Thursday morning me and the Boys headed downtown to Seattle’s Pike Street Market for a cup of coffee at Starbuck’s first store. Where did the name Starbuck come from anyway? Per Anne and also Wiki, Starbuck was the Ahab’s Chief Mate in Moby Dick. The original Starbucks has the original Starbuck’s mermaid logo. This mermaid is much more anatomically correct then the corporate ones, with their suggestive wavy hair, that prevail at all the other stores. With hot beverages in hand we exited Starbucks and set out to explore Pikes Market.
The market was not completely open when we first arrived. In fact some of the shops proprietors were in line with us at Starbucks. We walked around and watched as the different booths first arrived and then begin setting up. I took pictures of the colorful cut flower stands and also of the colorful hot pepper stands. We watched the flying fish market, but I was unable to get a good picture of the deed. I purchased salmon jerky for the long flight home.
I looked for Jay and Carl’s floor tile at the market, but to no avail. They were one of many donors that helped refurbish the market. We descended through the market back to the wharf and the car. With still some time to kill we walked along the waterfront for just a little bit.
On the way to the airport I got a call from out of the blue from Meaghan, eldest of Bob and Noreen. She was going to fly into Saint Louis and was just wondering … I think that I put her aback a bit when I announced that I was in Seattle. I left messages for Anne and gave her Dan’s number and then boarded the plane home.
The return flight had a movie, Easy Virtue. The movie is a noir comedy, set in Britain during the inter-war period. Here is the IMDB Synopsis:
A young Englishman marries a glamorous American. When he brings her home to meet the parents, she arrives like a blast from the future – blowing their entrenched British stuffiness out the window.
That is until the stuffy British counterattack. I enjoyed the movie. Jessica Biel shined as the American divorcee. I guess I’ll rent it so Anne can watch it too.
I landed in Saint Louis about seven. Anne, Meg, Dan and Annie were already at Blueberry Hill when I arrived. The “kids” carried the conversation, I was plainly flagging by then. After dinner the kids headed off to Ted Drews and beyond. Do I have to go to work today?
Two items from Seattle, well three.
1. I haven’t seen our tile for a while either. It is usually located where some of the buskers perform. But they were probably not there when you were.
2. The Seattle 3-Day walked down through Pike Street Market this year, and then up the hill by the outdoor Sculpture Garden (Art Museum)
3. Back to Ivar’s – additional reports now make the Billboards in the Sound seem more like they are real – http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2009889864_ivar18m.html
You live a lovely, interesting and vibrant city. I can understand why you live there. And thanks again for the ballgame tickets, both me and the boyz loved it.