I am not sure why I decided I would do the "hop" and not fly direct. Big difference in cost and I felt it was the "right thing to do". Well, I am here in rainy Seattle. I spend all of 2 hours in Canada, which consisted of get off plane, pick up luggage, go through Canadian immigration, carry (or wheel) bag to US pre-flight immigration (means I didn't have to do it in Seattle), drop pack, go to gate, get on plane.
I am now at the appartment I am staying in, and have met Tim who is sharing the appartment with me. He seems ok (for an Aussie!!). Time to get some shut eye before the long days start tomorrow.