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Tom Petty at the Gorge 2008

Oh my my, oh hell yes. That’s a good way to sum up the amazing Tom Petty show I just saw this past weekend! Now, this is my second time visiting the beautiful Gorge in George, WA to see the elusive man himself play his heart out. And it was just as impressive as the first!

Thanks to my dear friend Mike, I got a ticket and an in with his group going to the show. We had an amazing time at the cabin one of the guy’s provided to us, enjoyed the keg someone brought up and sang to high heaven in the pitch black of the Gorge. AND! Steve Winwood was the opener…uhh, only the BEST opener to Petty ever! (Ok that’s debatable)

Final thought: Go see him if you can, the man is getting old and he may not be around for much longer touring!



“Woman stabbed with stiletto heel” …Only on Rainier Ave

Here’s a little local Seattle news from the Seattle TImes for all those Seattle-ites reading my blog (all 3). Couuuld I say Seattle more? Nope.

Apparently a woman was at a BBQ when a man there asked her to preform a “sex act” on him. When she refused, he SLAPPED her in the face and then STABBED her with her own stiletto shoe. In the hand. Nice work Rainier Ave man, way to completely overreact when a woman obviously denies your crude sexual advances and better yet way to use the tools you have in front of you to lash out.

Motore Coffee…where everybody knows your name

I’m totally plugging my favorite coffee house in Seattle. MOTORE COFFEE. It is located downtown at 9th and Stewart, is motifed with scooters, mopeds, vespas, etc. and has the friendliest, hippest staff around. Plus they serve happy hour!! Beer and wine selections for after that long and horrendous workday. I personally have a standing reservation on Friday afternoons (you don’t need reservations obviously). They have a great attitude about coffee and customer service…plus their “regulars” are proof enough that you’ll want to come back. Go there and let me know what you thought about it!

Let’s talk about air travel…and a birthday!

Air travel: Man’s greatest tool for travel or a huge metal tube that speeds 35,000 ft about the earth just barely getting all it’s 127 passengers to safety?

On my way to San Fran this past weekend I either realized that I have a small aversion to flying or I realized that I need to be drunk or drugged to fly. Logically I’m going with the last choice. I swear to god I was that person who is sitting there eyes closed, not moving, with their hands locked on those armrests, sweating. I don’t care who you are, when the captain asks the flight attendants to STOP in-flight service, sit down and fasten their seat-belts, there is reason to feel slightly insecure about going down in flames. Anyway, the last half of my flight into San Fran was heinous and made me seriously consider dropping about $50 at the airport bar for my return flight to Seattle. Don’t worry, I survived.

On a lighter note, happy birthday to the coolest Dude around!! Dude, I didn’t tell anyone in Seattle that I lost my license for a second time but this time I was inebriated because I was celebrating your birth and so I’m honestly ok with it. I am now the youngest of us, but I’m honestly ok with that too. Because when you’re 40, I’ll be 39. Bam.

Side note, I can’t get enough of GirlTalk’s mashups. He puts in the 80’s, who can resist that?

Rain, pumpkins and movies

October, my favorite month, just began and I’m excited to share some of the things I love about it the most. I don’t know why this month is so appealing to me but I get jazzed every year for it to come because it always marks the transition into fall weather…which I see right now out the window. Foggy, windy and chilly. Mind you since I live in Seattle, this will get old REALLY fast. When I was younger (and not chained to an 8-5 job…damn you grownup life!) school would be more fun because teachers decided to play more games since the weather sucked, my mom would make me hot bevs and I could just get cozy. Even though I don’t see a whole lot of that any more, I get my kicks elsewhere! Evenings after work on the couch, a hot bath and movies. I love movies. And what better way to take advantage of the month than to check out this Cinematic Countdown to Halloween. I found a ton of movies in there that I’ve never seen. My favorite place in Seattle for awesome movies like the ones on that website is Scarecrow Video on Roosevelt.

My recipe for an awesome rainy day evening:

  • Comfy pants: these are a must, pair them with socks or a blanket
  • Prepared food: this is so it can sit on your coffee table and you can eat it as you choose. Some good items are crackers and cheese, fruit, popcorn, chips and salsa, etc.
  • Hot Bev: coffee, tea, hot chocolate, hot totti, bailey’s, whatev
  • Movie, tv marathon or sports game
  • Friends

That way, you can basically stay on the couch all evening long and just kind of doze off whenever you need to. It’s nice.

Halloween is also in this month and I still love this holiday in all it’s costumes, candy and decorations. I think our neighbors think we bring down the neighborhood though so we don’t get too many kiddies coming by. But everything gets spooky and traditional-y with the stories, movies and rituals (not like creepy, sacrifice type rituals). If you want to know more about All Hallows Eve click here.

Let’s say you like Italian food…

You rarely find someone who doesn’t like Italian food…and for good reason. Italian cuisine is so well rounded with the salads, bread, wine, entre and dessert (and by well rounded I mean, I get a lot of food) so it is always a go to when I want a good meal. I thought I would give some insight on some favorites I have found in the Seattle area based on money and taste because let’s face it, I’m not rich. But I can find a bargain.

  • Rialto Pasta Bar: $ and 1/2 It’s open every night, dining is super simple (you can sit down or take out) and it is right up from gorgeous Greenlake. They have amazing starters and almost every entre comes with a salad so you’re all set. There’s a moderate selection of dishes and always a few specials. It’s a small establishment but the kitchen is open and the staff is super friendly.
  • Pasta Freska: $$$ This is a truly fun and unique place to enjoy a real meal. The bf and I went here and I don’t think we’ve ever been that excited to eat. There is no menu. The chef comes by and asks if you to tell him of anything you dislike, whether you want wine, then brings you a bottle of his choosing. The rest of the evening is filled with course after course of surprises! SO delicious. The only downside is that it can get pricey since there is no menu but the point is to go and have a blast. Pasta Freska is on Westlake Ave by the lake.
  • Perche No Pasta and Vino:$$ Also situated in Greenlake but on the opposite end (more towards Wallingford), this place place gets the most props for the atmosphere! It was so cool inside, the bf and I sat upstairs where our table looked out over the rest of the restaurant…we saw the chef cooking away and all the action, it was super cool. The food was good too, we got beers and stuck to pretty traditional dishes but the taste was great.
  • Mama Melina Ristorante: $$$ Unfortunately I can’t find a website for this little place but it’s located in the U District right near the Seven Gables Theater. There’s live music, tons of wine and it’s always crowded. It’s definately a hot zone for date night…in fact, I happen to have had a first date here myself. The food was excellent of course, really authentic (I think, I’ve actually never been to Italy) and a lot of selection.

Those are my top four right now. I obviously recommend them all. If anyone else has suggestions (particularly cheap ones) on other great food places…diamonds in the rough if you will…please comment! Ciao for now. (See what I did there?)