As much as I love Seattle -- I've visited here more than any other place where I never actually lived -- it's a good thing that, with the hour-long exception of yesterday afternoon's sublime clearing, the weather has been really, really bad. For all my animus against Arizona's heat and desiccation, I am realizing how much I've gotten used to not having wet socks! I wish I could have more of the weather that bitterlawngnome and danthered had during their recent visit. Prior to the trip, I had contemplated driving out into the hinterlands to see Mt. Rainier. But that would be a futile exercise this weekend.