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Mark Atwood
On the #10 bus last night, riding from the Capitol Hill neighborhood to Downtown.
My fellow passengers:

A large black woman, her hair short dreads. Wearing black t-shirt layered with green vest with jenin jacket. Brown socks with sandals. She's reading a technical manual.

An elderly woman with pixie haircut, sky blue northface coat, open, with two layers of thin sweaters, over a bloase. And a hand knit scarf. Yoga pants. Brightly colored knit socks with sandels. Her eyes look at nothing.

A muscular white man in his late 20s, tightly stretched blue t-shirt with ironic text, blue jeans with rolled and ironed cuffs, scuffed leather ankle boots.

And so on. About 2 dozen people, a mix of white, hispanic, asian, native, and black.

All wearing relaxed layers, mostly in subdoed earth tones, water resistant sport wear, comfortable shoes. Lots of dyed hair in subdued colors, crazy tights, nose rings on office workers, and hoodies. There is not a bit sunlight tanned skin in sight.

If I didn't already know I was in Seattle, inside the city proper, one look at this crowd would tell me where I was.

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Current Location: Capitol Hill neighborhood, Seattle WA
Current Music: (JES) Like A Waterfall (Flipside Ambient Remix)

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elfs From: elfs Date: February 7th, 2012 09:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
Which makes it all the harder for Seattle writers to write about anyplace else. Homogeneity is just... unusual.
fallenpegasus From: fallenpegasus Date: February 7th, 2012 10:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
There is a certain je ne sais quoi of the Seattle homogeneity.

There is something almost ineffable about it, as compared to say, "race".

But then, when you try to write down a set of formal decision rules for assigning someone a race, all of the sudden that gets hard to pin down as well.

I think may I will just retreat behind the Potter Stewart defense: "I know it when I see it"...
singingnettle From: singingnettle Date: February 8th, 2012 04:28 am (UTC) (Link)
Heh. I do miss Seattle.
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