The Seahawks’ win on Sunday night was a wake up call to the rest of the country. Seattle is hot.
I’m not just talking about the NFL playoffs. Washington voters set nationwide precedence in November by legalizing same-sex marriage and recreational marijuana use. Seattle rapper Macklemore’s single “Thrift Shop” just went platinum. Even McDreamy wants to get in on the action, with actor Patrick Dempsey leading an investment group to acquire our coffee chain Tully’s.
The Washington Post tried to argue that D.C. trumps Seattle but failed. I’m not going to argue about D.C. Because I’m not looking at you, I’m looking past you, to quote rapper Jay-Z.
I was talking to a 20-something, Evan Bush, at a holiday party. He’s a Seattle Times news producer, 23, and just moved here from Missouri. “How are you settling in?” I asked. “I’m great,” he said. “Seattle’s on a roll.” He extolled the recent wins with the legalization of same-sex marriage and marijuana, the success of musicians Macklemore and Alan Stone and the Seahawks’ victories in the NFL.
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My first instinct was to argue with him. We have so many problems. Traffic is a disaster in West Seattle, on Mercer Avenue, the 520 interchange. Early Windows 8 sales have disappointed. Seattle schools are failing our students. The Mariners.