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.
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.