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13 Jul 2008 - 11:04:20 PM
Sunday the 13th

And time marches on. I had a ramble along Broadway this beautiful summer day, and ended up having an unexpected attack of nostalgia. At first I wandered by the old QFC to see the state of the full city block hole that's being excavated. Then I headed south to the site of the hole-to-be that will be the Cap Hill light rail station. Most of the businesses in that spot have already moved elsewhere, but Piroshky Piroshky was still open, and I had my last piroshky there (potato, broccoli, and cheese -- yum). I think they're closing sometime this week. Continued south to Denny and Vivace Roasteria to find that today is their last day. I've spent a lot of time in the Roasteria, and this is where the nostalgia really kicked in. Back when I was working on the first draft of my India travel narrative manuscript, I mostly went to three different cafes to do my scribbling, and Vivace was my favorite. I sat for countless hours at their window-facing marble counters, scribbling away and periodically gazing out towards Cal Anderson Park, which at first afforded views of various homeless people doing their business in the bushes, but then it became views of complete park re-modeling, and finally views of a pretty cool park with all sorts of people actually using it as a park.

The Roasteria will be moving to a new spot a couple blocks north, whenever construction on the Brix Condos finishes (latest estimate is Sept 4). I decided to come back in the evening and work one last time in this location on my manuscript (it's sort of complete, but now that I've read through it for the first time in two years I've realized the beginning needs some serious dusting off). But of course, I'm procrastinating by writing this blog post. Time marches on, and some things change, but other things don't...

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