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Locked Out of the Locks?

For all my boating friends, out-of-town tourists and folks around the lake…

Just a quick note that BOTH locks will be closed for five hours tomorrow, Wednesday 6/9, from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm. The Army Corps of Engineers, which operates the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks, aka the Ballard Locks, will have crews and divers inspecting the “Salmon Exclusion Structure”. The structure prevents trapping salmon in the saltwater return system used while operating the locks. This system is used to improve the salmon runs each year. The salmon use the locks’ fish ladder to return from salt water to fresh water and return to their spawning grounds.

In finding out about this I started to dig into the Locks a bit more. I think I’ll do a full blown blog on the Locks soon!

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Busting Sleepless in Seattle

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Kayakers gliding by the Sleepless in Seattle Houseboat

Another beautiful picture by Linda Aaron taken from my boat The Way Home and a great reminder of how lucky we are here on Lake Union.  For those of you that don’t know, the Sleepless in Seattle houseboat (not too long ago listed for $2,500,000) is the one just above the blue kayak.  Cascade Condominiums, where I live, is just above that.  The buildings with the blue roofs.  It’s an incredible place to live.  I have a stunning penthouse listed there obviously with incredible Lake Union views for $699,000 (a far cry from $2.5M).  If you’d like to know more about it, just click here:  http://bit.ly/LauriesListings.  Back to the SIS houseboat.  During the movie it seemed to be a brownish tone, but they painted it a couple of years ago.  I personally like the color it was.   Also, I’ve heard that the exterior shots were taken at the houseboat but the interior shots were up in a home/condo on the south slope of Queen Anne.  I always wondered how they got some of  those views from the houseboat.  That got me thinking…what other “artistic license” did they take with the movie.  So here are some I had noticed but I’m sure I’ll hear more from you guys:

1)  Westlake Ave N is not a two lane street with parking on both sides as shown when Annie pulls up.

2)  You cannot get in a boat (like Sam and Jonah) and go from Lake Union to Alki without going through the locks.  And somebody (Annie)  could not watch said boat from a car all the way around to Alki Beach in West Seattle.  (This is the one that really got me)

3)  Loved the way it was sunny and beautiful out when Sam was on his way to Pike Place Market for lunch and then pouring down rain when he was coming home…oh, that’s right, this is Seattle…that happens all the time!

So, like I said, those are the ones I found.  You may have more, let me know.  Did you know that there are really people out there who watch movies just for the mistakes?  They list them under continuity, factual error, revealing crew, etc.  Here’s a link if you want to dig in that far:  http://www.moviemistakes.com/film1174.  Remember, I’m just looking for things that were wrong about the filming part in Seattle.   The fact that in the final scene when Annie and Sam are leaving the observation deck of the Empire State Building towards the elevators,  the New York skyline backdrop, which should have been been visble behind them, had already been taken down and the entire sound stage wall is seen beyond the observation deck railings is entirely different.  I found that out on the link above.