So. Here I am in Seattle. Nice place. I stayed at friend Lisa's last night and walked all over the city today. Let's see, I went to the aquarium (not that great), the Space Needle (sadly, Dr. Evil doesn't live there), the Pacific Science Centre (too many kids to push out of the way so I could try all the interactive demonstrations), Pike's Market (very cool)...and lots of cool shops. I walked from the market place along the water to Seattle Centre where the needle is. There is a new outdoor sculpture park which is very cool. I also bought some gummy bears. And I got a tarot card reading. Apparently, I'm oppressed and need to make some big decisions in two months to which I need not explain the outcome to anyone. Needless to say it was very vague and quite awkward. She said I need to be more of a warrior and then asked me what I think that means...I said 'isn't that what I'm paying you for?' I liked her sparkly eye shadow. I talked to a lot of random people. The first woman was a seemly nice, older woman with long, white hair. She asked where I was from and we talked idly for a minute. Then, a man walked by us and, well, let's just say I got a little nervous. So, the guy walks by and woman looks at me and says (I'm not kidding here) "F##kin' Mr. Lee Press-on Nails. Who the f##k does he think he is? He thinks his f##kin' s##t don't stink. F##king ugly motherf##ker!' Then the guy came back. They had a little swearing match then both looked at me like they wanted me to weigh in. My mouth still open in shock, I spun on my heel and got the f##k outta there. I went over to the market and asked one of the guys at one of the many fresh fish stands if they could toss a fish so I could take a picture. They did and then played a little trick on me. Long story short, their trick resulted in me spilling my coffee down the front of me, screaming like a child and subsequently being red-faced for about 20 minutes afterward. I made a friend named Debo who offered to be my personal tour guide for the day. (I politely declined and got the F out of there, too.) I got a free espresso from a girl who moved to Seattle recently from Alaska. (She was selling coffee at a shop, not just handing it out on the street.) I didn't buy anything except the gummy bears. I just wasn't in the mood to shop, plus I spent a whack of cash seeing the tourist sights. I didn't get to the zoo or Safeco Field. Next time. I'm looking forward to getting home although I have two articles due by Sunday and I haven't started either yet...at least I haven't been sleepless in Seattle so I feel well rested. Peace.