Happy Birthday Howard Shultz

Today is the 61st birthday of Howard Shultz.howard shultz

NAME:  Howard Schultz

OCCUPATION:  Activist
BIRTH DATE:  July 19, 1953
EDUCATION:  Northern Michigan University
PLACE OF BIRTH:  Brooklyn, New York

BEST KNOWN FOR: Howard Schultz is CEO and chairman of Starbucks, the highly successful coffee company.

Howard D. Schultz was born in Brooklyn, New York, on July 19, 1953, and moved with his family to the Bayview Housing projects in Canarsie, a neighborhood in southeastern Brooklyn, when he was 3 years old. Schultz was a natural athlete, leading the basketball courts around his home and the football field at school. He made his escape from Canarsie with a football scholarship to Northern Michigan University in 1970.

After graduating from the university with a Bachelor of Science degree in communication in 1975, Schultz found work as an appliance salesman for Hammarplast, a company that sold European coffee makers in the United States. Rising through the ranks to become director of sales, in the early 1980s, Schultz noticed that he was selling more coffee makers to a small operation in Seattle, Washington, known then as the Starbucks Coffee Tea and Spice Company, than to Macy’s. “Every month, every quarter, these numbers were going up, even though Starbucks just had a few stores,” Schultz later remembered. “And I said, ‘I gotta go up to Seattle.'”

Howard Schultz still distinctly remembers the first time he walked into the original Starbucks in 1981. At that time, Starbucks had only been around for 10 years and didn’t exist outside Seattle. The company’s original owners, old college buddies Jerry Baldwin and Gordon Bowker and their neighbor, Zev Siegl, had founded Starbucks in 1971. The three friends also came up with the coffee company’s ubiquitous mermaid logo.

“When I walked in this store for the first time—I know this sounds really hokey—I knew I was home,” Schultz later remembered. “I can’t explain it. But I knew I was in a special place, and the product kind of spoke to me.” At that time, he added, “I had never had a good cup of coffee. I met the founders of the company, and really heard for the first time the story of great coffee … I just said, ‘God, this is something I’ve been looking for my whole professional life.'” Little did Schultz know then how fortuitous his introduction to the company would truly be, or that he would have an integral part in creating the modern Starbucks.

A year after meeting with Starbucks’ founders, in 1982, Howard Schultz was hired as director of retail operations and marketing for the growing coffee company, which, at the time, only sold coffee beans, not coffee drinks. “My impression of Howard at that time was that he was a fabulous communicator,” co-founder Zev Siegl later remembered. “One to one, he still is.”

Early on, Schultz set about making his mark on the company while making Starbucks’ mission his own. In 1983, while traveling in Milan, Italy, he was struck by the number of coffee bars he encountered. An idea then occurred to him: Starbucks should sell not just coffee beans, but coffee drinks. “I saw something. Not only the romance of coffee, but … a sense of community. And the connection that people had to coffee—the place and one another,” Schultz recalled. “And after a week in Italy, I was so convinced with such unbridled enthusiasm that I couldn’t wait to get back to Seattle to talk about the fact that I had seen the future.”

Schultz’s enthusiasm for opening coffee bars in Starbucks stores, however, wasn’t shared by the company’s creators. “We said, ‘Oh no, that’s not for us,'” Siegl remembered. “Throughout the ’70s, we served coffee in our store. We even, at one point, had a nice, big espresso machine behind the counter. But we were in the bean business.” Nevertheless, Schultz was persistent until, finally, the owners let him establish a coffee bar in a new store that was opening in Seattle. It was an instant success, bringing in hundreds of people per day and introducing a whole new language: the “cafe latte”—both the beverage and the word—was introduced to Seattle in 1985.

But the success of the coffee bar demonstrated to the original founders that they didn’t want to go in the direction Schultz wanted to take them. They didn’t want to get big. Disappointed, Schultz left Starbucks in 1985 to open a coffee bar chain of his own, Il Giornale, which quickly garnered success.

