September 16 – Stay Away from Seattle Day

Posted on September 16, 2013

This seems like a crazy holiday, but there are some Seattle, Washington, residents who created this holiday in order to raise consciousness that more is sometimes less and bigger isn't always better.

Seattle often tops lists of “America's Best Cities,” and huge companies such as Microsoft, Amazon, Nordstrom, and Starbucks make for a lot of job opportunities in the area. Because of these and other popularity factors, many people move to Seattle, or try to move there, each year. And this makes current residents nervous.

They don't want to be another Los Angeles.

A lot of the people in Seattle who don't want to see their beloved home getting more and more crowded still want people to come as tourists. 

“Come, spend money here, and then go home,” some Seattleites say. (And they aren't joking!)

But some Seattleites are sick and tired of their town's popularity with tourists, too. Here is what a Hallmark e-card says about today's holiday:

Because frankly Seattle doesn't want you coming around, stinking up the joint. And last time you tracked mud all over the carpet and some of the special occasion dinnerware went missing. Seattle will let you know when it's ready to see you again. Until then, keep your distance. You think we're kidding but really this day was championed by Seattle residents tired of sharing their space with tourists.

So, if you want to go see the Space Needle, the Pike Place Market, the Museum of Flight, or Pacific Science Center—just do not go today!

Best and Worst of Seattle:

I've seen a lot of wonderful things in Seattle, including the Fremont Solstice Parade (complete with the Flying Spaghetti Monster and his devotees in full pirate regalia!), but my favorite thing is probably this statue:

The Fremont Troll,
which is under a bridge.

(I mean, where else
would a troll live?)

By the way, lest you think
this statue is small--
that's a real VW bug under
the troll's hand!
The worst part of Seattle, for me, is probably the overcast climate. It's not enormously rainy, and it's rarely very hot or cold—I like how moderate its temperatures are! But with almost 300 cloudy days a year, on average, I would miss the sun and the blue sky if I lived there. Some people REALLY miss the sun and suffer from a physical disorder caused by the lack of sunlight. They have to buy bright artificial lights use during the day (especially the morning) to replace the missing sunlight.
If you live in Seattle, you've got cloudy
skies roughly 7 days out of every 9.

Is bigger better in your town?

Have you ever heard people talking about huge mega-stores like Walmarts driving out little mom-'n'-pop stores? Have you ever listened to an argument about whether developing more land, building more malls, creating more housing developments is a good or bad thing for your town?

Such questions are really difficult. Ideally, talks about development should balance all the needs people have – needs for open space, greenery, wilderness; needs for jobs and business opportunities; needs for museums and monuments and other public spaces; and perhaps 3,247 other needs to be considered and balanced against these and each other!

Also on this date:

Glyndwr Day in Wales

Plan Ahead!

And here are my Pinterest pages on October holidaysOctober birthdays, and historical anniversaries in October.

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