Thursday, January 11, 2007


I'm in Seattle! On a main street! There is a Starbucks not four blocks away!

It's not that I didn't like Texas--in fact, I did. It was big, and empty, and flat, and SUNNY, and it had the Gulf of Mexico and houses on stilts and boardwalks and beaches with actual sand, sand so real and densely packed that you can DRIVE on it, for miles and miles. There we were driving on the beach, watching pelicans hunt down dinner, it was completely surreal. Because where I come from, the beaches have rocks, not sand, and we are so afraid of disturbing our natural habitat that Titan, much less a car, is not allowed on any Seattle beach for fear of him "threatening" the local wildlife. My ass. Like seagulls need protection?

Anyway, it was extremely restful, and we did lots of touristy things, and it was very lovely. I spent six days non-stop with the LT and we are still together and even, indeed, still speaking to each other. It's not that Texas was so different, although it certainly was, because obviously the idea of a permanent home is not anything I need to stay mentally stable, although some would argue that I'm never mentally stable.

The thrill of being home, even in a bedroom which I am only renting and has no permanent value for me whatsoever, is in recognizing the magazine titles on the newsstand, and recognizing freeway signs, and knowing which direction the water is, and hearing the "skkkkkhhhhhssss" of milk being foamed, even at ten at night, and admiring the Seattle fashion in the airport, and taking a deep breath and filling my lungs with Pacific Northwest air.


Quatoes said...

"taking a deep breath and filling my lungs with Pacific Northwest air." ..then coughing due to the pollution of the multitude of people living in the city.


Kat said...

It's interesting what "home" means to everyone.

Michael Manning said...

I loved this description and felt like I was along! HEY, HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

Aarwenn said...

Thank you! Happy new year to you!

l-t said...

Hello from Oregon! And trust me, the air in the PNW is much cleaner than near those chemical plants along the Gulf Coast..

Aarwenn said...

Hi, baby! Come home soon!