July 12 2008

Seattle Observations

Seattle ProtestersOn my second, and last day in Seattle (my entire time here is 46 hours), and I had some random observations to make about the place.

– I knew my trip to Seattle was complete once I saw some protesters.  I really didn’t care what they were talking about, I just needed to see some to feel like I got the whole Seattle experience.

– As the hotel shuttle was taking me back today from Pike Place Market, he had to drop some other guests off at the Space Needle.  Could someone please explain the allure of this thing to me?  Sure, you get a great view, but there was a 90-minute wait to just go up the thing.  It’s like the St. Louis Arch, I don’t get that either.  You ride up an elevator, you look you go down.  Whee.

– It has  been quite a while since I stayed in a true downtown area, I forgot about the number of homeless people and panhandlers you run in to.

car parking– Did someone forget to inform me this city is made of gold?  I am paying insane prices for EVERYTHING.  Hotel room, food, cab fares… apparently this city has a bit too much money, and they take it out on their visitors.  Even my hotel wants to charge $20 a day to park a guests car.  I’m sorry, but that’s something that I think should always be free to guests.  You want to entice them to stay, not punish them for using your establishment.  I have heard this is happening more and more places, but it still seems pretty stupid to me.

– Sitting in a park yesterday across from Westlake Center, I heard multiple conversations from the younger folks about people who have left Seattle, people who have come back and people who are planning to leave.  Then while walking to dinner at Red Fin (a rant about sushi in the USA will be coming out of that dinner), two people walking in front of me ran into someone they knew buying a Greyhound ticket to leave Seattle.  He just couldn’t take it here any more.

What the heck is with this town and people moving in and out of it all of the time?  I have heard of this for years, thought it might be a bit exaggerated, but nope, not from my small sampling yesterday.

– I went in to two mom & pop record stores.  You would think with this being Seattle, they would be rife with indie labels, obscoure bands from the likes of Sub Pop and so on.


Run-of-the-mill used mainstream BS.  This was really a big let down for me.

All-in-all it has been an enjoyable trip, but it is for sure that Seattle isn’t like anywhere else I have ever been.

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