So while I work on my full Germany trip blog (I will finish it, I promise!), let me tell about my Seattle trip this last week.
On Wednesday, I took the day off from work. After puttering about and doing some chores for awhile, I drove up to Seattle, where I met up with Mark. He showed me the office at Atlas Solutions, or as I call it Planet Nerd. I mean, come on, he had a copy of Watchmen at his desk. Could anything be nerdier than that? (Note to self: hide all my action figures before any family visit my office in the future.)
We had a quick lunch at a Chinese restaurant nearby (I enjoyed rice noodles while Mark had black bean chicken), and it was off to Seattle Center. We parked, and then wended our way over to the Pacific Science Center to view the “Lucy’s Legacy” exhibition. This was an exhibition centered around Lucy, the famous fossil that is (I believe) the oldest surviving fossil of a hominid that walked upright: Australopithecus afarensis. Remarkably, around 40% of the over-3-million-year-old skeleton was discovered.
There was also quite a lot of Ethiopian cultural artifacts there, as Ethiopia has one of the longest and most interesting (and for Africa, relatively un-tragic) histories of that part of the world.
After that, we went back to Mark’s place so he could change from one short-sleeved knit shirt to another short-sleeved knit shirt. (I’m growing tired of mocking Mark’s fashion acumen. Someone else will have to do it on my behalf.)
We then drove back to Seattle Center. We checked out the Used CD section at Silver Platters, then went to eat at Bamboo Garden, a vegetarian Chinese restaurant. I had mandarin chicken, and Mark had chicken with peanut satay sauce. “But wait a bit!” you ask. “I thought you said it was vegeterian!” I did indeed. It’s mock-chicken, made of ingredients like taro and potatoes. The look, texture, and taste is surprisingly chicken-like. This ain’t no Boca burger. The Chinese have been perfecting this kind of cooking for centuries, so they’ve gotten pretty good at it.
Finally, we went to the opera, and saw a pair of modern works, Bluebeard’s Castle and Erwartung. It’s a really violent but cool pair of work.
Anyway, I’ll blog about what I did on Saturday later. And eventually, the Germany trip. Be patient.