1. Friday saw a 35-day day streak broken here in the city with a few welcome rain showers. (Per the Seattle Weather blog July was the driest in 50 years here! .. but we did have plenty of rain in April).
2. I spotted a new (new to me, at least) ‘Big Belly’ solar trash compactor on the corner of Yale and Stewart. It looks like a US Mailbox. It uses solar power to compress trash put into it, and electronically alerts trash collectors through a web-based system when its belly is full. The smarty pants trash can with the big belly comes at a price, though : they cost about $5,000 apiece.