STAY AWAY FROM SEATTLE DAY

Sunday, September 16th: Who knew? There’s a STAY AWAY FROM SEATTLE DAY! This one is easy for me to celebrate, as I’m sitting in Texas 2,074 miles away. I’ll celebrate today and not go anywhere NEAR Seattle.

This day was championed by Tom Roy, in an effort to bring back the hometown feel and maintain a quality of life for Seattle residents.

The website promoting this unique holiday, http://seattletwist.com/2008/09/16/sept-16th-is-stay-away-from-seattle-day/, posts an array of marvelous ideas to reclaim their hometown and support local businesses and events.

“We can reclaim our home town. Vote. Attend community meetings, potlucks and any bake sales your local school or church has. Organize neighborhood yard sales, help build a pocket park, pick up litter, buy Girl Scout Cookies or whatever the neighborhood kids are selling. SUBSCRIBE TO THE SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER OR THE SEATTLE TIMES! Don’t let our local newspapers die. And while you’re at it, subscribe to your local neighborhood paper too. Listen to local radio, watch local television, weed your garden and sweep the sidewalk in front of your home.

It will take some effort, it may cost a bit more or be less convenient, but it’s a matter of our quality of life here in Seattle.”

Today, I’ll celebrate in more ways than one. I’ll not only stay away from Seattle, but I’ll borrow some of the suggestions and support my own local hometown. Have a happy, local day!

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