|That's Bellevue over on the other side of the lake -- stay tuned. Cruise ship somewhere to south.|
Betty Ter Ophetmeer moved to Seattle in the 50s, in her 20s, after seeing a travelogue on the Pacific Northwest at an East Coast US movie theater. She took a train west and checked into the YWCA, got a job and a home and a husband and five sons, in more or less that order. I gave her Betty Beth's cast-off Cassandra by Chance to leaven her usual reading of Flannery O'Connor and Langston Hughes and such. She reports enjoying it and finding another Betty book somewhere around the place.
|Note fog. More in a minute. Cassandra may stumble into a lake given the low visibility; Benedict is not troubled by fog.|
|Cocktail is mine, all mine, and I had to eat the extra brandied cherry so Betty Beth (l) would not risk driving Mr. Beth's car while under any sort of influence due to wheels. Wheels within wheels, that is.|
|Lake Washington, out there lurking. Look out, Cassandra!|
|In case Olivia needs a fall-back occupation and likes the look of the PacNW, as who would not?|
|The Demon Baby having declined to do the honors, we used the camera auto-timer. The book is A Summer Idyll, as it features the worst house guest ever, which I am not. Though awfully good at inviting myself...|
|Not Gouda, but probably cheddar, as in Gorge.|
|I choked down an ice cream in Cordelia and Army Betty's honor.|
|Octavia's cruise ship off to the west somewhere.|
|Amabel and Oliver visit the seashore, though he doesn't propose there. In Betty's yet-to-be-discovered 136th novel, they show up as crossover characters, with an abandoned seal pup in the back of the Bentley.|
A random river in California, except this one gets a roadside scenic viewpoint, unlike most.
|Gijs's first wife ran off with an American! Maybe to a random California river!|
|It is always summer in Santa Barbara! Big Slice, Tishy! Plus, those dark dots are frogmen. Why do no Betty heroes scuba dive to the rescue?|
|Former Army Corps of Engineer turned civilian builder of Anchorage parking garages, now resident in Seattle. You see how it all ties together?|