What Happens in Seattle…

Jerry-rigged pole extends out hotel room window.

Jerry-rigged pole extends out hotel room window.

Saturday, while we were BBQ’ing on the patio, we noticed a window in the hotel across the street was open. Then,a long wooden ‘pole’ extended out, at the tip a 6″ spike on which a small bunch of straw was attached. It slowly stretched out over the alley and,once over the edge of the apartment building next door,was inverted,allowing the straw to fall off. The pole was withdrawn back in through the hotel window and the entire sequence was repeated. Two more times. One of the bundles of hay fell into the alley, so, during a dog walk, I checked it out, unsure whether I’d find a severed hand or a hypodermic needle hidden inside the bundle, but it was only straw, knotted by twine.Who does something like this? And why?

Day 111: Hotels

Looking west to Seattle from Bellevue.

Looking west to Seattle from Bellevue.

Eighteen months ago Melinda and I moved from Seattle, WA to New York City for a temporary work assignment and we’ve kinda been on the road ever since. After the NYC assignment we returned to Seattle, but Melinda’s new position had her on the road, so rather than stay at home alone I began accompanying her– NYC, Miami, Dallas, NYC, Tampa, I skipped Oklahoma City. In August we flew to Shanghai to find an a apartment and in October we relocated; our apartment wasn’t ready yet, so we lived in a Hotel for a month. Multiple week long trips to Beijing and Nanjing, a trip to Hanoi and Ha Long Bay Vietnam and a trip back to Seattle and Boise in February. We’ve racked up some frequent flyer miles and lots and lots of hotel points. Luckily, we adapt to change quickly and after the first day in a new hotel its almost like home.