In which IFO visits the Big City

Well, yes, we do love our little rural cottage where we can get so much work done, and then sit out on the deck and admire the moon coming up.

But we had to leave for a few days to drive to Seattle for a couple of conferences. Wow! That first sight of downtown Seattle, as you come over the hill driving on I-5, is just astounding. We haven’t been there in many years, but the thrill never goes away.

Suddenly, we’re in 4 or 5 lanes of traffic and coping well. Of course, we had the same thing in Las Vegas, but that was only for a couple of miles. This was for a dozen or more miles. Traffic on the right of us, traffic on the left of us, we just sped along, our pulse quickening as we went.

“Wow,” we thought. “There ARE a lot of people here.” We’re in the University (of Wash) District, which is far less adrenalin-driven than the freeway through downtown Seattle, but it still keeps us awake. We had to go to the nearest shopping center to get a jacket, since we forgot to bring one.

The most amazing thing about the center was the Apple store. It was crowded with people of all ages and sexes. Nearby clothing stores were empty, the restaurant on the corner was kind of empty, too.

We found a jacket right away and headed back to our hotel, but couldn’t resist getting a Starbucks in the famous brand’s home town. We remember reading in Seattle online newspapers about Howard Schulz’ dream, but never expected the business to become a worldwide brand.

On the way out of the store, we decided to sit down and relax and sip our coffee. The only table in the shade was already occupied, but we asked if we could share the shade. The very friendly young man invited us to sit and started asking questions right away. Turns out he’s involved in a great business that teaches engineering principles to K-2 grade kids using Legos! Isn’t that cool? We may develop a business relationship – seems our skills mesh.

See what happens when you get out of your little rut? Not that IFO was/is in a rut, but the speed of life in the Big City sure does get those brain cells crackling.

Our computer is a bit slow, so we’re not going to put any fancy links or pix on these posts. Suffice to say, this is going to be a fun weekend.

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About InvestingforOne

I've been investing in various assets by myself using a discount broker for many years. Over that time, I've developed some theories that others might find useful. Plus, there is more to investing than money. Time, talent, work, friends, family all go into developing a good and satisfactory strategy.
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