Seattle, Part One: McCoy Who?

Today is the first official leg of my Seattle trip. I'm in town for a giant web conference and also for a family reunion that is happening this weekend. While in town, I expect to take in as many Seattle-specific sites that I can, which in turn will only fuel my fire to eventually abandon Kansas City and venture elsewhere.

The start of the trip wasn't half bad, unless you LIKE riding planes that remind you of the Mamba at Worlds of Fun. There must have been quite a bit of turbulence in the air because my stomach dropped out a few times on our descent. And it's funny how you always fear of sitting next to "that person" on a flight... and rarely does it ever happen. Well, also on the first flight, I sat next to the "that's MY arm rest and holy $hit we're going to die" guy. An unusual flight, but good to get it out of the way.

My second flight starting feeling more and more like my last US Airways flight (where I sat on the plane for over an hour while they fixed stuff). This time it wasn't the brakes that had malfunctioned, it was the air conditioning. You know how upset people can get without proper cooling, imagine a plane-full for about 20 minutes. People need to relax.

Arriving in Seattle and riding downtown to my hotel was an awe-inspiring ride. The land here in Washington is amazing. Trees everywhere, green surrounds you, the ocean on one side, mountains all around... breath-taking. And don't get me started on downtown (what KC will never be).

I got to the hotel and decided to walk my route before tomorrow happened. So I ventured out around the area, went to some shops, admired the tree-lined city streets, blended in with the crowd (yes, Brett, I can do that), and eventually ate dinner at Rock Bottom brewery – imagine John's Upper Deck with Mac N' Cheese that kicks the booty of McCoy's. Also at supper, I sat next to two WNBA players: Ebony Hoffman and Deanna Jackson of the Indiana Fever.

So far the experience has been great, and I only anticipate it to get better. Now, if I could just find a job here... hmmmmm.

+ original post date: July 20, 2004 11:02 PM
+ categories: Travel/Vacations


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