This year, I didn't go to the event, but I did stop by the Seattle Center on Friday night. Vendors were setting up their booths. Event staff were setting up fences. And the open maw of empty performance stages hungrily awaited their first acts.
There was an air of both anticipation and desolation. People were busy and walking around with energy, but without the thousands of attendees bumping into each other and making it impossible walk anywhere, it had an eerie quiet.