All the rumors are confirmed. Seattle really is pretty cool. We're staying in Fremont, which, in my opinion, is the coolest of the cool neighborhoods, and for that, I'd like to thank Paul's friend, Scott. The stretch of groovy stores and restaurants affectionately calls itself "The Center of the World" (there is even a sign declaring it so with arrows pointing to other significant world landmarks, such as the Bermuda Triangle and The Guggenheim, indicating their distance from Fremont in miles). My favorite thing in this neighborhood might be the Fremont Troll, a huge whimsical sculpture under the Aurora bridge, fashioned after the troll in "Three Billy Goats Gruff." He's really cute. Other cool 'art meets life' things are everywhere in Fremont. You'll see the picture of the tree with wooden chairs hung over its branches. That should give you a little bit of the flavor.
More updates as of 7/22/08:
On my last day in Seattle I once again visited the Pike Street Fish Market. I held a fish, as you can see in the pictures, and actually watched the whole throwing/catching of our scaled friends. It's certainly quite a spectacle. The monkfish has a long string attacked to his tail and the men working at the pier pull the rope to move the fish and scare small children (and me). That was a lot of fun. Another highlight was my visit to the ORIGINAL Starbucks. The line was out the door. I guess that was to be expected. The monorail was also fixed before I left Seattle, so I actually got to ride it and get the scenic view of the city via public transportation. The seafood on Pike Street was also very good. I got the non-fried crab cakes at "The Athenian." Recommended.