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The Final Frontier & Other Seattle Fun our last day

Ha, I’m the worst at staying on top of posting these pictures.  That Twin Peaks post documenting the previous day’s amazing activities wiped me out!  Anyway, 2 weeks or so later, here we are and haven’t even touched the Vancouver stuff yet.   Let’s do this!

Morning Wandering

This morning, we had a great breakfast at Biscuit Bitch and then a stroll along the Pike Place area, checking out the Pike Place fish market.  Not much to see this morning, as only some squid was getting thrown around.   Then we took a walk over to the original Starbucks location – didn’t buy any coffee as I’ve had Starbucks coffee plenty of times and there’s no need to wait even longer than normal for it.

Monorail Madness 2: Monorail Harder

Now that it was a weekday (this was Wednesday, Sept 6, for reference), there really weren’t that many people as before out and about doing touristy Seattle things.  Made for a much less crowded experience everywhere!  And so this time on the monorail, we were able to get a seat right up at the front of the train, next to the driver.   Living the sweet life, we are.

 

The Seattle Museum of Pop Culture

If there is a museum that is more suited for either Larry or me and the things we truly love, it will be hard to tell me what or where that is.  As this museum is just amazing:  it’s got a Frank Gehry-designed exterior, the interior is wild and eye-catching, there’s a giant cinema screen in the middle highlighting all the exhibits in an awesome way, and of course the exhibits themselves are just a blast.  We went through many of them, but our prime directive for coming to the museum?  The 50th Anniversary of Star Trek.

The exhibit for Star Trek contained more than enough to satisfy most Trekkies’ needs.  Models of every Enterprise ship?  Check.  Costumes and props for EVERY series?  Check.  Videos and Trek history everywhere?  Check.   It was incredible.  I loved the Star Trek timeline that tied together every show, even the JJ Abrams alternate universe.  Just amazing.  And the fact is that the exhibit is done with style too – see the pics below.  Larry was in heaven, and it was interesting for anyone, honestly.

There were a few interactive portions in the exhibit, one of which is being able to put your face on top of William Shatner’s in the iconic “KHAAAAAANNNNN” scream from Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.  See below:

So here are all my pics from the Star Trek exhibit…

Other Exhibits at the MoPOP were also not to be missed, including:

  • Jim Henson Exhibition
  • Bowie by Mick Rock
  • Infinite World of Science Fiction (as seen in the last 2 pics above)
  • Indie Game Revolution

As you’ll see below, these were all a blast.  The Jim Henson Exhibition notably was magical to visit, as not only did you see plenty of stuff about the Muppets (which was ahMAZing), but the stuff that Jim Henson did before the Muppets as well as after.  I loved that you could stand in the Muppet Show’s iconic opening structure!

The MoPOP museum is right smack dab in that whole touristy central area, so we were able to go to the Armory to grab a quick bite before deciding what to do next.  After yesterday’s adventures, not having a plan was a bit of a nice thing.  We saw the ‘Ducks’ office right across the street and it was like, hey, why not just sit in an amphibious vehicle and drive around Seattle and then Lake Union?  And so we did.

The Land Portion of the Ducks Tour

We got driven all over the main downtown area of Seattle, and for the most part, it was stuff we’d had a chance to see ourselves.  It was just nice to not be walking or doing anything  except go along for the ride.  Also, the tour guides are funny and charming, and you listen to fun music while you’re zooming around town.  Highly recommended way to do this!

And then we went into the water of Lake Union, a small lake right north of Seattle and sandwiched between Lake Washington and the main Puget Sound:

Pictures in Lake Union:

After that, it was time to start wrapping up the day, so we did that by going to a fantastic restaurant, Von’s 1000 Spirits, for a delicious dinner and some beers.   And then back to the hotel to pack up as we had a decently early start the next morning to get to the train station and make our way north to Canada!

