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Sunday, April 01, 2007

Bubblehead's Seattle Bathroom Review

As a service to my readers, I wanted to provide a report on some of the restrooms I encountered at various tourist spots in Seattle last week.

1) The Seattle - Bremerton Ferry: We took the ferry to Bremerton on Wednesday night, and back to Seattle on Friday morning. I didn't get a chance to see the head on M/V Yakima during the 1st trip, but on M/V Hyak I used the facilities during the return trip. From the CRES "trough-style" urinal to the piping visible in the overhead, this was a "head" in the most nautical sense of the word. I didn't notice any drunks or strange fluids on the ground, but it was fairly early in the morning.

The rest of the ferry was very nice, as ferry's ferries go. It appeared that there was free wireless Internet available. and there were lots of brochures available for the tourists. Unlike the last time I took the ferry, though, there wasn't a free lesbian make-out show in the front seating area.

2) Pike Place Market: This is the famous "fish-flinging" public market just northeast of the ferry terminals. The bathrooms here were scary -- the doors to the stalls were only about 4 1/2 feet tall, meaning anyone could look over them and see what the occupant was doing. I didn't happen to need to use the stalls, but SubBasket reported that the women's restrooms were set up the same way. Being from Idaho, I have no idea why they'd want to do something that would discourage people from enjoying their privacy in out-of-the-way restroom stalls in a public market filled with lots of "progressive" stores, but I guess that's just a big-city thing.

In addition to the restrooms, the market contained a few arts-and-crafts stores amongst a huge number for fresh-cut flower stalls run by older Asian women. They seemed to have enough flowers for sale there to meet the needs of the entire West Coast. Unless Seattleites eat tulips, my guess is that there are lots of flowers left over at the end of the day; I think these are the ones that get shipped to Boise supermarkets. One might expect that one could find bargains at this type of "open-air" market; if so, one would think wrong. Apparently only tourists shop and eat there, and are willing to pay a premium for the atmosphere. It was still lots of fun.

3) Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame / Experience Music Project: Next, we headed for the Space Needle, and found that the prices from the Market extended to the Needle -- they wanted $12/person (military rate) just to take the elevator to the top and look around! We gave that a pass and instead spent our $12 for admission to both of the museums located at the foot of the Needle. The restrooms at both museums were really boring -- no Queen Aliens reaching out of the stalls to eat you at the SF Museum, and no members of Queen hanging out in the last stall at the Music place. The museums themselves were a good way to kill three hours while waiting for our flight, and had some interesting stuff. Basically, they were one of those "if you've been there once, there's no real reason to go back"-type places.

For Seattle overall, I noticed that there seem to be many commonly-held misconceptions about the place. It doesn't actually rain all the time -- we were there for 40 hours before it started raining (about when we started to drive to the airport). It also turns out that there isn't actually a Starbucks on every corner; in fact, I'd say that over 50% of the corners didn't have any sort of coffee shop on them. All-in-all, it's a nice city, and I'm glad that it's only 400 miles from Boise. I'm also glad that it's at least 400 miles away. That's just about the perfect distance.

Post-script: By far, the neatest "guy" thing (other than the submarine stuff) I saw on my trip was the key to my rental car. They gave us a brand new Mazda 6, and the key was spring-loaded and folded into the clicker-thingy. When you pressed the button to get the key out, it flipped out like a switchblade. I'd be willing to pay an extra $100 for a key like that the next time I buy a new car.

Edited 2133 01 April to correct a mis-spelled pluralization.


Blogger ninme said...

Mercedes came out with keys like that back in the 90s when my grandfather got his last car, and all of us grandkids would pass the thing around in awe. It's endlessly entertaining.

I have a pretty high bathroom tolerance, but the bathroom on the last ferry I was on made me afraid to touch anything. Where'd you eat at the market? Peter eats lunch there every day so we're pretty well-acquainted with it's offerings. The flowers are pretty cheap, though.

4/01/2007 6:54 PM

Blogger RM1(SS) (ret) said...

As a service to my readers, I wanted to provide a report on some of the restrooms

Only a submariner....

4/01/2007 7:59 PM

Blogger Bubblehead said...

We ate at a fish counter place across the street from the Market building. Got one order of cod and chips and about 1/2 cup of crab cocktail for $14. It was pretty good, though.

4/01/2007 9:19 PM

Blogger ninme said...

I've lived here nearly four years and I've never (but once and that was involuntary since a friend's friend was visiting from Montana and she really wanted to) eaten fish at a restaurant or at a fish restaurant. It's made to fleece the tourists who still think there's good fish here.

4/02/2007 12:05 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

What, you didnt go use the heads on the former Russian boat that they have near the ferry landing? :-)


4/02/2007 6:17 AM

Blogger Mr. C. said...

Looks like we've hit many of the same heads.

My brother-in-law lives in Bremerton (former submariner; works at the shipyard), and we take the ferry back-and-forth often.

We've also been to the science museum, etc.


4/04/2007 6:51 PM


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