It is 3:16 AM and I have been awake for 1 hour now. Piled into the bed of my small hotel room, I've decided to tackle my time differential from traveling by actually trying to get some writing accomplished.

Yesterday was a long day of airports and shuttles and interstate and I successfully arrived here in crisp Bellevue, Washington just after 4:00 PM. This is my first visit to the Pacific Northwest, and the mountains and forests flying in were everything I expected. The Seattle and Tacoma area, however, still has some living up to do. Granted, I drove straight from the airport to the Microsoft campus, completely circumventing downtown Seattle, but I guess I expected more uniqueness, bookstores, independent businesses, etc. and less of the same shit you see everywhere in the United States. For a lot of people my age, Seattle represents a type of youthful Shangri La. It is where the music of my high school years intersects with the companys that grew out of my college interests.

But maybe I'm being too harsh and basing some of my judgments around the interactions I had at Microsoft.

When I say that the Microsoft campus is large, I don't mean that it has a few large buildings, but instead covers block after block with the same three and four story structures that have been made to look slightly less soulless by filling the areas between them with expensive landscaping. Disclaimer: I do not have a long love affair with this company, but let me assure you that I came with an open mind. But after two receptionists and one security guard passing me off in a circle only to arrive within 15 feet of my initial starting point, I began to feel like this was a real world incarnation of an actual Microsoft software product. I began to suspect that a blue screen of death was waiting around a corner for me.

In a touch of irony that was so amazing it could only have been intentional, when I finally reached the registration desk they were using Apple laptops to sign in conference members. At least they have a sense of humor.

On the airplane I had made big plans to get a lot of writing done since I would be in a quiet hotel room with voice recognition, and I have yet to submit my horror quest writeup. But it has taken me a full hour to get this written, and I haven't even put the markup in it yet.

If any of you have visited the Seattle area before and have recommendations for me to visit, please share them in a message. Most of my time is going to be filled with conference proceedings, but I at least want to get over to the Experience Music Project to see the horror movie exhibit.

Hope everyone has a great week!