Maybe it’s just the sunny blue skies after days of rain and clouds in Vancouver, but Kish and I are liking Seattle a lot already. Its waterfront area is beautiful, and we relished the opportunity to walk in the sunshine and breathe deep the cool ocean air.
I’ve never been to Seattle before, and I don’t know much about the city. I understood it rains a lot here, but today it was beautiful and bright. It makes me wonder whether my knowledge about Seattle is not only embarrassingly limited, but also misplaced. Could it be that Here Come The Brides also was not historically accurate, and that in Seattle’s early days Jason, Joshua, and Jeremy Bolt didn’t joust with the evil, greed-addled Aaron Stempel over control of the future of the city, while boozy sea captain Clancy chased after Lottie, the tart-tongued tavern owner with a heart of gold?
We’re in Seattle, where we are having dinner tonight with some friends we haven’t seen in years. To get ready for the festivities, we took a walk along Seattle’s beautiful waterfront on a bright, sunny day. The weather gods were with us.
For lunch we stopped at a place called the Place Pigalle in the sprawling Public Market Center a few blocks from the waterfront. The food gods were with us, too, because the Place Pigalle was excellent. When you’re on the coast, you need to seriously consider seafood, and I’m a sucker for shellfish. When I saw oysters on the half shell and oyster stew on the menu, I decided to double up.
The oysters on the half shell were excellent — fresh, succulent, and served with a tart, vinegar-based dip. They were the perfect complement to a tasty unfiltered wheat ale. And the oyster stew was fabulously rich and creamy, with four huge whole oysters lurking just below the surface. It was a fantastic meal and a great way to start our Seattle visit, and reminded us of what we’re missing in landlocked Columbus, Ohio.
Our hotel in Vancouver, the Fairmont Pacific Rim, is one of those new hotels that has just about every electronic gizmo you can imagine. There are buttons to control the drapes and the sheers on the windows, buttons to turn on, turn off, and dim the lights . . . and there is a TV in the bathroom mirror.
That’s right — a TV in the bathroom mirror. It’s built right into the mirror itself, distinguishable from the rest of the mirror only by a dim outline until you turn it on. It’s directly above the sink, with its own remote control unit.
So, thanks to the wonders of modern technology, you can watch TV while you shave or brush your teeth, and because the walls of the shower stall are glass you can watch TV while you are taking a shower, too. O, Brave New World!
I think we watch too much TV already. I certainly don’t need to watch TV while I am attending to life’s little necessities.