Those colored leaves indicate seasons. Florida was never much for having seasons beyond Summer and Not Summer. Back on the subject of narrow streets, my god...two cars could barely pass one another on these roads and people park on both sides to form this narrow channel that you'd have to navigate. Seattle is not a huge driving culture, though. I've passed more people walking here than I'd see walking in Florida in a year. The weather is much more accommodating too it, though. You don't die of heat stroke after ten blocks. More on mass transit and biking in a later post, I think
After about fifteen minutes of walking I came across an area that looked familiar. Sure enough, the campus for Seattle Community College in Capitol Hill was my first landmark. From there I followed the streets I recalled until I found Pine and spent a few minutes walking through Cal Anderson park. A soccer field, tennis courts, a fountain. Very relaxing stuff. Public works is big here and it is nice to see that the parks are well maintained. From there it was just a few blocks to my first stop of the day. Eltana.
From there I wound my back down Pike and stopped at the QFC to pick up some groceries for my stay. I intend to eat one interesting meal a day while I am here so that I can showcase some of the excellent restaurants around. That said, I'm also not a millionaire so my remaining meals will be Banquet frozen dinners and cereal.
On the way back I passed the Raygun Lounge. This is a gaming lounge set up by Gamma Ray Games, a local RPG and board game store. They have a nice drink list and the store itself was staffed by friendly folk when I was here last. I will have to stop in this week and check it out.
|No sun in Seattle, eh?|
On the weather, it was dry all day today. Rain is supposed to come late tomorrow afternoon, so we'll see. Even with the temperature in the low forties I never felt cold. A heavy sweatshirt or a light jacket kept me comfortable. I brought gloves and a hat just in case, and the temperature is supposed to drop over the weekend so that may have been smart, but even in the colder weather on my previous trip I never felt miserable like I do in Florida heat.
Oh, right...so to conclude.
The rest of the day was spent getting settled in at the apartment. Having realized on my walk home that In the Bowl was only 3 minutes from where I was staying, I couldn't resist. Below, I present you with my dinner for the evening. Pumpkin curry, melting culture and a thai iced tea. And yes, I made my wife watch me eat it over the computer because I am just that kind of a jerk.