Seattle

According to the NW Asthma: News & Resources site, the current pollen count here in Seattle is really low (although it spiked up to “high” last Wednesday). Doesn’t matter. For the first time in years, I’ve got the classic symptoms of a rip-roaring hay fever. The 24 hour time release OTC Claritin tablets only seems to help…

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It’s sobering to think that an earthquake 4,300 miles away could trigger a tsunami advisory here. From Yahoo! Weather: TSUNAMI MESSAGE NUMBER 4 NWS WEST COAST/ALASKA TSUNAMI WARNING CENTER PALMER AK 715 PM PDT WED AUG 15 2007 …THE TSUNAMI ADVISORY FOR ALASKA/ BRITISH COLUMBIA/ WASHINGTON/ OREGON AND CALIFORNIA IS ENDED … NO – REPEAT…

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Just after lunch today I received an email from the Seattle Sounders (US soccer) club, telling me that there was an “international exhibition match” this evening. When I hear “international exhibition football”, I tend to think of the Real Madrid match I saw this time last year, or Sunday’s much-ballyhooed encounter between Los Angeles and…

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I just checked the weather forecast, and Sunday is supposed to be partly sunny and a bit cooler than recently. So I’ve booked myself on a Mt. Rainier National Park Tour: I’ve always wanted to see the mountain up close, but I’d rather have somebody else do the driving. Pickup at the Red Lion at…

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This morning was unexpectedly expensive. At 7:15, I was walking to a downtown restaurant for a breakfast meeting, as I do every Thursday, and I came to the intersection of Seneca Street and 3rd Avenue. The light was against us, and so I waited with half a dozen other pedestrians for it to change. I…

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I imagine that all expats get nostalgic for things that they remember from “back home” – especially food. I find it easy to buy some items – chocolate digestives, Marmite – but practically impossible to find other stuff. Case in point: after searching unsuccessfully all winter for Branston Pickle, I broke down and ordered a…

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