... to spy a fat pig!
Okay, not really, but these porkers are all over downtown Seattle. This one in particular watches over Pike Place Market, which we wandered through on Sunday to pick out a "fun ingredient," as D calls it. We decided to do this about once a week for the summer -- going to a local grocery or produce stand to find something interesting to build a meal around (or at the very least a central dish). This expedition landed us some plump little Calimyrna figs. More news to come on what we do with them.
The market was overrun (even more than usual) because it happened to be the weekend of the Pike Place Market Street Festival. We managed to weave through the crowds without stepping on any toes. Maybe next time we come down, we'll bring the cooler and get some seafood from the famous fish counter where the men working the stand juggle orders (literally). The masses were a bit thick -- attracted, no question, to the fish-flinging act -- and getting a good look at the merchandise would have required more elbowing than we were inclined to try.
In other projects of the moment: we drove around Mercer Island for the first time. Mercer Island is the home of the top rated school districts in all of Washington (and thus, some prime real estate), and a random internet search of properties for sale there turned up some scary prices a few months ago. D and I figured we probably had no hope of buying a house in this part of Seattle. But on the off chance that there was a bungalow we might stumble upon, we took a tour around the island on the way back from the market. Believe it or not, we found something. It's not for sale, as far as we can tell, but this is proof that even people of modest means can have their square footage there:
Based on what we've seen for more standard size homes out there, we're estimating the value of this place to be $400,000. (And that is why we'll be looking elsewhere for a home ... )
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