Day 317: Waiting for Shanghai

Freighters anchor in Elliott Bay waiting for an end to a dock workers' slowdown.

Freighters anchor in Elliott Bay waiting for an end to a dock workers’ slowdown.

And still we wait. Our possessions were shipped from Shanghai back in early October, but a slowdown by dock workers here in the USA has caused a backlog of freight that remains on the docks, or on ship that have yet to be unloaded. We are scheduled to move out of temporary housing and into our new apartment on December 1st, but may have to extend our temporary stay while we wait for pots and pans and towels and lamps and furniture.

Day 316: Back Home, Again

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The view west from our new Seattle apartment. I can’t see Shanghai from here, but that may be my household goods shipping container sitting on that cargo ship anchored in Elliott Bay, a result of the longshoremen’s slow down at the west coast docks.

 

Day 315: Mass Transit

Workers consulting on a mass transit project in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Seattle.

Workers consulting on a mass transit project in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Seattle.

Seattle is expanding their mass transit footprint with the expansion of a light rail system. This station is on Broadway, in Capitol Hill, and will connect with the University District station up north next to the University of Washington’s Husky Stadium. Eventually. Unlike in China, the worker do the metal grinding was wearing a safety shield over his face and using ear protection.

Day 314: International District

Busker plays an Ehru at a small park in the International District, Seattle.

Busker plays an Ehru at a small park in the International District, Seattle.

Today, we walked down to the International District and met James for lunch at the Hong Kong Restaurant; sesame rolls with red bean paste, egg tarts, shrimp, pork ham bow and shrimp dumplings. Yum!

Day 313: Still Looking

The city of Seattle as seen from Kinnear Park

The city of Seattle as seen from Kinnear Park

The search for a place to call home continues and has expanded up the hill to Queen Anne, a less downtown-type neighborhood, one with single-family houses and not just high-rise apartments.

Day 312: Futbol in America

Fans flash cards in support of Seattle Sounders FC before the start of the semi-final playoff game against Dallas FC

Fans flash cards in support of Seattle Sounders FC before the start of the semi-final playoff game against Dallas FC

Futbol (Soccer to most Americans) may be the world’s most popular sport and a secondary, or even tertiary sport in the United States, but Seattle defies that way of thinking. The Seattle Sounders FC regularly outdraws the Seattle Mariners baseball team even though baseball is supposed to be America’s pastime. ( Sounders 2014 average attendance: 43,734; Seattle Mariners average attendance: 25, 485).

In contrast, James and I attended a futbol game in Shanghai, this summer, and the attendance at the Shanghai Dongya F.C. match couldn’t have been more than 3,000 fans.

Day 311: Two Ships

A late afternoon ferry heads from Seattle to one of the outlying islands.

A late afternoon heads from Seattle to one of the outlying islands.


The air, water and sunsets are very different here in Seattle than they were in Shanghai. The air is fresh and is filled with the smell of the sea and the sun throws of the most vibrant pinks and oranges imaginable, not once or twice a year, like I experienced in Shanghai, but on most any day that isn’t raining.