A quick trip to Seattle

As you can see, I stopped doing my daily short-form posts. Believe it or not, I actually got feedback from like three of you, which makes up a large percentage of the blog’s readership. And, well, you didn’t like them. Most of you prefer my usual, long-form posts. And, I tend to agree – I enjoy writing longer posts. I don’t want to get bogged down with having to post every day. I think it’s better if I write on my own schedule with longer, more thoughtful posts instead of me just saying HEY I LIKE THIS SONG.

So, from now on, I’ll go back to my usual blog schedule, which consists of me posting irregularly and spontaneously.

I spent four days in Seattle last week. Now that I think about it, I have seen quite a bit of this country over the past two years – here is my geo-tagged iPhoto:

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And that’s not to mention the four months I spent in Australia and New Zealand.

I saw the Mariners and Astros at Safeco Field on Tuesday night. Safeco was the tenth different ballpark I visited in 2013. I made it to double digits! I think I might try to rank all of them in a future post (update from the future – you can read that post here).

Jonathan Villar hit a home run on the first pitch of the game, and the Astros pummeled the Mariners 13-2. The announced attendance was 10,245 (!), but I would say maybe 1,000 were left in the ninth inning. It was, by far, the lowest attended crowd in any baseball game I have ever been to.*

*Obviously this excludes the assorted minor league, independent, college, and high school games I’ve attended.

But, I kinda liked it. As much as I love packed crowds, the open stadium had a very relaxing feel. We also had good seats (12 rows behind home plate), but even if we didn’t, it would have been easy to move down. The ushers didn’t care. They were unusually friendly and happy – they encouraged people to sit closer, sung along to Take Me Out to the Ballgame, and prided themselves in customer service. It was pretty much the polar opposite of Yankee Stadium.

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On Wednesday night, I visited Pike’s Place Market. This is where all the fish-tossing goes down. The market was pretty empty – like I said, it was a Wednesday night.

I also visited the famous gum wall (which looks exactly like Diagon Alley, for you Harry Potter fans out there) and the first-ever Starbucks. When I walked into the Starbucks, I was the only one in there. “Congratulations,” the barista said. “You have the whole place to myself.” And this made me think of the old Oscar Wilde quote: For one moment our lives met, our souls touched. 

I’m a dork.

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Screen Shot 2013-09-12 at 9.17.15 PMI also got some pretty good pictures of the Seattle sunset. I don’t think they are as good as the one I took in Melbourne, but I did my best, ok?

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And that’s about it. Check back tomorrow, or the next day, or two weeks from now for my next post.

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