WSJ Gets Seattle Wrong As Usual

Hey, it’s sports in Seattle!

From Axios’ morning email thingie, so the weird formatting and odd bullets are totally theirs:

“‘Adult Recess’ Is Booming,” with people reliving schoolyard memories with tetherball, hopscotch and Lincoln Logs, despite sore muscles and tweaked knees, The Wall Street Journal’s Jim Carlton reports (subscription):

  • “In Seattle’s Cal Anderson Park, about 1,000 men and women turned out for an adult recess … that included kickball, hopscotch and tetherball, along with chicken nuggets and grilled cheese.”
  • “In Greensboro, N.C., the city decided to put on an adult recess [that] included Twister, four square and tetherball.”

Afterward, many head to a bar.

Imma call bullshit. Jim Carlton clearly is out of his depth in reporting how infantile Seattle is.

As Cal Anderson PLAYFIELD  is in my neighborhood and I walk past it at least twice daily, I can confirm that are no tetherball courts anywhere in the playfield or park, I’ve never seen anyone playing kickball. It’s a big park/playfield, BUT 1K hipsters playing four square? Hopscotch? It would be noticeable. Also: There is no large expanse of concrete to do this, so this is also patently BS.

I once did see some nerds playing quiddich (SP? – the harry potter broomstick thingie). Lotsa frisbee going on, tossing footballs, hackysack, etc. During Pride, the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence play rugby there. $3 Bill Cinema often runs a movies-in-the-park program during the summer, and I recall once that there was a pillow-fight as a fundraiser there.

The astroturf-covered playfield mostly has people lounging and canoodling when the weather is nice. What you mostly see in Cal Anderson Playfield are basketball, softball, and soccer.

The tennis courts often feature bike polo at night and during the day it is skateboarders who bring in objects on which to practice jumps and slides. Sometimes you even see some people playing tennis.

Cal Anderson PARK is adjacent and it has grassy knolls to lounge upon, and is dominated by a water feature that runs the entire length of the park portion (there is a reservoir underneath, so this is reclaimed urban space). Again, no organized games, but lotsa dogs running around fetching tennis balls. Oh, and canoodling. Maybe canoodling is a sport?

There’s a kiddie wading pool, and swing set and play-structure-with-slides area that sort of separates the two main areas of the facility.

Across Pine Street from the Playfield is Molly Moon’s ice cream and the Elliot Bay Bookstore is nearby, as well as some bars that are only open at night, but a lot of cafes. You cannot legally drink in any park in Seattle, but there is definitely a low-key, don’t-be-an-asshole attitude to both obeying it and enforcing it.

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9 Responses to WSJ Gets Seattle Wrong As Usual

  1. I’m beginning to think this is their version of Cletus Safaris. This is not the first one of these “Haw Haw lookie the child-like libtards” one of these articles I’ve seen over the years…


  2. Big Bad Bald Bastard says:

    I’m just gonna come right out and say that adult recess sounds really awesome, and anybody criticizing it is a humorless prig.


  3. JDM says:

    Apparently a large part of Robert Epstein’s original anti-Google complaint was based on what turned out to be Robert Epstein’s website having been hacked or virus-infested. Shades of Sharyl Attkisson’s stuck delete key which she presented as proof of US government hacking.


  4. Pyed says:

    I took the name “Adult Recess” too literally. Had visions of accountants, executives, secretaries and mailroom clerks filing out of the building half-way through the morning and afternoon for fifteen minutes of healthy exercise.
    Was going to mention that there was no wonder about the sore muscles and tweaked knees. adults require about that long just to limber up before any rigorous physical activity. I should have realized no company or corporation CEO would sign off on giving his staff leave for exercise. I should have remembered that something as simple as a coffee break had first to be bargained for by a union.

    Can’t even blame this on needing new spectacles as it was a comprehension mistake, it’s the brain that needs rep…. mutter … mutter … mutter….


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  6. MDavis says:

    I once worked as an IT contractor adjacent support. That group took their rec time seriously. They spent far too much time sitting around looking at CRT screens to like a healthy life without taking deliberate time for recess.
    Sounds like the WSJ reporters are engaging in their own version, where they take time off from supposed news reporting to make stuff up.
    Welp, it must be 4:20 somewhere, which means it is time for me to go back to work because there are some things my body just refuses to tolerate.


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