Sunday, November 15, 2015

mewithoutYou (supporting The Menzingers) @ Neumos (11/14/2015)

So, this was really a The Menzingers show, but I was only there to see mewithoutYou, who was their main supporting act.  I (luckily) arrived a few minutes before mwY's set, and left soon after they were done - I didn't see any bands that played before or after them.

I think they were only supposed to play for about 45 minutes (though they might have gone a bit longer), and they made the most of their time.  They went straight in and out of songs, with only a couple of brief pauses to thank the other bands, the crew, and the fans.  The 12+ (just guessing) song setlist spanned their entire catalog, with their latest album only getting a few (though probably the biggest representation of all of them).  I was mostly pleased with their song selection.  There's not too much more to say about them that I haven't remarked on before.  I'm glad that I decided to attend the show (I only bought a ticket 3 days before, which is pretty late for me) despite the cold and wet weather.  Getting to and from the venue was also my first Seattle bus experience.

Rating: 4.1/5

Saturday, November 14, 2015

New digs for the next 16 months

After almost two weeks, I'm pretty much settled into my apartment in Seattle.  There are still a few things to clean up or put away, but everything major is in place.  As for an explanation...I am on a ~16 month temporary assignment here for a new position that I accepted at Boeing.  So there also an adjustment process underway at work.

My first impressions during my short time here so far are that I will probably enjoy my stay, despite the fact that it has rained more days than not since I've been here.  I like my apartment building and the Junction neighborhood here in West Seattle, especially because most things that I need are within easy walking distance.  I plan to initially try to use the excellent bus system (the light rail is no better than St. Louis, though) to get around town except for my short (~20 minutes) commute to/from work, as well as to get to/from soccer games (when I eventually start playing again).  We'll see how that goes.

The process of moving up here has made me reflect on things quite a bit.  I came to appreciate even more the situation that I have in St. Louis, even as I grew excited for this PNW adventure.  I will consider StL my home for the foreseeable future, and I look forward to the continued development that attempts to restore the city to its former glory.

Meanwhile, though, I will try to make the most of my time out here in Seattle.