random

Wet Sox (or Hey Look, it's Raining)

So it looks like mid-October is setting the stage for the rest of this year and the beginning of next.  Rain.  I know, I know, Seattle is supposed to be a rainy place— that’s fine.  The problem is that I walk to work which google maps tells me is just over a mile and a half.  I don’t mind walking, and I don’t mind walking in the rain.  What I do mind is wet sox.  I like the shoes I have right now (even though more than one person has called them bowling shoes… they remind me more of old tyme sports shoes), but they don’t even pretend to try to pretend to keep my feet dry.  So, it looks like I am in the market for new shoes because at this rate I am going to be a grumpy man all the time.
[tags]weather, rain, waterproof shoes, shoes, seattle, grumpy jon[/tags]

Standard
eating out, environment, outdoors, random, seattle, travel

Yum & Yuck

rowingI ate down by the water the other day at a Mexican restaurant called Agua Verde Cafe. The food was delicious, not too pricey, and it was happy hour so my beer only cost $2.50. Okay, can I just say that $2.50 does not a happy hour make, that’s more like a pleasant hour. It wasn’t like I got some expensive beer, it was a Pacifico. Anyway, I had this taco composed of yams, onions, and cheese with some sort of tasty sauce. It was called a Taco Boniato and it was worth every penny. We ate on the deck which was nice, but would have been nicer if the weather was just a tiny bit better, because then they would have had the removable sides taken down, giving a full view of the beautiful lake we were eating beside. After that my friend and I went down to the docks just below so that I could see what water looked like in Seattle. It looks just fine. Below Agua Verde is a paddle club where you can rent kayaks, at $15 an hour it seems worth it to be able to explore what looks like a pretty amazing seascape.
waterwarning signs

I mean, look at how pretty the water looks on the surface, [cue “hard hitting” tv “journalist” overdub] and yet beneath this seemingly pristine facade lies a terrible reality. After these messages!!
[cue commercial] Buy the new iPod

I found this sign posted in quite a few places. But hey, at how often could it possible rain in Seattle? Even if sewage isn’t overflowing into the water while I’m there I’d like to avoid anywhere that sewage ever overflows into. Look at that swimming person on the sign, why can’t he see what a terrible mistake he’s made!  I realize that birds, fish, and little kids do all sorts of business in the water, but sewage seems like taking it up to the next level.

Standard