Monday, December 21, 2009

Elvis Knows, Man. He KNOWS.

Every year about a week before Christmas my daughter and I take a trip into downtown Seattle to check out all the holiday sights and finish our Christmas shopping. It is our tradition. And it never gets old. Sometimes other family members tag along, and other times it’s just the two of us, and it's fine either way - we have fun no matter what!

I’ve been doing this for as long as I can remember. My parents used to take me into the city to visit Santa at Frederick & Nelson and to ride the monorail and the Seattle Center “Bubbleator” which looked like this eleven months out of the year….

….but for Christmas they’d dress it up to look like a snowman. No, I’m not kidding.


I can never find a picture of it dressed like a snowman though, and that’s one thing I really wish I had! Oh well.

The Bubbleator is now gone. As are the uber cool Nutcracker March statues I told you about last year….

But make no mistake, Seattle still welcomes Santa with style! We went on Saturday, and here’s a sampling of what we did:

We brazenly ignored the fact it was raining cats puppies and dogs despite the lying weatherman’s promises that it would be sunny. *growl*….

We introduced my nephew to The Gum Wall….

And, yes, my daughter’s gum creation from last time was still there in all its icky sicky grody glory….

We had our horoscopes read by Elvis….

Yep. Elvis told me, “I see a great deal of happiness in the near future for you. A difficult time is passing.” :-) And Elvis told my nephew he will find treasure in the future. Thus, my nephew has decided he no longer wants to be a policeman when he grows up, now he wants a career in piracy. ARRRRRGH!

We went on the holiday carousel….

And, of course, we capped the whole thing off with yummy hot chocolate….


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mo.stoneskin said...

That wall of gum is so gross that I'm contemplating giving up entirely.

Scope said...

Mo - The gum wall isn't as gross as you think it will be.

The thought of TOUCHING the gum wall is GROSSER than you think it will be, however.

Glad you all had a good time. I cannot wait to be part of this tradition, someday.

Word ver "sunbac" as in, "Hey! Stooopid weatherman! I want the SUNBAC!"

BeckEye said...

Buddy the Elf would go nuts over that gum wall.

SkylersDad said...

What a great time! Were the store fronts done up really cool like in the past?

Tami G said...

WHAT a fun tradition!!!
that's what I love most about Christmas - the family traditions (sung like Hank! ha)

and "Awwwwwwww..... Scope..." what a sweet thing to say and look forward to!

Wishing you ALL a very Merry Christmas! =)

Tami G

Poindexter said...

uh, not really sure about the wall of gum tradition, kinda makes me queasy to look at those pics. But wow, Elvis handing out fortunes? That ROCKS.

Anonymous said...

*sigh* I miss the bubblator... was even talking about it at our office Christmas lunch.

Joshua said...

That sounds like a great time. I wish we had a carousel here. All we have is the Pink Pig.


Some Guy said...

Wait. You mean to tell me it was RAINING in Seattle!? I thought that never happened.

Do you think it will ever get to where the gum wall spreads to the point that every building in Seattle is covered in gum? I think that would be awesome!

(I usually don't mention my word verification word, but today's is "antiold". I like it.)

JenJen said...

K that was gross.

Then I saw Starbucks.


Anonymous said...

is that your coat that I am not suppose to mention who the designer is? or when are you going to post pics of it?

J.J. in L.A. said...

That entire day sounds sooo fun!!! Well, except for the rain...but when you have hot chocolate, who cares?

Richard @ The Bewildered Brit said...

I want... no I *need* my fortune read by Elvis!

That bubble gum wall reminds me of Bubble Gum Alley in San Luis Obispo which is grotesque but strangely beautiful at the same time!

Morgan the Muse said...

Every time you write about it, it just makes me want to chew about a thousand pieces and plaster them all over Iowa. Bah.