Life On Mars? & Crying at the Dentist

It’s been a very strange, oddly emotional day, right?  Waking up to the news that David Bowie died last night was a gut punch.  I can’t say I was a die-hard Bowie fan, but damn if I didn’t love his music throughout my life.

  • I remember my first major concert was seeing David Bowie with NIN at the Forum (pre-renovation) with Mila & Sveta sometime around 1995.  It was a blast to finally see a concert but also to see someone who had so many amazing songs.  Freakin’ David Bowie!  “Modern Love”!  “Fashion”!  “Let’s Dance”! “China Girl”!  Quite an experience.
  • In the movie Clueless, my love for “Fashion” was re-ignited when it played quite memorably when getting first introduced to the character of Cher.  After that, I picked up his greatest hits.  One eventful day, Sveta accompanied me to UCLA for a class project I was doing.  We listened to “Ziggy Stardust” endless times on that drive to Westwood.  It’s a great memory as it was so vivid, and we sang it and sang it over and over again.  We didn’t tire of it then, as it was awesome.
  • Another college moment was sharing the love of Bowie with one of my best friends from then, Bertha.  She was obsessed with David Bowie and would insist we play “Ashes to Ashes” as much as I wanted to play “Fashion.”  I didn’t know much more than his 80s stuff, so to finally explore his other material was fun and interesting.  “Ashes to Ashes” is definitely the more interesting of the two, but you can’t beat “Fashion” for sheer attitude.
  • Kelly Dean was another of my friends, although obviously a bit later once I was in the Air Force, who was a huge fan.  I remember vividly dancing our asses off to “Let’s Dance” – tabletops may have been involved.
  • There’s just so many pop culture moments that David Bowie is associated with – the relentlessly silly duet with Mick Jagger for “Dancing in the Streets” that Family Guy skewered; “Golden Years” as the theme for one of Stephen King’s TV miniseries; endless commericals; just his mere unseen presence in the movie Almost Famous makes you smile.
  • Bowie’s constantly changing persona was oh so compelling; you could relate or you couldn’t, but you couldn’t ignore him.  He commanded your attention.  He was fascinating.

It really is just strange to know he’s dead; or more likely, has returned to where he came from.  I’m listening to his songs and reading the many many tributes and at times I can’t help myself and get emotional.  He was wonderfully unique in this world and his loss feels special – there’s no one who will step in and fill that void.

SO!

8469063_rdHow about something that made me cry for entirely different reasons?  During the week I was off between Christmas and New Year’s, I went to the dentist.  I’m now on an every-4 month schedule as I’ve apparently got some bad tartar and gum irritation and the hygienist there is just fucking ruthless.  Coming on an accelerated schedule didn’t really make much of a difference, as this last visit, I actually finally couldn’t take it.  The pain was so fucking terrible I asked her to stop as I just couldn’t do it anymore.  Yeah, not my greatest moment but I just honestly felt like I was being tortured for information:  I don’t know where the rebel base is, dammit!   She was good at calming me down and getting through the rest of the procedure, and finally we talked about how to make it not so bad.

As for flossing, I honestly have been better about it than I ever was growing up or hell, in my 20s.  I never flossed.  But I’ve been more cognizant of doing so in my 30s as it has been getting worse.  But I’m not an every-day flosser, and she pointed out that makes a difference.  You have to do it every day for it to make a difference, plus you have to really get in between your teeth and below the gum line to do it right.  She happened to mention Water Pik and I asked what the hell that was, as I’d heard of it obviously but didn’t really know what it did.  Turns out it’s high-pressure water shot between your teeth to clean out any tartar build up, much like what floss does.  I ended up going out and getting the model above – and I love it.  It’s obviously having to buy a goddamn contraption but it is so much easier to use for me than floss.  I fucking hate flossing as inevitably it gets torn, you might cut your gum, etc.  And so far, I’m sold on WaterPik.  I actually bought an additional one that is more of a cordless one and is smaller so I can take it with me when I travel.

Here’s hoping I’m doing something better for my teeth than before!  I’d love to keep the crying to a minimum.