We’re heading into another rainy weekend, and we’ve found that when the wet and grey start to get monotonous, it can feel kinda nice to just close your eyes, take a deep breath, and tune in to the drip drip sound of Seattle rain.
Not in a place (or weather pattern) where you can try that out? Head on over to our Embrace the Grey group and give your rain a listen.
Scary. A woman up in Everett might have stopped her 18-year-old grandson from bringing terror to ACES High School. How? She read a few pages of his journal — where he wrote about how he wanted to bring his gun and “get the biggest fatality number” he could — and called the police. They arrested him. “It’s quite possible she saved many lives including her grandson’s,” a police spokesman said. Thank goodness. (The Seattle Times)
Who’s getting tickets?! A couple weeks ago, Pearl Jam announced that it’s going to play Safeco Field in August — and KEXP said it’ll be the biggest headlining concert Seattle’s seen in more than 30 years. People registered online for the chance to buy tickets, and yesterday, some lucky thousands heard they can buy ‘em. Sales start this morning. Rock on. 🎸
And the food Oscar might go to … Twenty Seattle restaurants are semifinalists for this year’s James Beard Awards, the Oscars of the food industry. Among them are Junebaby in Ravenna, which has already racked up a bunch of foodie awards since it opened last summer, and Canon in First Hill, which really does have some of the best cocktails around. How many of these standouts will make it to the next level? We’ll find out March 14. (Eater Seattle)
Yesterday, we pointed to a story about how more people are taking transit to work downtown. The story had a stat about how many fewer commuters are driving solo, and we mentioned how much worse traffic’s gotten downtown as one explanation.
Reader Benjamin de la Pena took issue with that for a reason we found pretty insightful, no matter how you choose to move around our city.
“The existing narrative frame is that ‘traffic is the problem,’” he tweeted us. “Don’t solve for traffic, solve for transportation. We see the world differently when we stop seeing the city from behind a windshield.”
Thanks for sharing that perspective, Benjamin. For a deeper look at all the trends behind the big dip in the number of people driving solo to work downtown, check out this piece in Curbed Seattle. Know your way around all things transportation? Take this news quiz from The Seattle Times.
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A few weeks ago, we told you about an event where 6th through 12th graders from around the city got together to help each other combat racial and religious discrimination.
One girl who attended, 13-year-old Sumeya Block, shared a poem with us about what she’s been through. “I am sometimes told negative things by others about my hijab,” she told us. “I wrote this poem to tell haters and people who have misconceptions about Islam that regardless of their opinions my hijab inspires and uplifts me.”
Up for seeing things through the eyes of one of your younger neighbors? Read her poem here, and thanks to reader Jordan Goldwarg for helping her share it.
Have an awesome day, all. — The Evergrey
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