Isn’t it surprising that I have lived in Seattle for almost twenty years and I have never been to the top of the Space Needle? How is that possible? When I first moved here I resisted going because I said I wanted to go to the top of Mount Rainier first. But that never happened and probably never will. Or maybe I will, who knows. I’ve let go of that weird constraint, but in the meantime everyone else has already gone up there – my kids, my family when they’ve visited, my friends, everyone! So I decided at the beginning of this project that if I made it all the way through 364 ‘I Nevers’, I would celebrate the 365th with dinner and drinks at the tippy top of the space needle. And TA DA! Here we are! Today marks my 365th ‘I Never’. Woo hoo!!!!
Tonight my partners in ‘I Nevering’, Sonya and Piper, and their respective partners, joined Todd and me in a fiesta extrodinaire. It was such a great night and I had so much fun. And even though it took me twenty years to make it to the top of the Space Needle, I think I made up for it tonight. Our wonderful waiter told us that it takes 47 minutes for the restaurant to do a full rotation, and we must have gone around at least five times, laughing, eating, drinking, and signing the cards that get stuck to the window as the restaurant rotates. The food was delicious (except for the bone marrow appetizer Todd ordered – ick! – who orders that kind of stuff anyway?), the wine was flowing (I love it when the waiter keeps filling your glass for you), and the view was outstanding, and included an amazing sunset over the Olympic Mountains.
We finished dinner with a big dish of smoking ice cream – the Lunar Orbiter it’s called – which was a site to behold, and then we headed up to the observation deck. It was a little before midnight and the place was hopping. But the Space Needle closes at midnight, and so, alas, we all had to leave, or get kicked out rather.
What a perfect ending to an incredible year, on top of the world, looking down on creation, and the only explanation I can find, is the love that I’ve found…