Swimming Rama – Yum!

I covered on First Hill this morning. I really wasn’t in the mood for it. I won’t go into the reasons – I just wasn’t into it.

I caught the 60 there, of course.

Usually, when I cover on First Hill or in the U District, I’m back to my desk Downtown before lunch – even if lunch is a little late. Today, however, work ran late, and it was already past my normal lunch time when I finished. So I decided to eat lunch on the hill before walking down to Downtown.

But where should I eat? There aren’t many choices on First Hill. There’s Blue Water Taco Grill, but it was a little out of my way. There’s a McDonald’s (no, thanks). There’s the cafe at The Frye Art Museum – frankly, it’s too expensive for what you get. Subway was a possibility, but I wasn’t in the mood for it.

I went to the medical center cafeteria. The food there is so good that it breaks the stereotype of hospital food. The food quality rivals some restaurants.

I had a plate of delicious Swimming Rama, with a can of Peace Tea. It improved my mood considerably.

Meanwhile, I’m continuing to push my way through The Jesus Incident. I realized today that I’ve lost the plot at some point, and wasn’t entirely sure what was going on anymore. I turned to Wikipedia, to read the story synopsis, up to where I was in the book. That helped a lot. While I was at Wikipedia, I discovered why I’m having trouble following the story: It’s the second book in a trilogy, and picks up where the first book ended.

Here’s another interesting thing about The Jesus Incident: It takes place on a planet named Pandora, which is full of deadly animals. It was the inspiration for the movie Avatar.

In the 47 bus I rode home in this evening, there was one of those overhead signs warning you against buying counterfeit bus passes. It has this hilarious, shadowy figure saying, “Psst… Wanna buy a pass, cheap?” I see these signs in a lot of buses.

I wonder, though: Is there really a market for counterfeit ORCA cards? Do people buy them off the street very often? If people do buy them, do they just trust that there’s any money on the card?

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