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SEATTLE, WASHINGTON 3/3/01

This morning I left at 7am to walk 2 miles to Harborview Medical Center. I walked right through downtown, city center Seattle and really enjoyed that. It was a beautiful sunshiny morning and crocuses were blooming and all the trees had buds on them. There were quite a few people downtown, and they seemed like a casual lot. I walked past a lg Nike shoe store and there was a line of people a city block long! I asked "What's up?" and they said a shoe sale! You gotta be kidding me! It was only 7:15 and the store wasn't even open yet! I was also amazed at all the Starbuck Coffee Houses that were downtown. There must've been one on every other block! Starbuck is headquartered in Seattle, but I was still amazed at the number of shops.
I arrived at the University of Washington Regional Epilepsy Center at Harborview Medical Center, where a neurosurgeon gave me a tour of the facility. There have been a few changes since I was last there 20 yrs ago. A couple changes are that they now use MRI's (they weren't invented yet when I was there,) and they now put the patient to sleep while they put a saw to his head and cut his skull open, then they wake the patient back up, perform the surgery, then put the patient back to sleep while they sew him back up. I was awake the whole time, even when they cut my head open. He also showed me the very room that I was in while I was there for 6 wks.
After that I walked back to the motel. Tom arrived with the cart around 1130, and I showed him around town. My mom & sis and her 2 kids arrived a little later and we all took the monorail to Pikes Place Market and spent the evening there.
When Tom brought the cart, he had added a few things that he thought I'd need to it, and when my mom & sis came they brought a BUNCH of stuff to add to it. it was a hilarious joke when all the extra stuff was added. I bet that cart weighed 300 lbs! So we did some serious eliminating & got it down to around 200 lbs (cart & all), still a very heavy load. Of course, only time will tell how much junk I'll throw in the ditch in order to lighten my load. (Tom says he's going to drive behind me the first week & pick up all the stuff I pitch out along the way!)
I had asked my mom & sis to buy me a radio/cd player, and guess what they got me? A boom box with a TV in it! You gotta be kidding me! This little toy only takes a mere 10 batteries to run it, and can't y'all just see me watching the soaps while I push my cart down Hwy 101?! Or pitching my tent up in the woods and watching the six o'clock news?! Yeah right.

 

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