|The view from my Truth or Consequences apartment at Oh-Dark-Thirty on the day I left for Seattle|
I've been in Seattle for almost two weeks. My best friend, Helen, is recovering from knee surgery. I knew her dad would be staying with her when she first got out of the hospital, but I thought she might still need a cook/chauffeur for a while. It's been working out pretty great. Helen wasn't driving until just a few days ago, so I took her to a few medical appointments and did the grocery shopping.
|Sly--the blue was brand-new on the day I took this photo!|
I've also had use of Helen's car throughout my visit, and this has facilitated being able to spend time with my son Sly and also do a lot of thrift store shopping to lay in some eBay inventory. I've gotten to see the transitional housing residence where Sly is staying, the FareStart cafe where he's in a barista training program, and the Recovery Cafe where he enjoys hanging out. For a young person who became homeless a few months ago, Sly is doing very, very well. He's keeping busy with productive things and has a good start at being clean and sober.
|This elephant is a Seattle icon, and if you look closely, you will see he occupies Wall Street|
I've shopped thrift stores from Renton, the town south of Seattle where Boeing has a huge facility, all the way up to Lynnwood, north of Seattle. I've been very careful to buy small things that I can take back home with me, plus I've purchased some luggage to get the stuff home. I've found some pretty great stuff and could have bought a heck of a lot more if there weren't airplanes involved in this buying trip. Seattle is a fabulous town for thrift store shopping.
|Me, at a differently-abled street crossing|
Another highlight of my trip was spending time with my friend Chris, who picked me up from the airport on my arrival. I also got to see her for dinner a few nights ago. I reconnected with lots of old friends at Freedom, which had been my AA home group for nearly 20 years before I left this area, and I visited with Janet Still, my former pottery and sculpture teacher.
I head back to New Mexico "at the buttcrack of dawn," as Helen says, on Tuesday. She'll be able to drive me to the airport! It's been a relaxing trip, and I'm ready to get back to work at my various ventures in New Mexico.
|Kinda scary, eh? I think he still wants to be a T-Rex when he grows up|