Greetings from Seattle, everyone! I landed a little before eleven yesterday morning (PST) after a somewhat turbulent flight from Chicago (though seeing the Cascade Mountains in all their glory made up for it, I think). The flight from Hartford to Chicago was slightly worse in that, after waking up from a nap, I felt nauseous, being slightly dehydrated and having not loosened my sneakers before I dozed off. Untying them and taking my feet out of my sneakers, while taking deep breaths, prevented me from “fainting upright,” which happened once before on a flight. Of course, lack of sleep the night before was also to blame.
Today I was treated to a typical Seattle day. In other words, it rained. Most of the day, the rain was a slight drizzle, to be broken up by sun, which was then covered by clouds, which fell again as rain. At least it wasn’t too cold outside, and I did see the sun twice. Plus, the foliage here reminds me of Connecticut, though there are more pine trees here than there. Particularly stunning was the foliage along a boulevard near the University of Washington, which reminded me of that day, almost two years ago, when I took the Japanese Proficiency Test at Tokyo University. Same trees. Same color leaves.
As of today, I have yet to explore the city proper (I’m staying in a suburb on the West Side), though I did get to experience city traffic today–again at the University of Washington, which is apparently called “U-Dub” by the locals. So, I have nothing really exciting to report, except to say that, even though I have seen little of the city, and interacted with few of its inhabitants, I’m already really liking this place. Maybe it has to do with all those good luck symbols that I saw in the week leading up to my flight–including an influx of lady bugs. Lady bugs! Maybe it’s the more laid-back attitude I’ve noticed here. Maybe it’s the landscape. I know it certainly ain’t the 9.5% sales tax, though there is no state income tax, which means that if one were to live and work in Washington, and live near Oregon–where there is no sales tax–then one could, technically, only pay federal taxes. I wonder if some people do.
I’m not sure if this post will substitute for my Sunday post or not, since I’m not in any sort of job searching routine yet. I have a feeling my posts will be sporadic and short, but more frequent–for a time–than they have been in the past. I should be getting into a routine by the time November rolls around, so my posts should become more regular around that time, too. Now that my mom is reading my posts, however, I’ll have to be more careful in what I say. 😉
FYI: I’ve now switched over to Pacific Time, which apparently affects every post I’ve written on this blog. The dates shouldn’t be affected, but the times for all of my previous posts are earlier by three hours.