A frantic 30-min layover run replaced by a 4 hour wait for tornados to subside across DFW. We ate Mexican.
Lyft driver swung me through a 76 to get some beer. Lucille IPA. Pretty tasty. I think we ended up leaving the cookies in the kitchenette basket.
Then we walked up to the Space Needle. Incidentally, the surrounding park gives you (for free!) all of the good things about Epcot’s World Showcase except the margarita stands around “Mexico.” The whole vibe of the place — science and art and pling-y Asian background sounds (Epcot: piped in; Seattle: authentic buskers).
…including the “spheres.” Less controversial than I’d imagined, though I guess I don’t know what they replaced. Neat.
I thought I took pictures inside the aquarium but apparently I only took photos of Terri taking photos. (A recurring theme).
After the aquarium we went back into downtown again (for coffee from a “destination” place) and couldn’t resist more Amazon dog park action
It was only 4-ish, local, but we were still on Eastern time and had been out and about all day, so we got dinner at Noi Thai. There was an extremely disruptive pair of diners near-ish our table. More about them elsewhere, if I get around to it. Good food though!
We were in Capitol Hill, in the basement of a funky old house. The neighbors behind had already sold out and their lots replaced with super-trendy white-box condos. The radio towers up the hill became a fun way to locate “our house” from any place-with-a-view in the entire city.
This is just about everything. You can’t see the TV (behind) or the bed (on the other side of the half-wall to the right.) The exit and the bathroom are just beyond the bed. That’s it.
Not sure where all the original-series Hitchhiker’s Guide props are, so this may be as close as I ever get that era’s prop-cheese.
After this we walked downhill through affluent neighborhoods and forested parks full of homeless dudes.
We walked up from the inner harbor to see Craigdarroch Castle (“castle”), and the couple in front of us had a whole giant pizza. s-m-r-t.
It was pretty neat. We skipped the inside tour though. (I had a strong suspicion it would look less like the Biltmore and more like a really nice Asheville BnB, on the inside).
We took a cab from the “castle” down to a big waterfront park, where I finally got a close-up of a PacNW crow. They’re huge, and everywhere. We have crows but they’re far less frequent/vocal.
if there’s not an Albert the Alligator version of this tokyodachi business, the next time I’m in Gainesville, I will be sorely disappointed. (Especially the bucket hat. Green with an anime Albert? Come ONNNN.)
My home-grown mini-CMS crashed on the first day of vacation and I didn’t have computing resources beyond my phone. As a result I was dropping random things into the Notes app, in lieu of posting.
Some random bits from that note: