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A landmark Christmas

Christmas was great. We got a four-and-a-half-day weekend out of it, and had dinner with some combination of relatives every night for six nights in a row, but despite my being a (gasp) introvert, I had a good time. Getting to sleep in four days in a row surely helped.

My parents-in-law pegged me remarkably well, getting me a poster with artwork from The Hobbit on it, and an Edward Gorey calendar, among other things. In our ice-scraping Seattle morning here, I'm keeping warm in a scarf from my parents, who also showered me with chocolate. And at home await several enticing DVD's, including (from kenshi and K8) the eye-candy of Dangerous Beauty (mmm, Rufus Sewell) and Don Juan deMarco (mmm, Johnny Depp). I'm also looking forward to watching more of the "Dr. Who" episodes that raethe sent along. It would be a good show to get fangirly about, since there are apparently 30 years of episodes out there to get into.

As I mentioned, it's been cold here lately. Everything frosted over just after dark last night, and this morning I took the ice-scraper to not just one car but both cars. Why? Because I'm a nice person? No. Because I forgot I was taking the older car to work today so that Steve can get the oil changed in the newer one. Only after it was scraped and warmed up did I remember. Duh.

Regardless: much as I like gray weather, it's nice to get these clear, bright, cold days sometimes. The Olympic Mountains stand out like a dazzling postcard across the water on days like this, giving us a view rather like the one this webcam captures.

Also, every day I go to work, or anywhere near downtown, I drive quite near to the Space Needle. It's a tourist landmark, sure, but I still like it and usually spend a few seconds gazing at it when traffic allows. For a structure built in the '60s, it's surprisingly attractive. (It helps that it's painted white now, instead of orange-gold.)

What landmarks do you see regularly? Give us a link so we can see them too!


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Dec. 29th, 2003 12:11 pm (UTC)
Fab icon. ^_^ Just added you, found your LJ through various LotR craziness. The parodies had me laughing for a good long while. Not expecting to be added back but just wanted to say hello. ^_^/

*smacks Denethor* x.x Sorry. Been waiting to do that.
Dec. 30th, 2003 07:42 am (UTC)
Thanks, and welcome! The icon was made by insomnious. I've been collecting all the parody ones people have made, when I can find them. :)
Dec. 29th, 2003 12:16 pm (UTC)
Hee - love the icon!!
Dec. 30th, 2003 07:42 am (UTC)
Thank you! Done by insomnious.
(no subject) - starfishchick - Dec. 30th, 2003 07:55 am (UTC) - Expand
Dec. 29th, 2003 12:17 pm (UTC)
Chilly days in the NW
But I'm warmed by the thought of Johnny Depp (in any capacity) and his future role (cross fingers) as Willy Wonka. Hear anything good on that? I'm still working off of BBC news that's several months old.

I used to work downtown but gave that up quite a bit ago. What do I see on the drive in everyday? Faboo Chihuly stuff!

Have a ducky day!
Dec. 29th, 2003 12:44 pm (UTC)
Re: Chilly days in the NW
Wow, you live near the Chihuly bridge?! You lucky duck! *envious* I've seen his exhibits in Jerusalem and Salt Lake City, but nothing recently, and his work is GORGEOUS.

After I take the train to NYC, I walk past a Starbucks on my way to work. There are some other shops too, but that's the only one that really counts. ;) During my lunch walks I get to see more interesting sights, though, like the Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center.

Also, Molly, Johnny is so good in "Don Juan de Marco." Mmm! But he's an incredibly versatile actor; I think he could be good in *anything*. :)
Re: Chilly days in the NW - mollyringle - Dec. 30th, 2003 07:43 am (UTC) - Expand
Re: Chilly days in the NW - jaynefury - Dec. 30th, 2003 12:40 pm (UTC) - Expand
Dec. 29th, 2003 12:23 pm (UTC)
Glad you had a great holiday!

Don Juan de Marco is great - got panned by the critics, but I thought it was very charming.

Now, can you beat this beauty?
Dec. 30th, 2003 07:44 am (UTC)
I agree; I liked Don Juan deMarco as well. And, no, we definitely don't have one of those in Seattle! Ah, Yorkminster... Shall have to pay it another visit someday.
Dec. 29th, 2003 12:56 pm (UTC)
Salt Lake City really only has one landmark, and that's Temple Square:

But we also have the City-County Building:

And the new library:
Dec. 30th, 2003 07:45 am (UTC)
Those are pretty, though! I've never been to Utah. Have heard it's quite scenic.
Dec. 29th, 2003 01:18 pm (UTC)
Damn. Nice view.

