A PLACE TO JUST BE
Hi again, from the shores of the Salish Sea. One of the reasons I love living in Seattle has to do with weather forecasters who tell us “there’s a big bunch of clouds moving in from the Coast…”
And y’all know what that means, right? If they make it over them O-limm-pick Mountains, it’ll probably rain some on us before it dies tryin’ to climb the other mountains. Wind won’t amount to much so umbrellas are cool. Two layers today, though. It’s a mite cold out there. We got more of the same tomorrow and I’ll have an update for you in the morning. Have a good day and drive safe. God loves you and so do we.
No, I am absolutely NOT making fun of this. I apprenticed with ABC News Radio in Los Angeles and I appreciate that style. Our network affiliates deliver it over a high bar. Weather is also a hobby of mine. But this is not Los Angeles and I like being talked to like a neighbor I meet when I go out on the walk in my bathrobe and slippers for the paper before another neighbor’s dog swipes it.
Seattle has all the prerequisites of sophistication but few of the pretensions. It is almost embarrassingly liberal. With its incredible ethnic diversity, it is dramatically pro-immigration. It has a strong sense of its own identity and like most of the Pacific Northwest, it is actively anti-Trump.
We are also a collection of neighborhoods still looking for City Hall. We are united by several characterstics, most prominently, a strong sense of self-reliance. We grow our own food. We have our own neighborhood associations, including Nextdoor.com. We are socially and politically active. We are generous and we are not reluctant to protect and defend what we have here.
For all of that, Seattle is not for every one. It is not for those who come here to improve things. That’s presumptuous in most cultures and particularly offensive here because it assumes what we have doesn’t work well enough. Talking about things like that is a good way to become professionally and socially ostracized by the very people necessary for success here, locals with home ground advantage.
Seattle is also not for those who assume that because we are polite or nice to someone means we like them. To strangers, “Hi, how you doing?” is not a request for a health report and it is certainly not an invitation to intimacy. It’s just being polite. We don’t need to ask one another. Body language, facial expressions and gestures are eloquent if you know the language. They’re also non-intrusive. It’s comfort offered with no details necessary.
Perhaps most important of all, it is a good place for new starts and for reaping the harvest of lessons learned. It is a place where it is okay, if not even cool, to just be.
And on that note, gang, have a great week and thanks for the ear.
WHAT DO YOU DO?
It’s not often one hears a voice from the past which seems to resonate so strongly today. But that happened when I read a recent article entitled ‘Embrace’ The AI Revolution“ that mentioned Russian chess champion Garry Kasparov.
Kasparov, you will remember, was beaten by artificial intelligence, specifically a supercomputer in 1996/97. In this articles, he contends that computers just make life easier so there is no to be afraid.
I agree. In my opinion, there is so much for human beings to do that sometimes it seems filled with nothing but routine work that neither soul nor body appreciates. That’s why we should all have a basic income as this World Economic Forum article suggests
With guaranteed incomes, the sometimes crippling challenge of essential survival can be met and the additional time, energy and talent can go toward helping all of the bees in our great hive enjoy what they produce.
On that philosophical note (smiling), Olya — Olya Bereza, who was born in the Soviet Union, now lives in Ukraine and is fluent in English, Russian and Ukrainian. She is a degreed psychologist with a background in international marketing and personnel management. For comments on this please go here.
The impulse to try to solve problems by use of force is out of date and old-fashioned. Since we are now all so interdependent, the appropriate solution is to engage in dialogue—it’s something to which we can all contribute.
FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION
OUR SCIENCE SECTION, ABRIDGED
This definitely had to be an adventure. Two weeks on ice in McMurdo Station, Antarctica
This is not reassuring, guys. Close shave from an undetected asteroid
Same as above, different perspective, and it still sounds like something out of a science fiction movie I would not watch because I don’t like nightmares. A test of NASA’s asteroid defense system
THE GREEN BEAT
HOME & LIFESTYLE
BEST OF THE NET
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ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL
You will definitely want to bookmark this site. We sure did. National Wildlife Federation Photos of the Week
It’s always nice when “science” validates what most of us have known forever, including this. More Evidence That Owning a Dog Is Really Good for You
I love this. These often problematic little dudes and dudette have been favorites of mine since forever. The Year of the Goat
YOU GUYS THINK WE MAKE THIS STUFF UP
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