Two years later, with the help of investors, Schultz purchased Starbucks, merging Il Giornale with the Seattle company. Subsequently, he became CEO and chairman of the Starbucks (known thereafter as the Starbucks Coffee Company). Schultz had to convince investors that Americans would actually shell out high prices for a beverage that they were used to getting for 50 cents. At the time, most Americans didn’t know a high-grade coffee bean from a teaspoon of Nescafé instant coffee. In fact, coffee consumption in the United States had been going down since 1962.

In 2000, Schultz publicly announced that he was resigning as Starbucks’ CEO. Eight years later, however, he returned to head the company. In a 2009 interview with CBS, Schultz said of Starbucks’ mission, “We’re not in the business of filling bellies, we’re in the business of filling souls.”

In 2006, Howard Schultz was ranked No. 359 on Forbes magazine‘s “Forbes 400″ list, which presents the 400 richest individuals in the United States. In 2013, he was ranked No. 311 on the same list, as well as No. 931 on Forbes’s list of billionaires around the globe.

Today, no one company sells more coffee drinks to more people in more places than Starbucks. By 2012, Starbucks had grown to encompass more than 17,600 stores in 39 countries around the world, and its market capitalization was valued at $35.6 billion. The incredibly popular coffee company reportedly opens a new store every 12 hours and attracts close to 44 million customers per week. According to the company’s website, Starbucks has been “committed to ethically sourcing and roasting the highest-quality arabica coffee in the world” since 1971.

In March 2013, Schultz made headlines and won wide applause after making a statement in support of the legalization of gay marriage. After a shareholder complained that Starbucks had lost sales due its support for gay marriage (the company had announced its support for a referendum to legalize gay union in the state of Washington), Schultz responded, “Not every decision is an economic decision. Despite the fact that you recite statistics that are narrow in time, we did provide a 38 percent shareholder return over the last year. I don’t know how many things you invest in, but I would suspect not many things, companies, products, investments have returned 38 percent over the last 12 months. Having said that, it is not an economic decision to me. The lens in which we are making that decision is through the lens of our people. We employ over 200,000 people in this company, and we want to embrace diversity. Of all kinds.” The CEO then added, “If you feel, respectfully, that you can get a higher return than the 38 percent you got last year, it’s a free country. You can sell your shares in Starbucks and buy shares in another company. Thank you very much.”

Howard Schultz currently resides in Seattle, Washington, with his wife, Sheri (Kersch) Schultz, and two children, Jordan and Addison.

Rear View Mirror – My Week In Review

I need a new profile pic, I would set myself a goal of getting a new one today, but that seems like too much pressure for a Sunday.  Other stuff that falls under “News of Me” would be that I got up every day this week at 6:30 am and went to the gym.  I started slowly with only cardio and light weights, but next week I will be full speed.  That job at #SuitSupply really took everything from me.  For the first six months of this year, I went to the gym probably four times.  I was just always tired.  My life balance is back and I can already feel an improvement in my mental state.  The new gym is only about two miles from home, locally owned and exactly the sort of motivation I needed.

 

I rarely comment on posts anymore and I never read on other posts. I mostly leave helpful tips for other bloggers to get more traffic. Every once in a while, I tweet something with a hashtag that gets the internet trolls to lick the Dorito dust off their fingertips and go on the attack. I don’t mind that much, they don’t want to have a dialogue, they just call me a retarded fag communist (I’ve been called worse in Junior High). I will remark that I understand they only want to name call and not have a conversation and they just leave me alone. Or a quick block on them ends it if they continue to name call. No big deal. On Facebook, if there is a post I disagree with whole-heartedly, I usually do not even comment, I just unfriend. Mad Cobra via Robyn has given me that philosophy when it comes to Facebook: “I press trigger, I don’t press people button.” I don’t start something, I end something. Okay? Facebook isn’t real, those people may coincidentally also be real friends, but just because you knew them in high school, you do not owe them anything. My new problem is the comment commenters. They are usually friends of your Facebook friends (strangers to you) that don’t like your comment, so they go on attack. These people also do not care to have a dialogue. Since it so rarely happens (I have trimmed up my Facebook friends list to like-minded and/or respectful people), I am always caught a bit off guard that a stranger is finding it necessary to attack me on someone else’s page. I have a rule: If the mutual friend does not step in to mediate, I delete all my comments, unfriend the mutual friend, and inform them my actions are in result of their inability to moderate their page satisfactorily. In all fairness, it is usually people that I should have unfriended or never friended, our lives and views on a lot of things are very different. #HobbyLobby #2ndAmendment #NRA #Hilary2016

