🙄 WTF were we thinking, Seattle?

🙄 WTF were we thinking, Seattle?

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from Evergrey cofounder Anika Anand

I want to shout out an incredibly kind waitress at Essex [in Ballard] whose name I wish I knew. Since having a baby almost four months ago, a lot of things have changed … obviously. And so, I’ve tried to hold onto the small things that bring me joy. Like a good cocktail.

Recently, after a long day of soothing my fussy son, my husband and I walked to Essex, a bar in Ballard, and were relieved that we could have our baby there with us. (Side note: Since becoming a parent, I’ve learned that certain bars/restaurants in Seattle won’t allow in anyone under 21, including infants who, by the way, aren’t even allowed to drink water. But I digress). I decided to splurge on an incredibly delicious ~$15 cocktail and sipped it happily while bouncing my son. When the waitress asked if I wanted another, I laughed and said unfortunately no, babies are expensive.

Five minutes later, she brought out another cocktail for me and said, “I don’t want to hear it. Just enjoy it. You deserve it — you’re killing it at the parent thing.” You better believe I enjoyed that second cocktail, but as a new parent who often feels like I have no idea what I’m doing, her words meant more to me than anything.

Inspired? Shout out a rad Seattleite — a friend, coworker, or kind stranger — by telling us about ‘em here. We’ll let you know when we shout ‘em out in The Evergrey. Stay tuned for more kudos as part of our Giving Guide project, made possible by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.


WTF were we thinking, Seattle? Politicians aren’t the only ones who can mess up a good idea. And in just over three minutes, you can get the skinny on three big bold ones that got a big fat “no” from us Seattle voters over the last century or so. Including one that would’ve given us a local version of New York’s Central Park, and another that would’ve had us zipping around on rapid transit, like, decades ago. (Crosscut)

‘We’ve all given up on calling 911.’ A group of local business owners told city officials on Monday that they’ve had it. They’re seeing more crime around their businesses because of our city’s homelessness crisis, they said, and not enough support. “(It’s) the third consecutive day that my employee got her tip jar stolen with no response from the police,” Lois Ko, the owner of Sweet Alchemy in the University District, said at the meeting. “She got fed up and chased the guy down the street herself and was assaulted.” Officials said they’re working on getting more police officers and support for our homeless neighbors, but that didn’t satisfy. “We don’t really care about all the talk anymore,” Imiun Liu, owner of the Eastern Café in the International District, told KIRO. “If there’s results that’s great. If not, we have work to do.” (KIRO)

Update your reading list. The newest crop of Washington State Book Award winners includes everything from a memoir about a serial killer by Seattle Times reporter Claudia Rowe to Zoey and Sassafras: Dragons and Marshmallows from Issaquah’s Asia Citro. Betcha can’t guess which one Evergrey cofounder Mónica Guzmán is getting her pre-schooler. 😉 (The Seattle Review of Books)

‘There’s darkness buried beneath the streets of Seattle.’ ‘Tis the season for spooky stories, and the one in this newest episode of the popular Lore podcast doubles as a solid history lesson. Got 38 minutes? Check it out, and leave the light on. Thanks to reader Amy Call for the tip! (Lore)


🎙  TODAY: Join us as we co-host Seattle’s Fuck Up Nights at the Seattle Interactive Conference and learn — in good fun! — from people’s failure. (Downtown)

❤️  TODAY: Learn how tapping into your emotions can help you at work at this Impact Hub Lunch + Learn (Pioneer Square)

🔭  Friday: Look up and learn at Foundation’s Science for Curious Simpletons: Astronomy in the Planetarium (Queen Anne)

🍸  Friday: Follow up the astronomy adventure above with a look at the science of distilling at Pacific Science Center (Queen Anne)

😂  Saturday: Check out a musical comedy show featuring Washington State Poet Laureate Claudia Castro Luna (Capitol Hill)

☮️  Wednesday, Oct. 24: Check in with yourself and your business around racial equity at this Impact Hub Lunch + Learn (Pioneer Square)

📚  Thursday, Oct. 25: Learn how to rekindle your curiosity and creativity from an author who’s not f*cking around (Downtown)

🌃  Friday, Oct. 26 – Saturday Oct. 27: Get involved in a community conversation to talk about solutions for housing our neighbors living homeless (Pioneer Square)


💪  Make hanging moss ball plants (Downtown)
🍴  Breakfast with fellow entrepreneurs (University District)
💪  Become a better worker at this Evergrey partner event (Pioneer Square)
🎟  Learn from others’ failures at this Evergrey partner event (Downtown)

🍷  Take a stroll and sip local wines (Bellevue)
🎃  Shiver while listening to spooky, improvised ghost stories (Downtown)
💡  Ask scientists about their orca and salmon research (Ballard)
🎨  Dance and explore Seattle Art Museum’s new royal Indian art exhibit (Downtown)

👋  Explore the Wing Luke Museum after hours (International District)
🎶  Hear Sherlock Holmes-inspired tunes by local musicians (Capitol Hill)
🎃  Go to an occultist dinner show — through Nov. 18 (Pioneer Square)
🍿  Check out the German Film Festival — through Sunday (Queen Anne)

💡  Unleash your inner DIY nerd at a home design show (SoDo)
🎃  Dance at this MoPOP Halloween party (Queen Anne)
🎃  Drink at this Halloween pub crawl (Downtown)
🎃  Dress up for this anime Halloween party (Central District)
🏞  Fight your fear of spiders by taking a tour of their turf (West Seattle)
🎟  Laugh at a localized SNL comedy show at this Evergrey partner event (Capitol Hill)

🎃  Bring your little ones to a fall festival for pie and pony rides (West Seattle)
🍿  Dive into foreign flicks at the Polish Film Festival — through Oct. 28 (Queen Anne)
🍴  Eat your way through Seattle Restaurant Week — through Nov. 8 (All over)
🎃  Run through a corn maze and pick some pumpkins (All over)

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The Orionid meteor shower is here, and (😆) we might actually have cloudless enough nights to catch a glimpse.

Want to make the most of it? Pick a night between now and Nov. 7 (it peaks on Sunday), pack a blanket, get the heck away from these bright city lights, lie flat on the ground with your feet facing southeast, and wait.

Twinkle, twinkle. — The Evergrey

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