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Space needle and sculptures
Monday, November 03, 2014      6 comments

A visit to Seattle needed a visit to the space needle. We also had lunch there; I highly recommend but $$$$. However, a visit to the restaurant gives you access to the tourist sites for free. It balances out. View from the table ... Read more
Chihully glass
Monday, November 03, 2014      11 comments

I won't explain. You had to be there as these sculptures are mostly huge and pictures don't show it. All glass, everything. Wow At least 15 ft accross ... Read more
Seattle Underground (and above) tour
Monday, November 03, 2014      1 comments

The tour was ok, the guide very informative in the history of the city. My ADD kicks in as I see the world through the lens and I start to look for the "perfect" picture. Edifice above ... Read more
Seattle buildings etc.
Monday, November 03, 2014      1 comments

As a member of the NYC/Philly/DC/Boston regulars, I enjoy a good building. My preference is natural views but humankind has tried to emulate ... Read more
Seattle deserves several blogs; Public Market
Sunday, November 02, 2014      10 comments

Wow, hills like San Francisco. We had LOTS to do here. We rented a condo by Pike market. Fresh everything and the best steaks I've had in a long time. ... Read more
Mt St Helens
Sunday, November 02, 2014      4 comments

Another one of my bucket list items fulfilled. The geologist/volcanologist in me dreamed of coming here. The tragedy of lives lost is well-documented in the Johnson Observatory. A lot of it is hard to explain, I'd recommend a trip there. ... Read more
Can't go on vacation without visiting something military
Sunday, November 02, 2014      2 comments

We took the boys to the Navy museum in Brammerton (sp?) Somebody playing dress-up. It was meant for kids! ... Read more
Port Townsend
Sunday, November 02, 2014      4 comments

Former gateway port to the USA, huge WWII era military base, commerce hub in the early 1900's. Lighthouse My forever model on the lighthouse beach ... Read more
Views from the second vacation home
Sunday, November 02, 2014      3 comments

We continued around the Olympic Peninsula to our new home away from home. It was perfect, relaxing and the vista was awesome. Seals on a log. They were there every day when the tide was up. ... Read more
The seed of success grows when nurtured
Saturday, November 01, 2014      7 comments

MORTICIA made a good point about frying pan into the fire. in my "secret" blog. The difference is I was sold a solid well-run program and expose the disaster. This is knowing the disaster and having expectations of fixing it, AND being able to... Read more
Open secret
Friday, October 31, 2014      9 comments

My stint at the convention brought opportunities I did not expect. After a horror story swapping, I received an SOS from a former colleague in need...halfway across the country in Texas! I will have a chat and phone interview next week to s... Read more
Redundant behavior, mindless clicking or purpose?
Friday, October 31, 2014      11 comments

I've spun the darned wheel now for almost 6 years. Clicked the pennants and watched the bonus wheel spin. What does it mean? Why do I do this? I don't pay attention to points; they exist in the vaporous world of the internet. Other tha... Read more
Validation of 6 degrees of separation
Tuesday, October 28, 2014      9 comments

Long time Sparkers may have read my old story (from 20 yrs ago) of my co-worker from Taiwan and my elderly neighbor from Taiwan. They never met. The 90 yr old man told me of being an officer in the Chinese Flying Tiger air group in WWII. Turned ... Read more
The city of brotherly love
Saturday, October 25, 2014      6 comments

Hey Sparkies, I'm still conferencing in my previous work habitat, Philadelphia. Learn, learn, learn. It's a big ego booster, something I sorely needed. I was surprised to hear how I've missed in this international health care community. I've... Read more
Hurricane Ridge
Monday, October 20, 2014      8 comments

Hurricane Ridge held some wonderful sights which simply do not translate in pictures. Glaciers, vistas of the Juan de Fuca Strait and trees are hard to photograph. Mt Rainer in the background ... Read more

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