Since I got my FitBit I’m thinking more in terms of steps and distances than a general hour-long workout — although I still do resistance training at the Downtown Y or downstairs in our building’s gym. My daily minimum is 8000 steps; I shoot for 10,000; a really good day is hitting 15,000 steps. That last is about 6.4 miles, takes a little over two hours, and theoretically burns 1330 calories. Being out and about in a gorgeous Seattle summer is easy; I’ll have to see how it plays out in winter when the chill rains return. The Y has a very small indoor track with 19 laps to the mile. If I had to crank out 6 miles there I’d be walking in circles and driving myself silly.
I didn’t have my camera out yesterday morning, because I went first to The Crumpet Shop for my ricotta cheese/lemon curd favorite, and took a second cup of coffee with me to sip as I walked the streets before the day’s heat really settled in. But here is what I saw:
People lined up at the SAM to see the YaYoi Kusama exhibit — I’d bet upwards of 200 waiting for the exhibit to open and a “first come-first served” ticket. The line stretched from the entrance all the way down the long block to University Ave. I’ve never seen so many people trying to get in to one of the visiting shows, and there have been many great ones. I was able to get a patron ticket for the early days of the exhibit, so got to see it without waiting in line and without huge crowds inside. Big benefit to be a patron member for these high-demand opportunities.
In Pioneer Square, extra chairs and tables were being set up for later in the day. There was a Mariner’s game, and later in the evening was the Torchlight Parade down 4th Ave. It was a big day for people to be in downtown Seattle, and Pioneer Square is named in all the tour books as a “must-see” destination.
I walked past the Norwegian line dock about 9:30am, when the last of cruisers from the past week were coming off and the first in line for the new departure had already arrived. I never cease to be amazed at the diversity of people who cruise. Norwegian is a mid-market ship, so there are lots of extended families and groups of people who look like the folks who used to rent bungalows at the Jersey shore. Now they fly here coach and cruise to Alaska. Norwegian ships also have an elite area on board called “The Haven”, so there are plenty of chi-chi looking people as well:
“Hidden away at the top of the ship is The Haven by Norwegian, home to our most luxurious, well-appointed and spacious accommodations. Not only will you have access to all the ship has to offer, you’ll enjoy the personal service of a concierge and 24-hour butler throughout your entire stay. On top of that, complete privacy and tranquility are just steps away on a sundeck reserved exclusively for guests of The Haven. From embarkation to debarkation, boarding of tenders to shore, onboard entertainment to dining times you will have priority. In your own ship within a ship, The Haven will make for a unique experience you’ll never forget.”
Farther along Puget Sound, I passed a group holding a memorial service at water’s edge, with the celebrant about to dump someone’s ashes to be washed away in the gentle ebb and flow of the icy water. I don’t know what the legality of that is in Washington state; in some states, scattering ashes is restricted to certain places. But with all the marine life that dies naturally and decomposes in the Sound , I can’t think a small bag of somebody’s ashes makes much of a difference — especially if you hang on to the plastic bag and dispose of that elsewhere.
I got back to my building a bit after 11am, and met a young man in the elevator who was just moving in — so excited he was bouncing on the balls of his feet. He told me he’s going to work for Amazon — no surprise there — and Monday is his first day. And it’s his first real job. I thought briefly of my own first day of work — meeting up with my Peace Corps training group in Philadelphia — and thought about the long and circuitous and interesting road he has ahead.
What was your Saturday morning like?