Apple Cup bus nightmare: Approximately 45 people were sent to the hospital after a bus carrying members of the UW marching band rolled over en route to the Apple Cup in Pullman, Washington. The good news is that there were no "serious or life-threatening" injuries. The Apple Cup is set for today at 5:30 p.m. We'll be rooting for UW, because, duh. Although I must admit, I rooted against them when I lived near Montlake, where the world-ending traffic, early-arriving fans who took all of our neighborhood parking spots, and road rerouting due to games made me just oh-so-bitter. Actually, fuck it, all the animosity is still latent. I hope both teams lose.
Trump Watch; "The world is a vicious place:" And none would know the pain of the unapologetic, relentless world better than a man who grew up like Trump, and lives in a gold room. Hey world, guess what! Trump just blamed you for the murder of Jamal Khashoggi!
Reporter: Who should be held accountable for [Jamal Khashoggi's murder]?
Trump: Maybe the world should be held accountable because the world is a vicious place. The world is a very vicious place. (via CBS) pic.twitter.com/M7rv9f6YCk
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) November 22, 2018
Trump celebrated Thanksgiving by authorizing lethal force at the border: He also made a "Thanksgiving threat" to close the entire Mexico/US border. His exact words regarding lethal force were, "If they have to, they’re going to use lethal force. I’ve — I’ve given the OK. If they have to. I hope they don’t have to." What a way for the president to mark the occasion of Thanksgiving, the day pilgrims gave their thanks for their bountiful harvest, after emigrating to this continent for a better life.
A flatter Seattle Marathon? It's true! The Seattle Marathon has been rerouted due to feedback on the heinous hills involved, changing from a 1,468-foot gain to a measly 1,165-foot gain. The half-marathon, which I ran in high-school and never again, is getting 200 vertical feet shaved off. With this news, we no longer have any good reason to put off that check mark on our bucket list, do we? Other than the 26.2 miles of running involved, of course. Yeah, better leave it to someone in better shape. We'll stick to rooting on the runners on from the Ivar's clam chowder booth at the finish line.
More wetness today: A little moisture never hurt no one (except maybe the Wicked Witch of the West). Plus it means more snow in the mountains.
One last weather system will affect the area today, with one more day of rain showers in the lower elevations and snow in the mountains. Dry weather returns just in time for the weekend! #wawx pic.twitter.com/Lt0FJ3cuUu
— NWS Seattle (@NWSSeattle) November 23, 2018
ICYMI; Upzones! A ruling by Seattle's administrative-law judge determined that the environmental review for the city's plan to "to allow larger buildings and impose affordable-housing requirements in the urban cores of more than two dozen neighborhoods was almost entirely adequate," reports the Seattle Times. One of the neighborhoods in question is Wallingford, home of the "No HALA" yard sign (people who don't want upzones), and also the favorite Seattle neighborhood of a certain, and notably "HALA Yes" Stranger intern.
The city is changing parking rates: Spoiler, they're still silly expensive. Prices are being changed based on supply and demand, and it looks as though more morning parking prices are dropping slightly, while more evening prices are being increased. Mostly they're just staying too pricey.
Leaning Tower of Pisa gets a straightening: It was leaning a bit too far. Engineers cut off 17 inches from the tower's lean. But like mama always said, "It ain't the size of the tower's lean, it's the sturdiness and foundational integrity of the building in question." Or something.
This really did it for me: This is the heart-warming clip of the day. It probably affected me so because I spend my days mixing colors and painting, but wow, this is sweet.
This sheriff's deputy was overcome with emotion when his fellow deputy presented him with enchroma glasses, allowing him to see color after being colorblind all his life. https://t.co/l4TPWRe6ks pic.twitter.com/UxW5ZVHdU0
— ABC News (@ABC) November 23, 2018
Gold Star Comment:
give me pom: Obviously my only beef with the turkey toss is the implication that leaving a dead, feathered turkey carcass is somehow a substitute for hunting something down and making the kill. Next time throw a live turkey in there!
This weekend's best Seattle entertainment options include: The Seattle debut of the "world's largest Christmas light maze" at Enchant Christmas, the opening of Pacific Northwest Ballet's performance of George Balanchine's The Nutcracker, and lots of holiday markets.