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6/19/2013 2:51:23 PM - Steve Pulcinella
6-19-13 Seattle Selfie Vacation

If you are a diehard Stevey P fan and let’s face it, who isn’t? You may have noticed that I haven’t posted in a week or so because I have been on vacation or as I like to call it ‘The Stevey P World Tour . . . of the Seattle Area’. My wife’s family lives a little ways outside of Seattle so every so often we fly out there to visit them and soak up the cool dry summer weather. I love it out there, so clean and fresh compared to Filthadelphia and the people are really friendly. There really isn’t too much to report because we mainly just hang out with her family and catch up with everyone but we did get a few chances to get to the nearby gym.

SteveDrink

We stopped in to this little local gym in Gig Harbor WA with my nephew Brandon who has recently started really getting into lifting and has filled out a lot since I saw him last. The gym itself is nothing special, full of the typical lousy equipment and then all of the sudden I see it! A brand new Flat Bench - Deluxe Competition Bench which I found out was purchased and donated to this gym by a group of powerlifters that all train there. I got the chance to meet one of the owners of the bench named RC and enjoyed gabbing about the state of powerlifting and training with him a bit. This bench was like a seeing an oasis in the middle of the desert. At least I could get in some solid benching there and not have to battle against some skinny bench that my shoulders hang off of and no movable uprights.

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SteveBrandon

On Sunday my wife, her brother Lance his wife Lori and my wife’s sister Melody took a ferry from Bremerton into Seattle across the Puget Sound. What a beautiful ride that is and to top it off the weather was perfect. It was great just hanging out on the deck in that crisp air just enjoying the ride. At one point we were all sitting on the ferry hanging out and I hear someone yell “YO, STEVEY P!” I’m thinking who the hell is calling my name and I turn around and it’s a member of my gym named Blaise coming towards me. What are the odds of that? 3000 miles away running into a guy from my gym on the exact same Ferry.

SteveJalaineFerry


It’s a pretty cool view as you arrive into downtown Seattle from the harbor. Once you arrive the waterfront is teaming with people, little stores and amazing seafood restaurants with great seaside views. We did a little shopping and grabbed some grub at a local spot. I had some great chowder and fresh Salmon, can’t beat that! Since we went up in the Space Needle the last time we were there my wife and I took a spin on this massive Ferris wheel that puts you hundreds of feet above the water. I was a big boy and wasn’t scared at all.

SteveSeattle

SteveFerris

My sister in law said she wanted to show us the world’s most unsanitary tourist attraction and we climbed up these steep streets into the alley and there it was . . . the “Gum Wall”. Which is exactly what the name suggests, it is a wall with thousands of disgusting pieces of chewed gum stuck to it over many, many years. It’s both a beautiful artistic expression and extremely gross all at the same time.

GumWall

On the way home my wife surprised me by upgrading us into first class seats, I call it the “Sugar Momma Upgrade”. Man that made a cross country flight a LOT more comfortable! I highly suggest it to any large guys out there. The whole time I was in first class I just kept thinking, this must be what it feels like to be a rich guy, like Bill Gates or Dave Tate, first class all the way! At first I thought I wasn’t classy enough to fit in with the first class aristocrats that normally fly first class until two of them started bitching like entitled dicks because they didn’t get their drinks fast enough the second they sat down. They were acting like such rude assholes that I really thought they were going to have to taxi back and throw these two guys off the plane. I guess money can’t buy you class eh?

SteveonPlane

But it's good to be home and back in the gym now and it’s time to get back to real training.

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