Archive for February, 2010

A Lovely Day


Today I was down on my old turf (Shoreline, Lynnwood, etc) for my commuter awards luncheon. It was a little interesting, a little boring. The food was decent, and I got a hundred bucks. Then I went shopping. I got a lot of cute stuff. Now I’m on my way home. Mukilteo looks lovely. The mountains are out, and the lighthouse is simply brilliant against the twilighted sky.

That’s all I wanted to say. Have a nice day.

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On my way

So far today is super amazing. The weather is fantastic. I watched the sun rise over the Cascades this morning, and now my view is Mount Baker and downtown Everett, and of course Puget Sound. It’s actually sparkling today. I think it’s gonna be a great day weather-wise.

And it looks like it’s gonna be a great show figure skating-wise. I didn’t watch any of the short program, but the top three are within a point of each other, Johnny Weir is only 5 or 10 points behind (which is the difference between a solid jump and a shaky one). Apparently Jeremy Abbott fell apart, but if he can stick everything like he did at Nationals, he might be able to pull up. Not sure though. It should be a really good show.

That’s the last report for a while. I’m gonna turn off my phone in Canada to keep costs low. Have a great day. I’m so excited!

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I’m going to the Olympics tomorrow, and as my boss predicted, I can’t sleep.

The last time I really went to Vancouver was for Expo 86 (the world’s fair). I was 4. I was wondering how much of the city I would remember from that visit. The only thing I can remember is the McDonalds on a houseboat, because that is of high importance in a 4-year-old’s brain.

So I decided to google expo 86 souvenirs, hoping to find a store that had a good selection, like the White Elephant store in Spokane. No such luck, but I did find a website with a bunch of pictures and stuff. It was insane. I do remember some things, but not like actual memories. The pictures, especially those from Expo at night, are scenes that show up A LOT in my dreams. It’s actually kind of spooky. Places I’ve always just identified as random.

Uniquely shaped park benches
Light and firework shows
A couple of parks and green spaces
Street performers

I’m amazed that those experiences have a spot in my brain. It doesn’t seem that being there in real life tomorrow will bring back the same memories, because this website had a “where are they now” section and most of the buildings have been sent away or dismantled. And, most sadly, the floating McDonalds is out of business and abandoned.

But I hope tomorrow will add a whole new set of memories. Perhaps this will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience that will shape my dreams to come. Or maybe it will just be a long, stressful day that I did not get enough sleep for. We’ll just have to see. I’ll let you know.

Good night.

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In case you haven’t heard, I am Community Transit’s Commuter of the Year (non-CTR). Here’s what that means.

CTR stands for commute trip reduction. There’s a law in Washington that if a company has more than 100 employees at a single location, they must take measures to encourage alternative commutes. I think that can range from a carpool-finding bulletin board to Microsoft’s own bus service.

Community Transit cooperates with these companies and has a Commuter of the Quarter award, then they pick a Commuter of the Year from the four Commuters of the Quarters. They get their pictures on buses.

Walgreens is not a CTR company. I shared my commuting story with Community Transit about a year ago with dreams of my picture on the side of a bus. That was before I knew about CTR. After not hearing anything from Community Transit for a few months, I figured I wasn’t eligible for a commuter award because I didn’t work for the right company.

Fast forward to Monday, when Community Transit called and congratulated me on my award. Apparently they also have an annual award for a commuter that does not work for a CTR company. And I won it. I don’t really know how big an honor this is; perhaps I was the only nominee in the category. But I get a free lunch and I think $100, but I’ve never seen one of these winners on the side of a bus. Oh well.

Regardless of how many nominees there were, I’m excited that they liked my commuting story, and I’m excited to have a trip down to lynnwood planned. I think I’ll go to the mall after lunch.

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I already have my tax refund, and I’ve already spent it.

1. Jenna, a dolly from Canada (and some clothes)
2. Legos
3. Legos
4. Legos
5. Cute table from American Girl
6. Overpriced Korean “Barbie”

It’s so fun being a grownup!

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