I pull into a stop on Greenwood Ave, I have a view of a Bridal Gown store, a lovely Brunette in her mid-20s is turning as the seamstress pins the hem, her Mom is taking pictures with a camera, a friend takes pictures with her phone. On my left I’m passed by an electric bike with the cargo spot in front carrying a set of what I think are twins, toddler age, I begin to get ready to pull out and am passed by a small car with a husky hanging out the window, he barks at the lady riding the bike, she veer’s to the right but manages to avoid hitting a parked car. Across the street the Fire House doors begin to open, a siren turns on and the flock of pigeons lined on a power line take flight.
Sunrise I’m at a stop, facing Mt Rainier, the foot of the mountain is pink, then is dark blue at the summit, the mountain dominates the seen as the buildings, cars, people become unnoticeable, sheep clouds are red underneath, then cotton white at the top. I watch the blinking red lights of a plane as its on its way to Sea Tac, my window is open, and the air is fresh as it gusts in my window. The early Seattle city planners designed the road this way and this is why we call it Rainier Avenue
I’m headed down a hill and stopped just before a busy intersection downtown, it’s Game day, there is a Seahawk fan in full garb, hat, coat, shorts, shoes and socks in hawk colors throwing a football to other fans across intersections, he points at me, I shake my head no, and he throws the ball over my bus and to another person dressed in garb on the other side. The crowd laughs and he throws the ball over to another corner, as I wait for the light, the ball has been thrown 4 or 5 times to different people. There is a dog pulling at the leash wanting to get into the game, a street singer saws “Go Hawks” on her microphone, the crowd yells “Go Hawks.” There is an old gentleman at a bus stop bench sleeping.
I’m at a stop that is by the front door of a small chain restaurant, they have a line on Sundays that goes about a half a block, people are drinking Starbucks, couples are meeting other couples, a family of 5 is carrying presents as to celebrate a Birthday. Inside the restaurant the tables are full, the windows are slightly fogged. At the door the hostess is calling the next table. I pick up a couple that just finished eating and they ask me if I go near the zoo. A younger man wearing a hoodie and headphones pushes by without paying or caring that he knocked food out of their hand, walks towards the back, they look at him briefly, shake their heads then find a seat in front. He gets off later at a busy downtown stop and pushes through the crowd, another younger guy swings back at him and hits him on the shoulder, he ignores it and goes into a drug store.
The crosswalk is full of people dressed in various types of garb, going left, right, phones, briefcases, purses, wheel chairs, bags of food, clothes, dogs on leashes, hats, sunglasses, scarves set up multi moving patterns of color that hints of the stories they are telling.
3 thoughts on “While Stopped”
I was right there with you!.. sometimes I miss Seattle.
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My Rainier on a clear day. So amazing. You can just reach out and touch it. Many times my wife and I have just pulled over and looked in amazement at the majestic beauty of that big heap of dirt. Why did God put it there? I think just to let us know that when life gets ugly Some things are still beautiful and the sun will rise tomorrow and that amazing view that can bring a year to your eye. Everyone has mountains to climb How does anyone climb a mountain? One step at a time.
We love Seattle
lol, majestic beauty of that big heap of dirt,…….. perfect. thanks for the comment,