Out and about in the big smoke

24 07 2007

Geographically I have absolutely no idea where I am right now, other than somewhere in Seattle.  But once I find the car again I’ll have the luxury of GPS to get me home again…

Actually I’m not as lost as I make out, the potential is definitely there though.  The car is on level 4 of the Pacific Place parking facility, this I remember because it had a huge framed photo of the Sydney Opera House as the ‘floor icon’. Why?  I have no idea, but it’s a landmark I remember.  As for the section I parked in…  Well I used my phone to take a photo of that for a visual reference.  I’m so clever!
The security scaring photo...Car park Security weren’t so enthused though.  They even braked their golf cart and reversed towards me calling out “Sir, sir, is that your car…”  Apparently they thought my photography motives were suspicious.  That is until I explained I didn’t want to lose my car…  Having an accent certainly helps in these situations, as the assumption (and correctly so in this case) is that you have no idea where you are.  

Today however has been very productive.  I’ve finally caught up with the lovely Kirsten, who I met at the Kylie Kwong book launch/signing/nibbles eating back in February.  Enjoyed coffee and conversation at one of Seattle’s newer coffee locations; Cafe Presse.  On Kirsten’s recommendation visited the Photographic Centre North West for information on courses (Thanks Kirsten!).  Caught up with my elusive friend Rich for coffee, and now am waiting on a call for a possible third coffee date with another friend.

This day marks what I hope will be my personal re-launch into society.  It’s been getting quite tedious having only the pets to talk to during business hours.

So if you’re in Seattle, or Greater Washington, available during the day and want to do coffee, let me know!  Please! πŸ˜‰

Well time to go, the coffee shakes are setting in, and they’re making typing on my phone keyboard difficult.

The word for the day will be up later.  If you have suggestions for a word, leave me a comment and I’ll include it.
Until then though…

Hooroo!


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24 07 2007
Tyroga

I’m glad you told them it was your car and didn’t add something like “Yes it’s my car, but it’s packed with explosives that will level this town and I wanted a photo to remember it by!” Hmmm would have been funny in another timeline.

Gratz on your social relaunch. All them lucky peeps getting to spend time with you.

Oh and speaking of photography… πŸ˜›

24 07 2007
Craig

LOL the thought crossed my mind… But people are allowed to carr guns here… I’ve tamed my sense of humour just a little. πŸ˜‰

Oooh see what you did? A shot/reminder all using my own words… πŸ˜›
I hope to have them up in the next few days…

24 07 2007
Tyroga

πŸ˜‰

24 07 2007
birdwoman

if it were only a year ago (when I visited seattle) I would’ve taken you up on the offer. As it is, I’m in philly and have no free time. But I’d still like some coffee!!

and I think it’s pretty clever of you to use your accent to get out of a jam with security like that. Smart stuff, that!

(*)>

24 07 2007
Craig

If it were only a year ago, you’d have had to have been in Melbourne, Australia… πŸ˜‰

But it would have been a pleasure to take you out for coffee and show you round my home town! πŸ™‚

As much as I hate being classified as “having an accent”, when the reality is, that I speak normally and everyone else has an accent… I use it to my every advantage at every opportunity! πŸ˜‰
Especially when I’m being lazy in stores and can’t be bothered looking for something. That’s when I play the foreign tourist who’s lost. LOL!

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