Daily Archives: 07/18/2004

Seattle Day 2

Seattle's new Public LibraryDid I mention my hotel is across the street from that amazing new Seattle Public Library? How serendipitous. I plan on checking it out tomorrow – I don’t have anything to do until 3:00 p.m. tomorrow afternoon.

I spent the afternoon in conference sessions, by 5:00 p.m. I was so tired. I didn’t mean to fall asleep, but after I got off the phone around 6:00, I fell asleep until 9:30. I headed looking for dinner after I woke up, but I was extremely disappointed. I took a walk this morning around downtown and I located three Thai restaurants that looked very appealing. I set out tonight with intentions to eat at one of those three places, but every one of them was closed by the time I arrived. It struck me as extremely odd. Maybe I am just used to Guam, but I really don’t think restaurants should close at 9:00 p.m. on a Saturday night.

I wandered around for a long time and eventually found The Islander, a tiki bar and restaurant. Funny how the island boy gravitates for the island bar. Actually I picked it because it looked low key. It was, but with a well stocked bar. While the main kitchen was closed, I could order pupus. Good enough. Mix in some sushi with tasty Pacific Northwest hefeweizen and you got a good dinner. I settled in at the bar and drank my fill for a few hours. I was comfortable and felt like a bit of home. The music on the P.A. was your typical fiesta mix of cha cha and island dub. But the crowd at the bar was definitely Seattle twentysomething’s. It was a good, relaxing, low key place. And the pupus weren’t half bad either.