Well, we've arrived in Seattle and I must say, even though I arguably got the better deal in terms of having a direct flight, Roger definitely had the better experience. Now I'm not downplaying American Airlines, having traveled them almost exclusively for the better part of my life, but in terms of inflight enjoyment they're way behind the ball. Or it could be that the aircraft I was on was just plain old. Either way, my flight was like a time travel back to the 90s' with the only thing missing being the flight attendants actually doing the safety demonstrations live. This particular Boeing 757 still sported CRT monitors hanging from the central ceiling and no other form of entertainment, save a power outlet in select rows. Even then, mine was a bit dismal. I mean really, the heck are you supposed to plug in to that? As a result, my phone died a slow and painful death. Roger on the other hand had a fully immersed, 21st century experience flying Delta Airlines, connecting in Minneapolis (LCD display on the seat back, USB charger on every seat plus his choice of food). Anyway, like clockwork, our respective flights touched down within minutes of each other, we met up and headed to our overnight accommodation (Seattle was a strangely balmy 78 degrees with clear skies...very odd). Having not eaten much all day after checking in, we headed on the road a few blocks to grill called Sharp's Roasters. Their late menu (it was just after 11pm at the time) featured 50 cent pulled pork/beef sliders and wings so we chowed down. Those wings were pretty tasty, arguably some of the best we've ever had. Full and slightly jetlagged, we lumbered back to the hotel calling it a night.
|How the hell do you plug in to this thing?|
Friday morning saw us up early, we needed enough time to navigate Seattle's public transportation system so we could meet up with our sister Marsha. After a hearty breakfast of Hawaiian sausage, scrambled eggs and white rice (trust me, sounds strange but it was SOOO good) we checked out and headed to Seattle's LINK train station by the airport to start our journey. Roger, having done this once before, took lead with Google maps pointing the way. After an hour or so of trains and buses we eventually made it to a suburb just north of Seattle's urban center. Then began an afternoon of walking that saw us finding a bank, getting a Vietnamese lunch (soo good), walking off the food fatigue, then randomly deciding to see The Amazing Spiderman 2 in the downtown area. We took a few pictures (battery life was again an issue) which you can see below. Seattle's public transport system is pretty efficient and it was very easy to find our way around. Plus, everything was in walking distance. One of the beautiful things about our present accommodations is that Seattle's iconic Space Needle tower is directly in view once we head out door.
|I think this is an old Saab 96|
|I KNOW this is a Pontiac GTO|
|Seattle's Space Needle|
|Roger snappin' a pic|
I think another random day awaits us on Saturday so stay tuned for the next update!