The Dreaming Tree

Standing here
The old man said to me,
“Long before these crowded streets
Here stood my dreaming tree.”
Below it he would sit
For hours at a time

Dave Matthews Band – The Dreaming Tree

I’m not sure why Seattle reminds me of Dave Matthews Band, but it does. Maybe it’s that he plays a show at the Gorge every year or just the general vibe of the city. Either way, why not throw some Dave lyrics up for this picture.

I just returned back from Seattle yesterday from a work trip. This is the second trip I’ve made to Seattle and it is still just as awesome as I remember. The only bad thing that I have seen is that they can’t handle snow. We were up there during “Snowpocalypse” and that city can’t handle the snow. If the same snow fall fell in Pittsburgh, no one would have taken off work, but in Seattle, the city shut down. I was ill-prepared for the snow in the footwear department. While I was packing, I made the executive decision to take my camera and tripod over and extra pair of shoes. Trudging through the icy, sloppy, snowy streets is VERY difficult in dress shoes with no treads. I never bit it, but came VERY close approximately 3,419 times.

On to the picture – I got up early one morning (about 6AM) to go out into the huge storm. I was freezing, my feet were ice and my camera kept getting snowed over and foggy, but it was worth it. I got to see and take pictures of the Space Needle during a storm that seemingly happens once every 10-20 years in Seattle. As unfortunate as it was to be up in Seattle during the storm, I’m happy that I was able to witness the city like it was. The first time I went out to visit my cousin, it was 85 degrees and sunny everyday, while this trip was 20-30 degrees, snowy, icy, and grey everyday.

Lastly, it’s a very sad day for Penn State fans and college football fans with the news of the passing of legendary coach Joe Paterno. I am a Penn State alum and Joe Paterno was more than a football coach to our school. He donated millions of dollars to build a new library and was always there to give a big pump up speech at THON. I had “met” JoePa about 4 times during my college career on campus, at THON and in one of my classes (he would occasionally drop by classes to say hello). Every time I was able to talk to him, he always had a gigantic smile in his bottle-cap glasses, always reached out for a handshake and would usually say something along the lines of “How’s it going, son?”. He will be missed by family, friends, faculty, administration, athletes, students and fans. Roll up your pant legs, this is JoePa’s house! As always, WE ARE!

Picture of the Space Needle and Experience Music Project in Seattle

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January 24, 2012 - 2:20 PM

ccowman - Thanks, Storey. I figured you’d enjoy the title. Sorry about the Avatar sign, I’ll be sure to put up lots and lots of pictures when #2 and #3 come out.

January 22, 2012 - 10:18 PM

Adam Storey - Great shot…and even better title. :)

I just wish you could have photoshopped out the “Avatar” movie poster. I hate that movie.

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