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
A Trickle of Tunes

June 24, 2020

One Strange Summer

June 10, 2020

COVID Chronicles

May 27, 2020

Pandemic Problems

May 13, 2020

A Bummer Summer

April 29, 2020

The Show Goes On

April 15, 2020

My Pandemic Diary

April 7, 2020

We’re Baaaaack

April 1, 2020

Strange Days

March 25, 2020

Making it through

March 18, 2020

Pandemic Panic

March 11, 2020

You’ve got mail

March 4, 2020

Of bongos and backwards balls

February 26, 2020

Drink it up

February 19, 2020

Apologies in Advance

February 12, 2020

All-Ages Action

February 5, 2020

Music at the Movies

January 29, 2020

Hot in Herre

January 22, 2020

Say It Ain’t So:

January 8, 2020

Passages:

January 1, 2020