There’s a free all-welcome election-night special at Town Hall Seattle tonight, so’s we can all bite-our-fingernails/celebrate/drown-our-sorrows in good company, and they asked me to prepare a short squiff on what I most wish for the next four years for the US and Seattle.
So I’ll present a Top Ten List, tongue only partially in cheek:
Number 10: Justices Scalia and Thomas get an irresistible urge to write their memoirs, and resign from the Supreme Court.
Number 9: Frank Gehry does a John Gault, tears down the Experience Music Project,* and puts up a building he can be proud of.
Number 8: Citizens United spawns Corporations United, giving individuals the right to avoid taxes like most of the Fortune 500.
Number 7: Seattle writer Rebecca Brown’s next book wins the Pulitzer Prize.
Number 5: Seattle stops obsessing about being a “world-class city” – the sign that it already is one.
Number 4: All presidential candidates in 2016 are women.
Number 3: We bring all our soldiers home – and keep them home.
Number 2: Tim Eyman** moves out of state. Or better, out of the country.
and in the realm of purest fantasy:
Number 1: The Mariners*** win the pennant, the championship, and the series.
What would your Top Ten be?
* Adulatory articles about Gehry never mention the Experience Music Project. Rightly so.
** Tim Eyman’s flood of anti-tax ballot initiatives aim to hamper good government (and almost forced the Seattle Public Library to close down branches earlier this year).
*** Seattle’s baseball team nearly always ends up at the bottom of the league. At least they have a beautiful stadium to do it in. Go, Mariners!