This week on Waldina, I celebrated the birthdays of Pablo Neruda, Louis B. Mayer, Milton Berle, Van Cliburn, Brett Somers, Fred Gwynne, Camille Pissarro, David Hockney, Anjelica Huston, Marc Chagall, Gustav Mahler, Shelley Duvall and George Cukor.

The Stats:

Total Posts: 1,186
Total Subscribers: 317
Total Visits: 117,516
Total Visits This Week: 613
Most Popular Post This Week: Happy Birthday Camille Pissarro

This week on Wasp & Pear, I posted Kai and Heather’s book review vlog of “The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore.” A librarian (who just so happens to also be the non-relative I have known the longest) and her daughters read and review books. It is great for parents with kids, but also just great to see kids that are excited about reading. You should follow/subscribe to all of them over at FollowTheReaders.com, links to their various internet places can be found there.

I went on to post photos of abandoned places; vintage Seattle, New York City and Hollywood; and the like.

The Stats:

Total Posts: 2,567
Posts This Week: 69
Total Followers: 182
Most Popular Post This Week: Ross Shire Hotel

Over on my little corner of Twitter @TheRealSPA, I tweeted:

Anyone wanting to turn away children based of what side of the line on a map they were born must IMMEDIATELY stop self-identifying as Xtian.

and

O-P-U-L-E-N-C-E: You Own Everything!

and

Why such involved coffee orders?

The Stats:

Total Tweets: 299 (auto-deleted every 31 days to preserve freshness)
Total Followers: 248
Total Following: 185

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Rear View Mirror – My Week In Review

We took the wood from the old dock and made a ...

We took the wood from the old dock and made a wild west town. #MasonLake via therealspa

The revolution starts today.  #BigInflatableCr...

The revolution starts today. #BigInflatableCrayon via therealspa

I fear that anyone that started following me on Twitter today because of my World Cup tweets will quickly become very uninterested in the rest of my tweets. It is all the #MEXvsNED and #VivaMexico hashtags, when it is really more that right now, I really do not like the Dutch. Let’s break it down, since I do not claim to know much about Futball, I will use what I know. Who has the better beaches: Mexico or The Netherlands? Who has the better food: Mexico or The Netherlands? So, I rest my case. Oh, one more comparison: Who is NOT a passive-aggressive, lying, childish, unprofessional former employer of mine? Yes, the answer in every case in MEXICO.

It is true, I may be putting my own emotions into the mix, but even if this was six months ago, before I ever even heard of Suitsupply, I would still want Mexico to win. I am just glad to be rid of those horrible Dutch people. I dare say they are worse than Germans.

Friday was my last day at Suitsupply, I start work (training, I suspect) at Tiffany & Co. on Monday. My life will be back in balance. I will have time to do more than next week’s laundry, I will go to the gym, I will have a work/life balance. And (I hope), I will have and employer that knows what it is doing. The great things about working at Suitsupply were the people I worked with in Seattle and the customers that I helped and formed relationships with. I sold a suit that was worn during a performance at the Grammys. That’s a major highlight. The rest, the negativity, the hurt feelings, all that will fade. I am just lucky to have the new opportunity in front of me.

This week on Waldina, I added Caberet, It Should Happen To You and Harold and Maude to the Required Viewing film series; celebrated the birthdays of Pearl S. Buck and George Orwell; and celebrated my last day at Suitsupply.

