Monday, March 3, 2008

Mas fotos.

Xin Pei Zhang, 42, serves tea to a friend inside of his Chinese medicinal store/tea shop Yuan Sheng Hang in the Chinatown. Zhang, his wife Ya Mei Xie and a friend shared several types of hot tea, including a 100-year-old Pu'er black tea.

Concrete, WA.

Jonathan Warman, of Emerald City Guitars, holds a 1955 Fender Stratocaster guitar priced at $75,000.

Surprise on my car one morning.


Pathway outside Leavenworth, WA.

Leaves in the Cascades.

Construction worker twins. Super nice guys. Unfortunately, I lost their contact info. But, I do remember they said they had matching camaros as teenagers.

Twins Emma, left, and Nora are part of an increasing number of children born with the help of egg donors. They and their mother have a special, and very rare, relationship with the girls' ''egg mom.'' Most egg-donor children are unable to meet their half-siblings because of privacy issues. They sit outside their egg mom's house in Bellingham, Washington.

Isabella Ariel celebrates the New Year a little early- 3 p.m. Dec. 28th -when performing with the Astoria Combo during a New Year's party at the South County Senior Center in Edmonds. The Astoria Combo has been performing ballroom dance music since 2005. "We play for wakes, and weddings and every fancy ball," Ariel said.

Courtenay Pearce smiles at me while dancing and his wife Connie Pearce(cq) at the South County Senior Center.

Duke Kang toots on his blower during a New Year's celebration-the afternoon of Dec. 28th -at the South County Senior Center in Edmonds. Seniors danced to the music of the Astoria Combo, who performs there every Friday, except the third Friday of the month.

Ron Coble tips his hat while performing with the Astoria Combo during a New Years Party, the afternoon of Dec. 28th, at the South County Senior Center in Edmonds.

Enumclaw cheerleaders cheer during the 112-weight match where Hornet Jason Gray sparred against Auburn Trojan Kelly Maughn at Auburn High School. Gray pinned Maughn later in the match.

Kennedy High School teammates applaud junior Nikki Vetterlein, center, during the Women’s 100 Yard Butterfly during the Girls State Swimming and Diving Championships.

Garfield’s LaNiecia Weatherspoon, 1, reacts after a foul is called on her during a against Ballard High School.

Dwight Smith, 24, pursues wide receiver Darrell Jackson, 82, during the Minnesota Viking vs. Seattle Seahawk game at Quest Field.

Butterfly room.

Seattle Fire Fighters walk through the bottom unit of an apartment building that was damaged during a fire in Whitecenter.

Eloise Evans, right, and classmates massage Vava Cole's head during Seattle Girls' School campout and bike trip on Lopez Island, Washington at the end of their sixth-grade school year, spring 2007. Cole was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma earlier in the year, and was given an 85 percent chance of surviving through high school. Evans is cancer-free, but survived 10 months of intensive treatment when she was a toddler. The two have become closer friends since Cole's diagnosis.


Her name — the one on the right — is Celeste.

She works as the fashion correspondent for a San Francisco television station. Because of her profession, she dons the newest and most unexpected getups.

A lime-green wool blazer with fuchsia stripes. Pink and black houndstooth miniskirt. Fishnets. Black legwarmers. Suede pumps.

Celeste, who is reporting on the city's fashion week, is about to escort her three closest girlfriends to one of the celebration's top-shelf events.

To Willie Freitas, visual merchandiser for the Red Light shop in the University District, each month is a new episode in his West Coast version of TV's "Sex and the City." Freitas has invented names, jobs and identities for the four mannequins displayed in the shop's front window. The characters help him find inspiration. Each month their story changes. So do their outfits.

Celeste is the trendsetter. Her friend Jackie is a district attorney and a lesbian. Athena works as an art gallery owner. Daphnie slings drinks as a barista/bartender. She's trying to become an actress, but struggles. She is one of those "I-don't-know-what-to-do-with-my-life friends."

Freitas tries not to play favorites. He wants each of his mannequins to look equally good, but distinctly different. That way, different types of girls can identify with one of his four fashionistas.

But casting a set of characters sometimes creates challenges.

"If something doesn't look right to me, I feel like she hates it," Freitas says. "Sometimes they stress me out because I want them to look perfect."
All images copyright Erika Schultz or The Seattle Times