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X Files Binge, Ferriss Wheels, Back On The Road – Seattle Updates

Hi all, I’ve been in Seattle for two days and have now eaten five bowls (excuse me, four bowls and one “tanker” of clam chowder). I also got tricked into a four dollar cup of orange juice this morning when I was waylaid by a smiling waiter in a restaurant. I thought he was just being polite. Come to think of it, perhaps it was being poured even as I said “sure.”….

But I officially love Seattle. We went to the space needle yesterday. It’s tall. I went to the Museum of Art. Still have no idea how to talk about art, but I liked what I saw. I think.

I went on a four mile run yesterday morning and wound up at Top Pot Doughnuts. Thank you, man in Atlanta who said I had to come have these doughnuts, you were right.

I had a talk and signing and Third Place Books on Saturday night, which was great fun. TPB was one of the most charming bookstores I’ve ever been in. “Third Place” refers to this, not “We’re the runner up of the runner up.”

I’m at the Alexis Hotel. In the fitness room, there are three five pound dumbbells and some treadmills. Feeling uninspired, I must say. Three dumbbells–well what do you know? Time for juggling, I guess.

Tonight I have an event at the main Seattle Library. It looks like a spaceship. I’ll be in conversation with Diane Mapes, who is quite sassy and has been a great new friend. Diane is also coming back from a bout with breast cancer, so I can’t wait to see what she has to say about strength, faith, and keeping on.

Oh, I rode the Ferris wheel down at the pier with my mom. Great view of the city, and the water.

In the hotel I’m re-reading Roughing It by Mark Twain and had an X-Files binge last night.  Scully sure gets puts through the ringer. Mulder usually comes through with a couple of scratches, but she gets abducted, beat up, and more in just about every single episode.  In the FBI, I can’t imagine that there is a job one hundredth as perilous as working on the X Files.

And for now, that’s that. Off to wander the city.


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  • Eric West | Friendship Society May 20, 2013, 12:07 pm

    Sounds like the book tour is going great. I finished the book yesterday. Thanks for sharing all things that made you the man you are today. I enjoyed reading it.

    • Josh Hanagarne May 20, 2013, 2:30 pm

      Thanks Eric, I’m so glad. The man I was at the end of the book is already different, but such is life.

  • Jana May 20, 2013, 4:20 pm

    I just found out you are in Seattle tonight. I MUST COME! I am halfway through your book and it is fabulous. I also grew up in Utah, in the Mormon church. Now I find out you are binging on my favorite telly show. I am most interested to come and hear and/or meet you tonight!

    • Josh Hanagarne May 20, 2013, 4:57 pm

      Please do come, Jana. I’d love to meet you.

      • Jana May 23, 2013, 11:32 am

        It was a pleasure to meet you. I’m spreading the word far and wide (and near) that everyone must read your book!

        • Josh Hanagarne May 23, 2013, 3:26 pm

          Far, wide, and near. Exelente! So good to meet you.

  • Heather May 20, 2013, 5:50 pm

    Three 5-pound dumbells–what, no third arm for you? How unfortunate. That they are merely 5 pounds, I mean. Congratulations on the doughnut discovery! That’s awesome! DOUBLE-CONGRATS on the way awesome bookstore! I miss those.

  • Casey May 21, 2013, 8:10 am

    Thanks for the talk last night. Following up in my question about breathing and meditation, I sense a great deal of realism in how you live your life, which I admire. You might enjoy listening to Pema Chodron’s ‘Don’t Bite the Hook’ probably available in the SLC library audio book department. She has some interesting and wry comments about religion in general. Although Biddhism is classified as a religion by the IRS, I would have to say it is anything but that. Check it out. If you like that one move on to the book version of Comfortable With Uncertainty. Hope your book is a huge success, I am recommending it to many of my bibliophile friends.

  • Mary Capizzi May 22, 2013, 7:41 am

    Hi Josh,
    Hope you’re having a terrific book tour. I’m the TSA officer who held your laptop for you at SLC airport. LOVE the book & have been telling everybody what a great book it is. Thank you for it.

    • Josh Hanagarne May 22, 2013, 9:55 am

      Thanks Mary, for the comment and the laptop! So glad you’re enjoying it.

  • Jerrie May 23, 2013, 11:21 am

    I cannot believe I had to miss you in Seattle. I had jury duty (which I actually really love) and didn’t have time to make the two hour drive. However, I did send a friend in my place (who had never been to a book talk/author event) and he loved it! When he left I immediately called and made him tell me everything…I might be a nerd. Next time you’re in the area I’m there (unless the wheels of justice need me, then I’ll know there is a conspiracy)!

    I’m glad you got to go on the ferris wheel. Cool, eh?

    Enjoy being home…

    • Josh Hanagarne May 23, 2013, 3:26 pm

      Will do. Hopefully we’ll get another chance!

  • Michelle June 3, 2013, 2:13 pm

    Hi Josh,

    Not sure if my name (last name Holmes) rings a bell or not, but I was a year behind you in high school. I finished your book this morning – after starting it last night. Let’s just say I have some catching up to do now, but it was worth it. Thank you for sharing your story; it certainly made me regret not getting to know you during all of those years when we passed in the halls. I’m commenting on this particular post because I live outside of Seattle now. I’m sorry that I didn’t get “in the know” sooner about the book and your success so that I could have caught you on this stop of your tour. But I’m glad you got to know my home a little bit while you were here.

    All the best to you and your family,


    • Josh Hanagarne June 3, 2013, 2:42 pm

      Thanks Michelle! I don’t know if I’m remembering you or not, but let’s say that we were, and remain, best friends.

      I’ll be back up there sometime.