I had a planning meeting with our Seattle engineering team that was too lengthy to handle over Microsoft Lync, so I flew to Seattle this morning to meet with them in person. Other than a few layovers at SEA, I’ve never actually been to Seattle and I was pleasantly surprised by the sunny warm weather.
Our office in downtown Seattle is conveniently located right next to the historic Pike Place Market, which is famous for being home to the original Starbucks, among other things. I arrived about two hours before the meeting and took a few minutes to wander around the old market hall before I went into the office. I was impressed at both the size (it covers at least three floors of a whole city block) and the authenticity of the building (it looked and smelled genuinely old in a Wrigley Field sort of way). While in the market, I witnessed the fish throwing spectacle that I’ve seen before on travel shows. It wasn’t completely clear to me why market employees were throwing the fish. From what I could gather, when a customer ordered a few pounds of, say salmon, the guys would toss the whole huge dead fish back behind the counter so the other guys with the knives could cut off three pounds and package it.