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Monday, September 15, 2008

Tacoma’s Sexual Problem

posted by on September 15 at 15:54 PM

This summer, when Tall Ships (a touring fleet of lovely, and sometimes very old seafaring vessels) visited Tacoma, the ad campaign by the people in charge of talking up Tacoma was, “Tall Ships Is Coming! ARE YOU?”

Yesterday on the plane back from Boston I was flipping through the airline magazine when I saw an ad for a Tacoma hotel whose shtick is that its halls are lined with glass art. The ad has a picture of a glass bustier by Susan Taylor Glasglow (very much like this one) next to the text “The work may just inspire you. To get a room.

It can’t be a good sign when a hotel is advertising sex.

And finally this morning a lovely and talented colleague of mine stopped by my desk speaking of a wedding he’d attended this weekend at this same Tacoma hotel.

He was holding the hotel’s version of a “Do Not Disturb” sign. This one says “TIED UP.”

Dan: Why are you not on your way to Tacoma right this second??

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Did you all forget we are at war, two of them, and the economy is melting down as today 100,000 jobs just left the work force??


Posted by Louis | September 15, 2008 4:02 PM

That bustier has "penance" inscribed all around the edges. There are indeed some mixed messages being sent.

Posted by inkweary | September 15, 2008 4:03 PM

I met my girlfriend in Tacoma.

Posted by Sir Learnsalot | September 15, 2008 4:50 PM

I give blow jobs in Tacoma on Saturday.

Posted by Frank | September 15, 2008 6:27 PM

I lost my virginity in Tacoma.

Posted by PopTart | September 15, 2008 7:13 PM

I know.

Posted by Louie Cherry Popper | September 15, 2008 7:31 PM
Tall Ships Is Coming!
But is our children learning?
Posted by Furcifer | September 15, 2008 11:29 PM

Is this the stranger or the watchtower? On what planet is it bad if hotels are advertising sex? I've been in Chicago for a couple days, has western washington turned into family-valuing suburban values-land? I think Hotels in western washington should be required to graphically advertise sex to make up for all those years we've lived under the yoke of the titty-bar moratorium.

Posted by Luke Baggins | September 16, 2008 6:49 AM

Tacoma is returning to its roots as a brothel stop for Yukon-bound gold rushers and Asia-bound seafarers. I hope.

Posted by Banna | September 16, 2008 7:12 AM


"Tall Ships" is the proper name of the fleet, so in this case, the usage of "is" is correct.

Posted by pain | September 16, 2008 7:31 AM

In the late '80s the Tacoma-Pierce Visitor and Convention Bureau spent a pile of money on a campaign extolling the area's natural beauty and referring to it as "Washington's Gee Spot." The VCB board killed the campaign.

Posted by Merle | September 16, 2008 9:45 AM

Tall Ships Is Coming! ARE YOU?

you should have seen the motto's that were outright rejected...

Tall Ships Is Coming! ALL OVER MY FACE!

Posted by RR Anderson | September 16, 2008 12:04 PM

Better tied-up in Tacoma then uptight in Seattle.

Posted by Ixia | September 16, 2008 2:18 PM

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