Sunday, August 30, 2009

Well Toto, looks like we're not on Bainbridge Island anymore

Gazing out my dining room window I don't see Eagle Harbor, but I do see lots of well-watered greenery thanks to all the storms we've been having.

I've had a month to readjust to life at work and at home after the serenity of Bainbridge Island and the enchantment of Victoria and Butchart Gardens. A week's getaway. But what a week!

At least there are pictures:

http://picasaweb.google.com/grellet06/Seattle?authkey=Gv1sRgCJmxjKGKq-TMqAE&feat=directlink

http://picasaweb.google.com/grellet06/Bainbridge_island?authkey=Gv1sRgCIuG99mw_tawRw&feat=directlink

http://picasaweb.google.com/grellet06/Victoria?authkey=Gv1sRgCNvOvt6Pju_OcA&feat=directlink

http://picasaweb.google.com/grellet06/Vancouver?authkey=Gv1sRgCLqirYmTtdjQfA&feat=directlink

Since then the CIA has told us more about its creative ways of making people talk, health care reform has gone Where the Wild Things Are, and the students are back on campus.

Yep, normal life again.

Monday, August 3, 2009

Relaxing beside the shimmering waters of Eagle Harbor

...on Bainbridge Island, at the home of friends.

We drove our rental car onto the ferry this morning and crossed the Puget Sound. Had breakfast on board the ferry, too. Coffee, Total cereal, and milk aboard the ferry.

They've been having a hot spell up here in Seattle territory, but fortunately, it's cooler this week. Really enjoying the salt air.

Bainbridge Island reminds me a bit of New England, but our friends tell us that the weather is much more temperate. Beautiful greenery, small, unique shops that you can walk to...I could seriously consider retiring up here!

We visited the Bainbridge Historical Museum this afternoon and watched a news video made in the 70's about predator humans who were capturing the Orca whales to sell them to laboratories and aquariums, thus disrupting pods and families. There was also a moving exhibit on the forced relocation of Japanese Americans in 1942. There's been a large Japanese community on the island since the 19th century, and Bainbridge was one of the first places in the country to comply with Executive Order 9066. Now a monument is being constructed to commemorate the relocated Japanese citizens of the island.

Pres. Ronald Reagan signed the Civil Rights Bill of 1988, granting reparations to the Japanese survivors of the relocation. The law declared that "race prejudice, war hysteria, and a failure of political leadership," were the cause.

...Less than 15 years later, we were doing it again at Gitmo.