I'm living out of a fancy downtown hotel for two weeks for a work thing.
My job doesn't lend itself to much travel, so this is sort of novel. It's easy to imagine a world where instead of doing what I do for one company, I traveled from hotel to hotel and did it for a lot of companies. I'm pretty sure that after just one week of this I made the correct decision. I'm not one to get homesick, which is a convenient thing for a nomad, but I'm starting to experience the closest thing I can imagine; namely a desire to be in a space that is mine with access to the things I enjoy and the ability to go where I please when I please.
The original version of this plan had me bringing my RV up to the Seattle area for the two weeks, which was a win-win for both me and my company. For me, I got to stay in my home. For my company, the cost of even the fanciest RV park is only a fraction the cost of this fancy downtown hotel.
Then the storm came.
Go figure, the one weekend I needed it to be a mild winter was the one weekend it hasn't been a mild winter. C'est la vie!
This is exactly the part of Seattle that I usually pilgrimage to once a year for PAX West, a gaming convention that I enjoy. I have several preferred haunts within this particular three-block radius, and I've had more than my fair share of chances to enjoy them. The weirdest sensation has been seeing this area full of office workers and downtown shoppers and not the teeming throngs of nerds and gamers that I usually associate it with.
The highlight of my work week was going to a food truck for lunch that specializes in grilled cheese sandwiches. Cheese Wizards did not disappoint. I had the "Goblin King," because it's impossible to resist the power of the babe (what babe? The babe with the power. What power? The power of voodoo. Who do? You do. Do what? REMIND ME OF THE BABE!)
Did I mention their sauce bar was the Ark of the Covenant? Yeah.
Huge shout out to AFK Tavern as well. I've never before walked into an establishment and felt more at home. Immediately and without ever making it seem awkward, it felt like I had an entire group of friends I just hadn't met yet and they all worked at a bar that had a drink called [Thunderfury, Blessed Blade of the Windseeker]. That reference might be too nerdy, and that's okay. Let's just say it did me a definite giggle.
My only regret was not having taken any pictures of AFK Tavern to share, but if you find yourself in Seattle and are of even the slightest nerdly bent, make an excuse to head up there. It's worth it.