June 24th, 2004

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Another good vacation day

I awoke today with two nearly simultaneous thoughts: "I'm hungry" and "Wow, it would be pathetic if I spent my entire vacation playing Knights of the Old Republic on my friend's Xbox."

So I set off to get the all-you-can-eat sushi lunch at the place on the lower level of the Westin hotel downtown. That's the hotel I've stayed at several times when visiting Seattle for work back when I worked for ADC. My follow-on plans were to take the monorail up to the Experience Music Project to go to the newly-opened Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame and then hook up with my hosts and friends Ray and Christine for dinner on Bainbridge Island.

Well, apparently, Seattle saw me coming and broke everything in anticipation. The restaurant I wanted to go to was closed. And not closed as in, we'll be back in five minutes" closed. No, closed as in gone out of business closed. So I zipped down to Pike's Place market for sushi, no big deal. Then back up the hill to catch the monorail up to the Space Needle and EMP. No, the monorail isn't running because of a fire they had back on Memorial Day weekend. They are, however, running complementary shuttle busses while it's down, so I got to get up there and see what I wanted to.

The Science Fiction Museum is geek-a-riffic. All kinds of movie and TV props as well as 1st editions of various books, manuscripts, annotated scripts, fanzines, typewriters and even a mimeograph! The display of the SF Hall of Fame felt a bit like a church to Our Heroes, which, I suppose, it should. Very tasteful presentation and good information about the various people's included therein.

So, after all the travails, I half-expected that the ferry to Bainbridge would be capsized or cancelled or some such. It was not, however, and we all hooked up at a lovely little restaurant for a tasty dinner. I took an early ferry and so had time to putter around, checking out all the little shops and galleries that had recently closed for the day (I having arrived after 5:00 pm) while waiting for my friends to show up from the next ferry. They had none of my earlier problems and the trip back was uneventful. We swung by Ray and Christine's for a nightcap and now I'm home again.

Ahh. I suppose I'll fire up the Xbox in a little bit.
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Vacation dreams

One of the ways I can tell this little vacation is good for me is that I've been having nifty, cinematic dreams.

It started with the fantasy epic about a castle under siege by monstrous forces. The lasting image from that one is when some ogre sorcerer decides to do a reconnaissance into the castle be balloon. In order to power his sorcerous balloon, he released the "lightness" from stuffed animals by tearing off their heads. So here's the monster with a big basket of teddy bears, ripping off one's head whenever his balloon starts to dip in altitude.

The next two came as a package, as one was a "movie in a movie" kind of thing. My subconscious was working overtime.

In the first, there's something going on about Our Hero working at a radio station but not getting along with the management thereof, which had recently changed. It swiftly moves into summer blockbuster territory as we learn that Our Hero is ex-military. There are bad guys out for revenge for something or other that he did while in the service that take over the small town that he is now living in. The big finale is a showdown in the radio station studios complete with Jackie Chan-esque use of the cubicle dividers as Our Hero thwarts the minions of the Bad Guy.

Within this movie somewhere, there was a funeral for Our Hero's father. All his friends are there including, in that inexplicable way that happens in dreams so that even the weirdest things make sense, Mike Myers in full Cat in the Hat regalia. He and a sidekick begin to explain their idea for a sequel which would be entitled The Cat in the Hat Goes to the Track. As they are explaining, they get sidetracked into a different kind of summer blockbuster. This one starts out as a feel-good coming of age story but then turns into a Stephen King-esque "monsters in the attic" movie. In this one, Our Hero and His Sidekick our teenage boys who fight a losing battle against an invading critter in the attic of His Sidekick. Just when we think they are doomed, despite their plucky youth, Our Hero's dad shows up with a weird critter from Our Hero's attic that happens to be the natural predator of the critter in His Sidekick's attic. Hurrah!
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