Monday Morning Commute – East Marginal Way


One of the things that I love are the rough urban areas where you might find derelict factories, railroad tracks, and roads less traveled. I marvel at the emptiness of these spaces where once there were so much noise, cars and industry. This very spot in Seattle, (it’s the corner of Ellis and East Marginal Way South) has been part of my daily commute for over 30 years. When drive my car to work, I sit at a very long light there and stare at that building and that old pickup truck (which is for sale, by the way). Other times, about twice a week all year round, I ride my bicycle to work. In the summertime, I ride right past this scene. As I mentioned earlier, it is a road less traveled, but it’s where trucks go when the major highways are jammed up, so the peace that can be found there on a Saturday morning bike ride vanishes on a Monday morning commute. The cyclist is doing his best to find a path on that broken pavement that is safe. If he’s lucky, he will not have to deal with a lot of traffic and he’ll get to work on time, with rosy cheeks and a smile. And the old pickup truck will continue turning from blue to brown, as its elements react to the steady rain.

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5 thoughts on “Monday Morning Commute – East Marginal Way”

  1. I love the way you captured the quality of light and colors in your latest painting–esp the Truck. Awesome. And the cheery safety-yellow of the biker. Your words are almost poetry.

  2. Absolutely lovely! I used to ride my Peugeot road bike to town once a week from Alfalfa to Redmond to the employment office. It was about 25 miles, and I’d put the kids on the bus at 8:45, ride like mad to town, check in, fill out paperwork, eat my sack lunch, and pedal like mad for home to meet the kids at 3:15. I LOVED it! Then I got a job…

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