Eat your heart out Trump!
Alas, even the late Victor Steinbrueck, former dean of the University of Washington School of Architecture, couldn’t save Seattle from this “flat-out symbol of greed and egoism.”
Would it be gauche of me to report that from the top of Seattle’s ‘obscene’ Columbia Center the views of Puget Sound, Elliott Bay, and Mount Rainier were to die-for?
Okay, so sophistication isn’t my strong suit; but I do have a knack for composition when it comes to photography.
And I do have some obscenely scenic pictures to share!
Imagine one hotel shuttle, one opinionated driver, and a handful of passengers. As I remember the moment, when our hotel shuttle stopped at the ‘obscene' location to drop off the other passengers sharing the ride we learned Columbia Center had almost 300 more feet of views of Seattle to offer (the Space Needle is 605 feet high, Columbia Center 902 feet high). We quickly abandoned our Space Needle plans and followed said passengers up 73 stories to Columbia Center’s Sky View Observatory.
In hindsight, I think the driver was looking to eliminate a trip across town to the Space Needle.
Why should I have to take responsibility for my choices?
I’m not sure what we were looking for that night; obviously nothing of historical significance. We certainly could have used more time.
Regret can be extremely educational once one gets past the disappointment.
Forget the "Best Place to Get Engaged" (Seattle Weekly); I'm married.
Forget one of the 'Best Places to Shop for Northwest Souvenirs' (Seattle Magazine); no time to shop.
Forget the '2009 Restaurant of the Year' (Washington Wine Commission); we'd already eaten.
And forget the home to the West Coast's premier New Year's Eve celebration. Not much celebrating going on in July, unless of course one considers it wasn't raining the day of our Seattle visit.
Besides, there's always next time!
The 21st century had obviously chosen to transport us to this place and this moment for a reason, even if that reason might be little more than a lesson on less-is-more.
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