My father told me never to get into a car with a stranger.
I wonder how he'd feel about it if an app existed that knew which strangers were trustworthy, and which were, perhaps, even potential friends? And what if this app could also arrange for me (when I'm carless and in a rush) to get convenient lifts from these new friends?
As of November 2, Seattle has just such an app thanks to San Francisco-based SideCar, a ride-share service that grew quickly enough—50,000 rides so far—to inspire CEO Sunil Paul to expand it in Seattle.
Thanks to popular movies, the character of Seattle’s romantic landscape seems fixed in a few iconic images from the early ’90s: a) John Cusack broadcasting Peter Gabriel in the rain, b) Matt Dillon wearing high grunge, c) Tom Hanks on a houseboat. But we’d like to give some screen time to real singles—Seattleites in the present tense. Far from pathetic or brooding, they are adventurous, entrepreneurial and funny, much like the city itself.
Occupation: farmer, author, maker of Dinah's Cheese
Neighborhood: Vashon Island
Pets: Byron and Daisy, both dogs. I also have a herd of Jersey cows, but I wouldn’t really call them pets.
Grew up in: Seattle
Personal passion: I love great food; both growing and raising tasty fruits, vegetables, meat and dairy.
Occupation: Chef and co-owner, Boat Street Cafe, The Walrus & the Carpenter, The Whale Wins and mobile food truck The Narwhal
Pets: Puppy named Arlo; one cat, Lucca; and eight chickens
Grew up in: Woodinville, Washington
Occupation: Co-owner, Mr. Gyros
Grew up in: Bellevue
Personal mission: Work hard now, play later. My goal is to hopefully be retired before 40. I figure if I work as hard as I can now, I can enjoy life with a family later.
Occupation: Fashion designer, Bri Seeley Designs
Destined for occupation since: My grandmother taught me how to sew when I was 6.
Pets: Two incredibly furry orange-and-white tabby cats
Grew up in: Northfield, Minnesota
Occupation: director of Marketing & external relations, crosscut.com
Grew up in: The Bay Area
Why Seattle? I came to Seattle in ’92. I stayed because I loved the work I was doing (One Reel, Empty Space Theatre, STG, Crosscut) and how it affected and helped shape the cultural climate here. The people I met along the way have become family to me.
Occupation: Concert violinist, Seattle University professor
Neighborhood: International District
Grew up in: Park Forest, Illinois, a suburb south of Chicago
Personal mission: To be the very best person I can be. I try to treat people with respect and compassion and be a positive role model to the younger generation.
Occupation: Freelance journalist and author
Destined for occupation since: I started writing my byline all over my Pee Chee back in high school.
Neighborhood: Queen Anne
Children: No kids, but I’m a red-hot aunt
Occupation: Actor, musician, member of the band “Awesome” (awesomeinquotes.com)
Destined for occupation since: Elementary school, when they sent us home with a worksheet with pictures of musical instruments on it. I pointed at the trumpet. Then theater extroverted me in high school, and I’ve been discovering new occupations ever since.
MUST HEARKnute Berger at the Space needleThursday (11/1) — Seattle magazine editor-at-large Knute Berger is presenting MOHAI’s esteemed Denny Lecture tomorrow night at the Space Needle. The topic du jour? Why, the Space Needle, of course. Learn all about the truly quirkly origins of the Needle, as recounted in Berger’s new book, Space Needle: The Spirit of Seattle, plus, be among the first to hear about new discoveries he’s made since publishing the book.
If you ever find yourself crying at work, take Ellen Forney’s advice: “Don’t wipe your tears. Don’t change your posture. Just keep working until you get to the point where your nose is running and you’re kind of a mess—then get up, go to the bathroom, blow your nose and wipe your face. Take a deep breath and go back to work.”