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💅 Portland, why are you so desperate?

Plus: Six ways to stay cool.

By Grace Madigan

It’s Tuesday, Seattle.

Any of you have younger siblings who, even though you’re both adults, annoy you to no end? 

Travel Portland took out a whole page in The Seattle Times on Sunday to advertise for folks to come visit. As the older sibling in this metaphor, I’d like to say to Portland: Are you that desperate?

Don’t get me wrong, I like Portland. It has a ridiculously good food scene, comforting small-town vibes, and it’s the home to one of the greatest sketch comedy shows ever. But, it will never beat Seattle and its views of Rainier on a clear day, the ability to spot orcas out on Puget Sound, and the fact we have three different national parks just a few hours from the city. 

Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, let’s get to the headlines. 

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5 things Seattle is talking about

😰  Need some ideas to help cool off? Here are six ways to remain cool as we go through this heatwave. (Editor’s note: If anyone has recommendations for not waking up in sweaty sheets, I’m all ears. Not for me of course...for a friend…) (The Seattle Times)

➡️  Forty years after the start of the AIDS epidemic, Seattle finally gets a memorial to honor and remember those affected. The dedication ceremony for the AIDS Memorial Pathway (AMP) is set for this Saturday and marks the culmination of six years, the work of six artists, five government agencies, and multiple private partners. (Crosscut)

🏀  The Seattle Storm is sending three of its players to Tokyo. Sue Bird, Breanna Stewart, and Jewell Loyd all made the Olympic squad which will seek its seventh straight gold medal. This will be Sue’s fifth Olympics and likely her last. (NBC Sports)

🍴 Jackson’s Catfish Corner makes its return to where it all started. The original founders of the Central District favorite closed the store in 2014, but their grandson Terrell Jackson took over the business, running some pop-ups and opening up a spot on 21st Avenue and Yesler Way that eventually closed in 2018. Terell says they’ve signed a long-term 15-year lease for their new space so they won’t be going anywhere soon. (Eater Seattle)

🌈  Capitol Hill Pride came under fire after two of its organizers complained about Taking B(l)ack Pride. Charlotte LeFevre and Philip Lipson wrote to the Seattle Human Rights Commission accusing Taking B(l)ack Pride of reverse racism because they plan to charge white attendees a “reparations fee” to keep the event free for members of the Black and Brown trans and queer community. Many sponsors and speakers of the Capitol Hill Pride event have withdrawn their support and have promoted Taking B(l)ack Pride instead. (Capitol Hill Seattle Blog)

  • Editor’s note: Seattle Gay News, a sponsor of our own Virtual Pride Event, has since withdrawn their support of Capitol Hill Pride and will instead be tabling at the AIDS Memorial Pathway dedication event instead.

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One more thing …

A really important article about the history of Jojos was published last week by The Stranger and I’d be remiss if I didn’t share it. 

If I had more time, I’d take this whole section to wax poetic about my love for these superior potato wedges. Instead, I’ll just say that if you have no idea what I’m talking about then you should really go and try some Jojos for yourself and you’ll understand why they’re a thing.

That’s it for today. See ya tomorrow.

— Grace at The Evergrey

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