Well, I'm in Seattle!
My clever ploy to take an umbrella evidently worked, because it was quite lovely all day yesterday, and it's only cloudy today--not so bad--with a downpour only during the night. I even left some Seattle weather behind at Logan Airport, where there was a driving rain as my airplane took off, three hours behind schedule.
Despite the delay, the flight itself was unremarkable--which means excellent. However, since I arrived so late, I went to bed Friday night (Saturday morning, that is) at the equivalent of 6AM, east coast time. That's why I took the day off yesterday to chill out and visit and recover.
Speaking of recovery, about twenty-four hours before my departure I sensed I was coming down with a nasty cold. You know how it is--one moment you're fine, going about your business, and the next moment you know you're not only about to get sick, you actually already are sick. So, desperate to avoid becoming really sick on vacation, I tried taking some of those zinc lozenges I'd heard so much about.
I hereby report, much to my delight, that they seem to be working. Even though I know I can't scientifically prove it by this sample of a single cold, so far the symptoms have been so much less severe than usual that I'm willing to do my bit to advertise the zinc treatment to those few of you who might have previously been aware of it. The worst that seems to happen is that you are forced to suck on a pretty decent-tasting zinc-laced hard candy every couple of hours. Sad, isn't it?