Seattle – First Impressions

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: