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Jeremy Lassen
Posted on Saturday, March 27, 2004 - 07:28 pm:   

Last weekend, Jason and I attended the memorial gathering for Jack Cady, In Port Townsend, WA. Port Townsend is at the tip of the Olympic peninsula, just north of Seattle. It bills itself as "The Victorian Seaport," which is pretty accurate, as far as it goes. Lots of old Victorian buildings. A quiet tourist industry driven downtown, on the old waterfront.

We stayed at The Waterstreet Hotel. Here’s a photo I took on Saturday morning.

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This is a shot of the second floor of the hotel. The windows with the curtains open is the room we stayed in. I spent a lot of time standing nakid in the window, looking out over the busy downtown street. "ALL HAIL JEREMY, King of the PUBLISHERS!" It was just like home, where my bedroom window looks out at a busy bus stop. I like staying in hotels that look like they belong in a Dario Argento Movie.

While Jason and I were driving through town, Jason told me that Jack had related to him on a previous trip that this tourist district was, back in the day, the Red Light district. Little did we know that attatched to our hotel was a massage parlor. I guess it's STILL the red light district.
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In addition to massage parlors, this section of town featured 4 bookstores, two of which are represented below.

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One of the shops was basically a remander shop… every book in the place was a remaindered title… all hardcovers and trade paperbacks… however, it was shelved into sections like a normal bookstore, and the prices were generally 20-40% off of cover price. That’s a pretty good markup, considering what a shop pays for remainder titles. Probably a good business model for a tourist destination bookshop. Cheap inventory, and large markups, with a customer base that probably doesn’t even know what remainders are.

Saturday morning, I walked out behind our hotel and got some shots of the waterfront.

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Additionally, I took some pictures of some of the local architecture, and buildings.

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I got a couple of shots of Seatle, and Jason, but I will save those for another post. Pulling shots off of my Kodak DCS 315 (1st generation digital SLR and doing the color correction is a pain in the ass). Anybody want to get me a Fuji S1?

:-)
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Jeremy Lassen
Posted on Saturday, March 27, 2004 - 07:45 pm:   

oops. No image tags allowed. forgot. see pics and commentary here.

http://www.livejournal.com/users/jlassen/12806.html

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