The Stats:

All Time Views: 116,503
Views This Week: 382
Total Posts: 1,165
Total Subscribers: 316
Most Popular Post This Week: Ali MacGraw – Style Icon

This week on Wasp & Pear on Tumblr, I posted photos of vintage Hollywood, historic Seattle, New York & Los Angeles, the last words of The Great Gatsby:

So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.”

And this great photo series of James Dean:

The Stats:

Total Posts: 2,491
Posts This Week: 45
Total Subscribers: 179
Most Popular Post This Week: Seattle Hotel in Pioneer Square

This week over at @TheRealSPA, my little corner of Twitter, I trashed-talked The Netherlands (obvi), I lamented my decision to eat all that corn, I posted a list of the business that are actively working to lower Seattle’s minimum wage, I celebrated my last day, I posed photos from Instagram, I explained how to mass-unsubscribe from unwanted emails, I asked @Target if they allow people to openly carry firearms (they didn’t reply), and posted links to my Wasp & Pear and Waldina posts. Most importantly, I change my profile from “suit seller” to “diamond dealer.”

The Stats:

Total Tweets: 265 (ones older than 31 days are auto-purged to preserve freshness)
Total Followers: 181
Total Following: 243

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Rear View Mirror – My Week In Review

Dude, I swear, I don't know those people.
“Dude, I swear, I never said that and I don’t know those people.” – Jesus

 

Some things I have been thinking about this week:

1. Your Facebook “friends” are not really your friends. Facebook is not a real thing. You may know some of them in real life and are actually friends with them, but just because you agreed to connect with them on the internet does not mean you owe anybody anything.

2. Why aren’t parents vaccinating their kids? Are these the same crazy religious weirdoes that also don’t give their kids medicine because it’s “God’s will”?  Those parents end up going to jail for child abuse when their kids die.

3. How many people have to die before people stop responding to mass shootings with candle light vigils and posters and ribbons? None of those things are going to stop a bullet. How many more people have to die before people get angry and start holding elected officials accountable? Until we start electing people that will have the courage to address safer gun regulations and mental illness, innocent people will be murdered. Those innocent people may be your friends, family or you. How fucking stupid does lighting a candle seem now?

 

 

This week on Waldina, I celebrated the birthdays of Suzi Quatro, colleen Dewhurst, Rosalind Russell, Carmen Dell’Orefice, Hedda Hopper, and the 125th anniversary of the Great Seattle Fire.

The Stats:

Views This Week:  449
All Time Views:  115,087
Total Subscribers:  309
Most Popular Post This Week:    The Great Seattle Fire

north-by-northwest

This week on Wasp & Pear on Tumblr, I posted photographs of creepy vintage images that will haunt your dreams, Lucy and Ethel, vintage mug shots, classic Hollywood, abandoned places, set design still of the classic sitcom Bewitched, Vintage Seattle and iconic stills from North By Northwest.

The Stats:

Posts This Week:  87
All Time Posts:  2,385
Total Subscribers:  176
Most Popular Post:  Meet Paisley Currah

ringo

This week I tweeted from @TheRealSPA “Fucking Enough”.

Total Tweets (last 31 days the rest are auto-purged):  323
Total Following:  221
Total Followers:  167

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The Great Seattle Fire – 125 Years Later

On the afternoon of June 6, 1889, John E. Back, a worker in Victor Clairmont’s cabinet-making shop near Front Street and Madison Avenue, was heating glue over a gasoline fire.  Sometime around 2:30 pm, the glue boiled over and caught fire.  The fire soon spread to the wood chips and turpentine covering the floor.  Back attempted to douse the fire with water which only served to spread the fire further.  The fire department arrived by 2:45, but by that time the area was so smoky that the source of the fire could not be determined.  At first it was assumed to have begun in the paint shop above Clairmont’s woodworking shop and the Seattle newspaper erroneously ran this story the next day.

