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Resolutions KEPT. Up top: Jeff Carlson hung out at Milstead & Co. in Fremont on his citywide coffee tour. Below: Laurel Ady, right, kept a promise to take her friend Kaitlin, left, to the top of our tallest building. (📸: Jeff Carlson and Laurel Ady)

YOU DID IT 🙌

At the end of 2016, we asked you to draw something that you wanted to do in Seattle — big or small — in 2017 (see all your awesome doodles here). Last month, we checked back to see if you followed through on your resolutions. And guess what? A whole bunch of you did.

Like reader Jeff Carlson, who told us he wanted to visit more of Seattle’s “unexplored coffee shops.”

“Going back through my Instagram and Twitter accounts, I count at least 14 new places, from Anchorhead Coffee downtown to Craftworks Coffee in the shadow of the Space Needle,” Jeff said.

“Geographically, I still frequent a handful of coffee haunts on a regular basis, but searching out new (to me) locations has made me want to keep exploring.”

Then there’s Laurel Ady, who had a pretty specific goal in mind: grab happy hour with her friend, Kaitlin, at the top of Seattle’s Columbia Tower.

“I did make it up there and it was just wonderful,” Laurel said. “I made a list of 30 things I wanted to do before I turned 30… things both big and small that I had always wanted to do but never really made an effort to complete. Going to the Columbia Tower for drinks at sunset was one of the first things I accomplished on the list in early 2017!”

Got something you want to get done in Seattle in 2018? Want some accountability from your good friends at The Evergrey? Hit reply or email [email protected] with your goal, and we’ll be sure to bug you about it in December. 😉 Stay tuned for more resolution success stories this week.

NOW HERE’S WHAT’S GOING ON IN YOUR CITY 🏠

Seattle can dream. We’ve got a long year ahead of us, and plenty of time to be shocked by insanely good news. The Seattle Times’ editorial page staff came up with some headlines they’d like to see this year. Our favorite? “A beautiful number’: Zero homeless in King County.” (The Seattle Times)

Phone. Down. Now. For the last six months, cops who’ve caught you holding your cell phone while you’re driving have been giving you warnings, not tickets. That grace period ended this week. So watch out: A first offense will cost you $136, and a second is $234. That text can wait. (GeekWire).

So it’s settled? Our last mayor, Ed Murray, stepped down in September after five men accused him of sexual assault. Now the city’s paid $150,000 to settle the lawsuit that kicked off one of the biggest scandals in the city’s history. Although Murray regrets attacking his accusers’ credibility, he’s still saying he did nothing wrong. (KING 5)

Here’s one way to become a local hero: Sell your house to the city — at half price — so it becomes a park instead of a “megahouse.” Bruce Stotler, who’s lived in his old teardown in West Seattle since 1980, is on his way to doing just that. He could have easily put his two-bedroom, $473,000 house on the market, probably selling to a developer who’d replace it with a much bigger, pricier home. But if the City Council OKs the deal he’s worked out, he’ll sell it to the city for just $225,000 — and it’ll become part of neighboring Schmitz Park. His neighbors think that’s pretty rad. “Bruce is truly one of the most bighearted people I ever met,” one of them wrote in the West Seattle Blog. Aw. (The Seattle Times)


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OUT & ABOUT 🎉

Congrats to readers Hannah Chung and Colby K. Neal for winning two tickets to Spectra, the big New Year’s bash Sunday night at Pacific Science Center. “We had a blast!” they said, and sent us picture proof. Want in on more giveaways? Follow us on Instagram and stay tuned.

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HERE'S WHAT'S COMING UP 📅

PARTNER EVENTS

🎙️ Jan. 20: Comm Lead Connects: Communication Solutions for Challenges of Our Time (University District)

AROUND TOWN
TONIGHT

💃  Take a salsa class or four (Fremont)
📚  Subject your scribbles to a literary open mic (Belltown)

TOMORROW

🎸  Celebrate 75 years of Jimi Hendrix (Central District)
🎶  Brush up on music theory (Greenwood)
🌙  Learn the essentials of Islam (Redmond)

FRIDAY

📺  Relive the ‘90s with an MTV dance party (Fremont)
💃  Rock the 80s at this “Stranger Things” dance night (Capitol Hill)

SATURDAY

🐦  Say tweet tweet at this waterfowl walk (Seward Park)
👊  Take self defense for women-identifying folks (Capitol Hill)

SUNDAY

✏️  Bring out your kid’s poetic side at this open mic (Beacon Hill)
🍫  Drink boozy hot chocolate (Downtown)
🐶  Hone your kiddo’s reading with therapy dogs (Green Lake)

GOING TO ONE OF THESE?

Send us a pic or tag us with #theevergrey. See more upcoming events (and submit your own) on our events page.

THAT’S ALL FOR NOW 👋

Have a good one. — The Evergrey