Almost twenty-two years ago, our family moved to Seattle. Before that, we would vacation here, using the city as a jumping off point for our annual boating trips exploring the San Juan and Canadian Gulf Islands. This part of the world sings to my soul. This explains why, although I do not enjoy football, on Super Bowl Sunday I watched the game anyway.
Seattle has more than exquisite natural beauty. Old-fashioned courtesy survives here. Going to the market, the bank, the shoe repair shop and even driving during rush hour is almost always pleasant. After the Seahawks’ overwhelming victory, Seattleites rioted in their own unique way. Then, they tweeted about it. Here are some of my favorite postings, all entitled, “How Seattle riots”. If you laugh aloud, you are probably a Seattleite. If you aren’t, you might think these are exaggerated – they aren’t.
We dance!!!!! We threw skittles but then cleaned them up so the birds would be saved.
Place a milk jug in the recycling bin without properly rinsing it out.
Honking, but only two honks, because some people might have to wake up for work in the morning.
“You riot first.” “No, go ahead, you riot first.” “Really? I don’t mind waiting.” “Yeah, it’s fine. Go ahead and riot.”
Staying in a fifteen-minute loading zone for 16 minutes.
There was some unruly behavior Sunday night after the victory. A pergola in the downtown landmark, Pioneer Square, had some of its glass broken. In response, a local artist set up a crowdfunding site to raise money for the repair. The goal has already been reached and exceeded.
Most of us like fitting in. When people tweet these sentiments and send them around, it makes Seattle an even nicer, more polite place. When people feel responsible for damage, intentional or not, that took place, everyone lives in a nicer environment. In other parts of the country, criminal behavior is highlighted in admiration. Not surprisingly, those places get increased criminal behavior.
Seattle has a justly deserved reputation as extremely liberal. Like many other cities, the central city’s attitude dominates over larger adjoining areas that are less populated and more conservative. However, Seattle is liberal with an old-fashioned, courteous touch. Despite a far-left socialist fringe that dates back at least to the early 1900’s and that pops up at intervals, most of the population is law-abiding to the extreme. One Seattle police chief stated that, as a candidate, he looked out of his hotel room at 3 a.m. and saw a lone pedestrian waiting for a green light before crossing a completely empty street. He chose to accept the position.
From my perspective, football consists of someone kicking a ball followed by players running, knocking each other over and then jumping on the fallen competitor. I don’t want to expend the effort to understand it further. Nonetheless, I am reveling in the Seahawks’ win and grateful to live in such a wonderful city.
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