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Adventure Man Goes to Ivar’s

“You hungry?” I asked Adventure Man as he arrived.

He nodded his head.

“BBQ? Italian? Ethiopian? What’s your preference?” I tossed out several alternatives.

“Any place I can get some good clam chowder?” he responded.

“Sure!” I said, delighted his wants were so easily satisfied. “How about Ivar’s?”

We had a great dinner. He ordered Clam Chowder and Scallops and Chips, and coleslaw, and cornbread, and I had a crab cocktail and smoked salmon chowder. YuMMMMMMMMMMMM.

Our booth:


Our dinner:


November 26, 2007 Posted by | Cultural, Customer Service, Eating Out, ExPat Life, Living Conditions, Local Lore, Seattle, Travel | 4 Comments

Airport Non-Adventure

Thanksgiving weekend is actually about ten travel intense days of crowded roads and nightmarish scenes at the airport. With Adventure Man coming coming in to meet me in Seattle, I head for the airport a little early. With all the college football games on, the roads are surprisingly clear. I get to the airport early, and . . . there is no crowd! I even get rock-star parking, right by the overhead walkway to the airport.

I can’t always remember where I parked, so I take a photo.


It’s a good thing I am early, even with no crowd at all – his flight also arrives early, the bags come, and we are out of the airport in good time. It’s not your Kuwait airport, either, with the reasonable parking fees. Here, we pay $7.00 for one hour.

It must have been an anomaly, but the airport was nearly empty. Here is the traffic – imagine!


This airport is normally a madhouse. They have done one really smart thing, though. They have a cell phone waiting lot, where people picking up arriving passengers can wait until they get that call, and then just drive up to arrivals, pick up their passenger and depart. It’s not really that fast, usually there are thousands of people so you just crawl along, but once you pick up the person you’re there to pick up, it’s a fairly fast get-away.

We were glad to have a non-adventure.

November 26, 2007 Posted by | Holiday, Living Conditions, Seattle, Travel | 2 Comments

Not Your Kuwait Book Store

Killing time waiting for Adventure Man to arrive. I always save Barnes and Noble for a special treat. If I go too soon, my bag is full of books, and no room for anything else. B&N is my incentive to get all my business taken care of – my special reward.

I love the bestseller, new hardcover and new paperback sections, where I can get a quick overview of what is hot.


Gregory Maguire’s Wicked is out in a new paperback format; while it first came out about ten years ago, it is as delightful now as it was then. It is the Wizard of Oz story, retold from the point of view of the Wicked Witch of the West, a radical reformer who got bad press. It was also made into a Broadway musical that ran for years. Well worth bringing out for a new generation of readers.


November 26, 2007 Posted by | Books, Cross Cultural, Customer Service, Language, Living Conditions, Random Musings, Seattle, Shopping, Social Issues | , , | 11 Comments