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February 28, 2008

What I Dithcovered in Theattle, Day One

I recently traveled to Seattle for the New Conspirators conference, sponsored by Mustard Seed Associates and inspired by the new Likewise book The New Conspirators by Tom Sine. Here are some of the observations and insights I gained over the course of my first twenty-four hours there.

* A person's anxiety level can be determined by a complex equation involving (a) the size of the vehicle he is driving in comparison to his normal vehicle, and (b) the narrowness of traffic lanes he is driving on in comparison to his normal lane sizes.
* Said anxiety level is increased exponentially by the number of one-way streets along the route to the driver's destination.
* Seattle has a lot of one-way streets.
* Seattle drivers park in ways that make one-way streets look like two-way streets, and vice versa.
* There are places in the world where green, not white, is the color of late February.
* Rock and roll music and science fiction are two great tastes that go great together.
* There are major cities in the United States that have managed to build up and out without paving over every green space and chopping down every tall tree.
* Split pea soup is best enjoyed with gluten-free bread and new friends.
* Thpeaking with a lithp, while juvenile, ith alwayth funny. Ethpecially in Theattle.
* Every man over the age of thirty in Seattle (and perhaps even some of the women), regardless of race, ethnicity, country of origin or habits of exercise and diet, looks almost exactly like IVP Academic senior reference editor Dan Reid.
* I could live here, I think.

Posted by Dave Zimmerman at February 28, 2008 1:46 PM Bookmark and Share

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Lisa Rieck is a reader and writer who likes to discuss good ideas over hot drinks and gets inspired by the sky. She takes in all kinds of good ideas as a proofreader for InterVarsity Press.

Rebecca Larson is a writer/designer/creative type who has infiltrated IVP's web department, where she writes and edits online content. She enjoys a good pun and loves the smell of freshly printed books.

David A. Zimmerman is an editor for Likewise Books and a columnist for Burnside Writers Collective. He's written three books, most recently The Parable of the Unexpected Guest. Follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/unexpguest. Find his personal blog at loud-time.com.

Suanne Camfield is a publicist for InterVarsity Press and a freelance writer. She floats ungracefully between work, parenting and writing, and (much to her dismay) finds it impossible to read on a treadmill. She is a member of the Redbud Writers Guild and blogs at The Rough Cut.

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