Saturday, November 22, 2008
Half a century and counting......
I wasn't really sure I wanted to do a post on the fact that I am now a half a century old. But I guess I should be tickled that I made it THIS far.
An old (yes, she is even older than me!sorry Charlene.....):) girlfriend of mine that I have known for a good half of that half century and I share the same birthday month, November and are just days apart. She has retired and now lives down by Olympia and after not seeing each other for years we now try and get together when we can.
I receive concert updates in my e-mail and was notified that Little Feat was coming to town. I knew this was one of Charlene's all time favorite bands and I decided to get tickets so we could enjoy the evening together.
Charlene was thrilled at the idea. She and her sister had been a "groupie" of Little Feat when they (Char and her sister) were living in Calif. They even knew the band before they were Little Feat and were known as The Factory. Little Feat officially became the band Little Feat in 1969.
We decided to meet early in Seattle and check out some of our favorite places and eat some dinner before attending the concert.
We met outside of Seattle, in Renton, and carpooled into the city. Not only to save on fuel but parking is extremely expensive. We parked just a block from where the concert was and headed off to Pikes Place Market. A favorite with locals and visitors alike. I didn't take as many pics as I wish I had but I did get a few.
Pikes Place Market after dark.....
Char wouldn't let me take a pic of her, but I did pose for one of myself with Rechel the pig. I turned out a bit blurry (probably not a bad thing....too bad I couldn't have airbrushed it too to make myself look younger and thinner!).
The fish market is a big draw. The guys make the fish fly through the air when people buy them....unfortunately no one was buying when we were there so I didn't get a picture of that.
This giant squid hangs inside a gallery area of shops, it is enormous.....and cool. Though I'm really not sure why a squid was chosen.....something to ponder.
We went by one of my favorite places, Kells. It's an Irish pub and when you walk in you feel like you are walking right into one in Ireland (not that I've been there but it IS on my bucket list). I had an Irish beer and Char had a soda (she is such a good girl).
For dinner we decided to go to a place that one of the police officers that we talked to outside of Macys recommended. Char and I had both heard of it before, and thought we had heard good things. The Daily Grill was a pretty, fancy decorated place, but we both agreed we wouldn't be back or recommend it. We both decided on the Fish and Chip (panko breaded Tilapia). It was very dried out and not good at all. Seeing the prices on the menu for all the items, I doubt I would take a chance and try eating there again. We enjoyed sitting and chatting, however, so that made up for it all.:)
Off to the concert. Char even ran into a "Feat Fan" that she had known for years. The Moore Theater is one of the many old beautiful theaters that are in Seattle. Each one is a work of art inside and I could probably just wander around for hours looking at all the details.
Little Feat is a very upbeat band, and I really enjoyed every moment of it, especially sharing it with a good friend. Here are some pics I managed to get without using a flash....sorry for any blurriness! (these are the least blurry of all the ones I took....)
Oh! also I received my birthday wish from my DH for a new apple picker and waterproof slip-ons (my younger dogs had improved on my old ones so much they were finally not waterproof at all....). Jasmine decided she would be a good model for the pic of the gifts.
Funny I really don't feel 50 years old.....well, you know what they say (at least I'M starting to repeat it a lot!) 50 is the new 30!! :)