After 28 years of tropical
and laid-back island lifestyle,
the decision to select Seattle as our new and future home in 1991 seemed nothing short of
madness. Sensing my trepidation, my childhood pal and long-time Seatteite, Sharon (McCarthy) Ramey suggested,
"The only way you're going to know for sure if
is going to be major obstacle for you, is to come visit us when the weather is at its worst."
Sounds reasonable enough. Now, let me see...just which of those 365 soggy, rain-soaked, cloud-filled
days per annum are considered to be the worst?!
December 26th seemed like the perfect day to travel. Day after Christmas? No crowds. No traffic.
Hey...WAIT A MINUTE! We're talkin' circa 1990, here. Wasn't that during the most paralyzing Seattle snow storm
in 30 years? You bet it was! Talk about your made-to-order, worst-case scenario! It was The Perfect Storm !
Needless to say, I fell in love with Seattle instantly, 30-year blizzard and all!