tree up there?  I knew, at the time, about the tradition on construction projects to have a tree topping when they finished the highest part.  But, what I didn't know and just recently found out, was that the tree celebrates the lack of fatalities on the project.  Wild, eh?
Monday, October 22, 5:30 p.m. - I was late getting the photo today and what a nice glow I got from the afternoon sun.  They did a lot of work in that final section of the grand staircase today and laid down some more of that black vapor barrier stuff.
Tuesday, October 23, 4 p.m. - More screening today and more stairway work.  I think that last section of stairway must be nearly ready to get finished off.  On a personal note, there are only 114 days until Spring Training and the start of an even more spectacular Mariner season!
Wednesday, October 24, 4 p.m. - More screen... more stairway work... they are just crunching along.  Now, for the bad news.  No photo tomorrow.  Really.  I have a meeting for work that starts before dawn and won't end until after dinner and I won't be anywhere near this place  so your next photo will have to be Friday.  Sorry.
Friday, October 26, 4 p.m. - They finished off that funky balcony thing under the northwest beak.  (And, when are they ever going to paint that sucker??!!)  Also, this isn't new but it's the first time you can see it well.  There's a cement block wall around the base of the grand staircase.  More screening on the tower and more work on the stairs part of the staircase.  They have been busy busy!  Oh, Greg found a cool thing on the web.  This outfit has stadium replicas!  None of the new stadium yet, but a great one of Safeco Field.  Oh and another thing... Dan Sherbeck's web cam was down for while but now it's back up!
Saturday, October 27, 3:30 p.m. - It's kind of a dark day today but that enables you to see that the lights are on in the stadium!  I circled the area - it's a row of glassed in place with a good view of the field and the lights are on. I also finally remembered to look when I went out today and the last beak is in place but it isn't painted yet either.
Sunday, October 28, 3:30 p.m. - I totally forgot to get the extra large photo yesterday!  I don't even have a good excuse, I just forgot.  So today you get the XL and this day last year.  I also didn't notice until today that sometime after Wednesday's photo, they laid in the first of the steps on the grand staircase.  I circled 'em today.
Monday, October 29, 2:30 p.m. - They started painting the northwest tower today - it's hard to see so I gave it a circle.  Also Greg noticed that the they haven't yet painted the very top of the northeast beak.  Wonder why not?
Tuesday, October 30, 4:30 p.m. - I was going to try and convince you that I waited to take today's photo so you could see the lights on that I was talking about the other day.  But, the truth is I totally forgot that I have to come home during the day to take the picture these days!  I almost missed it entirely today!  Tony discovered new First and Goal photos - maybe this will make up for my gaff.
Wednesday, October 31, 1 p.m. - Well, I did better today.  You can see new steps and more work on the west side of the grand staircase.  If you look closely you can also see about 7 workers lined up in a row just to the right of the bottom of the scoreboard.  I think they were eating their lunch.  And there's a new yellow thing just to the right of the northeast tower.  It looks like some kind of wallboard.  Happy Halloween!
 

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