Sunday, January 29, 2006

Graduate School Tour Day 7 - Relaxing in Seattle

        After sleeping until nearly noon I woke up and Erin made me some pancakes for breakfast.  It felt so good to be in a warm comfortable place overnight knowing that I didn't have to pack up my bags the very next morning.  We took Eric to work and then Erin and I went downtown to the famous Pikes Public Market.  We walked all through it as it rained outside and I bought a 5 dollar chunk of freshly smoked alaskan salmon which was as good as lobster in my opinion.  We then walked across the street and went to the very first Starbucks where I got a Chai and was hit on by a very gay counter boy who asked me what my plans were for the night... haha.  Seattle is a great city.  I couldn't get over how steep some of the streets were.  If it ever snowed there as much as it rained the city would not be able to function at all.  Erin told me they had nearly set a record for rainfall and that the mountains had so much snow that interstates were shut down and massive avalanches were occuring everyday.  Apparently Seattle usually just drizzles for months on end but lately it had been straight out pouring rain for nearly a month (That is probably what caused all the landslides I came across on route 101). 
       Erin and I headed to Ann and Howards for dinner where Ann made a delicious chicken stew type dish.  We opened a bottle of wine that tasted a bit wierd but Howard and I drank it anyway.  I brought my ipod and hooked it up to the TV to show my cousins all the old video footage of our grandparents and family that I had recently dumped onto my computer as well as old family photos that I had taken nearly two years to scan into my computer as well.  Ann really enjoyed it and I promised to make her a DVD of it when I returned home.  While we watched Howard chilled on the porch of the appartment smoking a tobacco pipe listening to music.  At 10pm we went and picked up Eric at the restaurant and returned to Erins place to watch some tv for a bit. 
        It was great spending the day with Erin because I don't get to see her that often now that she lives on the other side of the country.  I think she likes Seattle a lot and being closer to her sister.  It was also great to see Ann and Howard.  I can't believe it has been so many years since their wedding!  But the best part of the day was just being able to relax before a couple more days of intensive appointments with faculty!


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