additional photos were posted yesterday.
My arrival to the Emerald City also brought with it a record heat wave. It reached 95 on August 17th. I think the previous record high for that day was 74. Other than in cars, there’s maybe three air conditioning units and eighteen fans in the entire city. People were plotzing, but none more so than that poor troupe of actors who did Shakespeare in a local park complete with costumes of thick wool and felt. “Heat not a furnace for your foe so hot that it do singe yourself.”
Ironically, the scheduled Mariner giveaway on the hottest night of the year: fleece blankets. Fortunately, by the next night it was 60.
Stayed at the Silver Cloud, which I just assumed was an Indian Casino. Imagine my disappointment when Tony Orlando and Dawn were not headlining. It’s a nice hotel directly across the street from the ballpark. But it’s also near railroad tracks. And by “near” I mean the trains go right through your room. Every night from midnight to two it was like the opening scene of SUPER 8. I tried to take an Ambien but the room shook so hard the pills all flew out of the bottle.
Lots of TV ads of mothers advocating the legalization of marijuana in Washington. Somehow I can’t picture June Cleaver doing those ads. For one thing she’d put Eddie Haskell out of business.
My wife Debby joined me for the first weekend. We immediately made a beeline for Japanessa. Their sushi is so awesome and innovative that God Himself uses them to cater His anime festival viewing parties.
Skipped the new Ferris Wheel down by the waterfront. Rides cost $13. For that money you better see Hawaii.
Lunched at a little bistro that proclaimed: “we believe in animal compassion.” Not sure what that means but the steak was delicious and Debby enjoyed her chicken.
Seattle’s famous Space Needle is fifty years old. Overheard during a tour: Guide: “It was constructed in less than a year.” Tourist: “Really? Isn't that a little quick?” Guide: “Well, there were no safety regulations then.”
I also used this stint with the M’s to promote my new book, THE ME GENERATION… BY ME (GROWING UP IN THE ‘60s). In Seattle I had a signing at the Mariners’ Team Store, and without sounding too immodest, more books were sold than broken bats.
The next night two nimrods broke into the Team Store and stole sixteen Ichiro jerseys that were on sale for half-price. Thank God they didn’t get any of my books! I’m sure it will not be hard for authorities to round up these heinous criminals. Just look for sixteen cretins all wearing Ichiro jerseys with the price tags still attached.
The Mariners swept the Twins and the Indians. We flew to Chicago with an 8-game winning streak. I said on the air that the team’s new slogan should be: “Mariners baseball – where anything can happen and actually DOES.”
On to Chicago...
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