Since we had never done so, we decided to spend a couple of nights in downtown Seattle. I found us a great deal at the Paramount Hotel, just down the street from the Paramount Theater. Our room included full breakfast off the menu and valet parking each day for $159/nt., which is very reasonable. Here's our beautiful room!
We met Heide and Ed for a wonderful dinner at the Gordon Biersch Brewery restaurant in Pacific Place. Heide and Wally had pecan encrusted chicken, I had the pecan encrusted salmon, and Ed had the Jambalya. All were delicious! The Sickles headed for home to get ready for their trip to Waitsburg the next day, and we decided to see "True Grit". REALLY enjoyed the movie, but the seats were not very comfortable for my lame hip.
That night, our sleep was interrupted by the ventilation system. I had forgotten to turn down the heat, so every time it went on during the night it sounded like an airplane taking off. We reported it to management and they fixed it that day.
The culpritAfter being sleepless in Seattle due to the extremely soft bed as well as the noisy room, and as a result of my discomfort at the movie the night before, I didn't really feel up to walking much. We decided to take a ride out to the Snoqualmie Casino. It is really a beautiful place, and turned out to be quite lucky... for me at least. I turned a twenty cent bet into $80 on one spin!!!! Well, happy anniversary to me!
We headed back to Seattle for a "light" lunch at the Cheesecake Factory, and took two pieces of cheesecake to eat later. We spent a few hours exploring the stores and then headed back to the hotel for a quick snack before show.
We saw "Grease" at the Paramount, and really enjoyed the show. The actress playing the part of "Rizzo" had the best voice of all, but all the performers were entertaining. The "star" of the show was Eddie Mekka. What? You don't remember him as the "Big Ragu Carmine" from Laverne & Shirley? Don't worry, he came onstage before the show to warm up the crowd and sang the theme song, too!
Our weekend ended when I dropped Wally off to join Scott for the Seahawks' playoff game...WHICH THEY WON!!! Go Hawks! While they were at the game, I went home and put together the bookshelf that had been delivered while we were out of town. Is this a perfect fit for the space or what?
So that was my long weekend...how was yours?