Thanks Melissa and Mark

Trip Start Oct 20, 2009
Trip End Jun 23, 2010

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Sunday, May 2, 2010


When I opened my emails after breakfast, I found what I thought was some junk mail stating 'Let us show you around Seattle' from someone I had never heard of. Des said "open it." We were surprised to read that someone whom we had met in the Ride West BMW store was offering to take the four of us out for the day, being a Sunday. I had to dig into my memory bank to remember who ‘the bloke from Tasmania’ was. I recalled speaking to a guy who had lived in Tasmania for nine years with his wife, so I presumed it was him. I rang the number he emailed and our new friend Mark and his wife Melissa offered to pick us up at 1pm.

We were so grateful to have the opportunity to get to know some people from the US a little more intimately than across the motel counter, or next to the petrol bowser, that we jumped at the chance spend a day with Melissa and Mark.

They were such a lovely couple, Melissa drove us around Seattle in her SUV (sports utility vehicle) with Mark in the passenger seat, (offering constructive advice on how Melissa should drive, from time to time.) The boys, Des and Lou, were in the middle seats, to accommodate their long legs and Lynn and I sat in the cubby seats in the back. At one stage the boys forgot to let us out and went off sightseeing with Mark and Melissa, until Mark brought it to their attention that the girls were still in the back of the car.

We saw a fabulous modern art park along the harbour, and a huge giant troll under a bridge with a real Volkswagen in his hand, which he’d obviously plucked straight off the highway. He had one big shiny silver eye and looked quite mischievous. We were shown the Pike Place Market in the centre of Seattle and the first Starbucks Coffee Shop in the world. We parked at the Dubliners Irish Pub, and had a meal in a Greek restaurant. There’s obviously a nice mix of cultures in Seattle. Mark was regaling us with stories of his time in Tasmania “You know,” he said “You can get just about anything done for a slab of beer in Australia.” He proceeded to tell us about the shipping container, with their possessions, he had sent from Tasmania to the mainland, for the price of a slab of beer. He also needed to test the weight of something for the company he was working for, so he got in touch with the local Country Fire Service and asked them to bring down a fire truck fully laden with water, so they could hoist the thing up to be tested for weight. "Payment was two slabs of beer," Mark told us. I think Mark must have kissed the Blarney Stone at some time in his life, as he certainly seems to have the gift of the gab.

We had such a wonderful day, we really can’t thank Mark and Melissa enough for giving up their family time to spend the day with Des, Lou, Lynn and I. It was just great. I hope their daughters Marlena and Miranda didn’t mind being without Mom and Dad for the day.
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