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  • 18th Jan, 2006 at 1:47 AM

Rear window
Originally uploaded by sfllaw.

Freezing rain has made the ground slippery and treacherous. Since the buses have stopped running, I'm essentially trapped at the office overnight.

That's not too bad, since there's a comfortable couch here. Sadly, I seem to have left my emergency blanket at home.

I can barely contain my animation and agitation over the trip I'm taking on Thursday. dcoombs has agreed to lend me his upright luggage for my trip to Seattle. That's right, I'm flying to Seattle. I will pack some clothes, my passport, and my laptop. I'll leave enough room so I can bring back souvenirs and mementos and books! I understand that Seattle has a thriving and dangerous used bookstore industry.

Now I have a small fear of heights. I have never been on the west coast before. I have also never travelled by myself before. So you can understand if I tell you that I'm a bit terrified. Perhaps that's an understatement.

However, one doesn't get free vacations very often. And spider88 has graciously agreed to meet me at the aeroport and show me about the town. Whereby the town also includes a roadtrip to Portland. Wow! Thanks!!!

I have no idea how this will turn out, but I suppose there's no denying adventure. An adventure full of watching movies and eating sushi and singing to the radio and laughing with friends. But who knows what surprises life will bring?

I'll keep you guys up-to-date with stories and photographs. Seattle's got to have good wi-fi coverage, right?

And at the very least, it will be warm there.


( 18 comments — Leave a comment )
18th Jan, 2006 07:02 (UTC)
Oh my. Is warm 50-60F?

I suppose it is compared to Montreal right now. :)
18th Jan, 2006 07:05 (UTC)
Right now, it's a slippery 34°F over here.
18th Jan, 2006 07:03 (UTC)
Oh, and email me your cell phone number (if you have one) so we can find each other more easily at the airport, if necessary.
18th Jan, 2006 07:06 (UTC)
Ha ha! I'm a complete luddite when it comes to technology. I'm sure that I can call you from a payphone, can't I?
18th Jan, 2006 07:36 (UTC)
18th Jan, 2006 07:44 (UTC)

Do you have instant messanging? A telephone number?

I could send you another letter. But that might take too long.
18th Jan, 2006 07:46 (UTC)
squarkz at gmail dot com

is almost certainly the most expeditious way to find me, i'm afraid.

i do have a cell phone, but i don't like it very much. and i never really answer it during the day. or ever, if i can help it. (but i will give you the number if we are making plans, of course.)
18th Jan, 2006 09:51 (UTC)
Looking forward to seeing you, albeit briefly. (I am out of town from Friday night to Sunday, ironically in Canada.) Seattle does indeed have good wi-fi, and our house is wireless enabled. I hope you have a fantastic time here!
18th Jan, 2006 16:19 (UTC)
Ironic indeed! If you ever drop by Montréal, drop me a note so that I can book a flight to Portland.
18th Jan, 2006 11:08 (UTC)
Seattle may well have a thriving and dangerous used bookstore industry, but it must pale in comparison to the occurrence of such that is Powell's in Portland. An entire city block, four stories, of used and new books.

The shelving of books has both new and used copies shelved together so you can choose which you want to buy.

The only thing they lack is a facility for packaging up your spoils for shipping back to your home.
18th Jan, 2006 16:10 (UTC)
Uh oh. Now I am doomed!
18th Jan, 2006 11:26 (UTC)
What's in Seattle?
Hey Simon,

Been a while since I've seen your blog. What's going on in Seattle?

kenrose AT cs DOT ubc DOT ca
18th Jan, 2006 13:41 (UTC)
my advice: put your best stuff in carry-on

(this after air canada losing one of my bags after the holidays)
18th Jan, 2006 16:12 (UTC)
Yes, I understand that this is a problem. I'll likely bring along a knapsack of emergency clothing and my messenger bag for my papers.

Thanks for the advice!
18th Jan, 2006 15:37 (UTC)
Will you be back in time for our date on Tuesday?
18th Jan, 2006 16:03 (UTC)
Barring unfortunate accidents, I should be.
13th Dec, 2006 03:48 (UTC)
kind of boring
a journal only your family and friends would be interested in reading.
13th Dec, 2006 03:57 (UTC)
Re: kind of boring
This is mostly true! Every so often, I'll write something of general interest, but that is not my way.
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