I’ve always liked maps and globes. I like the look of them, and I like the way that they can change. I remember discovering an old atlas in my grandparents’ attic, leafing through it, and wondering about exotic places like the Ottoman Empire that could only be found on an outdated geography book.
I think maps are cool, so I was grinning ear to ear when Kish and I stumbled upon Metsker Maps in Seattle. What a fantastic store! It’s crammed stem to stern with standup globes, miniature globes, inflatable globes, wall maps, fold-out maps, ancient framed maps, hiking maps, and books about maps — as well as incidentals like a good pocket compass.
After wandering around for a while with a kid-like look on my face, I went up to the guy behind the counter and said: “This is the coolest store I’ve been in in years!” He nodded knowingly, recognizing that I was just another globe geek who was letting my nerd flag fly.