In the fall, I'll be starting a Ph.D. program in Materials Science and Engineering. I'm excited about it. I don't yet have any real idea what research project I'll be working on, but Marco Rolandi's group is doing some very interesting things at the interface between microfabrication and materials engineering. That's the exact realm I'm interested in, so I'd say his group looks promising.
What else looks promising: Seattle's public transportation infrastructure. I've already planned out a path for us to get from thee airport to our hotel and from our hotel to our new apartment the next day, and they're both very straightforward and painless routes. Easier than driving in Dallas!