I have been showing people around Pioneer Square for eight years, and I’m happy to say that it still beats working for a living.
As a storyteller I always heed Emily Dickinson’s advice: “tell all the truth but tell it slant.” When I finish up here each day I get to go home to my wife and son and our sweet old dog in Seattle’s historic Ballard neighborhood.
My favorite coffee place is the Last Exit on Brooklyn, in the University District, but it’s been gone for thirty years or more so now I just go to Starbucks like everyone else.
My favorite lunch spot is Hudson’s Hamburgers in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, where I grew up. It’s been owned and operated by the same family for 111 years. Locally, Kidd Valley makes a fine burger and the deep fried mushrooms are sublime. There’s a location on the waterfront, so you were probably headed that way anyhow.
Before I became a tour guide I worked as a cook, I managed a record store, and I even practiced a little bit of law for a while. When I grow up I want to be an amateur naturalist, working somewhere deep in the woods of western Washington.