The Kingdome Comes Down...
September 1, 5:15 p.m. - I didn't get home all day
so my first view of the site today is what you are
seeing and is it ever deserted! Looks like
everyone has left for the 3 day weekend. More
rocks moved but otherwise, I can't see a whole lot of
September 2, 1 p.m. - No action at all. Looks like
they took the entire three day weekend off. So,
looks like this page is going to be a bit boring for a
couple of days... sorry.
September 3, 3:15 p.m. - Again, no action, so let's
talk stats. These are from the past 2.5
weeks. An average of 52 of you visit the page
every day. But, on Tuesday, August 22, there were
95 of you here! Thursdays see the most
visitors. (What's with Thursdays?) Most of you
check in between 10 and 11 a.m. (Pacific time) but a
good amount check in from 4-5 and about the same from
5-6. Interesting, eh?
September 4, 4:15 p.m. - All last week our
weather guys were predicting rain for the whole Labor
Day weekend. We got about 4 drops last
night. We did get a bit of thunder and lightening
which is very rare here. But, rainy days? I
don't think so.
September 5, 4:15 p.m. - Well, everyone is back to
work now - things are hopping over there. Today's
photos have some circles. The circle on the right
shows where part of a wall fell down. I went back
over some photos and it looks like this happened about
August 30. The other circle shows a new wall that
looks like it went up about September
2nd. Not exactly show stopping
developments, but interesting.
September 6, 4:15 p.m. - We've got action today!
Check out the closest tower. It got a new hat
today. Plus, in case everyone was worried
about the comfort of the workers, they now have Porta-Potties
on top of each tower.
September 7, 4 p.m. - It may be the aftermath of not
having anything going on for three days last weekend,
but it sure seems like it's just a bee hive of activity
out there now. There look like two more seat
stanchions to go up on the east side and then they will
all be in place. It's actually beginning to take
September 8, 5:30 p.m. - Rikketyrik sent me a note
shortly after I posted yesterday's photo. He noted
that the northeast tower had a
new top yesterday! And, today, it has a decoration
on the new top! It looks like rebar around which
they will put concrete and, maybe even a notch for the
roof like on the southeast tower. Bonus
photo: It started to rain about the time I started
taking today's shot and the rock pile (which I haven't
shown you in a while) looked kind of cool. It
doesn't look nearly as cool in the photo but, I figured,
what the heck, it's view you don't get to see here
September 9, 2:30 p.m. - There are a few folks
working on the site today. First time I've seen
that on a Saturday. It's a really nice Fall day
out. Cool and breezy. I love Seattle.
Where I grew up (North Carolina) September was usually
as hot and sticky as August. This is much better.
September 10, 1:30 p.m. - They appear to have taken
Sunday off. No action at all. We did get a
good rain this morning and the site is pretty
soggy. Yesterday they covered a whole section of
the rock pile with plastic. Wonder why they don't
want the rocks getting wet...
September 11, 4:30 p.m. - There's a lot of
work going on today - people and trucks moving
around. Oh, and I did hear from a regular viewer
who grew up in Tacoma and now lives in the very North
Carolina town (now a city) where I grew up. He
says he prefers the Fall weather they have there.
I think it's fun that we both ended up where we like it!
September 12, 4:15 p.m. - Check out the tower.
See those little dots in the middle of the red
circle? If they look like men crabbing up the
wire, it's because they are! The other tower, the
one on the other side of the photo, also has a new
'outfit' on today.
September 13, 4:15 p.m. - It's funny how some days
it looks like nothing is going on and other days, like
today, everything on the site seems to be moving or
being moved. There also seem to be a lot more
trucks and piles of stuff around.
September 14, 4:30 p.m. - Today's red circle shows
where they've built the wooden frame for concrete
pouring on the tower closest to me. There are also
some real slight changes in the seating
structures. It's beginning to look like
something. But, I think I'll probably say that a
few dozen times over the next couple of years.
September 15, 3:45 p.m. - No big exciting changes
that I can spot today. Just more of the same -
little things here and there. It will be
interesting to see if they will work again on Saturday
like they did last week.
September 16, 4 p.m. - Today there was some work
going on - two guys built out the wooden frame on the
north side of the tower. I circled it for you.
And a bonus picture! This is more of the straight
out view from my terrace. You can see that same
tower to get the perspective. Last week they
dumped some shiney gutter things on the rock pile (see
circle). And this photo shows some of the
elaborate trailer offices. The other circle shows
one of them even has a covered patio. And the
arrow towards the bottom of the picture shows a fancy
tent for some of the equipment. The fences on the
left hand side of the photo are being set up for
tomorrow's Race for the Cure which will start and end in
my neighborhood. The buildings 1,2,3 and 5 (5 is a
parking garage). Have all been built in the last
two years. It's amazing to me that they have all
sprung up. 4, off in the distance, is the
headquarters of Amazon.Com. 1,2, and 3 also house
Amazon employees along with other dot com
companies. They make quite a nice show with their
lights on at night. Unfortunately, I haven't been
able to get a good night shot.
