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The word of Picture Day is ... awesome!

Today we visit (or revisit, since the trip happened 10 years ago) the Emerald City, Seattle. In May 1996 Krys and I took our first trip to Seattle. We went with my parents and stayed in an apartment that Krys's boss rented for when she needed to go up there. The woman wouldn't buy a dying man in the desert a glass of water, but she spent like a lord when it suited her, and we reaped the benefit!

Seattle is, in case you're wondering, awesome. It's the adjective of the day, in fact! I have long had a strange fascination with Seattle - I decided in the early 1980s that I would root for the Mariners, and I don't know why. Probably the awesome hats they had back then with the trident on it. I still own one. Then the Seahawks drafted Curt Warner from Penn State, and that sealed it. Seattle was like the New Jerusalem in my book. When we left school we thought about going to Seattle, but we did some research and found out it's ridiculously expensive. Still is, apparently. So that put the kibosh on living there, but it's still a neat place to visit. I shall now prove that to you!

We'll start with a nice picture of me and the missus standing in front of one of the many totem poles in the city. Because I am a supreme fashionista, I still have that shirt. Because I'm, you know, awesome.

This is my mom and dad with some stuff in the background. Actually, it's the Kingdome, which ain't there no more. They blew that sucker up a few years ago. I find it pretty cool to have photographs of things that no longer exist. That may be just me.

If you're in Seattle, you must visit Pike Place Market. It's very awesome. My mother was dying to go to the fish-flinging place, so we had to check it out. I tried to get a picture of a fish in the air, but this is the closest I got. I like the sign warning about low flying fish. Ha!

If you go to Seattle, you must take the underground tour. You MUST! Seattle is built between two bodies of water on a narrow strip of land, and it slants drastically down to Puget Sound. This leads to mudslides and such, which means that the cities has lots o' layers, and the tour takes you around to various places that have been buried over the years. It's very - you guessed it - awesome. I only took one picture because it's dark. But this one gives you an idea of what it looks like down there.

If you go to Seattle, you must go up in the Space Needle. You MUST! Since we were with my parents, we ate dinner at the ridiculously overpriced rotating restaurant at the top of the tower. The food was okay, but decidedly not awesome. The view was, though. Views of cities from the tops of high buildings are awesome. That's the Kingdome again, with Mount Rainier a bit hazy way in the background.

This is Queen Anne hill, just north of downtown. Frasier Crane lived there, apparently, but I didn't see any kind of high-rise apartment building like he lived in. It's almost as if he didn't exist. But that couldn't be, could it? If you're rich and live in Seattle, this neighborhood is apparently on of the places to be. I'm sure Serene lives there!

We took a boat ride around Seattle, beginning in Lake Washington, heading through the canal north of downtown, and into Puget Sound. Lots of houseboats on the lake, so why on earth would I take a picture of this one? Because it's where Tom Hanks lived in Sleepless in Seattle! Ah, yes, who could forget that classic? It would be awesome to live on the lake.

Why would I post this picture of a small bird near a lock on the canal? Tell me what is strange about this! I double-dog dare you!

This is looking straight up at the Space Needle. We visited during the NBA playoffs, and the SuperSonics were making a run to the Finals. They ended up losing to the Chicago Jordans.

Finally, there is the Fremont Troll. Gaze in wonder on the Fremont Troll! A while ago Thomas was having problems finding the Troll. I hope he found it. It is, of course, awesome.

If you're looking for a very cool city to visit, you should think about Seattle. Especially in the summertime. It's a beautiful place, and quite awesome.

Next week: the Olympic Peninsula!

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Blogger Roxy said...

Two things:
Firstly, if you were in town in May of 1996, why didn't you stop by to see me graduate from college? How rude.

Secondly, I have a picture of me kissing the fish man while he holds his big fish... and I believe it is the same fish man pictured here.

13/6/06 4:37 PM  
Blogger Greg said...

I'm sorry, Ms. Roxy. If I had known I would meet you in the future, I'm sure I would have stopped by. Forgive me!

14/6/06 7:28 AM  
Blogger Krys said...

I've actually attended a class on customer service that featured the fish flinging guys--they actually made a motivational video that corporations are using to trin employees!

How crazy is that?

14/6/06 11:18 AM  
Blogger Nik said...

Ah, love that troll. Look forward to your Olympic shots. Go check out my own cheap rip off Eastern Oregon Picture Day photos, dudester.

14/6/06 11:20 AM  
Blogger Harvey Jerkwater said...

I too was in Seattle in 1996. I'd just graduated college and had no idea what to do with my life, so I moved three thousand miles to the fabled Emerald City. After a year of underemployment, kung fu, and flannel, I returned to the east coast.

Beautiful city, Seattle. I still miss it.

14/6/06 12:12 PM  
Blogger Greg said...

Underemployment, kung fu, and flannel???? Sign me up!

I was at your blog yesterday, Nik, and for some reason I couldn't view the pictures. I'll have to check back later, because we also never visited eastern Oregon. We rafted down the Deschutes once, but that was as far east as we got.

14/6/06 1:32 PM  
Blogger Serene Careaga said...

Seattle is still as awesome as it was ten years ago. Except maybe more awesome since I live here now.

I am WAY too cool for Queen Anne. It's all yuppy and trendy with high-brow bars and overpriced apartments. I live in the more colorful, eccentic Capitol Hill neighborhood.

Dylan and I live really close to downtown though - about a ten minute light walk down to the market. That's right - be jealous!

14/6/06 3:02 PM  
Blogger T. said...

What troll?

Nice pics, Greg.

15/6/06 2:10 PM  

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