View From a Hotel Window, 12/4/21: Seattle
Posted on December 4, 2021 Posted by John Scalzi 19 Comments
The corner there is of the convention center in town, this weekend housing the Emerald City Comic Con. For me, at least, it’s going pretty well so far — people have been lovely, everyone’s masked and vaxxed, and the panels I’ve done have been fun. I’ve even gotten “off campus” to see friends, which is great. One more panel and signing today, and then I’m on my own recognizance until I get home very early indeed on Monday morning. There are worse ways to spend a weekend.
How is your weekend coming along?
Glad you’re having fun!
My birthday was yesterday. It was spent being queasy, so today is my birthday dinner. Hubby got me The Sims 4! Yippee!
What? No parking lot?
Welcome to Seattle. If you squint and look across the lake you can see me waving. Usually Seattle is less rainy than people think (it keeps people away – we like our privacy) but the last few weeks have been crazy. Enjoy – there is good music to be found mere steps from your hotel.
Great picture, takes me back to the day my buddy fell off that barrel vault TWICE in the same day. He is infamous for that.(we are glaziers so it was during construction and he was unhurt being in a harness yay OSHA)
My weekend in Seattle:
Today: helping our sons earn merit badges.
Tonight: camping in the rain.
Tomorrow: figuring out what you’re supposed to do with a big, wet tent.
Got up Friday morning and the tv was boot looping. So I got to buy myself a new one.
Went for a 55 mile bike ride today.
So weird to look at one of these pictures and instantly recognize it. Hope you enjoy Seattle!
Enjoy being in Seattle, the place of masked people, mass vaccinations and great food! I’ve caught a cold so will not be attending anything here in Seattle (keeping those germs to myself) but really hope that you get to meet lots of Seattle fans and you have fun in our fair (but wet) city!
Thanks for the report! We stayed up wayyyyyy late last night, got to bed around 8am (!!!) and got up about 5pm!
Glad you are having a good time!
We had a busy Saturday that involved hundreds of holiday cookies and many dear friends who we had not seen in far too long. It was absolutely lovely.
Enjoy your visit and safe travels home!
It’s going great. We’re in New Orleans for five days and spent today with friends in Slidell. The weather is infinitely better than it was when we left New York, so it’s all good.
If you get the chance to wander a bit, go check out Emerald City Guitars. They’re not far from pike place and it’s a super neat shop.
Hey, you’re in MY town! Welcome!
Good eating downtown. I have to work Sunday, so have a good time.
Wow, I grew up in Seattle, marched in parades downtown with my drill team in the 1960s (I remember Seafair each summer), and worked downtown one summer in 1974, and I don’t recognize anything in your photo. Things they do a-change with the times.
Our weekend has been fine here in the Bay Area. I went to a wonderful classical concert performed by a superb amateur group. That was followed by a small gathering at a singer-friend’s house, where I met some of the other choir members. Music talk, wine sipping, delicious goodies, conversations with new acquaintances.
Hubby went to the Internet Archive up in San Francisco to talk futuristic techie stuff with some of the smartest people thinking about these things; that was topped off by a tour of a rocket factory in Alameda doing some really innovative things.
A good time was had by all.
I caught part of your world building panel on Friday and really enjoyed hearing the “five minutes” of angst. Happy Holidays and safe travels.
So, as someone addicted to comfy pants and zoom, the question is: Do you feel that the Comic-Con is completely safe and do you have any anxiety about being around so many people?
My memory of the last time I went to Comic-Con was that it was so crowded I couldn’t see straight. (Also had a wonderful chat with you about Heinlein and signing Kindles which I did not know was a thing)
I hope that you’re having a great time here. Supposed to be nice today – but just today… Looks like slushy time tomorrow. Hope you brought boots!
I’m fine, thanks for asking.
Me and my wife doente the weekend with my mother. It was my birthday yesterday and I wanted to be with her.
It was a really nice weekend, sorrounded with people I love.
And there was the surprise that my goddaugther came to visita. She’s a teenager but still likes to talk to me and tell me about her life.
Man, I really hate the corrector of my phone.
It was “spent the weekend” and “came to visit”.
Spent three fabulous days at Yosemite with Beth, the two of us hiking and making mondo wonderful photographs. If yer gonna go, this is the bestest time — off-off-season.
This in lieu of going to Discon, sigh. Or any other con for the time being. I am uncomfortable when I’m wearing a mask. I’ve tried them all, in the hopes of finding one I could adjust to. Zip luck.
Of course I wear them in public and on planes and etc, because that is absolutely the right way to go, medically. I heartily applaud the serious contagion protocols that cons like Discon and Arisia that have implemented . Rock on!
But, sadly, it means I won’t have a good time, and if I can’t have a good time, then why go?
Covid is not going away, not really ever, but I wait in hope that at some point cons will relax their protocols to the mask-optional level. I know there’ll be attendees who will think I am One Of Those People. I can live with it.
Anyway, you have a great time in DC and double-down on the fun, y’hear!
pax / Ctein