Danielle and I participated in Seattle’s Chinese New Year ceremonies on Saturday, exploring the neighborhood and enjoying the cultural festivities. Despite working in that neighborhood for the past 5 years there are still shops I’ve never been to, and we found a few new favorites (especially the New Century Tea Gallery – say hello to Dafe if you stop in). Sally, Lance and Jen met us later in the day, after the firecracker smoke had cleared but still with enough time to enjoy the drum squads and look for rice wine at the market. I meant to bring my proper camera but opted for only the pocket one at the last second, a decision I regretted later when I was practically drowning in interesting photo ops on the streets of Chinatown. Regardless, I took a lot of pictures so you can celebrate the Year of the Ox with us, vicariously and retroactively.