Low Life and High Times

Trip Start Jun 18, 2005
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Trip End Jan 01, 2006


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Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Two months ago today I was flying over the Arctic Circle on my way back home to Seattle. And a month from now summer is pfffft outta here for the year. For the kids, school looms ahead, in fact, my Florida grandkids are already back to the books.

Time to grab a few days of No Work, All Play. Arrangements made: Matthew and Me on Monday. We'll spend the day doing something we've never done before. One good thing about living in a big city -- you never seem to get around to doing everything. And so, the challenge. Try!

"I'll pick you up at 9 AM" I said on the phone. "Be ready for some walking." I didn't tell him of my plan, but in my head I'd named our day already. Seattle Lows and Highs. In 25 years of living here, I had never been on Bill Spiedel's Underground Tour. That would be our LOW. Last winter I had occasion to attend a dinner at the top of the Columbia Tower, highest building west of the Mississippi, and was enamored of the view. I knew there was an Observation Deck there, so decided on that for our HIGH. I also wanted to check in at Seattle's OLDEST skyscraper, awesome in its time but now the short-stuff Smith Tower, and our BRAND-NEW Public Library, which is drawing rave reviews from all over the world for its innovative design.

All of these attractions were within a few blocks of one another in the heart of downtown. A snap, I thought, even for me and my hobble-walk. (I forgot about the HILLS.)

I headed for Matthew's house, to pick up my fifth-born grandson, for a day of Just Him and Me.
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