UW Surplus auction this Saturday

There are only a few weeks of shopping left before Christmas. What do you get those last few people on your list, the ones who are so hard to buy for?

We think we have the solution for you.

University of Washington Surplus Store (1137 NE Boat Street) is holding an auction this Saturday at 10 am (in person AND online), with many stupendously good deals to be had.

Here’s the link to the full auction catalog, but we here at Ravenna Blog have picked out a few of our favorites to share:

Lot 13: A volleyball sport court! (in FIVE crates!)

Lot 17: A Brunswick bowling ball cleaner!

Lot 49: A PALLET of G-5 Mac Computers! No hard drives, though.

Lot 97: A stretcher!

The previews are today from 10 am-7 pm, and at 8 am on Saturday, right before the auction.  There are over 100 lots up for sale, so if you are at all interested, we strongly recommend you study up before tomorrow.

On top of all that, UW Surplus is holding a moving sale* and will be open to the public not only Tuesday, December 14 (the normal day of the week for the public to browse), but the rest of the week as well (through Friday).

More information on their store hours for the rest of the year can be found here.


*YES, we know where they’re moving TO, but we’re waiting for the official announcement. Stay tuned!

Husky game TONIGHT: Get informed about the TRAFFIC

UWYup, you read that right: There is a Husky football game tonight.  The Dawgs are playing UCLA at 5 pm in Husky Stadium (3800 Montlake Boulevard NE).

The cause of the weird schedule? The game is being televised nationally by ESPN.

I told a friend on facebook last night, “There’s a level of traffic paranoia around here that’s verging on snow forecast.”

My sentiments seem to be echoed by Mark Hallenbeck, director of the Washington State Transportation Center (located at the UW). In this article by the Seattle Times about tonight’s traffic mess potential, Mark is quoted as staying, “My gut feeling is I think it’s going to be pretty ugly.”

Rah. Rah. Rah.

So, in order to combat this paranoia, we bring you the following Thursday Night Husky Game Traffic Information, brought to you by Peg Neilsen at the Seattle Department of Transportation.

  • Peak traffic expected to occur between 2 – 5 pm, with increased congestion expected throughout the evening.
  • Standard Husky game traffic rerouting will be in effect, with the following exceptions:
    • Montlake Boulevard will be CLOSED from NE Pacific to NE 44th St from 6:30-10:30 pm to accommodate bus traffic
    • The normal game-day one-way pattern on 25th Avenue NE (from the E-1 parking lot up to NE 75th St) will NOT be in effect
  • Normal PM peak weekday King County Metro Transit service will continue, with reroutes starting at 2:30 pm. Reroutes expected for the following routes: 31, 44, 65, 67, 68, 75, 205, 271, 272, 277, 372, 273 and ST 540. Check Transit Alerts for reroute information.
  • Metro buses will not be available to take fans to the game from Park-and-Rides, but charter buses have been hired to replace them. You have to reserve a seat, however. More information here.
  • The Montlake Bridge will stay closed to marine traffic from 3-7 pm and 8-10 pm.  The University Bridge will stay closed only from 3-7 pm.

Good luck, and God speed.

Play trivia, drink beer, and send textbooks to Uganda

On Monday, October 18, the Pied Piper Alehouse (2404 NE 65th St) and The International Pharmaceutical Students’ Federation (University of Washington Chapter) are holding their Second Annual Around the World Trivia Night.

The $5-per-person buy-in goes directly towards donating textbooks to the Makerere School of Pharmacy in Uganda.

The action starts at 8pm, but we’d recommend arriving earlier to enjoy such amenities as International Beer Specials, and Chairs.

Last year’s event had over 70 participants, and raised over $1,100 for the Jimma School of Pharmacy in Ethiopia (trivia proceeds were added to a matching grant from the School of Pharmacy’s Bridges to Health fund).

Participants of Around the World Trivia Night may enter a raffle to win themselves PRIZES donated by local businesses and pharmacy student organizations.

To read more about last year’s textbook fundraiser, visit the University of Washington’s School of Pharmacy’s e-news from February 2010 (scroll down to Helping pharmacy students abroad).


Thank you to Stephen at the Pied Piper Alehouse for the information.