Wednesday, February 1, 2006

Graduate School Tour Day 10 - Escape from Canada & Supersonics

        I was up at 4:30am on Wednesday driving back to the ferry terminal at Swartz bay in Victoria, B.C.  When I arrived there were already a long line of cars but I was confident I would be on the first ferry.  I pulled into line, reclined my seat and passed out again.  2 hours later I was woken by a ferry terminal worker pounding on my window telling me to move up in line and buy a ticket which I did, pulled into the final ferry lane and once again passed out in my car.  Thankfully both nights I had my sleeping bag with me and pillow as I had left them in my car instead of taking them into Erin's apartment.
        Thankfully I was able to make the 7am ferry and was back in Seattle by 11:30am.  On the drive back I got a few glimpses of Vancouver and the mountains beyond it.  I slept on the ferry ride again so overall I think I got something like 4 or 5 hours of decent sleep during the hurricane.  After relaxing for a couple hours Erin, Eric and I went out for lunch at a place called Zesto where I ordered one of their famous hawaiian burgers.  It was great and had pineapple on it which took the place of ketchup for a tasty change. 
        We then returned to Pikes Place Market and I had another chunk of smoked salmon. mmm Day_10_seattle_21_10mmm.  After walking around the city and the shopping district for a while we ended up going to the REI store.  It was freakin' enourmous and had a climbing wall that had to have been 50+ft tall.  I walked around for a bit and then went to the book and map section where I checked out all the mountaineering books for the Pacific Northwest.  The store even had it's own bike trail around it to test out bikes!  It made the L.L. Bean store in Freeport Maine look small in comparison.  After REI we decided to go to a Seattle Supersonic basketball game at Key Arena just below the Space Needle.  They were playing the Oakland Warriors.. both teams are pretty bad... It looked like Oakland was going to destroy the Sonic but they came back in the 2nd half and barely won by a few points.  During breaks between quarters an inflatable blimp would be flown around the stadium and drop gift certificates to people.  The thing would just rise out of nowhere in fronto of you and scare the crap out of you because it looked like it was going to crash into you.  We didn't sit in the seats that ourDay_10_seattle_21_24 tickets said and when we first sat down we were sitting in an older couples seats.. Go figure - they got picked to sit for the remainder of the game in a comfy couch right behind the net!  haha.  At half time a guy picked from the crowd even made a half court shot to win $500 bucks.  Pretty amazing!  As we left one of the ushers joked, "wow, we finally won one"..haha.  Seattle was buzzing about the Seahawks going to the Superbowl and were flying a giant #12 on the space needle to symbolize the city as their 12th man on the field. 
        We returned to the apartment and I packed up stuff for my flight the next day.  I also made plans to meet with Professor Deborah Kelley the next morning before heading to the airport as a final try to find someone at U. Dub that could take me on as their student. 


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