Seattle Pics

I had a blast in Seattle with Hands-On Web Hosting and the graphic design / visual communications people from HOW, graphicdesign.about.com, and Creative Latitude. Here a few of the pics I took on this trip. More to come when I get access to my sister’s CF card! A few of you know I went to Seattle this weekend. Many of you have been asking for pictures. I took quite a few. I won’t post ‘people pictures’ without permission, though, so most of these are just pics of the sites we saw and what not, plus a picture of a Classic Conor. I also have -alot- of pictures from Pike’s market, but they were taken with Eva’s digital card. She’ll be around in Utah within the next day or two so I’ll get them from her then 😉

Enjoy this for now.

A few boats on the harbor near Pikes Market
A few boats on the harbor near Pikes Market
Building we stayed in
Building we stayed in
View of the neighborhood
View of the neighborhood
Another shot of Elektra with the observation deck where we spent a few wee hours of the morning
Another shot of Elektra with the observation deck where we spent a few wee hours of the morning
Cool family style italian restaurant.  They had jazz and a whole lot of food.
Cool family style italian restaurant. They had jazz and a whole lot of food.
A view from Pine, where I was lost trying to find my building - thought I was on Pike ;-p
A view from Pine, where I was lost trying to find my building - thought I was on Pike ;-p
Seattle has these purple glass tile things you'll walk across every now and then in the older districts.  Those are actually sky lights for Seattle's
Seattle has these purple glass tile things you
Another under side view of the skylights
Another under side view of the skylights
Some cool antique print set we found at the end of the underground tour
Some cool antique print set we found at the end of the underground tour
Just a boring picture of the airport. I had tortilla soup at the mexican place on the left.
Just a boring picture of the airport. I had tortilla soup at the mexican place on the left.
Classic Conor - cowboy hat, laptop, and a cigar.  We were waiting for people to arrive at the restaurant at pier 66.
Classic Conor - cowboy hat, laptop, and a cigar. We were waiting for people to arrive at the restaurant at pier 66.
Bill
Bill

Seattle has quite a few panhandlers and homeless people; something I’m not used to here in Happy Valley. My faith teaches that we’re ALL beggars in a way, and that just as we want mercy and kindness despite our failures, we need to look for ways to help those who need us however we can. What surprised me is how contemptuous so many people were as they were asking (and even getting) donations. It reminded me that I need to be a bit more grateful myself.

Anyway, I’d just given a slice of delicious cake I was saving for myself to a guy who claimed he was hungry. I turned back just in time to see him throwing it away. And a few minutes later — cakeless and coinless — I met Bill. He didn’t ask for anything, in fact he was just sitting there on his park bench giving directions to whoever needed them. I wished I’d saved the cake for him. But he was grateful to tears just to have someone sit and chat for a while about who he used to be and how many people have been so kind to him in this rough patch. His toes had been amputated during a cold winter, but all he could talk about is the doctor who helped him, and how he was happy that he could still dance. He said he’d be happy to have his picture taken, so here it is. He is worth remembering.