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KaTsZoNe Newsletters > KaTsZoNe - Issue 10 - Seattle: "The Emerald City"

1 Sep 2005

   Issue 10                                                   By Katherine Kiang                                      September 1, 2005

Seattle:  “The Emerald City

Hey everyone,

I’m going to make this episode of KaTsZoNe short and sweet (compared to those long summer editions).  Due to my being “computer challenged” this past few weeks plus my making plans to go away, I am just letting you all know about my upcoming travel plans.  Finally, getting away!

I have been to Ireland, also known as “The Emerald Isle”.  On September 10th (Sat.), I will fly out to Vancouver, B.C. and meet up with my friend, Tracy.  On September 12th (Monday), I will be travelling from Victoria, B.C. to Seattle, WashingtonSeattle has been called “The Emerald City”.  Reason?  Well, let's just say, no matter what season it is, it is advisable to bring an umbrella or raincoat.  One guidebook warns visitors not to call it the Emerald City…ok.   Apparently, it is occasionally called “Jet City” because of the Boeing plant near Seattle.  However, in KatsZoNe, I’m referring to Seattle as “The Emerald City” since you all know my connection with “The Emerald Isle”.

My research on Seattle, so far, has led me to learn the following.

Famous Seattleites (not satellite!):

1.  Chief Sealth (1786-1866, Duwamish leader) Seattle draws its name from him.

2.  Eddie Bauer (1899-1986) – Finally got a raincoat (a definite necessity for Seattle) and guess what?  I got it from an Eddie
Bauer store.  Mr. Bauer, inventor of the goose-down parka, opened his first clothing/sporting goods store in Seattle.

3.  Bruce Lee (1940-1973) – Probably all of you know the infamous Kung-Fu legend.  He lived in Seattle, and he, and his son,  Brandon, are buried in Seattle.  If I’m up for a cemetery tour, I may go visit them. 

4.  Jimi Hendrix (1942-1970) – Even if you are not a guitarist, I’m sure you will have heard of the self-taught and innovative
guitarist who is yet another famous Seattleite.

5.  Bill Gates – Co-founded Microsoft with Paul Allen in 1975.  Headquarters is in Redmond (eastside of Seattle).

6.  Howard Schultz – Have I ever told you that I love Howard?  Yes, he’s the man who built the Starbucks Empire!  Thanks
Howard!  Shall I bring along my résumé and see if I can have a career with Starbucks?  (Very tempting!)

Sightseeing Possibilities:

As you may all know that I love to shop (and I will be staying near a shopping mall, I’m told), I will not, of course, be spending all my time in the malls – that’s still my story and I’m sticking to it!

I hope to see the Space Needle (built for the 1962 World Fair), The Waterfront & Aquarium (too bad we don’t have one in T.O.), Museum of Flight (called the finest air ad space museum on the West Coast), Boeing Tour (tour of the plant to watch the assembling of jets), Pike Place Market, and maybe travel on the Monorail.  I remember riding on a monorail when mom and I arrived in Seattle airport in 1975 (or 1976).  Yes, friends, I visited Seattle about 30 years ago.  I have a faint memory of my being awed at an indoor skating rink inside a huge mall.  I was amazed and wondered why we did not have something like that in T.O. at the time!

After I leave Seattle, I am planning to go back to Victoria, B.C.  If possible, I would also like to spend 1-2 days in Vancouver to do some sightseeing, as I did not have a chance to do so when I was out west the last time.

All this talk about the city makes me want to go out and rent the movie, “Sleepless In Seattle”.  Wow, I could actually use that line on Lavalife when I’m there.  {Roll eyes now, chuckle, and say, “Oh brother!”}

Here I go to the “land of optimism and fresh starts.” 

Bringing my walking shoes and my raincoat!  Cheers, KK

Fountain of knowledge from:  Fodor’s City Pack: Seattle’s Best, by Suzanne Tedesko