I cannot find a webcam with the amazing view from Web Lab, looking north over all of Union Square, with the Empire State Building presiding over the skyline, its glow shifting from gold to pinkish yellow as this clear day winds down.

But here's a view looking south over Union Square. I am in the tall building on the left. There. See me!?

My search also yielded this webcam of the penguins at the Central Park Zoo. How great is that?
Dec. 30th, 2003 07:48 am (UTC)
(Oooh, aurora icon!)

Hee. Penguins! That is pretty great. Seattle's Woodland Park Zoo has a webcam in the grizzly bear compound, but the bears are usually not in view...
Dec. 29th, 2003 03:22 pm (UTC)
How pretty! The most I can see from my house is the Lowe's across the street. Stupid suburbia.
Dec. 29th, 2003 03:39 pm (UTC)
I love the space needle!

Because I take the bus (rather than BART), I get to see the following landmarks on my way to work every day:

Bay Bridge
Treasure Island
Golden Gate Bridge

The California Street Cable Car goes right past the front of my building, and we're two blocks from the Transamerica Pyramid.
Dec. 30th, 2003 07:49 am (UTC)
Hey, those aren't bad. :) I still remember the tour of Alcatraz as one of the creepier things I've ever done.
(no subject) - pipu - Dec. 30th, 2003 09:07 am (UTC) - Expand
Dec. 29th, 2003 03:48 pm (UTC)
Which Doctor Who episodes have you watched thus far?

I'm this close to getting "fangirly" over Ian, one of the companions of the First Doctor (aka the geriatric Raethe - Kev and I swear he is who Raethe will be at age 65). My sister bought me the Doctor Who 40th Anniversary coffee table book plus two VHS episodes. Kev bought me two more episodes on DVD. I'm now a proud owner of an episode from every Doctor but Doctor 6 (and I don't really like him, so no loss there) - and I've not even made a dent in the ones Raethe sent me (probably the same ones he sent you, minus The 5 Doctors which I told him you'd enjoy).

Let the fandom begin.
Dec. 30th, 2003 07:50 am (UTC)
So far I've just seen the pilot. Also included on the CD is the full "Unearthly Child" episode, and I believe Raethe said that file contained a few other episodes too, but I'm not sure what they are yet. Apparently I also have some other CD's due to come my way.

I did recognize the first Dr. as Raethe's icon, but didn't realize there was a family resemblance! :)
Dec. 29th, 2003 05:12 pm (UTC)
I'm so glad that you had such a wonderful Christmas! :) It is still hard to believe that this year is almost over. Wow!

Oooh....I've always wanted to visit Seattle, but haven't had the opportunity to yet. Hopefully someday! :) Those photos you linked to are gorgeous. I love the mountains!

Landmarks....hm. Will have to think about this and get my camera out. :) I live about an hour from Disney World! That's probably the most exciting spot around here. :)
Dec. 29th, 2003 06:38 pm (UTC)
Myeh. I can't think of any landmarks that people not from around here are familiar with.

I love your icon, by the way! :)
Dec. 29th, 2003 08:18 pm (UTC)
This is what I see on my way to work:


I also see this pretty regularly during the winter:


As much as I've seen them, sometimes you still have to stop and stare in awe.

Dec. 30th, 2003 07:53 am (UTC)
Oooh, you win for the natural beauties! I still need to see the aurora...grr.
Dec. 29th, 2003 09:52 pm (UTC)
Well, DH has worked at Georgia Tech for many years (as I did for 11 years), so we're quite fond of this sight (the oldest building on the Tech campus juxtaposed with the modern skyline):


And we live near (and therefore frequently pass by) the largest exposed granite monolith in the world:


Y'all come and visit sometime, Molly!
Dec. 30th, 2003 07:56 am (UTC)
Cool. Have never been to the South - I do indeed need to visit sometime and see the pretty places. :)
Dec. 30th, 2003 12:35 am (UTC)
I have a few...


Oh and this one is a national treasure considering we only just got electricity installed...
Dec. 30th, 2003 07:56 am (UTC)
Re: I have a few...
Ah, Embra. Good to see it again! Another place I need to revisit...
Dec. 30th, 2003 05:42 am (UTC)
neat! :D

I dont drive by any... *grumble*

and dang i love your icon! haahahahah
Dec. 30th, 2003 11:49 am (UTC)
Hee; thanks. insomnious made the icon, along with several others based on the parody.
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