05 July 2006

Seattle recap, Day 3

The tour continued.

This is the original Starbucks store, opened in 1971, located across the street from Pike Place Market.

Seattle's traditional market, Pike Place Market. Developers tried to raze it several times, but concerned citizens won out each time.

I moved on to the Pacific Science Center, where I spent the better part of the day. This is the butterfly house, where some butterflies are feeding. It was quite a sight, even though I had seen another butterfly house back in February in Palm Desert, at the Living Desert.

Pacific Science Center's current featured exhibit is Game On!, which showcases the development of video games, from Pong to the current crop of virtual reality games, and from Atari and Commodore consoles to Xbox and Playstation. Almost all the vintage games and consoles were playable!

I stopped here, at Gasworks Park, for this wonderful view of Lake Union's boathouses, one of which was featured in the movie Sleepless in Seattle. The park, once the site of a gas power plant, was busy preparing for the Fourth of July fireworks. The unusual Seattle heat meant though that I retreated back to my car, drove to nearby U District, and returned to Zovo Lingerie again to buy more camis and leggings.

Photo courtesy of DiAnne Grieser

Now you get to see me wearing the leggings, paired with a tunic blouse. The man on my side is one of DiAnne's friends, Henry, originally from Bangkok but living in Portland. The three of us, plus DiAnne's husband and son, had a blast, doing some bar-hopping and serious political discussions. We spent the evening having a "pan-Pacific" summit, as DiAnne called it, over a good Chinese dinner, some beer and mixed drinks, and all over the streets of Capitol Hill. We are outside the Crescent, a karaoke bar.