Arrived in Seattle with no problem. Got checked into the hotel and had some time to casually look around a bit.
I’m happy to report the whereabouts of all the missing Texas sunshine.

Yay for being in an environmentally conscious blue state!
Cab from the airport was natural gas powered, company office uses real coffee cups and does not have ANY plastic utensils of any kind.
Each desk has a trash can AND a recycle bin. Seattle makes Austin look like an eco-terrorist.

Did the Underground Seattle tour.

That was interesting. I heartily recommend it for any history buffs visiting this city. No gnomes or trolls, I swear!

Back above ground, it’s pigs everywhere. No, not living swine. You know how in Houston we have those painted bulls? And more recently the painted boots? In Seattle it’s pigs…

No one I have talked to can explain why a pig…

Later in my wanderings I discovered this street sign:

That wouldn’t work in Houston. Our drivers can’t seem to read the most rudimentary speed limit signs or interpret street-lights. How would they ever understand where to park with a sign like this? Of course it could be intended as a deterrent to those who might be wanting to drive/flee/move or relocate to Canada…

There’s a seaplane port outside my hotel window

Lastly, I am seeing a lot of Native American art and artifacts. On my way to dinner last night I caught sight of this awesome totem pole. Pardon the size:

Seattle – First Impressions
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3 thoughts on “Seattle – First Impressions

  • July 10, 2007 at 6:58 pm

    I don’t know where north is so that would be a problem for me. 🙂

    I love water and I love planes so I imagine I would spend all my time watching the planes landing on the water. It has finally stopped raining here (crossing fingers) so get out your umbrella, we are sending it back.

  • July 10, 2007 at 9:03 pm

    I saw them installing a fish pig by Pike Market today! I was so excited but I couldn’t take a picture because the people blocking it were frightening.

  • October 19, 2011 at 10:18 am

    Hi, my TRAVEL SECTION for the Los Angeles Times is doing a piece about Underground Seattle and I’m wondering if you hi-res images that we might be able to use. The one on your site with people on the tour is nice.

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