A couple of days ago, I was looking through old entries in my journal and I came across the June 3 entry in Triumphs & Tribulations XI. I was in Seattle at the time as it was part of my 4-day, 3-night Pacific Northwest swing before I departed for my military assignment at Osan in South Korea. Since I was up that way, I figured it would be as great a time as any to accomplish Item 18 in the bucket list. That brings me to this week’s moment in the Flashback Friday series: Pike Place Market.
How I first came across this moment? Having finished up at Joint Base Andrews 2 weeks earlier, I took a couple of weeks of leave ahead of my port call out of Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. I honestly had no intentions of going to Pike Place Market while I was in the area. My main focus was to kick it in Portland—because I really wanted to see the International Rose Test Garden and munch down on a Voodoo doughnut—and Vancouver—because I wanted to picture of the skyline from False Creek. Seattle was in the middle and though I had a legit reason to scout about the city, I wasn’t really all that interested in doing it on this particular go-around. On my last day in the area before my flight took off the next morning, I decided to kick it at Seattle Center and visit Pike Place Market for the first time. Upon my arrival at Pike Place Market, I saw a vendor selling apples and Item 18 of my bucket list—buy an apple in Pike Place Market—came to mind. I took the chance to accomplish it.
What it meant to me then? In the moment, it was a quick and easy bucket list item that I was able to accomplish. The apple was delicious though.
What it means to me now? 3 years later, not much has changed in terms of how I feel about the moment. I do think that the accomplishment of small and simple bucket list items like this one makes the 75 items on my list so intriguing. As for Pike Place Market, I’ll try to get back out there this summer on the back end of my summer vacation on along the Pacific.