Seattle February 2011

by Beryl Gorbman
Yucatan Yenta

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.

Adorable kid, nervous about her part in program

kitchen implement

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.

Looking for Jim Christianson

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.

Flower stands

Fresh crab

Clam chowder 9the real thing) at the Sound View Cafe in the Market

View of Puget Sound from the Market

Sitar player

Goodwill Industries

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.


Stuff for kids

Pants sorted by size and color.

You never know what you might find at Goodwill

Kids' clothes

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

Market character

Ethiopian woman

Street musician

Mannequin in Nordstrom

Leah, carrying her favorite book

Leah M wearing her Star Trek Convention jacket. She never misses a convention.

Richard P taking my pic in the Sound Cafe

About BG

Beryl Gorbman is a writer and private investigator who divides her time between Seattle WA and Merida Yucatan Mexico. She has published two works of fiction, 2012: Deadly Awakening, and Madrugada. They are both available on Amazon and other outlets. Also at Amate Books, and Casa Catherwood in Merida. You can read about them in various articles on this site.
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3 Responses to Seattle February 2011

  1. suk banks says:

    BG, I am envy y. I love Seattle such nice clean good seafood. Have a great time & eat lots of crabs & fish & chips & soups. Yam

  2. Jane G. says:

    Thanks for sharing your interesting visit to Seattle. The Goodwill was my favorite shopping spot when we lived in the States. We have a friend who says he can’t afford those high priced emporiums such as Walmart and Kmart, so he shops at Goodwill.
    Are there still Kmart’s in the U.S.?
    You should mention that Leah’s favorite book is available at in paperback and Kindle.

  3. Marc Olson says:

    How nice to see some pictures of Seattle. I pass through there, traveling between Mérida and Alaska, at least a couple of times per year and always enjoy hanging out in the city with friends and relatives there. It’s a great place and your pictures bring back memories. Thanks for sharing your trip.

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