So lets get started with last Friday.
So me and Darin woke up at 9:30am to the loudest bang in history. The construction out in front of the joint dropped something big and heavy from the crane that woke me and Darin up. So Darin hopped in the shower I just chilled out on the bed because it came out of the wall and it was mega comfy. Earlier in the week I had made plans with a friend of mine. That I can’t mention on this blog to go grab lunch on Friday. I don’t drive to work. Dave will make a great deal of comments about this but here are the reasons for not driving to work.
I have a few options if I were to drive to work.
- Driving across the ferry. Well here presents an interesting idea. $15 each way = $30 + Parking in the Garage is $4 an hour * 9 hours = $66 a day * 5 days a week doesn’t sound so appealing to me. I could park in the lot for free but usually you cannot get your car out when you want to go home.
- Driving around. So I drive across the island down to Tacoma and back up to Seattle. Lets figure 90 miles and driving at 5am gets you slammed in rush hour traffic and usually late + gas costs not exactly my cup of tea. Then I still need to pay for parking or park in the lot.
But walking 2 miles to work every morning is not only good exercise. Plus I get a nice stipend for walking to work. Ferry costs for a monthly walking pass runs me $83 and some change a month and no wear and tear on the car. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure this out. I used to need to take a bus that pass ran $114 a month for unlimited ferry and bus rides. Considering a ferry ride is $6-$7 taking it 5-6 days a week. It’s a good deal.
So anyways my friend was going to pick me up at work but since we were staying at a place in downtown Seattle she opted to come meet us. So she came to the timeshare and we showed her around. It was a semi cool place and so we began a quest for lunch. Pacific Place is just down the road from the timeshare and we went to Gordon Biersch
We get one of those high tables at the bar. So me and Darin have never been to this fine place so we opt to have a beer at noon. Now Darin had taken 3 vodka shots this morning and some gin. He was a drinking fool. I think I had a Vodka and OJ and had been way out of my drinking zone so far.
So we get water and we order the meals. Darin had some BBQ chicken sandwich thing. I had some Southwest Chicken dealy-o and mystery company had a Turkey Sandwich. We have some good conversation. There was a pig in Pacific Place that was decorated with computer chips. I believe she took a picture of us with the creature. I would post it if I posted pictures of myself. Though Darin did snap a picture of me with the mystery guest I might be willing to post that sometime. But mystery guest might not like that.
After we get done with this wonderfully delicious meal. We go to this card store called Papyrus. I needed to pickup a card for the wedding couple for my gift. I opted for a Macy’s Gift Card over the donations to their honeymoon trip. I didn’t like the idea of paying money to a site that would take a chunk to pay for a honeymoon they are taking I would rather give them cash. But who doesn’t need something from Macy’s. I mean you can get 4 Fiestaware plates for like $50 there. Hell of a deal. *cough* not.
So after the card purchase we go to the Bose Store. Now this is the type of Store me and Darin are really into and pretty much any geeky guy that likes surround sound and audio quality but our mystery guest was interested. We went to go watch a bose presentation to try and suck $4,000+ out of our wallets. It sounded good but not really interested in surround sound. Don’t want to annoy my neighbors.
After we get out of there we all look at the cell phones. It’s 1:58pm mystery guests parking meter expires at 2pm. So we rush the 4 blocks back to the timeshare. Have a hug and we part ways. So it’s 2pm me and Darin have nowhere to be until 5:30-6pm or so. So we hit up Seattle tourist style.
So we walk back down to Westlake mall. Look around and we see the monorail. Seattle having a monorail from Westlake center to the Seattle Center is about a 2 min ride for $2 each way. It’s rather nice if you don’t want to walk. Reminds me of that episode of the Simpsons. I love when people break out into song in large groups.
So we hop on the monorail and head out to Seattle center to check it out. It’s a rather quite time at Seattle Center. Kids are still in school so the rugrats are not crowding up the kiddy land. We go check out the Seattle center fountain. We watch all the people out in the nice weather running around trying not to get sprayed with a jet directly. Here is a picture from MSN Live. Tried to get the space needle in there as well. You always think Seattle. Space Needle and Rain. Good always think of rain. We don’t need you people thinking it rains all the time moving here.
So after that we hop on the monorail again and go back to Seattle center and putz around laughing at the homeless people and the tourists with no idea where they are going. So we go back to the timeshare and run upstairs and then call the front desk to have them bring the car around. So we can drive up to Mill Creek to go to a BBQ.
I forgot to mention that I didn’t really have much of a voice from the day before at the Casino. So most speech was hisses and very low. Anything that required me to speak in a slightly higher pitch was just blurred out by my throat because it was painful. Fucking smokers.
So we get the BBQ and everyone that was at the rehearsal was at the BBQ and then some. There was burgers and brats and teriyaki steak chunk then some shrimp and BBQ pork (chinese style) and some other food sorts. Good BBQ by any regard though it’s hard to have a bad BBQ. This was at the Best Man’s house so there were kids running around and a basset hound. I love basset hounds we had two of them growing up. Jake and Ginger. Loved those dogs their long ears and always sad faces. So cute. Sorry dogs beat cats any day. For one reason I am allergic to cats Clartin fixes it but eh. Cats are to much work. Dogs take work as well but they are just cool to chill with you. Cats require to be in the correct mood.
So I get a groomsmen gift. It was a Beer Stein with my initials on it. TJP a nice selection of miniature bottles of liquor. Tequila and Whiskey and Rums. A freezing beer stein and that was it. Nice all and all. Thanks Preston and Ally. Love you guys.
So after this me and Darin hang about a bit and then head back to the Timeshare. We go jump in the hot tub and we meet a couple that is also getting married on Saturday. Some amazingly beautiful woman and her future husband. They were born and raised in the Seattle area. Met in college going to Western and they moved to Boston and came back to get married. Really nice people good to see a happy couple getting married. They said they had a wedding planner that planned the entire wedding and got everything setup. That seems like a brilliant idea although expensive no stress involved. But I can imagine it’s a lot like it is to design a web page for someone. You will go through many many drafts and waste time and the person doesn’t really know what they want but they want to make it as complicated as possible. Have an idea before you jump into such a project.
Anyways she had a great body so thank you person with a great body in the hot tub getting married last Saturday. Me and Darin enjoyed it so much.
So we hung around a bit went back up to our room and got dressed and called a new friend of mine to see if she wanted to come meet us for a drink. So we go walking down to 3rd Avenue to go meet her. Then we start heading back up the road and there are cop cars everywhere. Camera Crews everywhere and I make a comment aloud in my horribly disfigured voice. “I wonder what happened” another couple walking says someone got shot. Our friend said she heard 3 shots when she was walking down. I think me and Darin must have been laughing because we heard nothing. So while we are trying to find a watering hole we find the Cheesecake Factory. They were open and must have drinks so we swing in there.
We all have a round of Mojito’s and slice of cheesecake. It was a good way to end the night so we all go back to the timeshare and go to the room and make ourselves another drink and go up to the cloud room. Here is a picture from the cloud room.
This is also clickable for your pleasure. This is a day shot we were up there at night. Hey you can almost see Gordon Biersch there between the rust colored building and the off white.
After we chilled up there for the night our friend walked home. I felt bad for her walking home alone at night but she insisted she would be cool. I got a text she made it home so I was cool. We then passed out around 3am and the next day was the wedding day. Saturday! Tux Day!
Write up Tomorrow and good times ahead. Thanks for the comments Love them.