You need to be more active on here and post more stuff, and I'll consider following you
Really, Anonymous? You can’t even put a name down to say that? Do you even have a Tumblr? We post once a day here, and sometimes add some neat Seattle-related stuff as we run across it. That’s how we roll here. Pack up your entitlement in the back of your convertible and drive it back to Los Angeles, and we’ll consider not letting the door hit you on the way out. Be sure to ask for a refund on the way through that door.
Of course, now three of you will leave the group and ruin the sentiment, with typical Seattle playfulness and sarcasm, but I just wanted to thank you all for loving Seattle like we love Seattle.
When ladymeag and I took over FY!S, we didn’t really have the time to take on an Actual, Real Tumblog, even as much as we loved Seattle and desperately wanted to return home to it. But the now-former owner had lost time and interest, and we were honestly kind of sick of hundreds of pictures of the Goddamned Space Needle, and we felt that there was so much more to the Queen City that we could share. I’ll let you guys in on a secret, one that one is NEVER supposed to share: we’re not originally from here.
I know, right? (In fact, when we took over FY!S, we had been living in exile in California for a year thanks to my job and the job market. FY!S helped us get through the pain of being away from home enough that we were able to find a way back where we belong.) But we’re not natives — we came to love Seattle honestly, as strangers who met her and got to know her, good and bad, and who fell in time almost desperately in love with this place. Seattle is our home, and it’s like it was always our home, even before we came here for the first time. Like so many other wonderful things in life, while we weren’t lucky enough to be born in Seattle, as soon as we found out about it we dropped everything and moved here.
Fuck Yeah! Seattle is, for us, a celebration of that feeling: the urgent, encompassing love of place that I’ve rarely seen for other cities, especially in those not from those cities, for the troubled history and the so many stories of former and current citizens and how those are reflected in the city itself. It is incredibly gratifying to us that, though we still don’t have as much time as we’d like to share Seattle places, people, and history as thoroughly with you as we’d like, you love Seattle and like what we do enough to join us.
TL;DR: Thank you so much for following us. Thank you for sharing our love of Seattle.
(PS We haven’t forgotten about trying to hold a FY!S picnic-or-whatever! Now that we’re home and working on settling back in, we hope we can start thinking about ideas soon. Patience?)
(Edited by ladymeag to add: In case it wasn’t clear - we lived here for more than a decade before we got exiled to CA, so no, we’re not new. Thanks for the notes about that, though!)