I was given a citation by a helpful Seattle city officer a while ago. Why he felt the need to flag me down in heavy traffic and the pouring rain to write me up for the dastardly crime of having expired plates I don't know. I'm sure he could have been doing something more serious and helpful that night. A cat in a tree? Lost puppy? Whatever...

Budgetary concerns have kept me from mailing in a check to cover the fine until now. To prevent another citation I was looking at where I could go to pay in person. I was pleased to find out that you can find your citations and pay online. No need to drive anywhere. Service with a virtual smile.

Seattle Post-Intelligencer or Seattle Times? I am considering subscribing to a local paper. The two papers cost the same to subscribe, but I don’t think I need two papers a day.

Do any of you have recommendations about which is better for covering local issues. National news I get from other sources, I want to get the skinny on Seattle now that I’m a resident.

hollyking: (ahead full)

The move is progressing well. I think I’m finally starting to realize that life is different in Seattle. For one we’re going to lose our nice short commute and have to deal with crossing Lake Washington. I did a bit of quick math and it looks like taking the bus is much cheaper than driving. It’s about $15/day to drive and only about $9/day to take the bus. According to Google Maps the drive should take about 34 minutes and the bus ride would take about 55 minutes. Sounds like the bus is a winner as I’ll get much more time to read.

I just got done switching our electric service to the new apartment. Instead of transferring my account with Puget Sound Energy I had to close our account and open a new one with Seattle City Light. I wish I had found the online form before I went through the long phone process but the service is done and that’s one less thing on our list.

I’m really excited about living in a city again. I am looking forward to exploring Seattle.

I’ve been wanting to listen to some Blues. So I went out and searched to find Highway 99. [livejournal.com profile] hollyqueen and I are going to check them out this Friday at 7pm and if you’re looking for something to do you should come join us.

Oh, and if anyone has any artist or album recommendations I'd love to hear them.

I just read an article about trial ferry service between Kirkland and UW starting in 2009. I would love that, except that I don't plan on being in a place to use it in 2009. We are moving next May and I hope to move into the city as I've had enough of suburban life.

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While waking from parking to the Winter Beer Fest, [livejournal.com profile] shadowmatt and I came across this sign when we were about to cross the street. With a bit of curiosity I pushed the button. The light changed but we didn't get what the sign promised...

Oh, and I guess it might be snowing out there... This picture was taken before the beer was flowing or the snow was falling.


The Emerald City Wanderers of Seattle are hosting some walks around various areas of the city this summer. This weekend they will be walking along the Freemont Ship Canal. I’m planning on going at 10am and thought I would put out the word if anyone wanted to join in.

Crossposted to [livejournal.com profile] city_walks.

Update: Added the note about starting at 10am. My thought was to get an early start to beat the heat.

Fire it up!

Sep. 8th, 2006 11:50 am

Yesterday I read a post in [livejournal.com profile] seattle about being an engineer for a day on the tugboat Arthur Foss. So today I joined the Center for Wooden Boats, registered for the event and found out that there is a chance to spend the night on the boat. I LOVE THIS TOWN!

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There are a ton of activities going on in the Seattle area. Well I guess there are tons of activities going on in every place I've lived. The problem with Seattle is there are tons of them that I want to do. There are concerts, Freaky BBQs, movies at the Naval Undersea Museum, more concerts, Fests of Beans in the West, classes, Grinding and more. On top of that a lot of them happen at the same time. I guess it's better to have a feast than a famine.

I'm wavering on the edge of going to the Grind tonight. I know it would be fun but we're heading out to Victoria tomorrow and need to pack. Should I stay (home) or should I go?

Last night I went over to [livejournal.com profile] nerdvana to watch V for Vendetta (2005) with [livejournal.com profile] datavore and [livejournal.com profile] loree. Although before we watched the movie we went out for some dinner at Luna Park Cafe.

The movie was good and disturbing for the parallels I see between it and our current political environment.

After the movie [livejournal.com profile] loree and I were hungry again so we went to Betty's Cafe. (I think. I can't exactly remember and I can't find it on google.) That was some good food and the omelette was as big as my head, and I ordered the small one! I would hate to see the big one.

