on November 20, 2006
There were three things I associated with Seattle: coffee, grunge music and the Space Needle. So naturally, after having a cup of joe and gawking at a few legendary clubs, I went to check out the Space Needle in all of its foggy glory.Approaching the ticket booth I scoffed at the price to ride to the top: $14. How do they justify the cost you may ask? They don’t. The ride is short and the flags meant to entertain tourists while they wait are pun heavy and poorly written. There were more typos than the average alternative weekly. And not just the flags, the wall displays with the condensed history of the Space Needle (which was once the tallest building in the country, and is now only the seventh tallest in Seattle) were cut off literally in midsentence. However, through all the gibberish, I did learn the Space Needle was built for the World's Fair in 1962, and that one of the advertising slogans was that it was a “Restaurant in the Sky.” Well the campaign worked and the Space Needle paid itself off in a matter of months. This fact only made me even more pissed off about forking over $14 for an elevator ride.As for the view, it was grand. You could see the harbor and a glorious skyline of buildings. There is even an odd overhead view of the Experience Music Project. Little things like compass points on the ground added a certain whimsical quality to the structure.However, in the end I couldn't justify the $14 ticket.
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