Friday Letter, 1-15-16

I passed out gold (chocolate) coins this week as I did a round with the green bucket. I came across 98 souls as I distributed the coins, which had the year 1972 printed on them. It was fascinating to hear where people were in 1972. “Florida” got three hits and “I wasn’t alive” was a pretty popular answer. Thanks for sharing a little about yourself as I was out. Sorry if I missed you.

As I was walking around during this second week of the quarter, the busiest place on campus was the Kodiak Korner front desk. While many folks went the extra mile last week during Week One, the Kodiak Korner folks do this all quarter long and it’s usually pretty busy…all…quarter…long. I couldn’t find a moment on two passes to chat with them because of the student volume, but thanks to those folks for their daily efforts.

I have to say that the award for the most inspiring thought during my Gold Coin visits came from Anthony in International Programs. He related a very thoughtful story about someone who lived after jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge. You’ll have to ask him about it.

Interesting fact:

The word “they” as a single gender-neutral pronoun has been named the Word of the Year by a crowd of over 200 linguists at the American Dialect Society’s annual meeting in Washington, D.C. last Friday.
The Washington Post’s style guide ratified this usage last month, which caused some grammar pedants to shriek. But as Post copy editor Bill Walsh explained, the singular “they” is “the only sensible solution to English’s lack of a gender-neutral third-person singular personal pronoun.

I’m sure THEY had a lot of discussion over it…but please no criticism if I adopt its usage in the Friday Letter. =)

Where was I this week? The Kirkland Business Roundtable, Bothell State of the City luncheon, the OneRedmond Board meeting, a joint meeting of the [Shoreline, Lake Forest Park, Kenmore, and Bothell] city councils, the Kirkland Chamber meeting and the Bothell Chamber meeting. Not sure why everyone decided to meet this week…but it was packed.

Next week is also full on campus, largely due to the shortened week. Don’t forget the holiday in honor of MLK Jr on Monday, the DIA on Tuesday, and the Trustees meeting on Wednesday. Speaking of the DIA…I was thinking about having an off-campus President’s Pub after DIA #3 in the spring. Anybody up for that?

I hope you have a great weekend and, if you’re a Seahawks fan, I have some inside scoop…

During last Sunday’s game against the Vikings, Lisa Jacobson’s “spirit fingers” apparently worked their magic on the play in the 4th quarter where a high snap sailed past Wilson’s head for a fumble, which he scooped up and threw to Lockett for a first down. This play saved the drive that ultimately resulted in the Seahawk’s first score of the game. So, if you want them to win, wave your fingers at critical moments. They must also be painted the appropriate colors. Please see Lisa for more details on the technique.

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