112) If one had a devious mind, one might think that Melissa is about to stuff the little doggies into the mailbox and send them off on a grand adventure. I assure you, that did not happen. The dogs are safe and sound at home. Really. Back off, PETA.
100) Today we celebrate a magnificent milestone: the 100th Mailboxes of Seattle post! I invited friends to come out to this lovely box in Madison Park to observe the occasion, and look at who all showed up! But listen, I know what’s going on… they were really here for Carol’s postcard cake. Location: Madison Park, E Madison Street at 42nd Ave E.
93) I find that most mailboxes are willing participants in my project, but then there’s this guy up on Capitol Hill. He simply would not come out from behind this tree. I begged. I pleaded. But he held firm. Good luck finding this one… you can spend hours scouring the area around 15th Ave E at E John Street and never spot it.
89) One of the great things about Capitol Hill is that you can sit down on the street and pose for a picture next to a mailbox, and no one passing by will give you a second glance. In fact, I dare say I was one of the least unusual people on 19th Ave E at E Republican Street that afternoon.
87) Then there are the days you can’t be bothered to do the simplest of things. Like actually get out of the car. In my defense, time was a bit tight AND I was able to back into a parking space about two feet from my Montlake target. True, I do prefer to be able to spend some quality time with each mailbox, but sadly this one on 24th Ave E at E Lynn Street is just going to have to deal with it.
74) As you can see, I’m a little — oh, shall we say, distressed? — in this photo. Am I upset about all the graffiti on this Capitol Hill mailbox? No. Am I really, really sure that I’m not bothered by the graffiti? Yes, I’m sure. You see, what has me up in arms in that moments before this photo was snapped, I discovered that my wallet was not in my pocket and my brain was already starting to process just how big of a headache this was going to be for me. There was a happy ending, however, when I discovered my wallet was safe and sound at home. So don’t go to 15th Ave E at E Howell Street looking for it… it’s not there.
58) When I saw that I was going to be traveling to my friend Melissa’s neighborhood of East Capitol Hill, I invited her and the canine crew to join me on my adventure. When we stopped at this box on 15th Ave E at E Roy Street, things started to get weird. As you can see.
23) This project has proven to be very educational. Am I learning deeply repressed secrets of my own inner child? Am I learning about the crumbling infrastructure of the human soul? No, I’m mostly learning that I’m not very good at anticipating when the 10-second timer on my camera is going to fire, resulting in shots like this. I proved this to be true once again at the corner of Boyer Ave E and 16th Ave E in Montlake.
10) After the bitter disappointment I faced a couple days ago when I found that a mailbox had been lost to a demolition project, I knew I had to head over to Montlake to snap this box as soon as possible. A while back I heard that the grocery store on this spot was in danger of being torn down to create a staging area for the west end of the 520 bridge project. I don’t know if that’s still going to happen, but happily the box was there waiting for me at 22nd Ave E and E Roanoke when I arrived on this rainy Saturday morning.