The Mystery Machine

Posted on
Aug 27, 2009
Posted in: Awesome, Local Color

I was driving past our old neighborhood a few days ago, when I spotted this:

Its ... Its just so beautiful.

It's ... It's just so beautiful.

Apparently all it takes for a grown woman to nearly pee her pants with happiness is a real-life version of the Mystery Machine from Scooby-Doo. I didn’t get any photos of the inside because 1.) I read somewhere you shouldn’t climb into strange vans, even if they’re awesome, and 2.) there didn’t seem to be anything to see. The inside looked a little gutted, and the van itself had seen better days. It had several flat tires and a ticket for being parked in the same spot for too long (which was quite heartbreaking). I suspect it will be towed by the time this post goes up.

Notice the ticket on the front window.

Notice the ticket on the front window.

 

This might be my new mantra.

This might be my new mantra.

And while I saw a few stoners in the area, there was no Great Dane to be found.

Nevertheless, I’m glad I managed to get a few pictures of the Mystery Machine. I had seen it a few times before, but was worried it was going to fall into the pile of Seattle sights no one gets to see, like the kid who dresses up as Link, the lobster orchestra car, or Tom Skerritt.

Also, try saying “Scooby-Doo” a couple times. After a while, it loses all meaning. It’s such a weird phrase. Scooby-Doo. Scooby-Doo. Scoooooby Scooby-Doo … Weird, right?

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  • About the ticket: the parking patrols in that hood and nearby ones have gone way up in recent weeks. I see the lady multiple times a week as of this month. Mr. tibadoh bikes to work or rides his scooter. His newish little Jetta got a ticket two weeks ago for being parked over 3 days. (It was Thursday! He doesn’t drive during the week!) I’m a little annoyed they’re trying to resolve the Seattle city deficit this way.

    But yeah, that van is way awesome.

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