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Text From South Lake Union

Kelly O

I have grown tired of defining the new South Lake Union. You have grown tired of me defining South Lake Union.

Okay, okay, okay, they're building shit in SLU. And okay, okay, okay, some of the shit will be good and some of it will be bad. The rents and prices and cost of living will skyrocket, and the neighborhood will be populated by one social class.

Socialism, socialism, capitalism, capitalism, blah, blah, blah.

You know what I really want to talk about?

Basketball and middle age.

I love basketball. Most of you reading this are aware of that. Some of you think it's cool, and many of you think it's pathetic. I think it's cool and pathetic. I'm a 46-year-old man desperately trying to stave off physical decline. My main goal these days is keeping my body fat percentage lower than my age.

So for the foreseeable future, I'm going to write about what it feels like to get older. To step onto a basketball court, see a player who would have been my inferior just a few years ago, and wonder if I can keep up with him now.

Why am I doing this?

Because when I asked my 44-year-old best friend about my column, she said, "I read you in The Stranger, but there doesn't seem to be anything else in there for me."

And I said, "Yeah, The Stranger is mostly middle-aged folks writing shit for twentysomethings, isn't it?"

So, yeah, I think it's equally sad to be the old guy on the basketball court and the old guy bobbing his head in the Showbox. recommended


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Will in Seattle 1
Well, not a bad idea, but maybe write about hockey and soccer too.
Posted by Will in Seattle on August 8, 2012 at 11:59 AM · Report this
treacle 2
I'm middle aged, and I used to read Maakies, Dear Science, & Control Tower (along w News & Last Days). But they took all those away, sadly, so now I only look forward to reading your column Sherman.
Posted by treacle on August 8, 2012 at 12:07 PM · Report this
Sean Kinney 3
I would like a time travel narrative that moves from the contradictory character of the present-day South Lake Union corporate theme-park fitness club... back to the interior psychic space that drove the arch of pre-colonial indigenous wintertime sweat lodge ritual... and then forward to the dreams and aspirations of the post-apocalyptic garbage dump gleaners.

[Basketball is the thread that ties together these three frames in space-time].

Is that too much to ask?
Posted by Sean Kinney http:// on August 8, 2012 at 12:15 PM · Report this
South Lake Union has some of the most interesting demographic changes in Seattle the past decade:…
Posted by geneb on August 8, 2012 at 12:19 PM · Report this
Go write some fiction, Sherman, that's your true calling. Everything else is just a distraction from what you were meant to do. Want to meditate on getting older? WRITE A BOOK! Want to write about SLU? WRITE A FUCKING BOOK! Basketball? WRITE A MOTHERFUCKING BOOK!
Posted by nathanjr on August 8, 2012 at 12:56 PM · Report this
Keister Button 6
How about Pokemon?
Posted by Keister Button on August 8, 2012 at 1:21 PM · Report this
Joe M 7
Basketball please. And more books of course, with plenty of foul language. You're a god to my 15 year old basketball playing son.
Posted by Joe M on August 8, 2012 at 1:50 PM · Report this
Yes please. There is no more uncomfortable topic for the Stranger and its readers than age. Professional sports may make them angry but age makes them squirm.
Posted by Old like the Sonics on August 8, 2012 at 3:00 PM · Report this
MrBaker 9
Sherman, a few of us over at the SonicsCentral graveyard were killing some time and got to wondering about what to name the hockey team.
It could be the Metropolitans, or something else.

Any ideas?

Lastly, the return of the NBA is happening but it is just going to feel like it is taking to long. I don't know if you want to put up with a years worth of impatient columns.
Good luck.
Posted by MrBaker on August 8, 2012 at 3:15 PM · Report this
sikandro 10
The SLU column is surprising. A column on sports is not surprising. Whatever you write will be more interesting if you're not grinding the same axe that you ground 5 years ago.
Posted by sikandro on August 8, 2012 at 3:36 PM · Report this
If you can't think of anything to write a column about how about just not writing it? Stick to what you're good at.
Posted by bigyaz on August 8, 2012 at 3:44 PM · Report this
lauramae 12
Why does it have to be about his neighborhood OR basketball? Overly constricted topic ideas for a column will be boring. Although with Sherman writing about South Lake Union, it probably seems a lot more interesting than it is. I imagine the same could be said about basketball. An otherwise boring topic (Seattle non-basketball) would be more interesting if he wrote about it.
Posted by lauramae on August 8, 2012 at 7:52 PM · Report this
Bauhaus I 13
Welcome to middle age, Sherman. Kudos for trying to stay vigorous and healthy. Those of us who have given up trying salute you.

You think you're fighting a weigh problem? Baby, please.
Posted by Bauhaus I on August 9, 2012 at 2:51 AM · Report this
You should write whatever you want, middle-age is a great topic as no one at 20 really truly, honestly believes emotionally it will happen to them. We're young a breathtakingly short period of time, mathematically middle-aged by 30 - 35 depending on your genetic stock and luck - there's a lot for 20-somethings to learn because we're old (after 30) a lot longer than we're young. So share the wisdom from the fight.
Posted by heres on August 10, 2012 at 10:23 AM · Report this

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