By the morning of June 7, the fire had burned 25 city blocks, including the entire business district, four of the city’s wharves, and its railroad terminals.  The fire would be called the most destructive fire in the history of Seattle.  Despite the massive destruction of property, the only casualty was a young boy named James Goin.  However, there were fatalities during the cleanup process and over 1 million rodents were killed. Total losses were estimated at nearly $20,000,000 ($656 million in today’s dollars)

Over the next 18 hours, the blaze wiped out the town’s business district and waterfront. Miraculously, there were no human fatalities.  Because of the fire, the streets in downtown Seattle now sit up to 22 feet above the original street levels.

In a year’s time, Seattle had nearly been rebuilt. All the construction jobs sparked a population boom, and Seattle grew from a town of 25,000 into a full-fledged city of more than 40,000.

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Rear View Mirror – My Week In Review

Last night, I had a dream where my teeth were falling out repeatedly. I know that this is a common theme, but I could not remember what this dream was supposed to symbolize. As everyone probably knows, I believe in basically nothing, I believe in fortune cookies more than I do in Karma, dreams, or any white-bearded sky god. I think that people cling to explanations because the alternative is that bad things happen to good people, nothing makes sense, and organic randomness really does suck sometimes. Shit happens for no reason. I could go on and on, just follow fake god and fake jesus on twitter and they do it better. Back to teeth. So, if I appear toothless in a dream, it is supposed to signify my inability to reach my goals and advance toward my interests. Dreams of teeth falling out are rooted in fear of impotence. I can see how they can draw on that, loss of bite, loss of power. But, if I think about it, my teeth are a bit sore from yesterday’s white strips, so there’s that.

Another dream I had last night was that I was asked to go to my old job so the manager could give me a review she forgot to complete. In the dream, it did not go well. For her. Giving someone a job review that has nothing to lose never goes well for the reviewer. I think that is why they have done away with exit interviews at most places and just hand out blank pieces of paper with instructions to list the people that suck. If anything, this dream is just more about consolidating memories and making space. It’s not resolution and/or closure. Those things don’t actually exist.

 

 

This week on Waldina, I celebrated a lot of birthdays: Marilyn Monroe, Christine Jorgensen, John Fitzgerald Kennedy, Bob Hope, Dashiell Hammett, Isadora Duncan, Vincent Price, Dorothea Lange and Pam Grier.

The Stats:

Views This Week:  460
All Time Views:  114,558
Total Posts:  1,137
Total Subscribers:  307
Most Popular Post This WeekHappy Birthday Marilyn Monroe

This week on Wasp & Pear on Tumblr, I posted artwork by Patrick Nagel, Keith Haring, Andy Warhol, and Aleksandr Rodchenko; photographs of abandoned buildings; photographs of classic Hollywood, vintage Seattle, and New York City; profiles of trans people; some great quotes about climate change and fire arm control; pictures of abandoned places; profiles of people that made the world a better place; and the obituary of Bunny Yeager.

The Stats:

Posts This Week:  77
Total Posts:  2,352
New Subscribers This Week:  4
Total Subscribers:  176
Most Popular Post This Week:   The Car Park Theatre of Detroit

This week over at @TheRealSPA on Twitter, I changed my banner image to a retrospect of Keith Haring art, I tweeted the entire transcript to the 1968 film “Boom!” (well, a link to it, but I wish I knew how to do that), a photograph of YSL (my personal style icon), a photo of me in my new glasses, and well, it goes on and on like that.  But most notably (to me), I was retweeted by the Keith Haring Foundation.  I think it is really cool, it made my week!