It might have been eating late, watching the movie or discussing When Worlds Collide (1951) with [livejournal.com profile] datavore but I had some weird dreams last night. I was watching the sun when it was rocked with explosions. Instead of being burned to a crisp with the rest of the planet I watched the sun shrink to less than half of its normal size. The reports on the radio said the changes to the sun were caused by an approaching star. The new star was caught in the gravity of our solar system and we ended up living in a binary star system. There was surprising little damage to the earth (or my eyes) from watching this whole scene. Weird.

[livejournal.com profile] hollyqueen was up for the weekend again. This time we had a list of specific apartments to visit in our search for a new home. However we started out having dinner with [livejournal.com profile] jerichobrown and his wife at The People's Pub in Ballard. While walking from the car we happened across [livejournal.com profile] kerrizor who was in the area and out with some friends. Dinner was good and I'll have to go back there to try some of the other dishes they offer.

Saturday was a crazy mess of going from apartment complex to apartment complex. At the end of the day we had two strong contenders and in the end the Gates of Redmond won out with their two-floor townhome. Sadly with all the running around, miscommunication and two raging migranes we weren't able to join [livejournal.com profile] intrepid_reason and others for dinner and clubbing. I should know not to schedule so much in one day. After a shower to calm down and relax we had a calm dinner with [livejournal.com profile] loree and [livejournal.com profile] datavore.

Sunday we gave the apartment complex a money order to hold the apartment for us until next Saturday. Then we did a bit of furniture shopping for a new bed. We found a few that we liked but the promise of a headboard with bookcases in a month led us to wait so I'm off to buy a box springs and mattress that I'll use on the floor for a while.

After bed shopping it was time for tourism. So it was back to Ballard to visit the Chittenden Locks which is the first on the list of sites in the Maritime Heritage Network. It seems that you can go through the locks in a kayak and I might have to do that someday.

After spending some time thinking more about classical music I searched and found the Seattle Philharmoic Orchestra. Holy crap those tickets are affordable! I'm seriously considering picking up a pair of tickets to each performance. Is there anyone out there who would like to be my date? It's a chance to get to know me better and enjoy some good music.

hollyking: (ahead full)

I'm in Seattle now and mostly settled in with [livejournal.com profile] dustin_00. I'd say 90% of my stuff is unpacked and the last bits can wait until tomorrow. After all I think I can survive a few days with the DVDs and games packed in a bag.

Dustin took me along the route I'll take to work and it wasn't that bad. Of course at 8pm on a holiday night there wasn't any traffic to get in the way. We'll see how it goes tomorrow morning. I'm hoping it won't take over an hour to get 10 miles but who knows. I sat on I-5 for an hour because the Interstate bridge was up to let some ships pass.

I should go try to sleep some for my adventures tomorrow.

Here's a list of things I need to explore/find once I'm in Seattle. In no particular order they are:

  • Balance Point Physical Therapy - I need to fix the issues with my ankles because the pain make me just sit here instead of getting out like I want. [livejournal.com profile] tylik recommended them to someone in the [livejournal.com profile] bphaf community and they sound close so there's a great place to start.
  • Taiji school/classes- I would like to find someone who teaches Taiji as a martial art. I bet [livejournal.com profile] tylik could help me with that too.
  • Daoist Temple - A simple place to go meditate and explore Daoism.
  • Sailing classes - The Center for Wooden Boats has some classes. But why limit myself?
  • Kayaking classes/club - I've found a few on the web but I need to attend a meeting or two to see if I'm a fit.
  • Cigar lounge - I like the occasional Monte Cristo and it's much easier to go somewhere and buy a single than keep my own stock.
  • Tea house - Who doesn't need to visit a tea house from time to time?
  • Pub - By pub I mean a place where friends can go have a few drinks and talk. Loud music an dance floors are not wanted in a pub.

That's all I can think of right now. Back to packing.

Books!

May. 15th, 2006 10:26 am

The King County Library allows you to sign up for a library card online. They'll mail the card to you and the first time you use it you will have to show a photo id and a proof of address.

hollyking: (ahead full)

Having duly weighed the options we have made our decision. We will be moving to Seattle.

Now to find work for both of us and a place to live. It seems there are some reasonable apartments a few blocks from [livejournal.com profile] nerdvana. We might have to go check them out tomorrow and see if they pan out.</p.

A Question

Dec. 27th, 2005 06:26 pm

[livejournal.com profile] hollyqueen and I are thinking about moving to Seattle when our lease is up in a few months. There are many fine reasons to move to Seattle. There are a few reasons not to move. Right now the scales are heavily leaning towards moving. Any reason we shouldn't?

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