This post is coming later than most because Seattle has gone into a great depression after last night’s game. Our adrenaline was pumping until that last fateful play. The energy was high– then a few choice curse words were shouted– and then an intense lull with some die-hard fans shedding a few tears. This is in contrast to last year where (mostly) peaceful celebrating happened in the streets well until the night. You couldn’t have asked for a better match up after last year’s lackluster game. However, with a city sporting so much Seahawks pride, we had a lot to lose. I was in the center of it all in a neighborhood of Seattle near Century Link stadium called Pioneer Square. We found ourselves at a sports bar by a fire in their outdoor area watching with throngs of people. News outlets were in our faces all day– waiting for our reactions. Unfortunately, they probably got what they needed. Now on to the next season and hopefully Seattle will find something else exciting to rally behind!
On the morning of the big playoff game this past Sunday I was sitting with my friend Jenessa, who is a music teacher, and my mother, who is the executive director of a non-profit that supports people with disabilites, discussing the Seahawks and money.
Jenessa was venting about not having enough funding to rent school buses to get her kids from their school to the local elementary school to put on a concert. A major factor in running a non-profit is also wrangling funding. The Seahawks however, are raking in the dough and the support of the entire city and beyond to much of the state.
It took me a while to realize, but it is really spectacular to see a city united in their support of something. On the other hand, I wish we could all come together to support organizations in our community that make a long term, positive difference in peoples lives. The back bone of a productive economy is education, and there are classrooms that lack the essential tools to be productive.
It’s hard to level the playing field between garnering support for teachers versus sports stars, because teachers don’t fill big arenas and attract the popularity and with it the merchandising that a sports team does. But why not? Most of us have gone through the educational system…and the better educated our society, the more success we will have as a whole. I just can’t wrap my brain around the disparity sometimes.
One particular book helped me see education in this light, and that is Half the Sky by Nicholas D. Kristof & Sheryl WuDunn. It inspired my passionate and absolute support of education from the bottom up. Everyone should read this book!
Just to further my point, one of the trademark attorneys at my office sent this article around this morning. Unbeknownst to most of Seattle, the Seahawks have been aggressively trying to cash in on many of the phrases associated with the Seahawks and Seahawks fans. Trying to trademark the “12th Man” and the word “Boom” in order to make even MORE money.
This is not to say that people should stop spending money on their beloved Seahawks merchandise, but rather that maybe some of that passion and support could be redirected towards education in our community.
What is your take on this subject? I’d love to hear any and all opinions.
Budgeting gifts can be a bit overwhelming. Friends, family, coworkers, pets. On my list are mom, dad, brother, four of my closest girlfriends, one office party gift and a white elephant gift. I have been prowling the internet for affordable gifts guides, and by affordable I mean under $25 to adhere to the price limit for the office and white elephant gift. So far I have seen under $100 from The Zoe Report and under $50 from chicityfashion.com, which just won’t do! So here’s what I’m getting for my people.
For the moms:
They have 10 other cities to choose from as well!
I added a mini bottle of Whiskey and stuck it in the lantern too 😉
For an office with a younger crowd:
Friday Night Wine Glass (My Favorite Gift)
My favorite places to look for gifts are Anthropologie, Urban Outfitters and World Market. I tend to look for unique/fun items that whoever I am gifting them to would not pick out themselves but will love! Urban Outfitters has tons of quirky books and funny items like a stuffed animal grumpy cat, and is great for both men and women of all ages. I’d go to Anthropologie for the more refined gifts, for those people who love pretty, sparkly things. Their home goods are spectacular and will add a bit of flair to any home. World Market has everything, and great quality for the price you pay. Shop away!