We stayed in a hotel quite far from the major tourist areas but they ran a shuttle for their guests to get to those areas. You’d call them when you were ready to be picked up and they’d come get you too. It was a great system and we took advantage of it.
If you are hanging around the Pike Place Market / Waterfront area after 10 pm, the bars and restaurants close and you are stuck with nothing to do. While there are still a few people walking around taking pictures and checking things out, it’s pretty deserted.
We were spending a day around the Waterfront area doing the typical tourist things like taking pictures, visiting the sites, and shopping for cheap t-shirts and souvenir junk. We hit a few restaurants along the way for GREAT seafood and when everything closed at 10 pm we headed back to Pike Place Market and made our call to get picked up by the hotel shuttle.
While waiting for the shuttle, I saw something I’d never seen before. Never.
BUM ONE: You better get the hell out of my territory! You ain't movin' in on my territory!
BUM TWO: Stop yelling; you’re intimidating all the white people.
What? Did I hear that right? Angry confirmed that yes indeed, I had heard that correctly. Bums have territories! And oh, they didn't want to intimidate the white people.
As two of only a few (nearby) white people, we weren’t worried. A bit confused maybe but not intimidated. We figured they’d take each other out before they got close enough to us to do any harm.
We missed the rest of the fight as our shuttle arrived.
I’ll have to assume that all the frightened white people ran for their lives and the territory issue was eventually resolved!!