So I’m going to be heading to Boston in a few weeks, and that’s making me feel all sentimental. Well, actually, it’s also that I’m tipsy on gin and tonic and watching The Daily Show. It’s good times. So for whatever reason, I felt like making a list of stuff that I like about Seattle. Hipsters around here make a big thing of being all down on Seattle, and it irritates the hell out of me, because I like this city. So here’s my list, in no particular order.
-I like the coffee. I feel kind of stupid putting that first because it’s such a cliche, but I like having three little independent coffee shops on every block. I got my Monorail Espresso downtown, I got my Cafe Allegro in the University District, and I got the joint that got me hooked on the bean in the first place, right here in my own Eastlake neighborhood, 14 Carrot.
-I like the pizza. I don’t know how Seattle hasn’t gotten a reputation for great pizza, but damn. I just had some leftover artichoke-and-mushroom slices from Pagliacci’s, and it could kick the cheese off of pretty much any other pizza I’ve ever had.
-I like Scarecrow Video, because I don’t know where else you could rent “Cromartie High School,” the weirdest movie I’ve ever seen, or pretty much any random Masterpiece Theatre miniseries ever produced.
-I like KEXP, the freakin’ best radio station I know.
-I like the Saturday farmers’ market in the U District. They have Rainier cherries! And pretzels!
-I like the Blue Scholars, who are from Seattle, and I just got one of their albums, which rocks.
-I like Mount Rainier and the bunches of other mountains, because they’re pretty and half the time you can’t see them.
-I like the buses, even though everybody complains about them.
-I like the zoo (duh).
-I like the weather, because on the east coast it’s 100 degrees Fahrenheit and getting hotter, and here it’s wicked nice right now.
-I like this apartment, with its weird orange woodstove.
-I like the public staircases that take you up the hills through people’s backyards.
-I like the Vikings in Ballard!!!!!!
I can’t think of more stuff right now because the gin really hit me! I’ll obviously come up with more things later. And I could write a list of stuff that ticks me off about this city, like the bad pastries and the snaggly local politics, but whatever. My drunken list is good.