Down Where It's Wetter, Under The Sea: |
Attraction: Space Needle
Height: 520 ft
View: 360 degrees
Gift Shop: Classy
Claim to Fame:
The Space Needle is one of the keenest attractions in Seattle. In fact, it may be
the only attraction in Seattle. That, and the 300 foot animatronic Kurt Cobain
welcoming you to the waterfront.
Brush With Godliness
of the Day
(The Sam Clark Movie Experience)
The Search For|
On Day 175, we told you the story of our trip to Seattle
four years ago, mostly about the bad parts. Mara Friedman was one of the good bits
we left out.
Aimee interviewed at Amazon.com while in Seattle, and there she met Mara.
She thought Aimee was so cool, that she took it upon herself to show
us around Seattle, lend us sleeping gear for the hostel, take us out for dinner,
and give us a ride to the bus station on the night we left.
Then, she called her parents in L.A. and told them to let us stay with them.
Can you beat that? Not a chance! Her sister made us dinner, her parents gave us
their house for a week... it was awesome!
So, four years later, we end up back in Seattle, and see if she's still around. After
all, when last we met, we were a couple of penniless, naive Canadians looking for
adventure and living in squalor, and now... um, yeah.
Did we find her? Sort of. We found three M. Friedmans in the book, left a message
on a machine with a name that sounded like Mara. We'll see what happens...
The Light, The Heat,|
I Am Complete...
I may not know art, but I know what I like. But is it a kindergarten finger painting, a Jackson Pollock, or signature graffiti from the Northside G-Dawgs?
Actually, it's something else entirely...
Tell us what it really is!
One day to go!
We'll Have Coffee, We'll Talk
March 13 -
Perhaps Aimee should be the one to talk about coffee, being the one between us with
the closest thing to an addiction. Oh yes, even she gets the ol' coffee jitters
like the rest of the working world, needing a perk to perk up.
I, on the other hand, am more of a "social drinker". I don't use it to wake up: cereal
with four heaping spoons of sugar accomplishes that nicely. No, caffiene doesn't
seem to affect me like it does other people. Maybe I'm just high on life! Wheeeee!
You're right, it's probably the sugar, too.
But coffee, being the international language of business, is definitely a taste worth
acquiring, even if it isn't necessary for bright-eye-bushy-tailness. Everyone's got
coffee, every country, every office, and practically every household. It's usually
the cheapest drink on the menu, and the refills are always free. At a meeting, it's
always offered. You might get a free cup at a tourist bureau, just for popping in
to say hi. It's worth acquiring the taste, if only for economical reasons.
Most of the time, anyway. For every free coffee you can find me, I can find you
someone willing to pay $5.85 for it. Especially in Seattle. There's a coffee
sucker born every minute in this town.
Pick any street, intersection, and time of day in Seattle, and guaranteed,
you can't throw a packet of non-dairy creamer without hitting a business lackey carrying an
overpriced double-cupped takeout latte. Everyone's got them; cellphone in one hand,
coffee in the other. Sometimes there's even a cigarette in there somewhere.
And how good are these special coffees? Are they worth the cash they're shelling out
daily, for simply a cup of hot water filtered through beans? We set out to compare
fancy to frugal.
Unfortunately, we couldn't find any cheap coffee anywhere. So, here are the fancy
Coffee #1: Marista's Coffee
Time: 10:20 am
Location: Near SeaTac Mall
This coffee was pretty tasty! It looks like Tully's beans are roasted right here
in Seattle next to the I-5, and though we've never heard of them, they roast a mean
bean. It was a little sweet, so maybe we'll tone down the sugar next time.
Coffee #2: Seattle's Best Coffee
Time: 11:45 am
Location: Seattle Center Food Court
Beans: Seattle's Best
Ugh. Seems like the House Coffee today was cinnamon, and they neglected to tell us
before putting the shot of vanilla in. The price was good, but the taste didn't measure
up (our feelings toward certain Canadian SBC vendors didn't help our stomachs either).
|Point to Ponder: If coffee is made from beans, does that make it a vegetable?|
Coffee #3: Seattle Cafe
Time: 3:15 pm
Location: Between Waterfront and 1st Ave
You can't go wrong when you get 20 minutes of free Internet with the purchase of a
coffee. The coffee itself was nice, flavourful, aromatic and had a wonderful bouquet,
whatever that means. It was also served in a cute cup, instead of a takeout sipper.
Coffee #4: Barnes and Noble
Time: 7:05 pm
Location: Southcenter Mall Complex
Though it may be the preferred American choice when it comes to beans, to us Starbucks
has always tasted like gas station coffee that's been brewing since the previous evening.
It also didn't help being the fourth coffee of the day, but, well, sucks to be Starbucks
I guess. All in all, not bad, but not fabulous either.
needle in an urban haystack...
Another Rainy Day
China Wok Motel
Room 33. Actually, it may have just been called "Motel", but it was right next to the China Wok restaurant. Regardless, a classy place.
The rain finally got the better of us, so we're bunking down inside tonight. Besides,
for our last night in the States, I think we owe it to ourselves.
Near SeaTac Mall
|Split:||12 oz. Coffee|
|Lunch: ||Thai Food|
|Split:||Curry Basil Chicken, Jasmine Rice, Egg Rolls|
|Snack: ||Ivar's Fish Bar|
|Split:||Clam Chowder, Fish & Chips|
|Dinner: ||Cafe Bizzarro|
307 46th, Seattle
|Appetizer:||Tomato & Basil Bruchetta|
|K's Order:||Sundried Tomato Mezzaluna|
|A's Order:||Butternut Squash Gnocchi, Merlot|
And now, we present macho pandering from an overzealous checker player...
YAAAAH!!! I laid the checker-smack down on your sorry checker-playin' ass. You think
you're tough? Huh? You think you're something? You want a piece? You call your
self a checker player? Whatever, loser!!! You're gonna get jumped so many times
they're gonna call you the Human Trampoline! NYAAAAHHH!!!
Nine left on the board, two of 'em KINGS, baby. And what do you gots? NONE!!!
Eat that and like it, ya big fat checker losin' fart fairy!!! BWAAAAAHHH!!!
P.S. You SUCK!