Sleepless in Seattle

OK, That headline is a little corny and cliche, but it really does fit what I did last Wednesday and Thursday. Last week I ventured north to spend some time in Seattle with my friend, Roberda. I had intended to make it a several day thing, but I had to be back early Friday to do some stuff at my unit. I arrived Wednesday evening around 7, well 7:30 by the time I found parking, I delivered her a table top grand fir Christmas tree courtesy of BTN and we headed out to dinner. After dinner we went to Capital Hill for some desert. If you have never been there, it is a hive of gay men, which makes the place really neat and clean. After desert we headed back to Roberda's place, and watched a movie. It was something like 3am or later when we finally got to sleep. Thursday, after breakfast, we hit up the bus system and headed toward the downtown area and Pike Place Market. The weather was absolutely amazing. Cold, but sunny and beautiful. We went to pioneer square, pirate's plunder, Uwajimaya, and then returned back to Roberda's 'hood for some lunch. We had some Pho (apparently pronounced: Fuh) and followed it up with some bubble tea, which is sort of a tea smoothie, that has tapioca beads in the bottom. It was actually quite good. We headed back downtown to hit up a huge mall just in time for the indoor snow storm. Roberda and I were going to take the monorail (Monorail!) to the Seattle center to check out the Space Needle, but the monorail (Monorail!) was out of service, so we had to bus it. We got to the Space needle and we were just going to go to the restaurant for a couple of drinks, but in order to do that one must first buy an elevator ticket to the top. So we did, and being my first time to the top of the Space Needle, it was actually pretty cool. We got to the restaurant for some drinks and we both ended up having Chocolate Martinis, which were quite tasty. On our way back down, a drunk guy invited us to a party on the event level, so we crashed that until it was obvious that we had been made by the greeting party as outsiders. Then it was closing in on time to head to the movie theater for the midnight opener of Narnia. We got to the theater to find not much of a line, so we decided to head off to find some Gyros sandwiches. We found some, which were probably the best Gyros I have ever had, and headed back to the theater. The movie kicked ass and I am sure that I will be seeing it again. After the movie it was back to Roberda's. We had gotten truffles the night before and decided in order to really enjoy them, we needed champagne. We walked out to the free parking to find my car still in tact, and headed to a store for some bubbly. It was after 2 a.m., so we were out of luck. We got back to her place around 3am, and decided that since I needed to be on the road around 7am for a four hour drive, I had best get some sleep.

Those were my short few hours in Seattle. It was the first time I have been there since I have been old enough to actually remember it. I had an absolute blast, and look forward to going back to visit again soon. We still had a few things on our list of stuff to do that we didn't see. Roberda was a gracious hostess, and a kickass tour guide. Here are but a few of the pictures I took:


At 12/13/2005 12:35 PM, Blogger ted said...

Sounds like you had a lot of fun. It's cool that you also got a picture of one of those gay dudes you were talking about ("just leave us alone.").

It seems like you spent a lot of time eating. You and I already discussed the problems associated with travelling and loading up the digestive system and then being a houseguest in a studio apartment. You may have lived through it with your pride intact (one word) this time, but you may not want to tempt fate again.

At 12/13/2005 9:20 PM, Blogger Alien Shaman said...

Yeah, Ted is right, it is great that Eric is so open minded and cultured to buy that antique photo of a gay sailor and share it with the rest of us! (Although if you look close it looks like he dropped a load - yikes)

It is funny how everyone just assumes we spent so much time in Seattle when growing up in the NorthWest. I had never actually visited Seattle when I lived in OR, and I had only gone to SeaTac once to pick up my aunt.

With work I have been up a half-dozen times and have been quite impressed. Of course I think pretty much any urban area is more interesting than downtown Aumsville, so I am easily impressed.

At 12/14/2005 7:51 PM, Blogger Katie said...

Ahhh...so that's what you look like.

Sounds like you had a great time in Seattle.

At 12/15/2005 2:56 PM, Blogger everyday.wonder said...

I was actually going to say that is a cool picture of you until Alien Shaman's comment...nasty.

Seattle is a cool city to visit but I haven't been there in quite some time. About time Melissa and I got some runaround time up there; pretty soon, Katelyn will be big enough to take to that killer science museum they have up there, too.

Glad it was fun--and stay away from the fuh.

At 12/17/2005 12:09 PM, Blogger Daniel said...

Looks like you had fun. Seattle is interesting to visit but I sure wouldn't want to live there.


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