Archive for the ‘Events’ Category

Labor Day Fun

Tuesday, September 4th, 2012

With PAX, Bumbershoot, and UW’s opening game going on, Labor Day weekend is already a crazy time in Seattle. Seeing the throngs of people on the streets near these events, you’d think the rest of the town would be subtly doing their own thing.

Nope! My Friday night consisted of driving a bachelor party (yes, boys are allowed) around downtown. Fortunately for them, I didn’t have my camera, so their illustrious activities can remain a mystery.

Saturday started off with a (mostly) girls’ night out.

The night ended with an epic wedding in Sammamish and the first-ever signing of a marriage license in the Dream Hearse!

(Thanks to the Universal Life Church, I could have married them in there too.)

Congratulations, Kelcey and Christina!

Geek Girls Rule at GeekGirlCon 2012

Thursday, August 30th, 2012

After its successful debut in 2011, Seattle’s own GeekGirlCon blew up with even more panels, more guests, and more vendors. For me, it was a totally different experience.

Last year, I drove a few guests to and from the airport and spent both days of the convention sitting at a table and talking. I met a crazy amount of people and despite the con’s feminine theme, my stationary position in the middle of the action managed to score me a few dates with geek-lovin’ guys.

This year involved more guests, more driving, and I even got to take a break from tabling to see some panels. It was particularly fun to see writer Jane Espenson and the stars of Husbands, a witty internet sitcom about a married gay couple. They previewed the first episode of the new season at the panel, which made the crowd go nuts. Had I known they were planning to show it, maybe I would have asked for a preview-preview in the back of the hearse, what with there being a DVD player and all.

I also had the pleasure of meeting and driving Renae De Liz, graphic artist and creator of the Womanthology project, a compilation by 150 female artists, Ashley Eckstein voice of Ahsoka Tano in Star Wars: The Clone Wars animated TV show, and Erin Prather Stafford, producer of Wonder Women! The Untold History of American Superheroines. I really wanted to check this out, but driving duties always come first!

In between rides, I met a wookie. That does not make sense.

Photos taken by Stacey Ryan Farrar, best photographer ever and all around amazingly sweet and wonderful guy.

Can’t wait for next year’s GeekGirlCon!

Celebrating Summer at the Fremont Fair

Friday, August 24th, 2012

Now that summer is almost over (or already over, depending on who you ask), let’s take a moment to remember the Fremont Fair, Seattle’s favorite festival coinciding with the summer solstice. You can safely assume those sunglasses were worn solely for aesthetic purposes.

Photo taken by Craig Niece.

For a Low Down and Dirty Good Time

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

See #29 on The Chive’s latest picture round-up. I’m a little lukewarm about being sandwiched between a fat lady and a bookstand featuring Fifty Shades of Grey, but at least they’re helping me stay under 30 as long as possible. Taken last week at the Greenwood Seafair Parade, this picture is proof that innocent bystanders give me better PR than I give myself. It also explains the poofy sleeves and pirate hat (I hope). Thanks to Chad for sharing the link!

Notice something different about me? Yes! I finally found a talented and efficient company to supply and apply my new side decals. Thanks to Erikka and Jed at Rainier Industries for making it happen!

And no, dear reader(s), you are not behind the times. I’ve haven’t been good about posting lately, which a quick google search shows has knocked my ranking back down below M@ttel’s. I have no excuse, except facebook, which seems to garner more traffic than any other web-based method, despite its dismal business model (but I’m certainly no one to talk). I can’t even blame the dog days of summer, since Seattleites all know it hasn’t happened yet.

It has been cool and cloudy (as I like it), but the rain has stayed at bay long enough for me to do a few more fun things. Touch-A-Truck presented by the Junior League of Seattle was a hit:

And I had a great time (as usual) riding with the Gothic Pride procession at the Seattle Pride Parade. I couldn’t decide whether to go goth, zombie, or girly, so I did all three.

Coming up next month is the long-awaited GeekGirlCon. I’ll be driving panelists, selling shirts, and yikkity-yakkin’ with some fantastic female business owners, artists, and authors. Don’t despair, geeky guys are welcome too! Since I’m a huge Wizard of Oz nerd, I am particularly excited about this event.

I’m also looking forward to serving as the getaway limo for some fun, highly anticipated Seattle-area weddings. Summer (or the season we call summer) is busy, but I still have a few nights open. Drop me a note if you want to make Barbie part of your big day!

As always, all photos (except the Chiver) were taken by Stacey Ryan Farrar, best photographer ever and all around amazingly sweet and wonderful guy.

