And then the news started talking about 200,000 people coming down here for the parade. Then the number went to 500,000 and I called Tyler and said uncle. I'm going on Friday.
By the time I was going to bed they were saying that the morning commute was expected to be tough and the evening commute won't be much better. The parade is to start at the far end of town (by the Space Needle) at 11:30 and proceed through downtown and get down here by about 1:30.
Last night they put up two giant TV screens in the parking lot. This morning, on my way to swim (6 am), there were some people - a lot more than usual at that hour :) - and chairs laid out to reserve spots. By 8 am when I was coming home, I really did think for a few minutes when my car was surrounded by people, that I'd never get home. But I did and I am NOT leaving!
I just heard on the news that if you aren't downtown now (9 am - remember the parade starts two miles away at 11:30), fugettaboutit. The highways are clogged, the buses are packed, the light rail cars are stuffed, the commuter trains are turning people away left and right and the lines for the ferry boats coming into town are long with standing room only on the boats and they have added extra boats.
Last night I wondered more than once how in the hell do they know how many would be coming to the parade?? I still don't know but it sure looks like their predictions of a royal crap shitload are right on the money.
And... all those people won't have trouble cooling their heels while they wait, it's not expected to get much about 30 degrees today.
I am on my bed in my bedroom. Between me and the parking lot is my kitchen, my living room, closed doors and windows, my terrace and a street... and right now - 9 am I can hear SEEE HAWKS SEEE HAWKS and what sounds like vuvuzelas.
It's going to be a long and eventful day. I'm grateful for my warm, dry, relatively calm perch with which I can see it all and not have to be in any of it!!