As time goes by

In the morning, we’ll definitely be sleepless in Seattle, since we have to be at SeaTac by about 4:30 a.m. It’ll be back to the grind with me desperately working on my policy paper, but today was beautiful.

Yesterday our friends Dave and Nora generously drove over the mountains to Selah to fetch us. We said our goodbyes to Kitty and Norm, then stopped by John’s mom’s in Naches to hug Doris and Irene one more time, then drove back across the Cascades through Snoqualmie Pass, and on into Seattle.

We made a stop at a Columbia Winery in Woodinville (great Sangiovese), another at the home of their daughter, son-in-law and grandkids, also in Woodenville, then made our way back to Dave’s and Nora’s condo in Ballard.

Later we walked over to Jhan Jay Vegetarian Thai, a great newish restaurant, and ended up sitting a couple of tables over from Ron Reagan. Never was a fan of the old man, but Ron’s a cool dude, and it was fun to notice him there. The food was wonderful, too.

This morning Dave ran a race at the University of Washington while John, Nora and I met John’s cousin Joanne for coffee. Great to see her again.

John and his cousin Joanne

Steve Jobs tribute in a Ballard vintage shop

Mid-morning Nora and I hit the Ballard Market and artsy little shops (and may have had a close encounter with William H. Macy – if that friendly man wasn’t him, William H. has a near-twin) while the guys rested a bit, then we all piled into the car for some sight- and site-seeing.

One of our stops was Volunteer Park, where we climbed to the top of the ever-so-steep water tower.

Water Tower at Volunteer Park

Bruce and Brandon Lee

The first mayor of Seattle

Another was Lakeview Cemetery, specifically Bruce and Brandon Lee’s graves.  Sad, but lovely. We also stumbled across the first mayor of Seattle (not literally – no one stubbed a toe or anything).

More sight-seeing with tour guide Dave, then an early dinner/late-late lunch at historic Ray’s Cafe. Hummus and salad waterside. Can’t beat that.

Now we’re back in Ballard at the condo – I’ve done some homework and posted a video on Facebook of the guys dancing on a bench – and we’re just chilling.

And dreading the morning. Time goes by much too quickly in Seattle.

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