About 5 years ago Jackie and I set out to see America, or more specifically, the lower 48 states into which I was born, and in June of 2014, after spending about two and a half weeks traveling through Oregon and Washington State, the last leg of our trip, we did it, ending up in Seattle, and quite pleasantly surprised by the results. If you were to sit home and watch the 6:00 news and/or read the New York Times or listen to talk radio/tv, you would have absolutely no idea what a wonderful country America is. It is a wondrous place vast and beautiful, at times other worldly, and filled with warm welcoming people who exhibit none of those stereotypically un-American characteristics the media would lead you to believe about us. True there is something quite ugly going on in the American airwaves, but I didn't see any of it at ground level.
So as I said, Mission Accomplished!!! That's more than George W. can say with a straight face. I retired a few years ago with the intention of seeing America, and we did it. I don't always follow through with things, but here we are, sitting in the SkyCity Restaurant at the top of the Seattle Space Needle, celebrating our accomplishment. Can't think of a more fitting place to do it and all in all, probably would never have done it without Jackie. This is the view of Seattle from the Space Needle after 3 pretty good martinis.
The dinner was expensive, but also a lot better than than you would expect from a kind of kitchy tourist trap of a place.
That's Jackie at the Westlake subway stop getting ready to head back to the airport and here we are at the airport lugging our bags back to the plane for our trip back to Albany, but since we don't do selfies, you can't see us.
This posting needs work but I am trying to squeeze it in before the new year, so it will have to do for now. Its been a year of ups and downs, some important losses, but on the balance, things are well. So happy new year and all the best.