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SEAF Launch Party at Neumos

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012

The Seattle Erotic Art Festival kicked off sexy season with a super-fun launch party. When I wasn’t inside gawking at the rope-tying and bondage wear, I was outside showing off my erotically unique art car.

The Capitol Hill crowd was out in full force, and it wasn’t just corset-clad ladies and shiny-suited men surrounding this year’s party venue. The SEAF launch party happened to fall on Cinco de Mayo, so the hill was rife with pub-crawlers in ponchos and sombreros as well. Even the SPD kept with the theme, outfitting one of their patrol cars with a musical horn playing “La Cucaracha.”

Despite the two big events going on, there were still plenty of regular folks out and about with whom to crack wise throughout the evening. Here are some of them:

This guy gave me a rose:

And I verified its authenticity:

L-A-N-T-Z spells LANCE:

This guy gets the Weird Dude award:

Here I am enjoying some off-time with my favorite photographer:

Although I received many compliments on my hearse, my outfit, my lack of an outfit, etc., one stood out the most. This kind fellow said he liked my blog:

So, Mr. I-Read-Playboy-for-the-Articles, I dedicate this post to you!

Once again, all photos were taken by Stacey Ryan Farrar, best photographer ever and all around amazingly sweet and wonderful guy.

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Altered Barbie Art Show

Tuesday, May 15th, 2012

We had a blast at the Altered Barbie Art Show hosted by Happy Delusions, a craft boutique in Renton (just south of Seattle). When Mary the owner did an open call for Barbie artists around town, she received tons of responses from painters, sculptors, and crafters. She even landed some lovely Barbie-themed models (pictured below), along with one 22-foot Barbie art piece that couldn’t quite fit inside the store (yours truly).

I was invited by the Pacific Northwest’s Pin-up Queen and car model extraordinaire, Kitty Mansfield. She’s the pretty lady wearing the traditional Barbie bathing suit in the photo below.

It was fun posing with all the Barbies (and a Skipper, shown above), and I got some updated shots for my portfolio as well.

All photos were taken by Stacey Ryan Farrar, best photographer ever and all around amazingly sweet and wonderful guy.

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Happy Birthday/Deathday, Barbie!

Saturday, March 10th, 2012

What better way to celebrate Barbie’s 53rd birthday than a ride around town in her dream hearse! I drove these lovely ladies to Disney After Dark

…followed by a delicious Dessert After Drive. Yum!

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(By the way, most of these were taken with my iPhone 4. Although it has many a megapixel, camera phones always fall short of the real thing. I’m hoping one day the wonky colors and weird reflections end up lending a quirky, vintage feel that future generations dare to emulate as they mind-edit photos taken by their retina implants.)

Yes, I Celebrate

Tuesday, February 14th, 2012

Not because of the pink (but it helps)

Not because I get flowers (but I did)

Not even because it’s an excuse to consume exorbitant amounts of chocolate and buy more at a discount after the day has passed…

I do it because it’s the best way to awkwardly induce sheepish “thank yous” from my all-male team at work.

(Part of) The Year in Review (Sort of)

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012

Halloween has been the grand finale in the world Barbie in the past. With summer festivals long gone and spooky shindigs screeching to a halt, things usually die down as people start focusing on the holidays and making air travel plans. This year, folks continued making hearse travel plans as well, meaning I got to meet more fun people with the living, fun-loving guts to cruise around town in my one-of-a-kind hearse.

A picture in the Barbie Dream Hearse is worth at least a thousand words, and I don’t feel like typing that much, so I’m going to share some snapshots from the last few months and call it a night.

I turned on iPhone’s special “glowing eyes” camera feature for this birthday party shot near the Fremont Troll:

Just a random guy and his dolly we ran into (figuratively) while making a pit stop:

Just married:

Fifty years old and not giving a f*ck what her friends make her wear:

Barbie party girls:

Funeral directors preparing to get crazy:

Oh hi:

Come on, Barbie, let’s go party:

I happily ended the year with some nice folks and a short news segment, and I’m looking forward to another year of even more good times!

Hearst World Problems

Monday, November 7th, 2011

Terrible injustices are taking place:

1. I found myself at the front of a four-car pile-up while driving my body shop’s loaner car. (I am not at fault.) Some say I was lucky not to have been driving the BDH when it happened. How is it lucky to be stuck in Everett for two hours while the police fill out paperwork?

2. I recently learned that the Russians sometimes transport their dead in buses. How do they decide who gets to sit up front?

3. I went to the Seattle Auto Show and there were no Cadillac Ciels for me to sit in. How have they not started building these damn cars?

4. It’s hearse, not hearst. How did you get through this post without calling, texting, and/or visiting me personally to tell me what a horrible mistake I made?