September 17, 12:45 p.m. - There's something in the
air today. I tried several times to get a clearer
shot but no go. We must be having a case of the
atmospheric fuzzies. The event in the parking lot
today was not for the Race for the Cure but a Seahawks
event. They had a huge tent with tables set up for
eating and a band stand (with band) with rows and rows
of chairs and some of those big blow up games.
But, they sure didn't get many people and now they are
tearing it all down. Kind of strange.
September 18, 4:30 p.m. - More work on the tower tops
today. The red circle has two guys who have
climbed up the mesh to work on it. It looks really
strange like they are spiders going up a web.
Rikketyrik send two cool links today from the First and
Goal site. The first one is updated
photos and the second one is a bit of updated
info on the construction.
September 19, 4:30 p.m. - Today's photo has an arrow
that points to the long concrete things they keep
bringing onto the site and then a circle to where I
think they are going. The seating formations are
really taking shape. Also, I took yesterday's
photo at 4:30 and then went out. When I got back
at 6, the wire on that tower where the two guys were was
totally covered in wooden frame! I was sorry I
missed the big action of the day!
September 20, 4:15 p.m. - Today I caught them in mid
air! They were lifting that box thing up over the
closest tower. I waited to see what they were
going to do with it and then the guy got out of the
lifter so I guess they are just going to let it
dangle. I forgot to mention several days ago that
they are either swapping out the rusty box things (see
arrow) or adding to it cause now it has a roof.
September 21, 4:15 p.m. - Another beautiful
sky. Last night they were working long after
dark. I couldn't tell for sure but it looked like
they were pouring concrete in the northeast tower.
They had the workspace all lit up. It looked
September 22, 5:15 p.m. - The action this afternoon
is traffic to the Mariners' game. And, guys on the
sidewalk looking to buy tickets to the sold out
game. In the photo the northwest wall is taking
shape - I circled it. I checked last night and
they weren't working. Must have gotten all that
concrete poured on Wednesday.
September 23, 1:30 p.m. - Today there is a little action
going on. There are actually about 5 or 6 workers
on that northeast tower doing stuff. There's one
odd thing different than yesterday. In the lower
left hand corner of the photo, next to the rusty iron
thing is a ladder with an umbrella on it. I
circled it so you can make it out better. No
idea what that is or what it's for. It's pretty peculiar
September 24, 2:30 p.m. - Yesterday afternoon at
3:30, I noticed that all of the guys who had been
working on that northeast tower were walking down the
temporary steps that run down the side of the
tower. There are a lot of steps so it was a parade
that lasted a while. Then I noticed what they had
done... All of the wooden framing that had been up there
two hours earlier was gone!
September 25, 4:15 p.m. - They seem to be quite
serious about finishing off that northeast tower.
Everyday there's something new. Also today they
have removed nearly all the wooden forms from the seat
stanchions. There are two new vertical posts
(circled) - these look like they are built to hold up
September 26, 4:15 p.m. - First of all, I must give
the eagle eye award to Greg Henion. He discovered
in yesterday's photo that the mysterious umbrella was
gone. Must have moved on to the next
project. Today we have a horizontal bar across the
two vertical posts from yesterday. That blue crane
that my Mom loves so much is in the way, but I did draw
a rectangle around it so you can kind of see it.
Also there is an interesting wall thing going on at the
base of the northwest tower.
September 27, 4:15 p.m. - Today's action seems to be
on the north end of the west wall. Yesterday, I
was walking in front of my building and a guy asked me
what time it was. He really looked like a
construction guy and I was dying to ask him if he was
working on the stadium. But, then my next question
(or zillion questions) would have kept him on that
corner until his shift starts again! So, I gave
him a break and just told him the time.
September 28, 3:00 p.m. - There's a strange haze out
there today. It was supposed to be cold and rainy
but instead it's warm and hazy. And today is the
last home game of the regular season for the
Mariners. It sure seems like this season has gone
by way too quickly. But, the neighborhood is alive
with game goers and food and t-shirt hawkers. I'm
off to take in the event myself.
September 29, 3:45 p.m. - Well, the rain we were
promised yesterday finally started about 10 minutes
ago. Better late than never. Stuff already
looks and smells cleaner! There seem to be a whole
lot of guys around the site today - or rather people in
hard hats. Usually it's hard to spot actual
people. I see trucks and stuff moving that I just
assume have people in them, but today there are people
walking on the top brackets and all around the upper
part of the towers and stuff. Wonder if it isn't
some kind of inspection day?
September 30 - 1:50 p.m.- Today's picture tells the
weather tale. We're having what my Mom calls a
Seattle day. Light but steady rain and just gray.
There are puddles all over the site - not a soul in site
and nothing moving. It must be a fair weather
project. Which, if the weather prognosticators are
correct, could be a real problem this year as they are
saying we're in for a lot of Seattle days.