Rumor Has It

Chicken and egg:

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

For me, I’m not sure which came first: My love of music or my interest in politics, but I do know that for many years there was not a lot of overlap in that particular Venn diagram.

However, that all changed Mon., Jan. 13 when Hollie Huthman was officially sworn in as a member of Bellingham City Council (after being officially sworn in back on Dec. 2 due to some singular and not-likely-to-be-repeated circumstances that aren’t very interesting unless unusual procedural situations are what get your motor running)—and now she bears the distinction of living at the nexus of my interests.

So far, how that’s played out is my being endlessly entertained by the idea of going to the What’s Up! Awards this weekend and watching a member of city council play bass for Dryland. Back when I was paying $100 a month to share an overcrowded apartment and living off of burritos, Kool-Aid and drags of other people’s cigarettes (sorry, mom), I knew in the back of my mind that one day we’d all grow up and go legit—but I never dreamed we’d be this legit. Like, I thought some of us might start to eat vegetables and pay our bills on time, not sign on to help run the whole damn show.

But Hollie’s swearing in wasn’t just a moment to be noted in my personal history, it represents a milestone for the City of Bellingham as well. She’s joined by Pinky Vargas, Hannah Stone, and Lisa Anderson, marking the first time in history that women have constituted a majority of the city council. As they are individuals with varied interests and concerns, the majority is symbolic rather than in the form of a voting bloc. Nevertheless, the symbolism itself is powerful, and along with the good work the four history-makers will no doubt do, it is my fervent hope that what they represent is a shift toward greater diversity in a city that pays a lot of lip service to that concept.

We shall see what unfolds. In the meantime, be sure and talk to Hollie about incredibly involved and important matters of public policy right as she’s about to step onstage with her Dryland bandmates.

I’m just kidding. Don’t do that. Save your two cents for the public comment period during city council meetings like the rest of the adults do. Speaking of, the meetings happen every Monday night at City Hall. Even better: There’s no cover charge, no one will scrutinize your ID at the door and depending on what’s on the agenda, it has the potential to be the best show in town.

Past Columns
Say It Ain’t So:

January 8, 2020

Passages:

January 1, 2020

A necessary update:

December 25, 2019

Questions and answers:

December 18, 2019

It’s Baaaack:

December 11, 2019

Of Art and Artists:

December 4, 2019

Fundraising and Family Time:

November 27, 2019

Of beginnings and endings:

November 20, 2019

Of love and loss:

November 13, 2019

Dream All Day:

November 6, 2019

News of the Muse:

October 30, 2019

But wait, there’s more:

October 23, 2019

Comings and goings:

October 16, 2019

Sing Loud:

October 9, 2019

Road to somewhere:

October 2, 2019

Sound of Soundings:

September 25, 2019

News of brews

September 18, 2019

Sex In The City:

September 11, 2019

While I was sleeping:

September 4, 2019

Little in the middle

August 28, 2019

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Today
A Forest of Words Poetry Competition

10:00am|Whatcom County

Deep Forest Experience

11:00am|Rockport State Park

Beauty and the Beast

7:00pm|BAAY Theater

The Curious Savage

7:00pm|Alger Community Church

Skagit Eagle Festival

10:00am

Deep Forest Experience

11:00am|Rockport State Park

Space Trek

7:30pm|Upfront Theatre

Sedro-Woolley Community Breakfast

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Skagit Eagle Festival

10:00am

Deep Forest Experience

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Langar in Lynden

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Birding for Kids

2:30pm

An American in Paris

7:30pm|Mount Baker Theatre

An American in Paris

7:30pm

Tomorrow
Deep Forest Experience

11:00am|Rockport State Park

Skagit Eagle Festival

10:00am

Deep Forest Experience

11:00am|Rockport State Park

Birding for Kids

2:30pm

MLK Day Work Party

9:00am|Barr Creek

MLK Day of Service Work Party

10:00am|Whatcom Creek

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Read-In

10:00am|Village Books

Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Celebration

12:00pm|Mount Baker Theatre

Teen Art Club

3:00pm|Blaine Library

Community Soup Kitchen

6:00pm|Little Cheerful Cafe

Cider U

6:30pm|Thousand Acre Cider House

Poetrynight

7:00pm|Alternative Library

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day event

7:00pm|Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship

Guffawingham

9:00pm|Firefly Lounge

Tuesday
Deep Forest Experience

11:00am|Rockport State Park

Tea for Beginners

2:00pm|Bellingham Public Library

Cook It and Book It

3:30pm|Lynden Library

Community Conversations Book group

4:00pm|Village Books

All-Paces Run

6:00pm|Fairhaven Runners

Skagit Folk Dancers

7:00pm|Bayview Civic Hall

Intro to Improv

7:00pm|Improv Playworks

Books on Tap

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