Wednesday, April 15, 2009


A lazy young hooker from Bothell
Never worked very hard in her brothel.
Said the priest of her sin,
"Oh, hell, where to begin?
If the lust doesn't damn her, the sloth'll."

Bothell, WA (pop. 30,150 in 2000) sits northeast of Seattle in King and Snohomish counties along the Sammamish river (Wikipedia). It was named after David C. Bothell, who owned a shingle mill and platted the town in 1888 (Phillips). In the first half of the twentieth century, Bothell relied on timber and other goods traveling past on the Sammamish for its industry, but after World War II the town became a suburban bedroom community of Seattle (Wikipedia).

Sunday, April 12, 2009


or, I Offer Practical Suggestions for Sustainability

Some scientists in Aberdeen
Are trying to make sex more green.
They've hooked fornicators
Up to generators.
It's dirty; the energy's clean.

Aberdeen, WA (pop. 16,461 in 2000) sits on the western edge of the Olympic Peninsula between the Chehalis and Wishkah rivers (Wikipedia). Founded in 1884, it was named after the local Aberdeen Packing Co., which was in turn named after Aberdeen, Scotland, then famous for its fisheries (Phillips). The owner of Aberdeen Packing Co., B.A. Seaborg, also argued for the name because it meant "the meeting of two rivers" in Gaelic (ibid). In the early 20th century, Aberdeen was a very rough port town, full of abductions, robbery and murder. Perhaps its best known criminal was Billy Gohl, the local agent for the Sailors' Union, who is believed to have dumped over forty bodies in Grays Harbor (Billy Gohl of Grays Harbor).

These days, Aberdeen is known largely as the hometown of legendary Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain. Cobain's experience in Aberdeen was largely one of homelessness and vandalism (Walking Tour of Kurt Cobain's Aberdeen) and he described the town as "like Twin Peaks without the excitement" (Seven Ages of Rock). This has not stopped the city from adding "Come As You Are" to the "Welcome to Aberdeen" sign in honor of Nirvana's hit song (Picture!) and forming the Kurt Cobain Memorial Committee, dedicated to honoring Cobain's memory within the limits of Aberdeen through a proposed Kurt Cobain Park and Kurt Cobain Youth Center (Kurt Cobain Memorial Committee).