May 05, 2006



That's a couple of gals from the Secret Garden Bookshop in Seattle, WA. (Actually, I guess it's Ballard. Is that a district or area in Seattle, or is it a suburb? No idea.)

Anyhow, wherever and whatever Ballard may be, I'm doing an event there on May 23rd, at the Cafe Verite/Cupcake Royale, which is apparently a coffee shop down the street from the store. (Hey, if I'm getting any of this wrong, let me know, OK?)

Here's their flier:


I'm going to be doing other stuff in northwest while I'm up there, and I'm sorry the details are so sketchy. But I'm most likely going to be doing something in Portland on the 24th and 25th; maybe Longview and Corvalis earlier in the week; and even possibly Eugene. If anyone has any ideas of anything else to do up there, drop me a line.

Posted by Dr. Frank at May 5, 2006 06:25 PM | TrackBack

Ballard is a neighborhood of Seattle. Historically, was a Norwegian fishing town... they still celebrate Norwegian Day on May 17th. Now it's full of young families not to mention cupcakes, and is a pretty cool little area.

Posted by: jodi at May 5, 2006 07:45 PM

What Jodi said...

The Ballard locks are pretty cool especially if you're there when the salmon are swimming through.

While you're in Seattle, check out Singles Going Steady and Shorty's in the Belltown area (between Ballard & downtown), for vinyl and hot dogs/pinball, respectively... well, I'm assuming they're still around. It's been a while.

meantime I'm still hoping against hope for a Minnesota stop. It's been a loooong time!

Posted by: Trish at May 5, 2006 08:03 PM

Ballard School of Driving anyone? Uff da!

Posted by: Mike at May 5, 2006 09:05 PM

Ballard : Seattle :: Rockridge : Oakland... sort of. You should find it quite pleasant, despite the fact that it's in the process of being overrun by condo development these days.

Cupcake Royale is BOMB. Please bring me back a box, as Citizen Cake is barely an acceptable substitute.

I have a friend who is both an MTX fan and writer on a Seattle indie music/arts site. I will alert her to your impending presence.

Posted by: Steve at May 5, 2006 09:09 PM

in reference to the hot dogs at shorty's in the first comment, unfortunately it no longer exists... mr. spot's chai tea house up in ballard though is grade A chai and music.

Posted by: colin at May 6, 2006 12:30 AM

if you want a hot dog in seattle, you have to get one at the Fun Hole in Fremont. Simply because it's called THE FUN HOLE! and the dogs are pretty good too.

Posted by: jodi at May 6, 2006 08:04 PM

"Is that a district or area in Seattle, or is it a suburb?"

As it turns out, what Jodi said. Go-to place for all your lutefisk needs. Funky neighborhood, with interesting statutes. Good place to live, last I looked, which doesn't count for much since that was about 18 years ago.

Posted by: Gary Farber at May 13, 2006 12:41 AM