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DID IT. Meg Gayman and Stu Weibel doodled what they wanted to do around Seattle in 2017. And then they did it.
(📸: Meg Gayman and Stu Weibel)


This week we’re sharing out your resolution success stories — the things you set out to do in Seattle in 2017 and then — hooray! — did. You doodled out your resolutions way back in December of 2016, then sent us photo proof.

Today’s resolutions make us want to grab some hiking boots and boat shoes, stat.

Reader Meg Gayman wanted to run more trail races in 2017 “in order to enjoy the beauty of running among nature.” She didn’t run as many races as she expected to (“the race entries really add up!” she said) but she did beat her personal record at the annual Deception Pass 25k by 10 whole minutes. “So fitness wise, I’m a bit stronger than I was this time last year,” she said. No kidding. ⛰

Stu Weibel told us he wanted to live the life of a Northwest sailor in 2017. We’d say he did that. “My plan to circumnavigate Vancouver Island in my gaffer fell prey to catastrophic engine failure, which occasioned an adventure of a very different nature: learning to replace an engine in an old wooden boat,” Stu told us. “Still, I managed 600 miles or so of cruising in British Columbia and Puget Sound. Alaska in 2018!” ⛵️

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 check back with you in December. Stay tuned for more resolution success stories tomorrow.

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Out with the old, in with the new. Eater Seattle counted a “sobering number” of local restaurants that closed for good around the new year. But Seattle Met’s rounded up some yummy sounding newbies coming in 2018, including Cortina, a downtown Italian spot from renowned local restaurateurs Ethan and Angela Stowell that sounds perfetto.

And speaking of Ballard… It just got voted Seattle’s neighborhood of the year. Curbed Seattle runs the Curbed Cup, which lets readers pit Seattle neighborhoods against each other until one neighborhood is voted No. 1. Why did Ballard beat out the competition? The mini Harry Potter set that Ballard dad Jon Chambers built in his driveway didn’t hurt. But generally, according to Curbed, “Ballard spent 2017 building on what’s made them popular every year of the competition: combining their deep maritime heritage with new hipness.” (Curbed Seattle)

TMI, Motel 6. Staff at six Motel 6 locations in Washington have handed over the names of their guests to federal immigration agents, and our state attorney general, Bob Ferguson, is not pleased. “I spend a lot of time contemplating what could have possibly possessed Motel 6,” he said. Six undocumented immigrants, he said, were detained because of what the hotel was doing. Now our state is suing the hotel, saying it violated the Consumer Protection Act and the Washington Law Against Discrimination. (Crosscut)

‘The sky is just black.’ About 16,000 crows swarm the skies in Bothell every evening and caw like crazy. No one knows why, but a team of researchers at the University of Washington wants to find out. (The Seattle Times)

New mural alert. “Beacon Sunset” is 54 feet wide, 28 feet high, and the biggest thing South Seattle artist Jake Millett’s ever painted. His inspiration? Watching the sun go down over the mountains. “It’s dark in Rainier Valley but you get up to Beacon Hill and it’s just like exploding with color, light and crazy rays of sunshine popping through.” See it for yourself at South Stevens Street and Beacon Avenue South. (South Seattle Emerald)

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Around Town


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


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


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


✏️  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)


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


A pair of sloth bears were born at Woodland Park Zoo last week — and they’re twins. They look like little uncooked chickens, but still. Here’s the baby pic.

Start fresh, y’all. — The Evergrey

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