later, Viv and I are eating dinner at that Thai place in the big downtown mall, Pacific Place, waiting for the car to be ready, when the PA annoinces the indoor snowfall feature.

Apparently (and I can confirm this) the mall hosts these artificial snow displays during the holiday shopping season.

It’s like a scene from a 1980s dystopian comic book or from, specifically, Harlan Ellison’s A boy and his Dog. At the same time, I assure you, it’s pretty neat to look at. Unfortunately, it does not reproduce well on cell phone camera.