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ron ll
05-17-2013, 07:00 PM
Clink!

Flying Orca
05-17-2013, 07:39 PM
Happy to raise a glass, but perhaps a word of explanation (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Norwegian_Constitution_Day) is in order?

bogdog
05-17-2013, 07:46 PM
Yeah, I brought it up on another thread but I guess nobody else picked up on it.

ron ll
05-17-2013, 07:55 PM
Literally May 17th. Norwegian National Day. Kind of like Cinco de Mayo but with akvavit instead of tequila (probably offending two groups with one sentence :) ). I'm not Norwegian but living in Ballard feels very Scandinavian. There is a parade down Market Street tonight. I think Dan Betty B is there, but I got sidetracked and didn't get there.

bogdog
05-17-2013, 08:08 PM
It's big in Madison and Stoughton, Wisconsin too. I have in-laws who are Norwegian(1st generation) from that area.

Chip-skiff
05-17-2013, 09:29 PM
Gratulerer med dagen!

My great grandfather was a Norwegian seaman. Here's a photo, taken in San Francisco:

https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-AcwAy2vd3dY/T3OH4YJH1uI/AAAAAAAACGE/Vpki9MGu5Wg/s206/FCTD.jpg


Several other relatives are Norsk as well. My mother celebrated syttende mai, calling it Constitution Day, I think.

Jim Bow
05-17-2013, 10:25 PM
Used to be really big deal in Seattle, back before Ballard got discovered by the condo builders. Back in the 70s, nobody but Scandahoovians ever went there, and nobody but fishermen ever went down Ballard Ave. Ballard Hardware was a simply classic hardware store. On Friday nights, Ballard Hospital was the busiest ER in Seattle. Mostly knife fights and other alcohol induced injuries. The end of Ballard was when Dennys closed and the Sunset Bowling Alley was demolished.

Now, the place is full of condo dwelling microsofties and hipsters.

Occasionally, you'll spot an old Chev Caprice slowly rolling down Market street, its left blinker on, and the driver's seatbelt buckle dragging out the door, and you'll know an old Ballardite has returned.

Gerarddm
05-18-2013, 09:49 AM
I'm sure they did something in Poulsbo.

C. Ross
05-18-2013, 10:13 AM
I'm not Norske, but half the damn state is.
The collective hangover is just clearing. A little glass of aquavit and staying up past the end of the news at 10:30 can pass for bacchanalia up here.

ron ll
05-18-2013, 11:08 AM
It wasn't a quiet week in Lake Wobegon?

Nicholas Carey
05-18-2013, 01:05 PM
Occasionally, you'll spot an old Chev Caprice slowly rolling down Market street, its left blinker on, and the driver's seatbelt buckle dragging out the door, and you'll know an old Ballardite has returned.

We live just a few blocks up from the Locks. A couple of years ago, we got a knock on the door at 8:30 AM just as I was heading off to work. An elderly gentleman and a younger woman. Works out he owned our house back in the early 70s. Wanted to see how it's doing these days. So we gave him the tour, such as it is.

Apparently, our house, like a lot of old Ballard houses didn't originally have a foundation. They were just built on posts. Not the best construction practice on the ring of Fire, what with all the earthquakes. 1973. He got a quote to jack up the house, gig a basement and pour a foundation. $5,000, he said. Way to expensive. Outrageous to a parsimonious [Norwegian] farm boy.

So, he bought hisself a 1950s vintage dump truck and an dirt conveyor. Then he jacked up the house and proceeded to dig the cellar hole by hand with pick and shovel. Encountered a giant glacial remnant – a 5 foot diameter boulder towards the bottom of the cellar hole. Decided explosives were out of the question, so he and an engineer friend figured out a way. They dug a giant pit next to the boulder. (What's a few more cubic yards of clay, anyway?) Then they undercut the boulder and tipped it into the pit. Back filled the pit. Then he poured the slab and foundation by himself and got himself a basement with full 8 foot plus ceilings.

Pretty good work all in all. Except for one thing. He skimped on the formwork for the foundation walls. When we were remodeling the finished basement, and opened up the walls to expose the foundation, you could see from the concrete that the formwork was plywood with 2x4s on edge every 2 feet, a little light for a big, tall pour like that. The forms had bulged in between the 2x4s about 3 inches, so the inside of the foundation walls are scalloped.He was exceedingly lucky he didn't have a giant blowout during the pour.

Then a couple of weeks later an elderly woman came by with her granddaughter. She was born in the house, c. 1930s and raised in it. she wanted to see it once more before she died.

ron ll
05-18-2013, 01:20 PM
Nick: pm me which house. Mine is sixth house south of park.

BETTY-B
05-18-2013, 02:51 PM
So, he bought hisself a 1950s vintage dump truck and an dirt conveyor. Then he jacked up the house and proceeded to dig the cellar hole by hand with pick and shovel. Encountered a giant glacial remnant – a 5 foot diameter boulder towards the bottom of the cellar hole. Decided explosives were out of the question, so he and an engineer friend figured out a way. They dug a giant pit next to the boulder. (What's a few more cubic yards of clay, anyway?) Then they undercut the boulder and tipped it into the pit. Back filled the pit. Then he poured the slab and foundation by himself and got himself a basement with full 8 foot plus ceilings.

I did exactly that to a house in Ballard myself. I dumped at least a hundred yards of sand and clay in between SeaMar and Dyno. One trailer full at a time.

