My last week in the US begins tomorrow. I’m feeling especially nostalgic today because it’s my last shift at The Dumpling Tzar until I get back from Japan. Here’s what I’m going to miss the most about living in the Pacific Northwest:
- Working at The Dumpling Tzar. I love Fremont, and I love working in Fremont. Plus, we have records. And records are awesome. My co-workers are the best, and my bosses are the best I’ve ever had. I’m going to miss this place.
- Good coffee. Seattle is the coffee capitol of the US. You aren’t going to find better coffee anywhere else in the states. I’m especially going to miss the chai at the Walnut Street Cafe in Edmonds (but if I make it to India, I can get real, authentic chai.)
- Going drinking at my bar. I have my “Cheers” bar. I love the people who work there, and I’m going to miss going there, and then hanging out at the beach until early in the morning.
- Of course, my friends and family. However, when a friend asked me if I was going to miss any boys, my first response was, “yes. My cat.” She goes, “I was talking about human boys, but ok.” 😛
- The Seattle sports teams. Yes, The Mariners suck, but they’re my boys! My home team. I haven’t been to a WHL game in forever, but I remember the good ol’ days before the Everett Silvertips, and the Thunderbirds were playing in the Key Arena…And working the Sounders games, as much as I complain about it – I met some great people.
- Being able to show off my tattoo. Japan is so conservative, I need to cover them up. They associate tattoos with the Japanese mafia (yakuza), thus they’re frowned upon. 😦
- Going to cheap shows. Concerts in Japan cost so much, I’m going to miss seeing some of my favorite local bands in Seattle’s amazing concert venues.
- The fresh air smell.
- The Stranger. I love that newspaper. Dan Savage rocks my socks. And the movie reviews…Oh jeez.