Daily Archives: December 6, 2011

A buck will get you the state’s most celebrated ferry

So it’s come to this. The Kalakala, an iconic art deco ferry that once had its own swing band and full-service restaurant, is now worth less than a cup of drip coffee.

With no prospects for saving the ailing vessel, the owner has put it up for sale for only a dollar.

Retired its longtime Bremerton-Seattle run in the late 1960s, the ferry was shipped up to Alaska where it served as a floating seafood processing plant until it was abandoned. It returned to Seattle in 1998, whereupon plenty of hopes and dreams (but few dollars) were pinned on the beat-up and rusted vessel.

I’m not sure the Kalakala had more than a brief turn serving the Bainbridge-Seattle run, but the “Silver Slug” must have been a common site for south-enders as it glided by from Bremerton. It ran aground on Bainbridge in 1945 and 1951.

Parked in Tacoma for the last six years, the Kalakala has worn out its welcome. Its lease in the Hylebos Waterway has been terminated and the U.S. Coast Guard believes it’s in danger of capsizing. They want the holes patched, the hull fixed and a plan in place for towing it away by Dec. 19, the Seattle Times reports.

The $1 dollar price tag means the Kalakala is priced to move (how to move it is another question).

“The person who purchases this will be credible,” the Kalakala’s owner told the Times. “I’m selling it for $1 to the right person. Then it’s closed, it’s their story. The most-treasured world-class vessel will become one person’s yacht.”

After the jump are some early interior shots of the Kalakala (via Kalakala.org)

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BI’s “boring” symphony story goes national, becomes quiz show question

News traveled fast about the woman who was tossed out of BPA for uttering “boring” during a symphony performance.

Once I put it up on this blog, the Associated Press grabbed it and put it on the wire. Fastest in the West was the Wenatchee World, which had it up first (even before the Kitsap Sun’s main site). In short order, it was reprinted in the Bellingham Herald, the Olympian, Tacoma News Tribune, Seattle Times and other papers. TV and radio stations in Seattle and Portland soon followed suit.

The magazine Seattle Met advocated for more witty heckling and the Seattle P-I expressed sympathy for the woman.

“Really, who hasn’t been bored to tears at a concert, recital, or school play?” wrote the P-I’s Vanessa Ho.

Out of state, the story popped up in San Antonio, a small paper in Indiana, Washington D.C.s Examiner and Toronto’s Globe and Mail. Even CBS News put it on their website.

KIRO radio’s Dave Ross and Luke Burbank spent quite a bit of time discussing the issue. They even tracked down the symphony’s program and played various clips to see which tune could have sparked the “boring” comment. Listen to their discussion here.

Best of all, though, was the blotter item’s appearance as a quiz show question on National Public Radio’s Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me.

When quizzed about why the woman had been removed, panelist Mo Rocca guessed it must have been for passing gas. Burbank (who also happened to be a panelist) showed off some of his research, surmising that the boring comment must have come after Bizet’s Carmen Suit, which he insisted is anything but boring (as Tom & Jerry can attest to).

“So the woman was both rude and not musically accurate,” Burbank said.

You can listen to the “Wait, Wait” symphony bit below. It’s at the 1:07 minute mark.

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