April 13th, 2008

NASA_bighead

Weak End Update

Had dinner Friday night at Red Lolbster in North Kitsap Mall. Remind me never to have grilled cholesterol from them again (steamed is the only way to make lobster & scallops). The hostess said if the sun keeps coming out like it has been, she might have to go back on her meds. North Kitsap is th edge of the Olympic Peninsula rain forest, you see.

Got to sister's house around 8, chatted with brother in law until sister got home from her trip to Santa Barbara. Saturday morning we drove out to a farm about 40 minutes away and I watched & took pictures of sister's riding lessons. Lots of photos will be on flickr after I get home. The farm has a bunch of peacocks and chickens along with the horses. It's a very rural place, not one of those prefab farms, and I really enjoyed being there. This was my second time - the owner is picky about visitors, especially visitors with cameras. I can see why - there's a fine line between rustic and run-down.

The sun was out big time, it got up to 75 degrees, and I have a sunburn on the top of my head and my arms. I love the irony of going to the rain forest for a sunburn.

After the riding lesson we went back to the house for a snack (it was about 3 pm) and then over to The Ridge Property. Sister & hubby are building a new house on 40 acres of forest. Last time I was there was 2 years ago, and they were just starting to clear the brambles. Now there's a work shed 90% done and all the land they are building on is cleared. They think they are a year away from moving into the property. As with the last house they built (which they sold last year) they will live in a section of the house designed to be rented out later, while they finish the big house. Brother-in-law and his twin are doing most of the construction work, mostly by hand. Gives them something to do.

Sister had one more box of photos which she had saved from the house before we knew I would be here before the move. We stopped off at Office Max to get a bigger box, tape and bubble wrap.

After boxing that up, I took off, caught the 8 o'clock ferry to Seattle, visited my favorite night club fr an hour then drove to a place not far from the airport which has a couple of motels and gas stations and ATMs, and checked into a Days Inn. As soon as I finish this I'll drop the box off at the PS store and visit my favorite massage place in Renton. I have till 7 pm to return the car and catch my plane, so I think I'll go to the Seattle Center and see Paul Allen's museum.  

  • Current Mood
    calm calm
NASA_bighead

Ho Hum

All the UPS stores are closed Sundays here. Luckily an Office Depot near Southcenter was open for UPS shipping, so I dropped the box off there.  Meanwhile I wasted about 1.5 hours searching for an open UPS store.  Got a massage at a place I had not been to in eons. Prices have gone up, so no longer worth full price, but it wasn't a rip-off.

Took the great circle route up 405 across 520 to the Seattle Center, had late lunch at the restaurant in the Experience Music Project building. Nice place, good food, but twice as expensive as it needed to be. Wanted to have a corn dog at the Fun Forest, but the corn dog stand has been replaced by a souvenir stand. Boo hiss. Second choice was the food court inside Center House, but there was a middle school karaoke contest going on onstage, and it hurt soooooooo much. I have performed with many children who can carry a tune, maintain the rhythm and make pretty music, so it annoys the crap out of me when I hear children on stage in a public place who cannot. Three in a row is just wrong of them.

Went to the science fiction museum/hall of fame, which does not quite deserve either name. It's a room the size of a corporate boardroom, lined with glassed-in displays on two sides and a time line mural on the third side (4th side is the entrance). In the middle is a globe about 4 feet radius which is a projector and changes between being the earth, Jupiter, and a sci-fi movie collage. They also have a case containing some models from Lost in Space. The displays are museum-quality, but there isn't much there. A  couple of tunics worn during Star Trek, a model of the Enterprise signed by Nimoy & Takei, a chunk of the control panel self-destruct module. There's a section on pulp fiction with a few old pulps, and a section on women in sci-fi featuring quotes fromn and about Ursula LeGuinn and James Tiptree, Jr. who was really a woman named Alice  (I did not know that). Almost 1/4 was devoted to fandom, with fanzines and con programs, and one case is filled with a selection of awards, including a 1953 Hugo (much smaller than the current ones) and from big names like Sturgeon and Anderson.

Entry fee is $15, which includes the Experience Music Project in the other 3/4 of the building, but frankly I don't like the music it's dedicated to (Hendrix, who was a Seattle native) so I skipped that.

It was raining when I came out, so  I went to Plan B and drove to the Seatac area and parked in the first Starbucks I found. 10 years ago pln B would have been to visit one of the strip joints near the airport, but there are none left worth going to. Deja Vu is still there but they think strobe lights are the best stage lighting, and that drove away most of the customers (including me).

I'll hang around here for another hour then return the car and hike to the Alaska gate to wait for my flight.

  • Current Mood
    relaxed relaxed
NASA_bighead

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“Well it's 8:45. I've just boarded the plane. We should have taken off 10 minutes ago they, whatever flight we were be continuance of or the shuttle of pirotly(?) ___ arrived late 20 minutes late Alaska didn't even bother to make any announcements. They made an announcement that there was a gate change but by the time I had checked in, the gate had not changed. So anyway chuck it up to bad communications again on the part of an airline. It's been a fairly calm boring evening for me. That's the way I had planned and kinda spent most of my time on the computer, at Starbucks and reading some at Starbucks and some at the terminal and we had a little bit of a, might be a 10 min delay at the security gate cos there was some security emergency and they had closed all the Sieri(?) check points but they did, I was about the 4th person om line when they shot them down. I arrived just as they had shut them down I guess. So it wasn't too long a wait. I think all together to might have been 20 mins after the first people that got sacked. I was ok I had more than an hr to spare when I got to the gate which was again part of the plan. Anyway hopefully to I will get them to say I'm gonna say good night at home by 1:00 or so and I will see you all online same time Monday.”

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