Thursday, September 25, 2014

Sights (and Smells) of a Weekend in Seattle

The Gum Wall
Ever taken a long weekend excursion to a place you have always been a bit curious to explore? I had that opportunity and finally visited Seattle over the weekend. Here are a few things I learned about Seattle while on a girls weekend escape trip:
  • Seattle isn't rainy in September. At least not this September on this particular weekend. The early morning clouds always gave way to a clear blue sky and warm, sunny afternoons. Gorgeous! 
  • Yes there is a monorail in Seattle that is operational and it goes directly from the flagship Nordstroms store over to the Space Needle. Interestingly a film crew was shooting some sort of movie with actors dressed in 40s style clothing complete with era hats and lunchboxes. Despite our efforts, the monorail driver was sworn to secrecy and share any details.
  • You can go up onto the top of the Space Needle for free if you have a dinner reservation at the touristy revolving Space Needle restaurant. Of course we did this! The food was fabulous, and the view was all the way to Canada.
  • The scent of Seattle is a mixture of coffee, fish, the sewer, and lavender combined with the ever-present smell of pot wafting in the air. 
  • Ferries everywhere! Cruise ships, boats to Victoria Island in British Columbia, sailboats, kayaks. We took a ferry to Bainbridge Island for an afternoon lunch and some shopping. The view from the deck was worth the $8 ticket.
  • Drivers are very mellow. Despite traffic jams, no one was honking their horn or being obnoxious. No traffic accidents or sirens. Maybe all of the legal marijuana and pot smoke in the air is making drivers very relaxed.
  • Where did all of the hills come from? For some reason I thought Seattle was flat. Wrong.
Not just a kilt, but a Utilikilt
Fish Market
Will I return? Yes! We didn't make it to a sushi restaurant or on a hike near Mt. Rainier and only hit the shoe department at Nordstroms once. So much more of Seattle left to experience.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Life Songs

While driving into work on a Tuesday morning and thinking about a particularly busy day ahead, a song came onto the radio. John Lennon's Imagine. The dreamlike melody took me far away out of my car stuck in traffic and placed me somewhere much more peaceful. Music does that. And Imagine is one of those songs that takes me to another place. Imagine isn't a particular favorite, but this song has stuck with me as long as I can remember.

Bob Dylan's Blown' In the Wind. Roy Orbison's In Dreams. Gypsy by Fleetwood Mac. The Byrds' Turn! Turn! Turn! (To Everything There Is a Season). And Johnny Cash singing Ring of Fire. I could not tell you when I first heard any of these songs; they just seem always a part of my life from childhood on. Maybe they stem back to my parent's collection of vinyl LPs neatly arranged alongside the record player.

Always there. Randomly playing on the radio or in the background at the market. Always unexpected. Always taking me back to a much simpler time in life. Maybe you have a collection of life songs floating around you as well.

Imagine and my other life songs help put the craziness and chaotic mess of this world aside and help me realize what matters the most. Family, friends, love, and being with those you love.