Well...mom did it again this year. She convinced me to come up to Seattle for the holidays - so fly I did. The day started out with a rather early 4am beep, beep, beep of my alarm going off. That, followed by some grumbling of "what the hell was I thinking taking an 8am flight on Christmas Eve?" I was expecting a full on wrestling match inspired by the WWE at the airport with people lined up from Lindbergh all the way back to the embarcadero downtown - Police pepper spraying line cutters - The TSA out with tasers in hand... As it turned out the airport was quite empty at that hour and I basically walked right up to the gate (note to self for next year). Alaska had a full flight, so they asked for volunteers for checked baggage. No $20 fee?...sounds good to me. The only glitch I noticed is a BSOD Windows computer at the gate (see photo below).
After arriving in Washington I spend the majority of the day with my Aunt. Keeping with tradition, we had to see a movie at Christmas time. Hitchcock was playing at the local
theater so we settled on joining the other dozen or so wayward Chistmas escapees. I read about the film in the journal of the ASC before I left. The movie was helmed by a first time director, but lens'ed by Jeff Cronenweth, best known for his work with David Fincher (The Social Network, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo...etc). It's a neat little film. Worth seeing on a rainy weekend day.
After our new tradition (Indian food on Christmas Eve) we all hopped in a rented van and headed out for Xmas light viewing. By this time my back was killing me from sitting all day and I had an exhaustion/stress headache, so you'll have to pardon my lack of enthusiasm. We stopped at a house in West Seattle that runs a light show and features its own radio station to support charity. I had to supply a couple pictures here to show the house in various states of lighting. The best part was a rendition of "I AM SANTA CLAUS!" sang over the melody of Black Sabbath's "Ironman." Yes, that really happened.
Next up was a quick jaunt across town to Kerry Park for a full downtown Seattle view.
Not being a big Christmas fan, that's all you're getting out of me about Christmas. No one wants to see family Christmas photos anyway. I didn't take any.
On Thursday my mom and I went park hopping with the first stop at Volunteer Park up on Capitol Hill. In all my years living in Seattle and the bicycle racing I did at Volunteer Park I never really took the time to notice the park itself. They have a nature conservatory green house there. When I first walked in my glasses immediately fogged up from the transition of 40-something to 60-70-something degrees with humidity. As you can see below, I took a few photos of the various flora, ferns, and cactus. I'm not a nature photographer, so you're just going to have to forgive the lack of imaginative photography.
I'll cover more of the trip in part 2.
HOW WE DID IT: Doc Style
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