As I was biking up the hill from Factoria to Eastgate, the sign at the Honda dealer indicated 99°F. A quick review of temperatures in the area:
Because the house was running 86°F (no air conditioning), I spent the rest of the evening at Crossroads Mall in Bellevue. It’s an unusual place. For one, the food court is replete with ethnic restaurants instead of the typical franchise faire. If you have a group of people who can’t decide whether they want pirogis, pizza, lamb kebabs, or a burritos, come here. Everybody’s happy. There’s also a live performance stage. Tonight, Pearl Django, a jazz/swing band was playing to an appreciative audience.
The “front” entrance has relatively comfortable seating between a news stand, Starbucks and Half-Price books.
Further down the mall, away from the food, is a satellite branch of the King County Library System, with free wireless.
Best of all, it’s air conditioned!