Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Feed the cat!

WAMU Treat

Our local big bank, Washington Mutual, or WAMU for short, has one of the bigger buildings in downtown Seattle, and boy they put it to use. Tonight they lit it up like a Jack-O-lantern for Halloween. That's a nice touch on a business that's often seen as callous. Kudos to their PR team for pushing this idea through.

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Chicago Overnight

I'm in Chicago overnight, on business. As with every city I fly to for work I wish I could stay here and explore a lot more. I'm housed at an Embassy Suites hotel, I'm passing though the halls looking at all the other white men (that's all I see here) and wondering if I'm one of them now. Weird. I was supposed to be Michael Martin according to the welcome gift package of food and drink left in my room when I arrived. Apparently he's in room 739 (I'm in 730), but they put the frequent hotel visitor gift basket in my I ate it. Good pretzels. Speaking of eating, as always when I'm on the road it was a Romanesque feast with the vendor last night. Huge steaks and lots of booze. The service might have been too good though, the waiter gave me the creeps standing over me and pointing to stuff (mushrooms, beans, etc) that I should try on my steak. Go away and let me eat in peace dude. I was able to get a picture of the huge desserts, that we all shared. Each one of these (carrot cake and ice cream pie thingy) was the size of a volleyball (even the spoon was big). Crazy. Today I'm off to tour the vendor's warehouse and main office for an afternoon meeting. I'll catch a late night flight back to Seattle right after that (avoiding another Roman feast) and get back home to my sweetie. Such is the life of a .com road warrior.

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Yeah, What She Said

I was going to blog about what I've been up too all week, with Lindsay's parents in town, but my lovely other half, Lindsay says it all much better than I would. Check it out here.

Friday, October 19, 2007

The rains and wind kept up today. I took the early bus home from work - getting soaked waiting at the bus stop - and met Lindsay and her mom at the park where they were looking for beach glass and watching the storms sweep in. On my way down the shoreline I happened on this patch of grass straining in the cold wind. Cold, but special weather making special scenes.

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Leaving Leaves

The winds picked up today. All the trees have been stripped of the majority of their yellowing Fall leaves. The patterns of the bare branches are suddenly silhouetted against every new surface. I noticed this one sticking out between my office (on the right) and the municipal building (left) today on the way home.

Monday, October 15, 2007

Maps of War

Amazing. 90 seconds of religious history.

Market Fresh Evening

See this? It's what Seattle looked like after the fog, before the rain this weekend.
Then the rain came, and it was back to Seattle weather again for a trip the the market.
Nothing more to say, but the beans looked good, like my wife to be.

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Foggy Home

I hear fog horns. It's super foggy here in West Seattle this morning and the lighthouses (or is it a ferry horn?) on the water are sounding their horns every few mintues. In fact it's been foggy for two days. Lindsay's Mom and step Dad are here visiting and are seeing a rare Seattle weather event. Most if it burns off by lunchtime, and in my opinion I think it make for majestic viewing when combined with the fall colors. Here's a pic of Dwayne, Lindsay's step Dad contributing to the fog with his morning pipe smoke.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Smile, You're on Camera

Don't know why someone didn't do this sooner, but man, am I glad they did. For a part time motor head and full time car guy this is some great footage of the 4 stroke process. For those of you that aren't into cars, or engines, it'll be a complete waste of your time. So, lights, camera, action and start your engines.

Saturday, October 6, 2007

Neuvo Casa Yost

Did I mention that we got the house? We did! We're as excited as can be, we love the house, we love the neighborhood, even the sellers seemed nice, so it's been a good experience. We think it kind of looks like a monopoly house right now, as it's symmetrical and cute. We'll be moving in at the beginning of next month, and putting this house on the market then. We're hoping this house goes fast, and we'll list it at a fair price so it should. But if you've moved/sold before you know the craziness that is about to unfold. Boxing stuff up, painting walls, a little landscaping to sell the house all that. Should make for a fast or slow October. Either way we're excited to be moving so close to the Junction to cut our commute and for us to walk more.

It Lives Under the Bridge

A few weeks ago Lindsay and I headed over to Freemont on a Friday night to get some Thai food, to satisfy a weird craving. We walked over to the somewhat famous Freemont Troll and said hello. I think Lindsay has a new friend. Notice the VW Beatle car in there?

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Goodbye Friend

RIP my friend, my kitty, Athos.