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Peepless in Seattle: Dating, Friendship, and the Seattle Freeze After Forty

A lot of people were confused why 20 thousand additional men in a city might make finding meaningful romance more difficult — for everyone. So, I’ve written a sequel to “You’ve Got Male.”

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What Are the Odds of Finding Your Ideal Partner (in Seattle)?

For its Valentines Day episode in 2013, This American Life’s David Kestenbaum shared an anecdote of physicists trying to calculate the odds of finding a girlfriend in Boston. They began with the population of Boston, adjusted for the female contingent that they were searching for, adjusted for the fraction within ten years of his age who were single college graduates …

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Funded By Seattle Real Estate Developers, Forbes Writer Attacks Amazon Critic

Upton Sinclair said, “it is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends on his not understanding it*.” This is evident in Roger Valdez’s column in Forbes today (How Jobs and Awkward White Men Are Destroying a City) in which he likens my criticism of Amazon’s overwhelming impacts on Seattle to racism against Chinese immigrants in the late …

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How Seahawk are you Seattle? Sorry, not much.

I don’t really understand the attachment of Seattle’s notoriously fair-weather fans to the Seahawks. I thought it might be useful to review for you all how little in common you have with your beloved Seahawks. Sorry, it’s not much. The average Seahawk earned $1.26 million in 2014, you, not so much. The average salary for men in Seattle is $89,445 and for …

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Amazon’s Seattle Headcount to Nearly Triple in Five Years

Shortly after ‘Amageddon': How Amazon’s culture is taking a toll on Seattle’s future went viral over at GeekWire, Amazon dropped a bombshell. It’s building enough office space to nearly triple its Seattle headcount by 2019. If you like the current dose of Amazon on our city, how would you like two more doses of equal size? Well, it’s coming our way. …

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Two People that Made Me a Better Writer

If you liked this week’s “‘Amageddon': How Amazon’s culture is taking a toll on Seattle’s future,” there are two people that you may wish to follow, unfortunately, one has passed on and you can only read some of her earlier material. Jeanne Sather Back in 2002, I took a UW Extension course on non-fiction writing taught by journalist Jeanne Sather. She …

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Amageddon: Amazon’s Driving Seattle to an Increasingly Obvious Future

GeekWire published my latest “‘Amageddon': How Amazon’s culture is taking a toll on Seattle’s future“. It’s received nearly 10,000 Facebook actions and definitely tapped into unspoken upset in Seattle residents about the company’s growth. Here’s an excerpt: When I arrived in Seattle in 1991, Tim Wistrom’s art playfully epitomized post-apocalyptic Seattle. But increasingly, the city’s likely doom appears much less …

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