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Give me a decaf mocca frapaccino – and hold the fish

A prudent first consideration when trying to understand Seattle is that it is not Athens, Rome or, for that matter, Stratford-upon-Avon. The seed of Western Civilization was planted in classical Athens, blew westward on a storm toward ancient Rome, was miraculously grafted onto stronger roots during the Renaissance in Florence and Siena and, one thing following another, kept going until it hit Seattle, where it stopped, the broad Pacific being too great a barrier for its further transit. Instead, Asian culture came east, and although Seattle remains heavily European in population and influence, it doesn't completely fit a classical definition of what is Western; in fact, it doesn't quite fit any classical definition. It is, in a word, "whatever," in the very contemporary use of that word to mean, "If that works for you, I'm OK with it."

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Universal Studios: New 'Cinematic Celebration' to cap off park nights

Universal Studios is revamping its approach to its nighttime spectaculars, a move that changes where visitors watch, slows down the pacing of its film clips and busts its Harry Potter-ness out of the Wizarding World. The result will be "Universal Orlando's Cinematic Celebration," scheduled to debut sometime this summer.

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In the Brainerd Lakes area, alone and loving it

I have just returned from a trip to the Brainerd Lakes area, where I kayaked solo on a lake, hiked along a path (just me and the ticks), and ate dinner with magazines and my smartphone. Around me, families and couples chatted and laughed.

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Big Sur's Highway 1 southern route to open in late July

BIG SUR, Calif. – The entire coastal stretch of California's iconic Highway 1 will re-open at the end of July, restoring a beloved but fragile route from San Francisco to Los Angeles that has been closed for more than a year, the California Department of Transportation announced last week.

Want to see an amazing sight? 10,000-15,000 gulls Winter roost on Lake Norman

Each winter gulls flock to Lake Norman every night for a safe place to roost. Mostly they're ring-billed gulls but others like herring gulls also spend the night on the lake.