Well, it is pretty fun around here. It is cool and drizzly but that's comfortable. The flowers in Seattle are not particularly vivid this year, except for the weed flowers, which are lovely! My grandson picked these ones on a walk we took today, and I arranged them for this photo.
We went to a street fair in Greenwood where a lot of old cars were on exhibit. Several blocks were closed to vehicles, and the street was packed with people.There was also a pony and lots of kids.
We went over to Fremont to do some grocery shopping, and we finally got some shots of the statue of Lenin there. He is charging forcefully into the future! Something went wrong, I guess, with his plans. Anyway, he is quite a tourist attraction, and the kids (and I) love to pose with him. I even held his finger.
We also admired the Fremont rocket.
Here is its history. It seems they had trouble getting it up (chuckle chuckle). OOPs. Wrong sign. But this is interesting too. (Enlarge)
Here is the rocket info. (Enlarge)
And aren't these about the loveliest weeds ever?
Off to Vancouver early tomorrow a.m. to celebrate Canada Day at a big outdoor event. Hope it's stopped raining up there.
We went to the first concert of the new Seattle Zoo Tunes season. It's a mini folk festival, a series of early evening concerts. Two performers in later events will be Steve Earle and Rosanne Cash, whom we saw perform on a Nation Cruise. This concert featured the ukelele virtuoso, Oahu boy Jake Shimabukuro, and folk-jazz guitarist Leo Kottke. I had not heard of either performer, my bad. But I'm not a real folkie. This is Shimabukuro on You Tube, doing Harrison's gently weeping guitar on the ukelele. Arthur Godfrey would be amazed!
The best part of all this to me was to be outdoors in good weather. I hate being indoors all the time. I don't like having to drive everywhere, either, so Seattle is definitely not my kind of town. For a long time we tried using public transport but finally gave up and bought our daughter's old car, because without wheels we could get very little accomplished here.
What I noticed most of all at this concert were the numbers of babies and young children. We had two young ones with us ourselves. Terry speculates that people decided they could not wait for times to get better, and if they wanted kids they were going to have to go ahead and have them. There were booths set up for the kids to do crafts, etc. and my grandson was thrilled to get a Penguins of Madagascar ice cream pop. This was the highlight of the occasion for him, as you can imagine.
My Kindle download of Chris Hayes' new book, Twilight of the Elites, did not have numbers linked to the end notes, so I got a refund and decided to get the hardbound copy. I went to the University of Washington Book Store, and not seeing it on the shelves, asked a salesperson to look for it. She said there were several copies in storage and brought them out. I opened a copy and guess what (wait for it!!!) the regular book does not have numbers on the page to the end notes either! This is a major mixup, very bad. I did not buy the book and will not do so until the publisher fixes the problem. I am posting this "news" on Chris Hayes' Twitter feed and facebook page, but I'm sure he has to know. This is really bad.
It seems finally to be dependably sunny and warm in Seattle, and we are going to an outdoor concert tonight. We had to work pretty hard, helping with a new baby, a move and other assorted grandparently tasks, and I am frankly starting to get exhausted. Terry is tired, too. But we can relax now, because most of the major work is done. Next week we're sneaking up to Canada to spend time with Terry's cousin and wife.
And now that it's pretty again, I'll try to get some photos.
Comments acting funny again. I wonder if this is because I'm posting from Seattle. Don't know. I'm going to get around and visit everyone today (blogger friends, that is.) Also don't seem to be able to comment on some blogs.