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What you pay for

Meg took a couple of days off immediately following Labor Day, so we decided to head for the Oregon coast for some r&r (not that an unemployed library school grad needs much more than a good book for that). Anyway, we decided to head out after church and stay in Portland for one night to cut down on travel time Monday. Since Meg brought her doggies along, we needed a pet-friendly hotel — preferably a cheap one. Meg found one online and reserved it, so we were all set. I don’t think the picture does the place justice, as you can’t tell that our room window is 10 feet from a strip club. Across the street there were two day cares, a booze shop and an off-track betting joint. Oh, and a really creepy guy met us at the entrance and tried to get extra friendly with Meg. I guess that’s what we get.


Run-in with a raccoon

Usually I fly home to visit my family during the holidays, but because I’m going to be spending a few months with my parents, I decided to drive down so I could take more stuff and have my own car while I’m there. I left Seattle at about 1 p.m. Wednesday afternoon, and things went well for the first nine hours or so. There was a little bit of ice on the road outside La Grande, Oregon, but nothing too scary. I got to Boise around 10 p.m. and was feeling pretty alert, so I decided to drive a little farther.

Just outside of Glenn’s Ferry, Idaho, I saw a huge raccoon in the road. I swerved to go behind it, but the critter turned around and ran right in front of my car. THUNK! THUNKETY THUNK THUNK! Continue reading ‘Run-in with a raccoon’

Big Climb

The overblown, schmaltzy strains of Queen’s “We Are the Champions” filled my ears as I stepped through the doors of the 73rd floor of the Columbia Center in downtown Seattle. I had just climbed 1,311 stairs — 69 floors — in Seattle’s tallest building to help raise awareness and money (by the way, you still have time to donate) for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, but I didn’t feel like much of a champion. The first 60 floors of the Big Climb were pretty easy as I kept a steady, gentle pace floor after floor. But when the bracelet Maria gave me the day of Celia’s funeral snapped in half after catching on my pocket, I just wanted to be done, so I raced up the last nine floors. I was a sweaty, breathless mess by the time I got to the top, and I had awhile to wait while Meg caught up with me. Thinking time.

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Winter comes to Seattle

It’s finally winter in Seattle! It started snowing Saturday night, so Meg and I took a short walk around the neighborhood to see the sights. Here are a few pics of what we saw. The last picture is from my ride home last week — the Christmas ships were playing carols over their loudspeakers for the crowd at Ballard Locks.

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Late birthday

Actually, my birthday came right on time, I just took forever to blog about it. Thanks to everyone who called or sent a card. I felt very loved. Even the folks waiting for the Interurban had birthday wishes for me.

Meg made some fabulous chocolate pots de crème in lieu of a cake for me. All in all, it was a pretty decent birthday.


Catching up: San Francisco

Last month Meg and I decided to take a last-minute trip to San Francisco. We bought our plane tickets and reserved a hotel online on Friday night, and Saturday morning we were on our flight there. We didn’t have much time to plan what we wanted to do in our two days there, so we probably didn’t use our time as efficiently as we could have. But we did ride a trolley, visit Fishermen’s Wharf, watch sea lions fight for dock space, take a walk on Golden Gate bridge and visit Chinatown and Japantown. It was a pretty fun weekend.