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One: Dial-up. Frustrating. Hair-tearingly so.

Two: Seattle. Fun. Would be funner without a 4yo sidekick but hey. For the most part we spend each day walking to the Space Needle and doing stuff around there. I have not found a playground downtown yet. Dog parks, yes. Market worth moving thousands of miles west for, yes. But a slide or a swing set or some freakin monkey bars, nope. Today the voice of ancientsong taught us how to play Louie Louie on the guitar and an Alanis Morrisette song I didn't know on the piano. The Experience Music Project was a cool museum; I liked it as much as the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, which was more fun than I thought it would be. The one thing they could have added would have been more music listening stations, especially in the hip-hop and guitar rooms. The guitar gallery was cool, but there was a screen in the middle with a film loop of people playing. Stations near the various guitars would have been a lot more informative. Anyway, the EMP was my favorite thing-with-an-entrance-fee so far. Pike Street Market was glorious; oh, for a kitchen in Seattle!

Three: Work. See number one. I hate being hamstrung by a slow connection and limited remote access. And when I call my coworkers for assistance they say stuff like, "Don't worry about it, you're on vacation," which is what I say to them in the same situation except I hate it. Fortunately or not, my internal clock is very happy to keep EST hours, so I get an extra three hours after everyone else is asleep to work. And I need all three because my connection is at least 25 times slower than I'm used to. I may have mentioned this previously.

I spoke with Jennifer, back from Jordan. She had a fantastic trip and nothing even close to awful happened except that her connecting flight out of Paris flew for three hours across a large body of water before turning back for mechanical problems. All's well that ends well etc.


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Aug. 16th, 2006 12:39 pm (UTC)
Yay! I'm glad you liked the EMP. When I went there, I mentioned to the guy that I was in the Sound Lab and he let me in for free. I had a fabulous time wandering and looking/listening.

And how could I have forgotten Pike Place Market! You can spend hours and hours there. There was one store in particular up on the third level that had all sorts of herbs and incense and statues of Ganesha that I just adored (a friend of a friend had owned it).

If you can, go to the Dusty Strings store. They sell harps and dulcimers and other such fun instruments and sometimes you get amazing musicians coming in and just playing.
Aug. 16th, 2006 04:51 pm (UTC)
The fact that you potentially have access to this store makes me quite envious

Aug. 17th, 2006 01:55 pm (UTC)
Dang! I will hit it next time, then you can really envy me. It's 90 minutes by bus from me and if my flight home weren't today I would give it a whirl...
Aug. 16th, 2006 05:53 pm (UTC)
Wah! I want to be on vacation again! Never mind the fact that I just got back....

Work? Why are you working while you are on vacation?!?
Aug. 17th, 2006 02:02 pm (UTC)
Seriously, it's sort of the culture in our office to stay in touch. You know when Loc leaves the country on his quarterly visits he is available ALL the time--phone and email messages get an immediate response. That sorta trickles down, I guess.

I am a little worried about my imminent "retirement"; I predict some withdrawal symptoms.
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