Tag: Seattle

Where in The World is “D.B. Cooper”?

Where in The World is “D.B. Cooper”?

A passenger tells a flight attendant that there’s a bomb aboard and it will be detonated unless his demands for $200,000 in cash and certain other items are met.

(Pexels Photo)

After the plane lands, the money and those items are handed over.

(Aero Icarus Flickr Photo)

All passengers and most of the crew are permitted to deplane.

Then the plane takes off, headed for a foreign destination.

At a refueling stop along the route, the passenger and the money are discovered to be missing.

How did they leave the plane during flight, and where are they to be found?

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Say It Ain’t So, Seattle!

Say It Ain’t So, Seattle!

I spent the first twenty-one years of my life in Seattle, so it’s only natural that I would write about the city from time to time.

For example, four years ago I posted the following video, “Seattle in Motion,” Edward Aites’ “moving portrait” full of familiar-to-me scenes of my old hometown.

Seattle in Motion from Edward Aites on Vimeo

And a little over two years ago in “Home (to Seattle) for the Holidays” I wrote about the city of my youth and the city of today.

Finally, in September of 2015, after a visit a month earlier, I gave tips for “Being a One-Day Tourist in Seattle.

In recent years, I’ve always assumed that what has sometimes been called the “Emerald City” is a tourist mecca, especially since the streets have always been teeming with visitors when I’ve been in my old hometown. But just like in the movie The Wizard of Oz, not everything that seems to be necessarily proves to be real.

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Being a One-Day Tourist in Seattle

Being a One-Day Tourist in Seattle

Shortly before leaving on a trip to Seattle last month to see friends and family, my wife and I suddenly learned that plans to meet up with my wife’s cousin and her daughter had gone by the boards, leaving us with an unexpected free day to be tourists in my old hometown.

(Johnathan Miske Flickr Photo)
(Johnathan Miske Flickr Photo)

But how should we spend that single day?

Visiting spots we’d seen on past trips together over the last forty years?

Finding out if my old haunts, high school, and parent’s home had been bulldozed, and skyscrapers or huge residential or commercial developments built in their stead?

Before leaving the San Francisco Bay Area, where I’ve now lived more than twice as long as the first twenty-one years of my life spent in Seattle, I came up with a laundry list of ideas of things to see and do, especially those close to our hotel near the Seattle Center, home to the city’s skyline icon, the Space Needle.

And now I’m sharing it with you, regardless of whether you live in Seattle, or are in two for one or several days.

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