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Thursday, September 11, 2008

[jet city] Town and country

The last couple of days have been filled with business - I spent a day on campus even before the pre-week that comes before the quarter-start - and with a some pleasure as well. Here's the latest on two recent endeavors, dinner in the heart of the city and a trip to the cabin out in the woods.


Ms. Matcha makes her only Humpday appearance at the final dinner

Wednesday night marked the last of the Summer Humpday Dinner series. For twelve weeks, we have made an open invitation to all our pals to join us for dinner on Wednesday nights. We had to cancel one, and converted one into an art opening party, but we still managed ten splendid dinners over the course of the summer.

Here are some stats!

I was the only one to attend all ten dinners; Otis and Dingo tied at eight dinners, with Merry close behind at seven. Johnbai clocked in at six, and BK and Myrtly get special mention for making four, even though they have to come in all the way from Enumclaw.

Tacos Guaymas in Green Lake drew the biggest crowd, thirteen; Teapot Vegetarian saw the most intimate crowd, at only five. Overall, 88 people came to the dinners; the mean and median attendance were both about nine.

Four dinners were 100% vegetarian; the lowest vegetarian percentage was 40%. Overall, 70% of the 88 meals were vegetarian (and people who didn't eat at all were counted as non-vegetarian).

Four of the ten restaurants were north of the ship canal; only one was south of downtown.
Three of the ten restaurants were on Capitol Hill; only one was outside the city limits.
Six of the ten restaurants had Asian cuisine; three of those were Vietnamese.

That all pencils out to a successful show, in my opinion! If you'd like to read a narrative history instead of spreadsheets, check out the Summer Humpdays blog.


Otis and I were out of touch today because we headed out to the Wenatchee National Forest to do some required maintenance on the Putnam Cabin. Most of it consisted of clearing away needles and debris to mitigate any fire hazards. It was fairly straightforward work, but hella dusty.

This doesn't mean the cabin is closed for the season, though. It can be used all throughout the winter, even when Chinook Pass is closed and the only access is from Yakima; anyway, there's plenty of good weather left - it was hot up there today!

As a matter of fact, the long-range weather forecast looks promising for sun around October 3, so I might try to arrange to get out of town that weekend and chop some winter wood. If that sounds like fun to you, drop me a hint.

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