Almost 6mo in Seattle

I’ve seen the change in seasons.

Waiting to see if I can get a work permit to Canada, so I can explore there. Anyone have any suggestions?


Don’t travel alone in America

I’m in Seattle, preparing to start a new phase in my life. I have to look for a job soon, to pay for stuff. I have enjoyed my trip thru the USA, as much as it is possible. I was educated here, so many of the sights feel nostalgic when I see them. I feel it necessary to say this.

I do think it is generally unsafe to travel America alone. Not that violent crime like robbery, rape, or assault will likely occur, but I think that you are basically at risk for vandalism type activity at any moment. Maybe verbal intimidation. There is a passive aggressive smell in the air, when you aren’t helpless or spending money frivolously. Generally a feeling that they are trying to make you feel unwelcome, if you’re not a well paying visitor. Or will not provide gushing reviews.

There is probably a culture gap they perceive, but since I’ve lived here nearly my entire life, I personally didn’t anticipate it. I’ll post a video about perhaps a constant activity I encounter everywhere. At first, I thought I was victim of a mass media type flash mob event.

I leave the rest of this travel blog for posterity. For those of you who still believe in the faith. Good luck to you. You might need it.

Vancouver by bus

I didn’t think the border guards were going to let the van in. So I went to see Vancouver again, by BoltBus this time. Leaving from Seattle Chinatown, to Pacific Bus/Train Terminal in Vancouver.

Got an Alcatel U50 for 79CAD, plus 25CAD at a Telus store in Metropolis Mall in Metrotown for prepaid activation of separate minimum voice plan and minimum data plan, and got to pay by credit or cash if you like. The activation on the box, sold by BestBuy, says to goto website to activate. You cannot activate with cash thru this method, and the credit card needs to be domestic bc it insists on Canadian address. But you can use something called a prepaid slip, which you pay at Telus and they give you a code that represents a credit in their system. But if you’re going to Telus to get that credit code, you might as well get it activate by their representative.

You know what. If DisneyWorld had a GPS for it’s ride locations, I think that would be very cool. But in new cities, the old domestic cell phone doesn’t always work. So getting the prepaid smartphone in Canada with GPS really made navigating and searching for next place to visit or hangout, much more easier. And cities with tourism really should have an app for that. It just cost a little over 100CAD, and I wasn’t going to get lost anymore.

I enjoyed the Metropolis mall so much, I never really ventured away from it. Lots of people watching. Big bright clean and fresh-feeling food court. Coffee is making a big comeback in Vancouver. Good public transportation with a refillable RFID type card system, where you have to pay for the card up front. Or you can buy flimsier single rides tickets of 3CAD for one way bus, or 4CAD one way train.

Boise Fry Company

They sell many kind of fries. It is the name of the restaurant. Bring a group to try the different kinds.

They are all a little different, but basically fries. The duck fat bourgeois is regular cut, has a lot of garlic salt taste and twinge of duck fat that is pleasant to pick up.

I remembered a string fries of russet (regular in super market), but you get more surface area of crispy. I didn’t see it on menu at this location.

But of their 9 sauces, their basic fry sauce tastes like a Indian butter chicken sauce. Each are a distinct taste, but the fries are the showpiece. Right from the grill. No resting. Crispy. Golden.

Burger right off the grill, it’s juicy and good. Nothing too frilly, just perfect additions to make the burger meat taste, like you’ve had a great burger once and you’ve been looking for it again, among the sea of frozen or steam warmed offerings in the world now.

Ears equalizing Pressure

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Otherwise known as popping your ears. I-80 thru Wyoming to Salt Lake, you will pop them once. Apparently even driving slowly doesn’t give them enough time to equalize naturally.

And then again on I-80 to boise, they will pop again in Idaho.

I guess we know why the Salt Lake is, where it is, but Boise?

You know what else tries to equalize but makes more sense it can’t do it naturally? You will burp leaving Salt Lake City.


If you and your pals decide to organize a Appalachian trail club after college, this would be a great place to shop.


  1. Years 20 to 30, organized annual camping. so you learn how to rough it. So tents, sleeping bag, cookware and refrigeration.
  2. Years 30 to 40, organized hiking. Boots, poles, compass, lights, endurance, directions, walking supplies.
  3. Years 40 to 50, Apply to climb Mt. Whitney.  Wait until your turn.  I think 3 days up and 3 days down.  Lightweight everything. Chair. Pad. Bivouack. Sleeping bag.  Pooper bag.  Off-grid.
  4. Age 60, Do the Appalachian trail, 1 year, or as long as you can go before you quit and go home to nearest town.

Heh, got to be better than a 30 year game of tag.