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August 15, 2008 1:54 PM

Things I'll miss about Kirkland

Posted by Jose Romero

Wow, the end just got here so fast.

It has only now just really hit me that I will no longer be making the drive to Seahawks headquarters in Kirkland anymore. Starting Monday, Danny and I and all the other everyday media will be working out of Renton and the Virginia Mason Athletic Center, new home of your Seahawks.

Yesterday was the last day in Kirkland. As I write, the place is being emptied out and things being moved south on I-405. The team held a short practice today and then said goodbye to the building.

Here's my goodbye to a place in which I spent about half of the past six-plus years. Goodbye to the moldy, dank practice bubble. To the media room where photos of reporters from the past 32 years covered the walls, mine included. To the windows in that room, since there are none in our area in Renton. To the little parking lot where my car once got hit by a driver (maybe a month after I bought it) because the spaces were so narrow and space was at a premium. To Teriyaki Madness, where I had gotten to the point where I could walk in and ask for the usual (chicken breast, brown rice and broccoli with sauce on the side) and speak Spanish to the cooks, and to the convenience of a nearby gas station, Bartell's, Houghton Market, Quizno's, B of A and the post office.

But enough from me. Here's what Coach Mike Holmgren had to say about the farewell to Kirkland yesterday.

"I think it's different for a player than a coach. I really do. I thought a little bit about that. The players are going into a facility that's [better]. The locker room, the training room, the dining hall, everything's wonderful. Couldn't be any nicer for the players. Now, the coach, give me a desk and a TV and a decent chair and nice fields, and that's really what we get used to. And so in that respect, this place is very comfortable. We're used to it, I don't get lost in this building. I got lost in the new one. But it'll take some time before that building becomes kind of like that nice, good pair of slippers you have."

"This has been a very function, good building for us. The big advantage, and the thing I will not miss, is the bubble, or the moldy smell, or anything that went with that, [like] the darkness. Our indoor facility at the new place is phenomenal, and that'll be a really good thing."

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Posted by Trufan

7:00 PM, Aug 15, 2008

Jose,

No PCC on your list? No Shamiana's? You don't like natural food and Indian food??? PCC has a great deli and Shamiana's has some of the best indian food on the Eastside.

I do not work at PCC, but one of the things I liked is when the players would come in shopping: Shawn Alexander, Bobby Engram, Matt Hasselbeck, Trent Dilfer, Lamar King, Chad Brown, even The Big Show himself. I also got to know Valerie Alexander and Kristen Brown, both very nice and down to earth women. In fact, I found all of them to be very nice and grounded people.

Posted by No.12

7:37 AM, Aug 16, 2008

If Jose was going to miss those businesses, I suppose he would have written about them in his blog posting.

Nice attempt at advertising, though.

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