Tuesday 5 July 2011

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Barry Manilow Fail and Who's Haunting Jack?

We're off!  We left Kelowna this morning (about 45 minutes late, as usual) and drove down to Seattle.  We have an early morning flight tomorrow, so we are spending the night at a hotel to make life a little bit easier.  Of course there's really nothing that's going to make getting our three kids out of bed before 5am any easier, but at least Lori and I might get a little more rest.

It takes around six hours to drive from Kelowna to Seattle, so in order to maintain sanity I've loaded the kids up with stuff to watch on their iPads.  The girls watched season one of Who's Line Is It Anyway and the boy watched season seven of Mythbusters.  This leaves Lori and I in relative peace to play a game of "Who Sings This?"  We throw the iPhone on shuffle and race to see who can name the artist for each song.  You'd think I'd be good at this game.  I've been to almost 500 concerts in my life and own a huge amount of music, but I may just be the world's worst person at identifying singers.  My worst miss today was guessing Barry Manilow when it was Stone Temple Pilots.  If you ever get the chance to play this game against me for money, you probably want to bet everything you have.

So now we're in Seattle.  We've kind of settled on the Doubletree at Sea-Tac for our pre-flight hotel when flying out of Seattle.  They have a family room which has one king bed and two queen beds, free internet and breakfast (for gold members and above, but that's very easy to achieve), and the rate includes 14 days of free parking.  There's also the fact that it's a Doubletree, which means warm chocolate chip cookies when you arrive!  Another bonus is that it's right across the street from a Jack in the Box, which leads into today's strangeness episode.

Lori and I walked across the street to get dinner for the kids, and for some reason I decided to take a picture of the Jack in the Box emblem.  It was one of those 50ft high poles, designed to be seen from the highway, so I zoomed my camera and took the shot.  We went back to the room, and when I downloaded the pictures my youngest daughter noticed something on the Jack in the Box sign.  I don't know if it's standard on the new Jack signs, but I'd never noticed it before.  If it's not supposed to be there, somebody went to an awful lot of trouble to put it there.  It kind of looks like a Cookie Monster ghost in a chef's hat kind of thing, but I'm pretty sure Cookie Monster is still alive and kicking on Sesame Street, so now we're trying to figure out who's haunting Jack in the Box (or at least their sign.)