I’ve been in the Seattle area for the last week visiting my mom and tromping around my adopted hometown. Actually, there hasn’t been quite enough of the latter since my mom lives in Marysville, a fair distance north of Seattle. I think next time I’ll get a hotel or, something Joyce pointed out to me, rent a private apartment for a week. I love seeing my mom, but part of the reason to come to Seattle is to see Seattle, not Marysville. Plus, the cigarette smoke in the house is driving me nuts. Blech. I figure we can get my mom a room of her own for three nights or so to give her a mini vacation. I ran this idea past her and she likes it, so this sounds like a win-win.
I used to live in Everett, just south of Marysville. I often said that the best thing to come out of Everett is Interstate 5. I must say, I think the same thing of Marysville. With apologies to Gertrude Stein, there’s no there there.
I reserved a compact rental car but was given a free ‘upgrade’ in the form of a brand new Chevrolet Impala. In a word, YUCK. The HVAC controls are nearly perfect, but that’s about the nicest thing I can say about the car. It’s huge, handles like the 3600lb car it is, and it gets absolutely horrible city fuel economy. Highway fuel economy is decent at about 28, thanks to a V6 engine that can run on three cylinders under light loads, but it doesn’t take much city driving to drag the average down into the teens. The next time I get offered an upgrade I’ll ask them if they’ll pay for the difference in gas usage, since a major reason for me to rent a small car is the fuel economy.
Thursday night I went with a friend to see Cabaret for her birthday. The woman that played Sally Bowles had a serious set of pipes on her, and the Emcee was a heck of a lot of fun. I’m going to have Two Ladies running through my head for weeks to come. I had a great time.
Yesterday I met up with an old friend for lunch and a few hours in Seattle, specifically Pike’s Market and the waterfront. The clouds cooperated by holding back the rain and even parting for some sun to shine through, though they came back together and let loose shortly after I dropped my friend off. It was great to spend the afternoon with her.
I’m returning my rental car at noon and then my friend from Thursday are going to go play. A ferry ride from Edmonds to Kingston, a jaunt down to Bremerton, then a ferry back to Seattle. Dunno about after that.
I’m glad I decided to be here for two full weekends, though I’ll be glad to get back home to Joyce, our kitties, our space, and our routines.