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Jay Lake
Date: 2009-07-25 13:22
Subject: [travel] Seattle
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Tags:books, calendula, conventions, family, food, green, personal, seattle, travel, writing
Our drive to Seattle yesterday was best described by Leonard Cohen in his song "The Future":
There'll be phantoms
There'll be fires on the road

Six hours to cover what is a two and half hour drive on a good day and a three and half hour drive on a bad one. Including a median fire, a miles-long backup for a wrecked RV, a miles-long backup for the detour from the wrecked RV, doubling back, and eleven separate occasions where traffic on the Interstate came to a dead halt. Enough said about that madness.

Once we got to Seattle, all went much better. The University Books reading was fabulous. Many friends and acquaintances and total strangers attended. I was so worn out from six hours of white knuckle driving that brendacooper took my car over to the Clarion West party for me, while I caught a much-promised dinner with scarlettina before hitting the same party.

The party was very nice. Saw David Hartwell and Kathryn Cramer, this week's instructors. The usual wide ranging cast of Seattle writerdom and friends. My wiped-ness kept me a bit on the stupid side, and eventually I retreated to bravado111's guest room for the night.

Drive home, not so evil, just the usual annoyances. I'm off shortly to cook Tibetan for my family, as my brother is visiting from the DC area and we are all getting together. And calendula_witch arrives tomorrow, yay!!!

Originally published at jlake.com.

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Elizabeth Coleman
User: criada
Date: 2009-07-25 21:27 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
>>brendacooper took my car over to the Clarion West party for me

Ah, so that's what happened! We saw your car drive off without you. Knight Rider and David Hasselhoff jokes were made.
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When life gives you lemmings...
User: danjite
Date: 2009-07-25 21:47 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Ya' think that traffic is bad, you should hear about our last trip to Milwaukie, Oregon.
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User: martianmooncrab
Date: 2009-07-25 22:34 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
thats Little Darkhorseville these days, and its the blank spot between McLoughlin and 224. (I lived there for 3 years when it was an actual city)
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kyle cassidy
User: kylecassidy
Date: 2009-07-25 23:44 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Just so you know, I'll be the guy at worldcon bouncing up to you going "DUDE! DUDE! I READ YOUR BLOG!!"
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User: mmegaera
Date: 2009-07-25 23:51 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
It once took a friend of mine five hours to get from Seattle to Tacoma, if that makes you feel any better. Which it probably doesn't. I'm glad the signing went well.
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Gary Emenitove
User: garyomaha
Date: 2009-07-26 01:45 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
>>Six hours to cover what is a two and half hour drive on a good day and a three and half hour drive on a bad one.<<

You know what I would say about that, so I won't even bother to say it. ;)
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User: scarlettina
Date: 2009-07-26 13:38 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Most lovely to see you, babe.
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2009-07-26 14:40 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Likewise, babes. :)
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