Saturday night the Seattle police and their University of Washington counterparts were up to their old tricks, denying taxi access to the frenzied hordes exiting the UW versus Fresno State game, complicating everything by closing off streets just mere minutes into the second half. And adding yet another new dimension to the usual confusion and traffic mayhem, they stopped all access immediately after the game, meaning thousands of fans were left puzzled and stranded waiting for taxis and Ubers that never arrived. Why the authorities did this I don't know but I will attempt to get an official reply but from my experience I might as well be trying to contact Vladimir Putin, meaning they don't make it easy to communicate with them. I wonder if this is intentional? What do you think about bureaucratic distance, the hiding behind grey, opaque walls? Is it true or perhaps I am just not trying hard enough?
When I did make it in toward game's end, it resulted in two Kirkland trips and one final "searching for my friend Mike" who had evidently taken a drunken plunge into the Montlake Canal, only to have been rescued by a passing boater. Maybe it was best we didn't find Mike because my passenger kept saying "I am going to punch him in the nose!" Doesn't that make sense, taking all this time and effort to find someone for the sole purpose of beating him up? All I can say is welcome to post-Husky delirium, something I have seen too many times over my 30 years working the games. Go team! rah rah rah!
Mayor Murray Resigns
The past two weeks two weeks have seen the resignation of Mayor Ed Murray and the installing of not one but two new Seattle mayors. This all came about when Murray's second cousin came out, 40 years late, to say that he too had been sexually abused by the now former mayor. One can ask why it took him so long when he could have stopped Murray in his sexual tracks years ago?
There are so many important questions concerning all this, including if Murray has committed what is said, why in the political world did he think he could get away with something that was in plain view? Could it be that since he never had done anything wrong in the first place, how could he think he would be held accountable for crimes that never happened?
Another question is, has anyone been paid? I say this because the entire situation started with an infamous muckraking lawyer dredging up alleged victims from the far past, some of whom are convicted male prostitutes. Has any of those intrepid Seattle Times reporters checked out bank accounts and sudden changes in life styles? If they have, it hasn't been noted.
The outraged rhetoric has at times been appalling, epitomized by former mayoral candidate, Nikkita Oliver shouting just how outrageous Murray has been, expressing"she just will never understand" how this horrible person got away this long with years of repeated sexual misdeeds? Yes, it is mysterious on many levels.
I guess she and others have all forgotten how Trump, who was not only accused but actually bragged about his sexual improprieties, has not only avoided prosecution but now holds an elected office? That I am not impressed goes, as the saying goes, "goes without saying" but I had to say it anyway.
At least Seattle Council Member Bruce Harrell gave up his week-long mayoral tenure to Council Member Tim Burgess, who remains the Mayor of Seattle for 71 days. Harrell brief tenure led to a series of emails between me and a known taxi industry lobbyist. A focus upon that is something you might look forward to in next week's posting. She did say that a few hours riding along in a taxi makes her extremely knowledgeable concerning industry issues. Hey, that reminds of Sarah Palin's famous "I understand Russia because I can see it off the coast of Alaska?" She did? Maybe she was wearing a special set of eye glasses. I suppose anything is possible.