Seattle wasn't nearly as draining as San Francisco. Yes, kproche were in Seattle this weekend for Rainier (Emperor) Martin Storm's step-down and their coronation.
Flew in Friday night after work, and got to Seattle in time to be picked up by Barry and get a ride to the Full Circle Bar and Grill for the Las Vegas party. We narrowly avoided the Dam Water (don't ask, it's nasty) and then absconded to the Cuff Complex, a very large leather bar mere blocks away. The Cuff was pretty quiet for a late Friday night, so we headed back to the hotel pretty quickly.
It isn't a dump, but The Best Western Executive Inn isn't anything spectacular. Its location, on the other hand, is pretty cool. From our window we could see the base of the Space Needle (yeah, we were close enough that we had to go right up to the window to see anything above the first deck) and the Experience Music Project/Science Fiction Museum building (very Gehry, but colorful!).
Saturday Hospitality was in this strange little room on the side of the hotel, heavily glassed, long and narrow. Several donors put out a really nice buffet spread while folks came through, had a few drinks and turned in protocol. While we were there, we got a phone call from Julie and Greg who talked us into walking over to the SFM to check it out.
Coronation itself started really early (4:00 PM) because they rearranged the script. All the courts were presented during a cocktail-reception format event that featured the anniversary monarch presentations, followed by dinner and then the show (command performances and last walks). Except for a catering hitch, it worked really well.
Julie and Greg joined us for the coronation and walked as "Ambassadors to Nebula 5." This was the first time we've ever brought straight people to a coronation where they haven't felt mightily underdressed. Then again, Greg has a large collection of formalwear, and Julie came in a Julian May original design that had more gold, lace and pointed bugle-beads than the rest of the room combined.
The show itself was excellent; Martin and Meme picked a wonderful assortment of entertainers. Martin's last walk started with the production of both himself and a cute scantily-clad boy from magic boxes.
Immediately after the Coronation we were off back to Full Circle for the Ememerald Rainwater Party (yet more scary shots) to raise money for the new Olympia (Empress) and Rainier. Yep, they've got new ones, Olympia 34 Aysia and Rainier 31 Rena. Again, we spent some time there and then followed the crowd back over to the Cuff.
Having succeeded at not drinking ourselves silly, we packed up the room nice and early Sunday morning and went down to the Victory Brunch at the hotel, where Martin, Gaysha and Meme thanked everybody who helped them and the new Olympia and Rainier announced their court name (The Century Court of the Golden Reign) and colors (Red/Gold and Blue/Gold, I think). Buffet was pretty sad, but the made-to-order omelet bar made up for it.
Unfortunately, we had an early afternoon flight so we had to hoof it back to the airport (many thanks to Timm for the ride) so we could get home in time for the SJ Gay Pride Oscars Gala. We showed up late (flight was late) but had a good time, and then went home to sleep.
Up next? Long Beach (any SoCal folks free Saturday and want to join us?) and San José.