What Seattleite doesn’t like the Blue Angels? This one
By Jim Moore
When you’re a Seattle native like I am, you shouldn’t say you get sick of the rain or don’t like coffee. You shouldn’t say the Space Needle is an architectural monstrosity.
So I won’t – I don’t mind the rain, I love coffee and I think the Space Needle is the coolest structure ever.
You also shouldn’t say that you’ve had it up to here with the Blue Angels, but I have. Way up to here. Way, way, WAY up to here.
I never look forward to the annual arrival of the Blue Angels and their performances during the Seafair hydro-race weekend. I admire their precision and skill. But I’ve seen them over and over and over again, and I don’t have to see them to appreciate them anymore.
In fact, when I see them now, I don’t appreciate them at all. I think of four days of traffic hassles. I think of four days of my dog freaking out. I think of four days I could live without. I think of ear-shattering loudness that comes from out of nowhere.
If I’m someone who loves the Blue Angels, I’m thinking that the guy who’s writing this column is an idiot (maybe so). I’m thinking this guy’s old and out of touch (guilty and guilty). I’m thinking there’s something terribly wrong with anyone who doesn’t like the Blue Angels (perhaps).
I’ve turned into those Montlake residents who complain about night games at Husky Stadium disrupting their neighborhood. I used to think: “What are they complaining about? It’s only two or three nights a year. Suck it up and shut up already.”
But now I’m one of them. If I’m a Blue Angels fan, I’m telling a Blue Angels hater that he needs to give it a rest; they’ll only be here for four days.
I’m just saying it’s the most annoying four days of the year, and I much prefer the other 361 without them.
Last night I was driving home and saw the signs on the freeway reminding drivers that I-90 will be closed across Lake Washington from 9:45 a.m. to noon and 1:15 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Thursday. For Blue Angels fans, those are understandable and reasonable closures because they need time to practice their ear-piercing fly-over routines.
Then on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, there will be more closures, snarling more freeways and creating more backups while giving old, out-of-touch Blue Angels haters like me even more reasons to bitch, gripe and moan.
So I will. I can already picture myself in traffic somewhere on Thursday, brake lights for as far as I can see, no one going anywhere. What a beautiful sight that will be.
The only people who will be happy about it will be the ones at the state government office who are selling “Good To Go!” passes to cross 520, the other Lake Washington bridge that will have bumper-to-bumper traffic as a result of the I-90 closures.
Oh, and the Blue Angels fans, they’ll be happy too, saying to each other as they look to the skies: “Wow, did you see that?!”
I would answer: “Yes, a million times, and I don’t care to see it ever again.”
Jim Moore also writes for his website, www.jimmoorethego2guy.com, and the Kitsap Sun’s website. Starting next week, he’ll be writing for CougFan.com too. You can reach him at email@example.com and follow him on Twitter @cougsgo. He co-hosts “The Golf Show with Jim Moore and Shon Crewe” on the podcast page of 710Sports.com and “The Kevin Calabro Show,” weekdays 3-7 p.m. on 710 ESPN Seattle.
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