Posted by: George | July 13, 2010

Whose plan was this anyway?

July 12, 2010 (evening)

Okay, here was the problem. My cousin Cindy, who lives near Allyn WA (population: not very many) had a dental appointment in Seattle in the morning. My cousin Vicki, who lives in Bremerton, had to work in the afternoon. Vicki had to be at work about 1 and ½ hour before Cindy got back from Seattle. I wanted to spend time with both of them. So, what to do?

Someone decided that I could spend the morning with Vicki, then Vicki could drop me off at the Boat House, a restaurant and bar in Allyn. Then Cindy could pick me up there.

Vicki and I had a leisurely morning at her house (talking about music, and kids, and work, and politics), then we went to a wetland preserve. After a short hike through the preserve, she dropped me off at the Boat House at 12:30. Cindy would be there about 2:00.

I had lunch, which took 45 minutes, then coffee while I answered a few emails on my iPhone, which took 30 minutes, then I read for about 30 minutes, then I toured the town, which took 17 minutes.

The town has a music shop with 7 guitars, two drum sets, and one saxophone. It might have had a few harmonicas and a kazoo. I just didn’t look that closely.

The town has a guy who carves bears with a chainsaw. So, I finally saw a bear on my trip.

The town has a souvenir shop with souvenirs (viz., stuff I don’t need or I can’t afford or both).

Then, I found a place to sit outside.

I watched the tide roll in.

I watched the one police officer in the one police car pull over a few dozen drivers for speeding through town and endangering a few fiddler crabs.

At 3:05, I decided to head for the bar. (Did I mention that the Boat House is a restaurant and bar?)

When I was working on my second beer, Cindy showed up. She was expecting Vicki to call when she dropped me off. Also, she thought I was going to spend the night at her house. She didn’t see my car, so she didn’t think I was there. Vicki was in a training session with her phone turned off. So, she didn’t get my text message: “Don’t leave me here.”

I am joking here. I didn’t have a bad time at all in Allyn. Eventually, we all made it together and had a great evening. I don’t get to see my west coast cousins often.

Cindy and Dick have a beautiful house on Puget Sound. On a clear day, you can see Mt. Rainier from their deck.

Cindy, Dick and I took a walk on the beach. By then, Vicki and Dick arrived. We talked on the deck, had a great dinner inside. This evening has been one of the highlights of the trip.

So, whose plan was this anyway? I don’t know. I probably had something to do with. All’s well that ends well. It has been a great day.

Vicki, George, Cindy



  1. George ,I have never been to that part of our country–Everyone says it is beautifut !! You sound as if you are having a great time.


  2. Dude, my parents live in Lynden WA and would put you up. say the word!



    • Already in California, but thanks for the offer.


  3. Hi George,

    Thanks for not being too hard on your two ditzy cousins! Thank heavens for your sense of humor!
    Didn’t know yesterday was Donna’s birthday. Glad we could all be with you on that day.



    • I had a great time in Seattle. I really enjoyed spending time with Dick. I think you have a good one there.


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