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Seattle [Feb. 23rd, 2014|04:32 pm]
So after three days in Astoria, on Friday of our trip we got ourselves all packed up, said our farewells, and drove back to Seattle. The drive was damp but uneventful. We left around lunchtime and managed to miss most of the commute time traffic as we crossed Seattle -- Troy (tdjohnsn) and Ron (rlegters) live in Kirkland, on the north side of town.

Reid (animbear) and Richard (redbeardedblond) were there, too; they are thinking about moving, and decided to make a visit during the winter to see if Seattle might be suitable. So there were many hellos to say. We got the tour of the house, and met the cats. They have a friendly licky boy-cat named Dash who is charming and BIG and quite floofy.

Troy fed us all a really excellent dinner that night. There was pork roast, and mushroom gravy, and fennel, and mashed sweet potatoes, and probably more things I can't recall the details of, and it was AMAZING. (Doubly so for being gluten- and dairy-free.)

The next morning we had an equally amazing leisurely brunch (red flannel hash with home-made corned beef, scrambled eggs with cream cheese... just wow) and then the six of us split up into two cars and drove in to downtown Seattle to do some touristy things (since I'd never been there before). We went to Pike Place Market and window shopped. Stopped by The Great Wind-Up (Alan-whose-LJ-handle-I-can't-remember's store) and picked up tins of Hello Kitty mustache candies. And at another store we got an Archie McPhee Inflatable Unicorn Horn For Cats. After that we went to the Space Needle, which is tall and damp and... space-needle-y. Being quite hungry by that point, we then made our way to Judy Fu's Snappy Dragon, which is one of the best-rated Chinese places in Seattle, and were not disappointed in any of it, particularly the dumplings.

Sunday we brunched quite well at a southwestern cafe not too far away, and the rest of the day was just hanging around and socializing until Jerry and I, sadly, had to pack up and head home. The drive back to the airport was a little trafficky, but we had enough buffer built into our schedule and made it in plenty of time to drop off the rental car and get dinner even before our flight was delayed half an hour. As a special bonus, we got 1999-style security screening! Not sure exactly what the TSA is doing with all that, but I approve.

Douglas and Jeff were kind enough to pick us up at the airport and give us a ride home (since we landed after the last bus). Kitties were very clingy once we got home.

All in all, it was a lovely and delightful visit. Troy and Ron are excellent hosts, it was great to see Reid and Richard again, and Seattle is a very nice town. I couldn't live there (not enough sun), but it's very nice. AAAAA+++ would visit again!

It was lovely and delightful, and I had a really wonderful time.

[User Picture]From: tbass
2014-02-24 12:38 am (UTC)
You guys were here for the worst week of weather we've had in over a year. It's seriously not usually like that.
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[User Picture]From: tbass
2014-02-24 12:39 am (UTC)
Alan is badrobot68
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[User Picture]From: dr_tectonic
2014-02-24 02:58 am (UTC)
Excellent, thanks!
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[User Picture]From: dr_tectonic
2014-02-24 03:00 am (UTC)
I'd believe that. As far as sun goes, though, it's not just weather, it's also the length of the day from being so far north. I lived in Boston in college, and February about did me in during my junior year...
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[User Picture]From: danthered
2014-02-24 03:17 am (UTC)
red flannel hash with home-made corned beef

OMG, I could plotz. Do want! Now must go look and see what's red flannel hash.

Sorry we missed you in Seattle.
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[User Picture]From: dr_tectonic
2014-02-24 03:50 am (UTC)
I have told a lie; it was just standard corned beef hash. ("Red flannel" means with beets.)

Yeah, we will definitely have to visit again, because you are two of the many folks up that way we'd like to see sometime.
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[User Picture]From: danthered
2014-02-24 05:34 am (UTC)
Oh! I hadn't heard of red flannel hash. It's just as well; I'm not supposed to eat beets. But homemade corned beef sounds delish.

Keep us looped!
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[User Picture]From: annlarimer
2014-02-24 10:04 pm (UTC)
I came down with the worst 24-hour flu of my life at the top of the Space Needle when I was in Seattle for a wedding. Fortunately I kept it together enough that I didn't barf until we got home. Unfortunately, I did it in the bride-to-be's bed.

And yes, it was an omen.
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[User Picture]From: sunsmogseahorse
2014-02-26 07:01 pm (UTC)
How disappointing that you were in Seattle while I was in New Haven!
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