This evening I wanted a sandwich like I've had from Galliano's Cucina in Tukwila, WA. They're hot Italian sandwiches on homemade bread smothered in melted cheese, filled with lots of meat and drizzeled, not drowned, with sauces. Mmm... Galliano's needs to move south about 900 miles.
I know that La Boulanger doesn't compare but I tried it anyway. On my way to the bakery I spotted an Open House sign for a few blocks away. 810 Hope Street is for sale. It's a 8(!) br / 4.5ba house built in 1978 in the Spanish Mission style. It has two floors: the second has all the bedrooms and most of the bathrooms and is pretty non-descript. In fact, the "sleeping quarters" upstairs remind you a lot of a dormitory. The downstairs is fantastic, though. Tera cotta tiled floors, stucco walls in and out, warm archways, prolly 1000 sqft just in the family room + dining rooms alone, all open onto each other. Step outside onto the tiled patio and enjoy the side and back yard. Sure, the backyard needs a couple of trees to replace the one dead tree there now, but that's easy.
I really like this place -- it would be a fabulous rental for 3 - 5 people to share. 3000 sqft really is more space than I possibly need at this moment, so I'm going to pass on it, despite all that. But as an example of residential architecture, this house has the most character of anything I've walked in to lately.
Oh, and in case you're wondering: list price is $1,361,000. What isn't included on the info sheet is: in June 2004 the house was listed at $995,000 for a few weeks, then dropped to $950,000. By February 2005 the house had been sold for $940,000.
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On Friday I met with someone to explain a bit of how our systems at work actually work. I was surprised when this fellow said that he'd read all of my web pages, he know about the talking toaster, writing microcode for the 6811, etc., etc. Wuh. I mean, kudos to him for learning something about the people he's about to meet with. I wasn't bothered by it at all, either; all that info is on my site so others *can* read it. I just didn't expect someone whom I expect to only ever meet once would bother.
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Last Wednesday I got a bunny but started playing with it only today. The bunny is claimed to be the world's first Smart Rabbit. If you haven't followed the link let me spoil the surprise: it's a robotic rabbit. It's *really* cute -- it can rotate its ears and has a great Pikachu-esque expression on its plastic face. The best part of the Nab is that I (or anyone else, for that matter) can control it, making its ears move, nose and tummy lights flash, and causing it to speak. Who'd want a glowing egg when they can have a talking, singing, moving, adorable, smart, WiFi rabbit?