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An essay to make you long for Seattle rain, and three things to check out this bright, sunny week.
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The New Tropic | Live Like You Live Here

Welcome to The Evergrey! If you’re reading this, you’re an awesome, smart person we think might be interested in what we’re doing. So what exactly are we doing?

We’re two Seattle journalists starting a new civic media project. We (Anika and Monica) want to help Seattleites get more connected to each other and to our city so we can each feel more powerful living here. This newsletter is one way we hope to do that, and we’re super glad you’re part of it. Please reply to this email to tell us what you think as we tweak this format over the next few weeks!

It’s a gorgeous week– highs in the 70s, plenty of sun. But the rain is coming– you know it, I know it– and there’s nothing we can do to stop it. There is, though, something we can do to embrace it...
GET YOUR CITY 🌧
Every fall, the rain returns. And so does this beautiful essay that just brilliantly explains why so many of us actually love it. The essay, by long-time Seattleite Lee LeFever, has been read a whopping 200,000 times on Medium, and was one of the five most popular posts the month it was published in 2014.

"Every year about now I re-read @leelefever’s homage to the end of summer in Seattle,” tweeted Trevor Klein.

You might as well call Lee’s essay a love letter to Seattle weather. He explains why locals who are crazy enough to welcome months of mist after weeks of sunshine aren’t crazy at all: “It provides a sense of relief, a return to normalcy, a time to get back to real life and get things done.”

The essay also gives locals a way to genuinely celebrate something we’re expected to complain about. “I wanted to give people the sense that, it’s OK. It’s OK to like the rain,” Lee said.

Lee woke up to his love of the gray nine years after moving here. He had just returned from a trip around the world. “I came back and realized, there is no climate that I want more than this Seattle climate.”

The prospect of waiting nine years to really love the rain may seem like a drag to the newbies among you. But there’s a way to deal, Lee said: “It’s a conversion to an interior lifestyle. Find ways to make the interior of your home a more warm, cozy space.”

Lee LeFever is the founder of Common Craft, author of “The Art of Explanation” and a Sounders fan. These days he and his co-founder/spouse Sachi LeFever are working on Explainer Academy, which offers courses on, well, explaining things. Reach out to him on Twitter @leelefever.
CHECK THESE OUT 💁
  • As Seattle grows and changes, more people are talking about where and how they belong. On Wednesday six Seattleites from “the 98118”– one of the most diverse zip codes in the country– will tell their stories of finding home at a brand new event hosted by our friends at The Seattle Globalist. [September 14 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Rainier Arts Center. Suggested donation $5.]
     
  • On Saturday, the Washington Trails Association is throwing a day-long party to celebrate 50 years of helping locals love the outdoors. There will be a scavenger hunt, a beer garden, and a stunning view of Mount Si. The Stranger makes a pretty convincing argument to drive 30 to 45 minutes and check it out. [September 17 from noon to 6 p.m. at Snoqualmie Point. $15 adult and free for kids under 12].
     
  • A new bar/restaurant called Mbar just opened up in South Lake Union and it has some gorgeous views of the city, plus a partially covered open patio with fire pits and heaters for those gray days (which you’re super excited about now that you’ve read Lee’s essay, right?) Early reviews from Seattle Yelpers are in and you can check out what some Redditors will say, too. [Mbar is open Monday through Thursday from 4 to 10 p.m. and Friday, Saturday until 11 p.m.]
KUDOS 👏
In each newsletter we'll give kudos to a Seattleite who has done something noteworthy, interesting or just downright awesome. Got a shout-out to share? Email us at hello@theevergrey.com.
There have been a lot of opinions shared about the Seahawks’ decision to link arms before Sunday’s game. But one voice in particular stood out to us. Larry Mizell Jr. is a KEXP DJ who hosts Street Sounds, Seattle’s longest-running mix show that plays hip hop music. This past Sunday, he played “I Need Answers” by Dizzy Wright– a song that discusses the killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.

After playing the song, Larry invited listeners to take a step back from analyzing what the Seahawks did or didn’t do and look at the bigger question about what people are telling others to do. That, we believe, is a perspective worth sharing. Listen to the full 1 minute and 15 second clip here.

“People should protest however they want, or not protest at all if they choose not to, but it's just funny how people are always getting told how to do this, how to protest, whether it's sit down, stand up, shut up, don't walk, don't reach for your wallet, don't play with a gun– a toy gun in the park, don't be 12, don't be black, don't breathe, don't do nothing,” Larry told listeners. “There's literally no space to exist for many people in this place. And that's what this music is about.”

Stay tuned for the next edition of The Evergrey newsletter, and don’t forget to e-mail us at hello@theevergrey.com with your thoughts. Enjoy the sun! – A & M
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