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Friday, May 19 - 2023 Week 20
Good afternoon, Marysville! Make sure to protect your head today.
☀️Slumming in Seattle
Seattle used to seem so cool.
I grew up in Ohio. The West Coast was impossibly far away. I didn’t even bother to learn that Washington was north of Oregon until I had lived in California for four years and was considering a job offer in Washington.
But when I started paying attention, I started increasing in appreciation. I enjoyed visiting Pike Place Market. I looked forward to taking out of town guests for tours through fun parts of the city. The boardwalk was a good kind of salty (and Ivar’s fish always tasty). I gladly paid the high prices for a variety of professional and college sports games and a number of concerts at the Paramount and Moore Theatres. Even when driving through, it gave me good-feels to see the skyline and Space Needle and the sun shining off of Lake Union.
What a grunge much of Seattle has become. The city is as desirable as Eddie Vedder lyrics are intelligible.
Last Friday KOMO news posted about a mass exodus from the Emerald City and surrounding area:
“According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Seattle has the second-highest percentage of people considering or planning to move away. Over the next 12 months, census workers report that 171,000 households will leave King County.”
Why are so many people packing their PODS? This is not even difficult demographic data to sort through. Seattle is a national laughingstock at epic failure levels regarding homelessness and drug use, efforts to defund the police and inhibiting police response to CHAZ. The public schools are hemorrhaging students (which is probably good), since the curriculum assumes that, for just one example, “mathematical knowledge has been appropriated by Western culture”; in other words, math is racist. This week Seattle was even “crowned as dog poop capital.” Well, 💩.
It’s almost as if Seattle’s leadership sees the following image as the standard government model:
Here’s the thing. I’d like Seattle to be beautiful again. I love my neighbor, but digging out of being the West Coast Detroit will require some commercial-size pooper-scoopers. In the meantime, we’ll keep investing in Marysville as a destination.
☀️Around the Town
It’s National Police Week. Not all cities can be as thankful for their law enforcement officers as we can in Marysville. Thank you for serving and protecting us, Marysville PD!
In the well-known category of “Making Egregious Laws That Damage Lives and Walking Them Back Later” (also to be found among our WA GAGs), Governor Inslee just removed the requirement for COVID-19 vaccination for state employees. If only it came with an admission of his abuse of power in the first place.
In the well-known category of “We Can’t Even Blame Biden for This,” our state is enjoying (I use that term facetiously) great gas prices. Our average of “$4.58 per gallon places it $1.05 per gallon higher than the national average of $3.53 per gallon.” And yet, at least the government can only gouge us rather than switch off our electric vehicles.
And in the well-known category of “Duh,” this is an actual title for a MyNorthwest article: “Arlington drag show goes awry, performer issues apology.” Here’s the first line of the report: “An all-ages drag show on Mother’s Day.” What a surprise that things went awry. Do they even know what “awry” means? How about: “Drag shows for any ages ARE ALWAYS awry.” Fixed it.
Storm Spotter Training - Wednesday, May 31, 6:00pm, at the Marysville Community Center. For more info and to register see the city’s Facebook post here.
Poochella in the Park - Saturday, June 3, 10:00am, at Asbery Field. For more info and/or to inquire about being an event vendor see the city’s page here.
Fun (?!) with numbers (as seen here)
Extra: you will really miss the hoop if you don’t watch reverse basketball.