Here There and Everywhere

Expat wanderer

Desperately Jet Lagging

The shift from Kuwait to Seattle is 11 time zones. It means that no matter what time it is, my body time is almost exactly the opposite. Sometimes I hardly notice. This time, it has been miserable. I am like a newborn baby, up and wide awake at all the wrong times, and falling asleep at all the wrong times.

Not one of us made it until midnight last night. My son and his bride are also jet lagging from their trip back from Kuwait, and also their red-eye special to Seattle for Dad’s services on Saturday. We are all fairly wrung out with the emotional toll. By nine last night, everyone was asleep. My son and his wife and Little Diamond all had early early morning flights, so my day started early – I never could get back to sleep.

So early on this New Year’s morning, I headed over to my Mom’s, stopping first at the little local Starbuck’s – yes, open even early on New Year’s morning.

Parking was plentiful, a welcome surprise, but I was not the only customer. There were several people and a city policeman having a get together so early on New Year’s Day. It is cold today, windy, rainy, cold and damp, it penetrates and chills your bones. Ahhhh, yes, a perfect time for a Peppermint Mocha.


You can see the Olympic mountains in the distance, with a fresh coating of snow. Can you feel how cold it is?


January 2, 2007 - Posted by | Lumix, Photos, Seattle, Travel, Weather


  1. seeing your mention of a peppermint mocha made me smile. in every other city, Starbucks is a brand name. In Seattle, its a local company.

    As is Tully’s, the “other” Seattle coffeeshop. One afternoon this fall, my sister and I decided to stop at the Tully’s near Grandma and Grandpa’s on our way back into the city. Debating whether it was indeed a Seattle based company (I said yes; she thought San Francisco), I asked the barista: “is Tully’s originally from here?”
    “Yes,” he said – and then corrected himself. “Well, actually its not from here. The original Tully’s was up in Federal Way”.

    We held in our laughter until we left the store. From an Iowan perspective, “here” included all Seattle. but to a real Seattleite, “here” had a very specific geography.

    Luckily for Starbucks, every Seattleite can consider Pike Place market part of the city’s “here” :-).

    Comment by adiamondinsunlight | January 5, 2007 | Reply

  2. We used to go to the original Starbucks when it was the ONLY Starbucks! And what about Seattle’s Best? And there’s another one in Mukilteo. . . Millstone?

    Lots of the Starbuck’s drinks never make it to other countries. Today I had a Cinnamon Dulce Latte, with the non-sugar syrup, non-fat milk, no whip cream (and wondered what I WAS having with all those negatives!)

    Missing you too much, Little Diamond.

    Comment by intlxpatr | January 5, 2007 | Reply

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