Friday, February 11, 2011
Sleeping in Seattle PFF#37
The last week in January my wife and daughter took turns being backseat drivers while I drove the wagon to Seattle for a couple of reasons:
My daughter met her birth mom and they attended a musical Sci-Fi convention, her birth mom coming from Flippin, Arkansas, by plane. I wanted to spend some time in a couple of antique shops looking for old paper as well. We also got to spend time with my brother Dan who lives in Puyallup, and my sister Penny and brother-in-law Chuck who were more than gracious hosts and tour guides.
Due to unforeseen circumstances, we ended up with an empty house the morning after we arrived, and I spied a book sitting on my sister's desk in the living room. That really isn't where the story begins however, so I'll take you back via a link:
On the 24th of January, Chuck posted his Almost One A Day photo of the Panama Hotel. I follow Chuck's blog regularly, and not only because he just happens to be related - he's also an incredible photographer. In the post he linked to an author who had written a book entitled "Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet". I read Chuck's blog post, and then followed the link to the author Jamie Ford's blog. I was intrigued enough to read them both, but because I was headed to Seattle at the time, I put the book on the back burner.
Now we're back to the book on the desk. I picked it up and started reading it. I don't think we went anywhere, because I couldn't get my nose out of the book, however we were in Seattle for some good reasons so I didn't finish it for a couple of days. In the meantime, Chuck and I had the chance to talk about not only the book, but the circumstances surrounding the subject of the book, and how the Panama Hotel was involved in a real historical event.
By the way, this is a shameless plug for Jamie Ford and his book, and a shameless plug for Chuck and his photography. The love of their art shines BIG in my eyes.
We got to visit the Panama Hotel, and we drank tea in the Tea Room. Memorialized with a great photo by Chuck as we sat at the table. It was also one of the highlights of our trip, being the historical nut that I am.
After our return home, I put together a Thank You for Chuck and Penny, and sent it on it's way. I did not scan it before I sent it. I've not done that with the last bunch of mail art that I've done. I should have checked some spelling however, because I made a mistake on the last line I added. Chuck posted it on his blog yesterday - and he corrected it in the title of his post. Well - he fixed it with Photoshop, and sent me the corrected version. Not bad for a SEATTLEITE!!!
Please stop by Beth Niquette's The Best Hearts Are Crunchy and enjoy more eye candy from some real mail art fans!