PERKS! PERKS! PERKS! WHO'S READY TO PLAY TO WIN!? IF YOU GOT YOUR SHOT(S), NO NEED TO SIGN UP, YOU'RE ALREADY GAMBLIN'! Gov. Inslee rolled out vaccine incentives in Washington state today. The "Shot of a Lifetime” sweepstakes will take place during June, featuring $2 million in cash prizes, "nearly" $1 million for paid college tuition, video game systems, smart speakers, and—that's right—sweet, sweet gift cards, motherfuckers!!!!! As The Stranger's Rich Smith wrote in his full rundown of the vaccine lotto—which you can read right here—the Lottery will select the winners from Washington's "statewide immunization database," so you don't have to fill out a slip of paper at a gas station or anything. The only way to play is to sit for at least one shot.
To be clear: Washingtonians who have been vaccinated (regardless of when) are eligible. This includes people who got vaccinated before this announcement.
If you got vaccinated in the last couple months, or last week or tomorrow, you are eligible. https://t.co/S05brUPo3t
— Governor Jay Inslee (@GovInslee) June 3, 2021
Now that your vax juice is kicking in, I'm sure your first thought is, "Where are the summer concerts?" It's not?! Well, let us answer the thought anyways: THEY'RE COMING! EverOut's got a long list here and Michael Rietmulder with the Seattle Times has an overview out today about some of the biggies: Watershed Festival at the Gorge (July 30-Aug. 1), Brandi Carlile with Sheryl Crow at the Gorge (Aug. 14), Macklemore at the State Fair (Sept. 24), etc, etc. Did you see Andrea Bocelli's coming in November? AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH.
The University of Washington will require all of its staff and faculty to get vaccinated by the fall quarter: Otherwise, no employment on campus! The typical exemptions still apply—religious, medical, even, uh, philosophical— and the announcement follows the UW already announcing that students need the jabs, too.
Biden to American executives: Get your shit in order before that shit gets rocked by hackers.
I'd shit myself if I took a trip on this plane. Look at the render for this thing! It's so scary. San Francisco to Tokyo in six hours does sound nice, though.
San Francisco to Tokyo in 6 hours? United Airlines plans to buy 15 jets from Boom Supersonic once the start-up company designs a plane that flies faster than the speed of sound while meeting safety and environmental standards. https://t.co/4UAZFLa0BO— The Seattle Times (@seattletimes) June 3, 2021
Here are the states on the top of Biden's shitlist: Alabama, Mississippi, Wyoming, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and North Dakota. All of those states will take at least six months to reach 70 percent of adults with one vaccine dose at their current vaccination paces. Alabama and Mississippi, the worst states, would take over a year at their current speeds. Limited access and shot hesitancy contribute to the slow pacing, reports the New York Times.
I'm sorry I keep saying shit: I just can't stop thinking about this TikTok someone at work made me watch.
ICYMI: Kate McKinnon will play Carole Baskin and John Cameron Mitchell will play Joe Exotic in a new Tiger King-inspired limited series on Peacock. Dennis Quaid's also in the cast.
"We need doctors and nurses, and here I am just spitting into a tube and sound comes out," is a quote I keep thinking about from this tender feature on the Seattle Symphony.
Snooker is a word I did not know until today. Sorry. I don't come from billiards people.
A controversial food truck debate in Burien: The Burien City Council passed a food truck pilot program in March, but it was put on pause by April after local restaurants pushed back, arguing the food trucks would hurt their already struggling businesses. Now, a few of those businesses have regrets. “If I deserve a chance, everybody deserves a chance,” said Herminia Santos, the owner of the Mexican restaurant La Rielera, to Seattle Times's Melissa Hellmann. Read Melissa's full story here.
Also happening in glorious Burien: The Stranger's inaugural SUMMER DRIVE-IN MINI-MOVIE BONANZA. Yes, we did a great pop-up drive-in horror film fest in a parking lot outside On the Boards last year, but this one is extra special.
Scammers continue to call our customers using a spoofed phone number to make it appear the call is coming from us. If you receive a call demanding payment for your City Light account, HANG UP right away. We never call demanding immediate payment. Please share! pic.twitter.com/0GzEv5YZQA— Seattle City Light (@SEACityLight) May 28, 2021
A win for bi nerdy girls: Sansa Stark is bi. Or, at least, Sophie Turner probably is.
I say "probably" not because I'm suspicious of bisexuals but because Turner's Coming Out post on Instagram is kinda vague.
A belated eulogy for White Center's gay bar, The Swallow:
Happy Pride Month! 🌈 I would like to take this moment to mourn a gay bar in White Center that was a victim of the COVID recession and I never had the opportunity to visit: The Swallow. 😭 pic.twitter.com/CZJg9anVTH
— Andrew Engelson (@andyengelson) June 2, 2021
Throwback to 2019, a year that was in the last decade and also feels like a decade ago:
It is a Sunday night, and I'm in a gay bar in White Center for the third night in a row. I'm tired from all the partying, which is why it takes me a second to realize that someone is rubbing my feet.
It is a man I do not know. He asks me a question, but I can't hear him. We are at the Swallow, a nautical-themed gay bar recently opened by Marcus Wilson, the cocreator and former manager of the popular Capitol Hill bar Pony. House and techno music is blasting.
"WHAT?" I yell.
"ARE YOU WEARING CONVERSE?" the stranger yells back.
He's referring to my boots.
"NO. THEY'RE PALLADIUMS," I tell him.
He pauses, mulls over the information, squeezes my boots. It doesn't feel creepy. We're smiling. Everyone in the bar is very nice, and I welcome the interaction, though I am surprised that a stranger has come up to me and not only started talking to me but is actually now rubbing my feet. There is no Seattle Freeze in White Center.
It's officially SECB season: The Stranger Election Control Board (SECB) kicked off today with our first scheduled meeting*, a battle between the candidates for King County Council Position 7. I know, it's a position you've probably thought a lot about. Don't worry, we'll do the preliminary work for you and drop our primary election endorsements days before ballots hit your mailboxes, as always. Toss us some loose change so we can keep this blawg churnin' and burnin'.
*One candidate canceled this afternoon so we rescheduled. Off to a great start.
They found the rifle: Just took a year.
Yesterday, SPD investigators, along with @ATF_Seattle and @MarysvilleWAPD, recovered an SPD rifle stolen during riots in May 2020. The suspect who stole the rifle was arrested and charged last year. All SPD rifles stolen during last year's riots have been recovered.
— Seattle Police Dept. (@SeattlePD) June 3, 2021
I'll admit I have a soft spot for this man: A real tear-jerker for the impending travel season.