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Bellevue/Seattle Trip: Highs and Lows

  • A young lady seated under a patio umbrella at University Village reading The Thorn Birds.  [Biggest Throwback]
  • Pentax remote control shutter releases going for $4.80 at Kits Camera.  I picked up two. This was my only purchase on the whole trip.  [Best Bargain]
  • The Steak Diane at The Cheesecake Factory.  Soggy is the best way to describe it.  Still good, but not something to die for anymore.  [Biggest Letdown]
  • The tall, young men in the well-tailored power-suits assisting the female customers in the Nordstrom shoe department.  These guys looked like they stepped out of a boardroom.  But instead of being up in the mountains hiking or biking (and living up to the “work hard, play hard” ethic) during the weekend, they were indoors adjusting ladies’ shoe straps and checking inventory. Ethan Hawkes hawking footware.  [Saddest Sight]
  • The Spicy Ahi Tempura Rolls appetizer at The Cheesecake Factory. Betty ordered some because she liked the version she ate at The Lift last year.  The Factory did not disappoint this first-timer to the dish.  [Second Biggest Surprise]
  • The TV remained off for the entire duration of our mini-vacation.  I’m very proud of my son Matthew.  [Biggest Surprise]

Here a a few pics taken from (or in) our hotel room.

Looking SE from the hotel

Looking SE from the hotel

Looking SW from the hotel

Looking SW from the hotel

I brought along two books.  I’m about halfway through To See Every Bird on Earth.  The author is about my age.  His account of his childhood and father has left me rather nostalgic, and as is always the case, rather melancholy.  No doubt the low point of my trip was brought on by this book.

What I’d give to be able to zip back in time to encourage and direct my younger self.

To See Every Bird on Earth, perched on its 14th floor aerie.

To See Every Bird on Earth, perched on its 14th floor aerie.

Lil’ Miss Manga bought a half-dozen manga books at Barnes & Noble.  I also suggested she buy Chew On This.

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