Most Important Meal of the Day

Breakfast is often heralded as the most important meal of the day.  In the Columbia City neighborhood of Seattle sits Geraldine’s Counter.  When I moved here, I did a Google search for the ‘best breakfast joints in Seattle’, and this was the first one to come up.  It’s a trendy little place with vibrant colors, delicious food, and wonderful staff.  If you don’t get there right when they open (8am), you may have to wait a while for an open booth or a spot at the counter.

Helpings are generous and the food is great.  I usually go for the Counter Special, which is a huge helping of two eggs cooked however you like, hash browns, and toast.  Their pancakes and French toast are also phenomenal.  Oh, and for something really hearty, don’t miss their biscuits and gravy.

If you find yourself in Seattle for any length of time, make your way to Geraldine’s.  You won’t regret it.

Staycations

I’m very fortunate to live in such an amazing place.  I’ve been in Seattle for almost two years, and I can’t seem to get enough of it.  Whether I’m exploring some place new, or hitting up an old favorite, all my troubles and cares fade away.

When I’m staycationing here in the area, I usually have my dog, Chloe, with me.  She’d much rather be running around an 0ff-leash area, but I drag her along with me on my adventures.  It’s like trying to travel with a moody teenager.  I’ll have a post later on about the Disneyland of dog parks.

I especially love staycationing, because I get to go home to my own bed at night.  When traveling elsewhere, I tend to go for the higher-end hotels that make me feel at home.

Back to Seattle…There’s always something to do.  I never grow tired of walking through Pike Place Market, but it can get a bit hectic in the summer when the cruise ships dock.  It seems like everywhere you turn, there’s a beautiful park to explore; some big and some small.  Discovery Park is a great place to get lost.  Sunday’s, if you get there early, you can take a ride on a sail boat on Lake Union with the Center For Wooden Boats.  Sunny days are incredibly busy, and there’s only limited space.

Take a camera out and explore where you live.  Put yourselves in the shoes of tourists.  Go out and see something you may not have thought to go see.  The world is ours to explore.

Searching For My Travel Buddy

Ok, I’m always on the lookout.  I spend my days usually making guys uncomfortable by staring them down; undressing them with my eyes.  I just can’t help myself.  I have even found myself whistling and shouting things like, “Hey stud,” from my car window as I drive down the street.  It’s getting out of hand, and I need to stop.

What I really need is a steady boyfriend.  I don’t want to move in with someone right away, of course.  However, it would be nice to find someone to cook meals with, go on walks, have adult sexual encounters, smooch, and talk to.  Just the other day, I finally decided to reach out to someone whom I thought was flirting with me.  He was a handsome Starbucks barista.  He had a warm smile, and seemed genuinely interested in how my day was going. I had obviously just rolled out of bed.  My hair was a mess (not sex hair), glasses instead of contacts, and slippers rather than actual adult shoes.  I was basically a hot mess.  I was certain that the barista was flirting with me, just from the small talk we were having.

Like a good little stalker, I planted myself at that Starbucks every single day.  “This will get his attention,” I thought to myself.  Sadly, he wasn’t there.  For a brief moment, I thought he might be one of those sparkly vampires from Twilight, and he had to take some days off to go hunt for animals so he wouldn’t face the risk of biting me.  Finally, a week after our fateful encounter, he was back.  We chatted even more.  He smiled at me in a way that made me think I was pregnant with his child.  Then, I remembered I’m a guy, so I can’t get pregnant.

I decided to be somewhat bold, so I scribbled a cute little note on a piece of paper and handed it to his boss.  I asked her to discreetly give it to him after I left for the day.  As I peeled out of the parking lot, I saw her walk over to him with the note.

Two days have passed since I passed the note along, like a 14 year old school girl.  No reply.  Is it possible that my gay-dar is broken?  I have such a hard time telling with some guys, even though I’ve been a homosexual since 1982 (the year I was born).  Did I miss something in the growing process that kept me from honing this important internal gay-detection system?  Of course, there could be other reasons.  Perhaps he’s already in a relationship, although most of the guys I encounter have a boyfriend and a few pieces on the side.  Maybe he’s not in a good place for a relationship.

I’m not upset by it, but I do wonder sometimes if I can fix my gay-dar.  It has let me down a few times too many.  I’ll just keep doing what I do best: staring the hotties down, and using the skills I learned from reading The Secret to see if I can will the Universe to make something happen.

Cheap and Lonely in London

London is, by far, my favorite city in the world.  London had been calling my name for a few years now, and the stars finally aligned.  I hopped on a British Airways flight from Seattle, and had the time of my life.  The first question out of everyone’s mouths before I left was, “Aren’t you afraid of going on your own”.

I love traveling by myself.  Usually, I’m not truly alone.  Along with all the voices in my head, I also have friends in most major cities across Europe and Australia.  Traveling alone gives me the opportunity to meet up with them for dinner while I’m in travel status, but I also get to enjoy the sights and sounds at my own pace.  I’m pretty selfish with my time, but that doesn’t mean I wouldn’t mind traveling with someone special.  Until that miracle happens, I’m content to travel and enjoy the world on my own.

Back to London…if you have any intention of traveling there, a definite MUST is the London Pass.  This saved me so much money!  I do love the finer things in life, but I have to obtain those finer things on a budget.  I purchased the 3 Day Pass with an added Oyster Travelcard.  The Oyster card is for the London Underground, which is the best way to get from point A to point B in the city.  Not only do you get admission to tons of London attractions with the London Pass, but you also get fast tracked through the lines!  Sorry, giant tour groups at Windsor Castle, I’m going in first!  The London Pass makes it so easy, and saves you so much money.

London is notoriously expensive.  Since I wasn’t planning any romantic dates, I Groupon-ed my way through the city, as far as eating is concerned.  About two months before I left, I signed up for a Groupon (UK) account.  It won’t recognize your American account, so yes, you will have to sign up for this account separately.  There are so many great deals on afternoon tea, as well as lunches and dinners.  By doing all this, I was able to survive for the week on £200 cash.  I took a couple of taxi rides, used some for tips, and a few odds and ends, and still had about £45 left over.

If you find yourself in London for a few days, and want a truly amazing adventure, book an excursion through Golden Tours for the Warner Bros. Harry Potter Studio Tour.  Golden Tours made it incredibly easy to get from London to Leavesden, where the Warner Bros. Studio is located.  Here, you get to walk through some of the actual sets from the Harry Potter movie series, and see hundreds of props and costumes that were used.  You also get a peek inside the magic behind the movies.  It was truly an incredible experience.

You can check out all my London (including the Harry Potter Studio Tour) pictures here.