The Stats:

Total Tweets:  332 (automatically deleted after 31 days to preserve freshness)
Total Followers:  153
Total Following:  206

This week @TheRealSPA on Instagram, I posted these:

The Stats:

Total Posts: 588
Followers: 119
Following: 123

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Rear View Mirror – My Week In Review

I have a fairly small family, no first cousins and only one set of Aunts/Uncles from each parent. All my grandparents have died. The only living family that I have is from my maternal grandmother’s branch of the tree, even more specifically in Finland/Sweden, it is her father’s portion of the family. So, it seems strange to me that, with so few family members, four of them have died within the same calendar week:

Ivan Selmer Parker: Feb. 9, 1920 – May 18, 1988
Erik Alfred Anderson: August 26, 1961 – May 21, 1994
Waldie Alfred Anderson: February 5, 1930 – May 22, 2011
Waldina Maria Asplund (Liljekvist) Anderson Swanbeck: July 22, 1901 – May 25, 1989

The only other person from that branch of the family tree that has died in the last 26 years died the next week:

Aldo Nino Anderson: February 24, 1934 – June 1, 1992

To sum it up, for the last 30 years, every family member that has died on my mother’s side of the family has died in the upcoming two week period.

This week on Waldina, I celebrated the birthdays of Maureen O’Sullivan, Studs Terkel, Liberace, Richard Avedon, Jasper Johns and Katharine Hepburn. I also added the Hitchcock film “Strangers on a Train” to the Required Viewing film series.

The Stats:

Views This Week: 631
All Time Views: 113,523
Total Subscribers: 297
Most Popular Post This Week: Huguette Clark – Not So Secret Obsession

This week on Wasp & Pear on Tumblr, I posted a lot of creep inspirational posters from the 70’s and vintage photographs of Hollywood, New York City and Seattle.

The Stats:

Posts This Week: 65
Total Posts: 2.260
Total Subscribers: 171
New Subscribers: 1
Most Popular Post This Week: Seattle’s Fraternal Order of Eagles

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Rear View Mirror – My Week In Review

Today is the birthdays of Keith Haring and Audrey Hepburn. I find them both exceptionally inspirational and know that I take bits and pieces of their lives as lessons on how to make myself better.

R worked late last night, so I drove to Issaquah and went to the gym, why Issaquah?  The gym I go to normally closes at 7:00pm on Saturdays and the Issaquah one is open until 10:00pm.  That was my Saturday night.  I do have to say that I did love driving around in the rain and listening to Sonic Reducer on KEXP.

Also, apparently when I am bored, I shop for tattoo artist/parlors for these new tattoos that I have in my head.  I figure I am not getting any younger and why not?  The next one is going to be words across my chest in some sort of fancy script.  It seems unexpected and out of character and that is what I am liking the most about it.  Mix it up.

This week on Waldina, I celebrated the birthdays of the industrious Dick Proeneke, the poetic Harper Lee, and the beautiful Bianca Jagger, I posted the Holstee Manifesto, I added one of Audrey Hepburn’s quotes to the Words To Live By series, I suggested A Place In The Sun to the Required Viewing film list, and I made my annual plea to please wear sunblock. A nice varied list.

The Stats:

Views This Week: 552
Total Views; 112,307
Total Subscribers: 291
Total Posts:1,099
Most Popular Post This Week: Banned Books That Shaped America: The Scarlet Letter

Over on Wasp & Pear on Tumblr I posted inspirational 70’s posters (and there are a lot more to come), a Cazwell video, vintage photos of Hollywood, New York City, and Seattle, and bad Chinese translations. I also posted a large series of vintage photographs of the Seattle Worlds Fair (the colors are incredible). There are of course abandoned places, there always will be. I found a series of photographs that show how much 200 calories of real food is, you would be surprised. I posted photographs of the art of Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, and Keith Haring.  This week, I also started following a friend of 30+ years:  Bee Lavender, as should you.

The Stats:

Posts This Week: 45
Total Posts: 2,184
New Subscribers This Week: 3
Total Subscribers: 169

This week at @TheRealSPA on Twitter, I started following KEXP’s Sonic Reducer show @kexppunkshow, Cazwell @CAZWELLnyc, filippo fiora the editor of The Three F @filippofiora, Lifehack @lifehackorg, and Holstee @HOLSTEE. I tweeted the posts that I made on Instagram, Waldina, and Wasp & Pear.

