an open letter to the city on the occasion of this election

post election, 1st & pike
pike & first avenue.

Dear Seattle,

My appreciation for having lived in a city that, upon receiving word of these election results, bursts into spontaneous dance in clubs under cable new feeds, stages impromptu parades, shuts down intersections with song and dance and celebration, engages in spontaneous hugs with strangers, raises hands in celebratory high fives on sidewalks, and generally glows with the relief of having seen the rest of the country correct a serious mistake cannot be overstated. It is only tonight, having experienced the collective glow of a bar, neighborhood, city in celebration that I realize how living here together, sharing the burden, has ameliorated the last long years. For that, and for tonight, and for the time to come, I thank you deeply and most sincerely.

This is pretty good, right?

5 Comments so far

  1. samantha on November 5th, 2008 @ 1:05 am

    I will never, ever forget that dance party in the streets. Tonight was amazing.

  2. wesa on November 5th, 2008 @ 1:16 am

    I took 8 billion photos of the party at Broadway and Pike.

  3. josh on November 5th, 2008 @ 1:18 am

    I took a bunch up there, too! But it was after heavy celebrating and mine are not great and I don’t have the energy left to edit. I can hardly believe this is real.

  4. wesa on November 5th, 2008 @ 1:22 am

    I have a few that turned out well. I ran out of the apartment with only a non-zoom lens (curses) but managed to get some folks to pose with me. They’ll be in the Flickr pool in a few minutes.

  5. Nando (fbuarque) on November 5th, 2008 @ 7:38 am


    Beautiful people! Beautiful party!

    Good luck, USA! Good luck, Seattle!

    Best regards from


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