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Waning Standards?

Apologies up front as I probably sound like an ornery old fogie. I’m sure you’ve seen lots of hand-wringing press these days highlighting the decline (and possible end) of Pax Americana. Countless newspaper… Continue reading

Why Blogger Meetups Are Like First Dates

It has been awhile, but this week I went on a first date.  Well, kind of sort of. I finally had the pleasure of meeting two fellow blogger friends, expatlingo.com and lostnchina.wordpress.com, whom… Continue reading

Seattle King of the Big Boxes

So earlier this week was a real departure from my normal shopping comfort zone as I found myself good and lost inside our nearest Costco.  (Yes, I know it’s just a giant rectangle,… Continue reading

Welcome to the Land of Clueless Pedestrians and Courteous (But Bad) Drivers

Some of you might have caught some of the recent articles boasting about Seattle’s gorgeous summer weather (yes, it’s true!) and our hardworking, industrious ways (also true.)  As a resident of this fair… Continue reading

American Fad Foods: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow

Calling all Gen-Xers and especially those of you who grew up in the 80s.  I’ve got a burning food culture question for you. I was at the grocery store doing my weekly shopping… Continue reading

How Long Are You Willing to Stand in Line? Are You Willing to Walk Away?

Have you ever been walking down the street, only to stumble upon a line out the door and around the corner, usually at a popular gelato shop or a famous sandwich place?  Naturally,… Continue reading

True Colors

This is a slightly more serious post from me this week.  For those of us who are even remotely aware of some recent headlines, it’s been a roller coaster couple of weeks—particularly with… Continue reading

Why Bother Owning When You Can Rent?

Now that it’s officially summer today in Seattle, we’ve entered into the season where Seattleites flock to sun worshipping activities near the water on their boats, or pack off to their various cabins… Continue reading

Mediocrity and the Seattle Deli

Fellow Seattleites, are you suffering from the sandwich blues? I’m not actually talking about the typical Seattle variations of health-conscious “turkey or chicken breast on whole wheat with avocado” variety, or even banh… Continue reading

America: Land of the Free, Home of Bland Fruit

If I were asked to pick out the quintessential American fruit, it would probably be the humble apple.  And despite growing up in Eastern Washington State—the epicenter of the global apple industry—it wasn’t… Continue reading