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KUDOS TO A THOUGHTFUL WAITRESS 🙏
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.
NOW HERE’S WHAT ELSE IS GOING ON IN YOUR CITY
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)
YOU SAID IT
CenturyLink Field and the Great Wheel lit up blue this week for Paul Allen, who co-founded Microsoft, owned the Seahawks, and was about as locally involved as billionaires get before he died on Monday.
We listed 11 things you might not have known about Paul in yesterday’s Evergrey. And two of you emailed us with more:
“Paul Allen also poured money into trying to protect elephants through anti poaching laws,” wrote Samantha Everett. He even funded a project called the Great Elephant Census to count them, it turns out.
As for his political advocacy… Emma Fitzsimmons was not a fan.
“Paul Allen is also one of the main reasons we don’t have income tax in Washington State, and keep the crown as the MOST REGRESSIVE tax structure in the COUNTRY,” she wrote, citing the money he spent to oppose an income tax initiative in 2010.
And speaking of crowns: Yesterday we asked which you cared more about: our city’s unusually sunny weather this week, or the fact that British royals Megan and Harry are having a baby. Eighty-eight percent of you burned brighter for the ☀️, which is — dare we say it — the right answer.
Oops. Yesterday we wrote up a list of things you may not have known about Paul Allen, who passed away on Monday. In our newsletter image of him playing his guitar, we said he was playing at an office party for Microsoft, but it was actually an office party for Vulcan. Thanks for the correction, David Patton!
HERE'S WHAT'S COMING UP
🎙 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)
LOOK AT THE STARS, LOOK HOW THEY SHINE FOR YOU
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