Re: There comes a time.....
23rd and Madison? Not good. Seriously, you won't want to be there a year from now. Not necessarily dangerous, but petty crime will be constant. Try Ballard, Queen Anne, Montlake, anything Northend. I'm up in the Sand Point area, good part of town, and if you see a "purple" FJ, that'd probably be me.
Bars. J&M's, FX, Merchants downtown for flavor. Bell Town and Ballard have some great bars, and if you're ever in Madison Park (end of Madison at Lake Washington), try the Attic.
Welcome to town. Summer has finally arrived.