Anyways, getting back to the festival at hand:

http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d10/Bridgedeck/Seattle/Ballard/IMG_20130517_190232_634_zps86420b83.jpg (http://s32.photobucket.com/user/Bridgedeck/media/Seattle/Ballard/IMG_20130517_190232_634_zps86420b83.jpg.html)

BETTY-B
05-18-2013, 03:00 PM
http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d10/Bridgedeck/Seattle/Ballard/IMG_20130517_184109_261_zps2cf0faa1.jpg (http://s32.photobucket.com/user/Bridgedeck/media/Seattle/Ballard/IMG_20130517_184109_261_zps2cf0faa1.jpg.html)

http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d10/Bridgedeck/Seattle/Ballard/IMG_20130517_190247_388_zpsa134b90d.jpg (http://s32.photobucket.com/user/Bridgedeck/media/Seattle/Ballard/IMG_20130517_190247_388_zpsa134b90d.jpg.html)

http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d10/Bridgedeck/Seattle/Ballard/IMG_20130517_183428_571_zpsdfdba04e.jpg (http://s32.photobucket.com/user/Bridgedeck/media/Seattle/Ballard/IMG_20130517_183428_571_zpsdfdba04e.jpg.html)

http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d10/Bridgedeck/Seattle/Ballard/IMG_20130517_183519_705_zps46e2a1dd.jpg (http://s32.photobucket.com/user/Bridgedeck/media/Seattle/Ballard/IMG_20130517_183519_705_zps46e2a1dd.jpg.html)

ron ll
05-18-2013, 03:16 PM
I thought that Viking boat was black when I saw it last. Did they wood it or is this a different boat?

BETTY-B
05-18-2013, 03:21 PM
It's pretty much burlap sack material. The ends are really nicely carved mahogany or something though. I know the one you are talking about. I think it was there too. I'll see if I got a pic. Added: Nope. Dont have it. Phone died about half way through.

I tell ya, it's a real bummer not having a digital camera anymore. Phones just aren't cameras!

ron ll
05-18-2013, 03:25 PM
You mean that is a float not a boat? So much for phones as viewing devices too. :)

BETTY-B
05-18-2013, 03:46 PM
You mean that is a float not a boat?

Yep. It looks like they actually put some effort into the keel and ends. Maybe they ran out of funding? Whatever the case may be, burlap will not keep the water out!

C. Ross
05-18-2013, 03:56 PM
Very cool Dan. Phone pix beat no pics...

BETTY-B
05-18-2013, 04:25 PM
Very cool Dan. Phone pix beat no pics...

Thanks, Cris. Okay, I'll post some more.

There were tons of marching bands and drill teams from all over the country. One came practicing and marching up on me when I was looking for a spot to park the MG.

http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d10/Bridgedeck/Seattle/Ballard/IMG_20130517_171145_264_zpsa5e03172.jpg (http://s32.photobucket.com/user/Bridgedeck/media/Seattle/Ballard/IMG_20130517_171145_264_zpsa5e03172.jpg.html)

http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d10/Bridgedeck/Seattle/Ballard/IMG_20130517_171225_954_zps3c09dbd3.jpg (http://s32.photobucket.com/user/Bridgedeck/media/Seattle/Ballard/IMG_20130517_171225_954_zps3c09dbd3.jpg.html)

http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d10/Bridgedeck/Seattle/Ballard/IMG_20130517_171220_034_zps08c03f23.jpg (http://s32.photobucket.com/user/Bridgedeck/media/Seattle/Ballard/IMG_20130517_171220_034_zps08c03f23.jpg.html)

BETTY-B
05-18-2013, 04:37 PM
We were proudly flying the Norwegian and Canadian flags at the BBQ that was right around the corner from the parade.

http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d10/Bridgedeck/Seattle/Ballard/IMG_20130517_174826_148_zps20e8fbf4.jpg (http://s32.photobucket.com/user/Bridgedeck/media/Seattle/Ballard/IMG_20130517_174826_148_zps20e8fbf4.jpg.html)

Ivar's Clam. Keep Clam.

http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d10/Bridgedeck/Seattle/Ballard/IMG_20130517_185131_912_zpsa4097347.jpg (http://s32.photobucket.com/user/Bridgedeck/media/Seattle/Ballard/IMG_20130517_185131_912_zpsa4097347.jpg.html)

Hydro:

http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d10/Bridgedeck/Seattle/Ballard/IMG_20130517_184532_429_zps99a1fd87.jpg (http://s32.photobucket.com/user/Bridgedeck/media/Seattle/Ballard/IMG_20130517_184532_429_zps99a1fd87.jpg.html)

Sweet Rienell:

http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d10/Bridgedeck/Seattle/Ballard/IMG_20130517_184455_792_zps0fb718d8.jpg (http://s32.photobucket.com/user/Bridgedeck/media/Seattle/Ballard/IMG_20130517_184455_792_zps0fb718d8.jpg.html)

C. Ross
05-18-2013, 04:37 PM
Swedish colors on that band. Hope blood wasn't shed.

BETTY-B
05-18-2013, 06:01 PM
Swedish colors on that band. Hope blood wasn't shed.

Hahaha! Yep. Actually, all in all, it was pretty civil really.

BETTY-B
05-18-2013, 06:02 PM
The women getting their bunad on(men too).

http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d10/Bridgedeck/Seattle/Ballard/IMG_20130517_184657_702_zps1f6f60d7.jpg (http://s32.photobucket.com/user/Bridgedeck/media/Seattle/Ballard/IMG_20130517_184657_702_zps1f6f60d7.jpg.html)

http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d10/Bridgedeck/Seattle/Ballard/IMG_20130517_183716_277_zps43f8625a.jpg (http://s32.photobucket.com/user/Bridgedeck/media/Seattle/Ballard/IMG_20130517_183716_277_zps43f8625a.jpg.html)