A friend and I headed down to Seattle on Wednesday. What a luxury to get out of town midweek, if only for a night. Our destination was to see Coldplay at the Key Arena. Being used to small venue "shows", I was unprepared for Coldplay's state of the art production that rivaled a Broadway performance. The effects started straightaway during "Hurts Like Heaven", when wristbands given to the audience upon entering the venue began to flash. From then on whenever the band crooned certain songs the wristbands would light up. Then came the confetti, which was blown all over the stadium. During "Major Minus," a cascade of beach balls followed. There was even a moment during the encore when Chris Martin appeared at the back of the arena near the cheap seats and sang "Us Against the World". Alas, no Gwenyth sightings. We stayed the night at the hipsterest of hotels, Ace Hotel, in Belltown. Our night began with happy hour at Local 360, followed by dinner at an Italian restaurant, post show drinks were imbibed at Tini Bigs, then we grabbed pizza in the wee hours at Belltown Pizza. The next morning it was up at the crack of dawn, breakfast at Macrina Bakery, then back home to the island. A brief, but delightful, 24 hours out of dodge.