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went to Bellingham today

November 26th, 2011 at 05:04 pm

This has nothing at all to do with frugality, and everything to do with yielding to temptation.

Went to Bellis Fair Mall to get a Canucks cap for my brother -- hubby's passport was at home and he had to get to work at 4pm, so no trip to British Columbia. They had a half-off 2nd lid sale, so my kid got one too.

Because I don't like running to Bellis Fair for less than the cost of one tank of gas, we went west to look at used bookstores. Bought tea for my aunt who used to live in Bellingham, _Burr_ by Gore Vidal, the Collected Poems of Stevie Smith, some Doc Savage novels and a Warriors novel for the tot. Ate at Fiamma Burger, almost went to the Cheerful Soup Kitchen because Charlie Chaplin was adorning several of its windows. Fiamma Burger was worthy of Seattle's Fremont neighbourhood, with choices of lamb, chicken sausage, chicken, beef, elk and salmon.

I list five advantages Bellingham has over Seattle:
1. free parking on Saturdays.
2. KMRE FM.
3. fewer hills -- easier to bike.
4. more Canadian literature in used bookstores.
5. less snotty, more sustainable vibe to it.

As we pulled into Bellis Fair's parking lot, my husband realized he had not renewed his license, which expired yesterday. So I had to drive home. I did not beat my record of 69 minutes: my time was 74 minutes, to which I attribute the presence of several Washington State Patrol and unmarked squad cars, and a poky minivan going 60 ahead of us in the HOV lane. Google Directions estimated 94 minutes.

Note to VPM: thanks! received package of goodies!

5 Responses to “went to Bellingham today”

  1. LuckyRobin Says:

    The place to renew your driver's license in Bellingham is two blocks from Bellis Fair Mall, tucked back behind the transit terminal and Dairy Queen. And it's open on Saturdays, too.

    Have you ever tried Il Fiamma Wood-Fired Pizza? It's across the street and down a block and owned by the same people as the burger joint you went to. One of the best places to eat in Bellingham.

  2. PauletteGoddard Says:

    D'oh! We could have used this info! Especially as my kid noted the presence of a Dairy Queen as we headed for Bellis Fair Pkway!

    My husband wants the Enhanced Driver's License. He's the only one in our family who needs a passport to cross the border. If we make good on our threat to move to Bellingham, an enhanced license and a NEXUS pass will come in handy.

    My son also noted the Fiamma Pizza. We haven't gone yet: we had pizza yesterday evening in Seattle and still Thanksgiving leftovers to work through.

    This was a good outing -- it almost ended up being just me on the scooter, but the men got good loot and tasty food. Thanks for the tip!

  3. My English Castle Says:

    Did I hear Stevie Smith?

  4. baselle Says:

    Burr is a good read.

  5. Jerry Says:

    "5. less snotty, more sustainable vibe to it."

    That speaks volumes and leads me to want to visit Bellingham next time I am in the area! Every region needs some insurance of a cool place like that to hang out... and I fear that Seattle ain't it.
    Jerry

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