The strangest thing happened to me last night. I went out for dinner and a few drinks with some friends at the Mall here in Redmond. First, there was no place to park, we just thought there was a concert going on or some event. The crossroads that go through the Mall were all blocked off with heavy trucks, cement trucks and there were police cars from all over King County. We finally found a place to park and walked to the Restaurant. After dinner and several drinks we decided to go catch a movie. The theatre is at the center of the Mall. When we got there, we found several hundred people and police standing around the entrance to the Hotel across the street. Many people had Kerry/Edwards signs. Then there were the authorities, police and suit wearing dudes with earpieces everywhere. I went out over to one of the cops and asked whats going on? We said they werent allowed to say. Then we noticed snipers up on the roof of the hotel. I finally asked some of the folks standing around, and they all said Dubya was here! So it was, Dubya, indeed. I didnt even know Dubya was in Seattle. But here he was, bringing shame to my town by spending the night here. There was a very sickly feeling in the air. Protestors started accumulating around the perimeter with all kinds of nasty signs. Impeach Bush! Murderer! Lots of people wearing W stickers with the W crossed out. One young lady sat cross legged in front of the hotel with lit candles and quarts of oil spilled around her to give the effect of blood running on the street. I think she was determined to stake out the hotel in hopes that Dubya might catch a glipse of her protest. Come to find out, all this was just because Dubya was going to walk into the hotel, nothing more. My three friends and I waited for Dubya to come. One of them loves Dubya and wanted to see him. And I wanted to see him too. Finally the motorcade came around the corner. Police bikes, police cars, lights flashing Blazer after Blazer, the line in the motorcade kept going and going and a big black flagged Limo passed by and Dubya that little chicken went through the back door of the hotel. There couldnt have been more then a couple hundred people there to boo him and several hundred more just curious to see him and he couldnt even come through the front door. So Dubya blighted my town by spending the night here last night. Why did he have to stay in Redmond? He stayed at the hotel Gates uses for interviewees. Was he interviewing for a job at Microsoft? No, he wouldnt have a chance. No, I realized he couldnt stay in Seattle, because if he stayed downtown, people would find out and the Hotel would be mobbed by thousands of angry protestors. Dubya is violently hated in Seattle. So he stayed in Redmond. Even Redmond though is very multicultural, well educated and definitely Kerry territory. Then it dawned on me why this guy doesnt travel often out of his home states. He is such a polarizing figure, everywhere he goes brings thousands of angry people to him. When we drove home that night, there were protestors all along the main street. I took some comfort in knowing that while here Dubya didnt get to appreciate the beauty of this place, he had to see all the people with signs calling him a murderer and a traitor and a corporate puppet.