Today in Seattle I was offered a paid internship at a public relations and marketing firm in South Lake Union. This award winning agency is small, vibrant and dynamic - the same adjectives used by the Victoria’s Secret salesgirl to describe me as I was being fitted. Here’s hoping this opportunity to gain experience in the American market is as seamless and uplifting as my new...
Today in Seattle I wandered into Seattle Mystery Bookshop on Cherry Street, Downtown. I read my “Staff Pick” copy of an R.J. Ellory thriller about a violent serial killer over eggs benedict and tomato soup. I don’t know.
Today in Seattle I met a woman named Valerie who spoke no louder than a mouse would speak. I knew I would find my quiet American if I searched long enough.
Today in Seattle I met with Razorfish Chairman Clark Kokich and spoke about the world of digital marketing and myself. After that I watched a Roman Polanski film and downed a hot fudge sundae. Exhausted.
Today in Seattle the snow blanketed the city. The schools were closed and the trains delayed. According to those on the East Coast, Pacific North Westerners are wimps. Why can’t everyone just feel cold?
This evening at the Mandolin Cafe in Tacoma I sang some jazz standards alongside a saxophone player in his late 70s named Mr. Young.
Today from Vancouver to Seattle I drove through blue skies, sleet, rain and snow. Four seasons in one day means I post about the weather. I’ll hopefully see a dog tomorrow.
Today in Vancouver we went to The H.R. MacMillan Space Centre and watched a movie entitled “The Origins of the Constellation” in the Planetarium. It was one of the loveliest naps I have ever had.
Last night in Vancouver we navigated our very own beer and whiskey sour tour, starting in Gastown and making our way through East Van to Yaletown. I am not sure where we finished our tour.
Today in Vancouver we stopped at each mobile food cart Downtown and dined on pulled pork tacos and grilled cheese and pickle sandwiches. I met a 3-legged pomeranian X toy poodle and her pan-handling owner. It cost a twoonie for a pat. Best two dollars I ever spent.
This morning in Vancouver B.C. I walked from Downtown to Stanley Park. I counted the daschunds running along the sun soaked sea wall. I saw approximately seven.
Today at Point Defiance Park, Washington, I sat my bare-footed-shoed self down and watched the labradoodles and spaniels taunt the solo sea lion swimming off Owen’s Beach. I rooted for the sea lion.
Tonight in Tacoma I sang old jazz standards - and some elevator music - with some wonderful dudes from Chicago, California and Washington State in a sushi cocktail bar named Two Koi. I drank an appletini as I belted but I am no girl from Ipanema.
Today in Seattle I participated in a YMCA Muscle Tone class with an evangelical instructor named Lisa. During our bicep and tricep curls - choreographed to Justin Timberlake’s “SexyBack” - Lisa would scream to God Almighty and beg Him to ease her burn. I’m going to participate again next week.
Today in Tacoma the lovely checkout chick at City Grocer downtown admired my accent and asked me if she could ask me one question. I said Ok. She asked if kangaroos hop all around the city in Australia and I said no. I really think she could have asked a better question.
Today in Seattle I bought a pair of barefoot running shoes. The lady who sold them to me warned it would take some time getting used to changing my running stride. I told her I had never run in my life. I just wish to fit in.
Today in Seattle we walked off our hangovers on the shores of Golden Garden Park in Ballard. Americans BBQ’d their Christmas trees and dived into the freezing waters. I did not throw up.
Last night in Seattle I celebrated ringing in the New Year at a bar so fancy a fellow patron sent their appetizers back. We ate fries and got drunk. Happy New year from the beautiful Pacific North West.