Chasing Meteors

Summer

Seattle summers tend to start late, and not really ever reach any sort of full summer glory. I’m okay with it all. I could use a little less gray in the spring, but I’m down with the clear skies, mid-70 temperatures. This week is supposed to reach the 90s. Heyo! Gonna be a hot one. Living by Greenlake has been pretty fun so far, as I have enjoyed many walks to the water. Although, it’s a pretty funny scene. I still can’t believe people go swim in a lake that has zero drainage, but maybe I’m uptight.

Sonny and the Bikini Baristas

My roommate’s dog Sonny needs some Xanax. Dog has some sort of intense anxiety disorder. Can’t be left alone. One morning I came home to find the screen of a basement window laying in the middle of the year. Wondering if it was a break in, I went inside to find no one home. Roommate came home later, and when I asked where Sonny was, he said “here?” and we instantly knew she was gone. Through up a post on Craigslist and got her back 30 minutes later. Sonny had scaled the basement wall to push the screen out and run away. Unbelievable.

Last week, Sonny spent another night alone. This time, she opened the dog door cover and somehow escaped through the fence. Roommate gets a call at 7:45am from a guy that has Sonny. On 109th and Aurora. Flippin’ dog ran all the way up Aurora. At night. And didn’t get hit. We live on 57th (not on Aurora), so it was amazing that she made her way there, then up the road and is alive. Roommate shows up to pick her up and guy at car repair shop says she’s out back with “the girls”. Thinking it’s probably the guy’s daughters or something, he’s surprised to find her tied up at a Bikini Barista stand, getting all sorts of Bikini Barista love. LOL.

Meteors in Vantage

Had a big group camping trip planned for this past weekend, but people with real jobs got called to South America and South Carolina, so camping was postponed. Luckily, the Perseid Meteor shower was peaking this past weekend, so a replacement camping trip went down. Left Seattle around 5:30p on Saturday with BF, Joe and his friend in tow. Hit up E-burg, land of giant trucks and rodeos for dinner, and pulled into the Vantage climber’s camping area around 9:30p. On the way, my friend called to tell me to watch out for gang violence in Vantage, and to camp near fly fisherman or climbers for safety. LOL! I camp out there a lot, but the was news to me! It was Africa hot in Vantage as it’s dessert. Pitched the tent, threw out the chairs and cooler, and settled in to watch the meteor shower. The sky was clear and the stars were out. It’s amazing how the bright lights of Seattle block so many of the stars and the Milky Way. Saw a ton of meteors, some bright and long lasting, a giant bat that kept making big swooping circles, a prehistoric monster bug in a beer and a black widow (gross). Stayed up til 3:30a until I couldn’t keep my eyes open anymore, went to sleep and woke up at 7a when the bright burning-hot sun came up. Packed up and headed home.

Got back to Seattle, put all the gear away and headed to Woodland Park Zoo to meet up with my brother and his family. My brother is 14 years older than me, and has two kids that are 13 and 9. Since there is such a big age gap, we don’t really hang out as much as I’d like, but it’s always good to see him.

Zoos are kind of a sad place, even though you get to see some awesome animals. They are especially sad when there is a Zoo Tunes concert going on and the poor animals have to listen to acts like Melissa Etheridge. Highlight of the trip was probably laughing at my niece. My niece is only 9, but appears to already by insanely boy crazy. She spent more than half the timehanging off the bf, poking him and hitting him and repeating over and over “4 words: break up with her” and pointing at me. I had to remind her she has about 9 more years until she can legally date him, not to mention he’s 25 years older than her, so she needed to calm down a bit. The bf was extremely uncomfortable. I’ve never seen him so awkward. It was pretty hilarious.

Labor Day Weekend

Going to Vantage got me really stoked for the best weekend of the year: Labor Day weekend. Every year I make the trip to the Gorge to see Dave Matthews Band. It’s definitely about the music, but also about the camping and hanging with friends. My friend Matt is insane (in a good way) and its like non-stop laughing for four days. It’s great. It would be hard to recap all the crazy memories and things that have been said over the years, but I will try to remember whatever happens this year and blog it afterwards. Matt never disappoints. NEVER!

I really like going to live shows, and wish I would have kept a list or something to remember all the shows I’ve seen over the years. Some highlights from the past year:

  • Of Monsters and Men (amazing)
  • The Naked and Famous
  • AWOLNATION (really amazing)
  • Mumford and Sons
  • Foster the People (amazing, but at Key Arena unfortunately)
  • Ghostland Observatory
  • The Head and the Heart
  • Grouplove
  • Death Cab for Cutie
  • Cage the Elephant
  • Young the Giant

Seeing DMB, The Shins, and the Head and the Heart the first three weekends of September. Combined with Husky Football, it’s going to be a busy month.

Wow, that list just made me realize why I haven’t saved enough for a down payment on a house yet. Neat.

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