After showing me the photos, Mom and Dad gave me presents: a D.C. t-shirt, snickerdoodles and a gift card to Fred Meyer. They like to be sure I'm getting fed.
Then there was dinner, at the Newport Grill next to Lloyd Center. I had salmon stuffed with two other types of seafood, like a delicious kind of nested doll. This all was a belated birthday present, because Mom and Dad were 3,000 miles from me when I turned 35 two weeks ago.
More treating later: we didn't eat from the dessert menu -- hey, do this sometime: eat dinner somewhere that has good dinners and desserts, pay for dinner, go for a walk around the neighborhood, come back, THEN buy dessert -- but I assured the folks I'd be fine. "I bought Ben & Jerry's today," I said.