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[2010/01/24] Day off in Seattle

So, the day after the gig, I had a couple of hours to do whatever I fancied, before taking off to San Fran.

I decided to walk over to the Seattle Public Library, because I am very fond of books.

This was actually the first time that I'd gone ANYwhere other than the hotels, live venues, and airports, since the tour began, so just walking outside was exciting... how sad! lol I felt like Morgan Freeman in The Shawshank Redemption after he got out of jail. Cars! People bustling about freely! OMG! STORES!

By the time I got to the Library I'd settled down, but I had a hard time finding it. I went in to a hotel to get directions, and was told that it was right across the street. Oh, THAT thing?!

It doesn't look like a library at all; so damn modern... and cool. I'd heard it was famous for its architecture but this exceeded my expectations.

I had a REALLY good time there. So glad I went! My excitement climaxed when I stumbled upon these books on the top floor, in a special section of historic documents.

"Catholic Church Records of the Pacific Northwest"---it's an endless list of who married whom (a white guy marrying "Walla Walla woman" who cannot sign her name so puts an "x" instead, etc), who died, who was born and baptized, etc etc---which for some reason had me mesmerized, nailed to the ground, reading away.

I couldn't get enough of it.

After that I went to a couple of bookstores, BORDERS and Barnes & Nobles, to buy an old Nabokov novel to read instead. (I was impressed by the huge manga sections in both stores.)

Oh those Church Records... I wish I could've borrowed them, for the road.