TEDxRainier
I spent the most inspiring day at the locally orgranized TEDxRainier. As talks become available, I’ll link back to them here. (They take forever, even longer than me to update!)

Afterward, we had monthly book club. We read World War Z, an excellent story that changed my disapproval of zombies as a pop culture fad.

Pick-Quick Drive Inn
I spent my day down in Tacoma and stopped in at the Pick-Quick Drive In on my way back to Seattle. I enjoyed a Deluxe Cheeseburger + one Chocolate Shake sans guilt for my good behavior in knocking off a personal task that I’ve been meaning to do for most of the 2000s.

This burger was recently rated tops in a USA Today poll and while it deserves high billing, I don’t know if it’s THE best. This reflects my own misgivings about saying something is the best of all time. It’s very very good. If heading north between Tacoma and Seattle and looking for a solid place to stop, you should absolutely go to their location in Fife.

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In the evening, we had two things: 1) Sonja’s Bourbon Tasting and 2) Quality Time with Gastrognome. No pictures with the Gastrognome, but we do have some from Sonja’s fantastic Bourbon Tasting. Everyone brought a bourbon, wine or beer (no other competing spirits), so we had quite the variety. Fantastic evening — Sonja knows her way around the kitchen and party-planning.

The Bourbon List

Sonja's Bourbon Fete

Hunger, with the sunset
When Mr. T & I lived in Fremont, we occasionally visited Persimmon up the hill from the center of the universe. Sometime in the last year, Persimmon closed and Hunger is now in its place.

I ordered a manchego burger and Mr. T ordered boar sliders, but what we were most impressed by was the cocktail program. I can’t recall the name of Mr. T’s beverage (should have photographed the menu!) but mine was the Tangier: harissa vodka & Chateau de Monet. Our bartender was tops. We will return.
New Fremont Restaurant: Hunger

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I was fortunate to attend the Member Preview today at SAM’s big Picasso Exhibition. This is the first exhibit of this kind in the US — representing works from Picasso’s entire career.
Picasso

Today’s Member Preview Lecture was given by Chiyo Ishikawa. She spoke of this influences & personal history, giving valuable context to the exhibit most of us were about to see. There’s one more lecture this week, before it opens up to the general public. Highly recommended!

Creation and destruction

Picasso

Commute: Like.
A quick picture of my new commute. It’s pretty sunny up there, past this phone-cam’s lens.

Just like ze biergarten
Mr. T & I drove up to Arlington to participate in the Family Oktoberfest. As the DD, I snapped a few phone-pics.
Family OktoberfestFamily Oktoberfest

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