We’re Off To See the Wizard

Today finds your humble correspondent in Seattle, Washington, where I have been summoned, quite unexpectedly, for a bit of business about which, unfortunately, I mustn’t disclose any details at the moment. The trip came up on very short notice, and the urgency of making hasty travel arrangements yesterday evening meant that waka waka waka lay fallow for the day. I apologize for the service outage.

I’ve never been to Seattle before, although in fact the place where I burst into this vale of toil and sin, half a century ago in 1956, was the nearby city of Vancouver, British Columbia. I made one attempt to get here in 1978, when I was back in Vancouver working with a band and had a day off, but the car we had hired from Rent-A-Wreck failed to make the trip, losing its muffler before we had gone more than a few miles.

Anyway, the Emerald City appears to be an agreeable spot: cool and grey, which suits me fine, and well-stocked with good coffee. It is clean and well-cared-for, and the people seem pleasant enough, without being downright goofy about it as they are a thousand miles or so to the south.

Here are two poorly composed and amateurish photos: a shot of a local attraction, and a view of Puget Sound from Victor Steinbreuck Park.

Space Needle, Seattle, June 13th, 2006
Puget Sound, Seattle, June 13th, 2006
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  1. Kevin Kim says

    Those photos are obvious fakes. WHERE’S THE RAIN?

    NB: The comment verification images are often impossible to read. Sometimes, the color of certain characters is faded, as if it were part of the background, but NOT quite faded enough, as I’ve learned to my chagrin after ignoring such semi-faded characters. I once saw a dark character that looked like a rectangle. I wondered how, exactly, I should type it into the field. I’ll have to start taking snapshots of these things so you can see what I mean.

    Safe journey,


    Posted June 14, 2006 at 4:58 am | Permalink
  2. Malcolm says

    Hi Kevin,

    I know – the generated images leave a lot to be desired. I guess I should find (or write) a better Captcha plugin. I’ll turn this one off again for now, and hope I don’t get flooded again with spam.

    Apparently it rains more in NYC than Seattle, or at least that’s what they say around here. I should vet that claim myself.

    Posted June 14, 2006 at 7:17 pm | Permalink