It’s always nice to go to Seattle, even when the rain is non-ending and the winds are strong. Today, I’m looking out the window watching a wall of evergreens swaying in 60 mph blasts of wind. It’s invigorating to be by Puget Sound, Lake Washington and between the Cascade and Olympic mountain ranges.
A few pictures.
St. Mary’s Parish
I went to a benefit for environmental projects at St. Mary’s church, in a largely hispanic parish in central Seattle. No paper napkins or plates. They recycled all the trash. And the teenagers cooked Indian food and put on an educational program. There was a silent auction that I tried to resist, but ended up with a couple of items.
The teenagers do all the cooking and then put on a program.
This gizmo cuts, dices, minces, mixes, strains, separates eggs, and who knows what else. Since I’m an auction sucker, I bid on it, but fortunately someone trumped me by $2.
I met this gentleman, Kirby Brown, at St. Mary’s. He used to be a priest and now works for environmental causes. He has lost track of an old friend who he thinks lives in Merida. The friend’s name is Jim Christiansen. Jim’s wife is Sheila. If Jim reads this, or you know Jim, please get in touch with me through this site. Thanks.
The Pike Street Market
This is a regular stop. Sadly, because of the economic conditions, there are far fewer vendors now. I imagine it will rebound in the summer.
Goodwill is an international organization that collects and re-sells used furniture, clothing, toys, kitchenware, and whatever else you can think of. In Seattle, the main store downtown is as big as a department store. If you’re setting up house, this is where you would go to get your dishes, toaster, pots, furniture, linens, etc. for about 20 % of retail. To collect, classify, display, check out, restock, etc. for these stores, Goodwill hires people from the community who have problems getting jobs elsewhere, either because of language barriers, disabilities or lack of experience. Goodwill transitions their trainees into fully participating members of society with jobs in the public and private sector. I’ve been to Goodwill several times on this trip.
This store is run so well, it’s as good as a department store. the personnel are cheerful and you can always find cllothing you like in your size. See their site at Goodwill.
Faces of Seattle