The Stats:

Total Tweets: 315 (automatically deleted after 31 days to preserve freshness)
Following: 324
Followers: 119

May The 4th Be With You nasty drink recipe:

 

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Rear View Mirror – My Week In Review

first record

I don’t remember exactly which first record I owned, but the first three were:

Are you watching the British Pathe videos on YouTube? I am overwhelmed with the idea of 85,000 videos at my fingertips. I just randomly choose a few every once in a while. Here is todays:

This week on Waldina, I celebrated a collection of creepy photographs of Easer Bunnies, I listed 18 Secrets of Happy People, and I celebrated the birthday of Karen Von Blixen-Finecke, Richard Avedon and Ellen Barken.

The Stats:

Total Views: 110,793
Views This Week: 975
Total Posts: 1,083
Total Subscribers: 281
Most Popular Post This Week: Rudolph Valentino – Style Icon

zombie-jesus

This week on Wasp & Pear on Tumblr, I posted posted photographs of abandoned places, classic Hollywood, and vintage Seattle and New York. I cross-posted the art from the blog I manager for Ricardo Romero Cortez Duque.

The Stats:

Total Posts: 2,088
Post This week: 39
Total Followers: 165
Most Popular Post This Week: Puget Sound Lumber Company Mill Fire, May 9, 1930

This week on @TheRealSPA on Twitter, I set up a rule that will delete all tweets older than 30 days, to keep them fresh. I don’t see any need to have a record of every moronic 140 character or less I have ever posted. I highly suggest the same. I used @Tweet_Delete.  I also tweeted this photo:

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The Stats:

Following: 315
Followers: 121

This week on Facebook, I played Words With Friends

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Please Don’t Call It ‘Cap Hill”

 

jager cap hill

A new mural at 12th and Pine in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood encourages folks to visit “Cap Hill” and then quaff Jägermeister until they think they’re goddamn superheroes:

 

Finished just two days ago, the Jägermeister mural says: “Relive the night: You became legends on Cap Hill.”

But the ad campaign is bombing with people who actually live in Capitol Hill, the city’s historically gay neighborhood. For one thing, no self-respecting denizen would ever call it “Cap Hill” (a term strictly used by rural and suburban types struggling to sound colloquial). Moreover, the ads play into the worst fears of many locals who have watched the neighborhood become a magnet for racist, homophobic, violent bigots who drink themselves into a stupor—maybe doing shots of Jägermeister—and then attack people of color, gay people, and drag queens. Mike Hogan, who runs the hate-crime division at the King County prosecutor’s office, told The Stranger last year, “It’s common to see people not from our area… go up to the Pike/Pine district and offend there.” He said that “heavy intoxication” is linked to the crimes. “You just don’t get clean and sober defendants out harassing people like this.”

The locals fear, and the ad seems to confirm, that Capitol Hill is now being marketed as a destination for people unfamiliar with—or even hostile to—diverse urban cultures to visit, get shitfaced, and have delusions of legendary grandeur.

Which has led to quick counter-ad-campaign of all over the neighborhood,including this pretty genius posters:

About a dozen designs by Dax Ed Word Anderson that have appeared on poles in the last 48 hours.

Ryan Hoon, a cook at Linda’s Tavern, posted the flyers to push back against what he sees as the neighborhood’s exploitation.

“The high rises keep going up, the rent keeps going up, and the wrong crowd keeps coming in,” says Hoon in an e-mail. “Higher and higher incidences of violence coupled with homophobia, racism and sexism keep happening… I’ve fucking had enough, the flyers may be small, but it’s something… I don’t want to be forced out from new money and the fist pumping asshole.”

In other words, this looks like another case of businesses leveraging Capitol Hill’s attractiveness to sell their product—like diverse urban centers all over the world—and, in the process, destroying the very things that made it attractive in the first place. Jägermeister did not reply to a request for comment.

via Jägermeister Becomes Symbol of Gentrification and Gay-Bashing on “Cap Hill” | Slog.

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