The Week: Feb. 7, 2014

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Feb 7, 2014

It’s been a wonderful, chilly week here in my hometown. On Wednesday, there was a parade welcoming home the Seahawks. 700,000 people showed up to cheer them on – more than the entire population of Seattle – in 20 degree weather.

My little city has been bursting with pride and togetherness these last few days. It’s probably silly and inconsequential, but damn it, it’s been great. And a wonderful reminder that wherever I go, this place is, and always will be, home.

Consequently, many of these links are Seattle-centric, (and football-centric, too). My apologies if that’s not your thing.

But holy cats, is it ever mine.

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The covers of The Seattle Times and The Denver Post the day after the game.

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“All hail our neon-accented overlords.” Josh Levin’s recap of the Super Bowl is snarky, funny, and a little bit cautionary. I loved every word.

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Doug Baldwin, wide-out for the Seahawks, kept a diary on Super Bowl Sunday. His beautiful and poetic account captures every nerve-wracking minute up to the biggest game of his career.

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Jay Leno signed off from The Tonight Show for the last time this week. It wasn’t entirely his decision to do so, and even if you aren’t a fan of the man, it’s sad to see someone forced out of doing a job they loved.

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If you are feeling down, the Daily Odd Compliment Tumblr is almost guaranteed to put a smile on your face. Leno, you listening? (Via my good friend Ruth Burr, who is deserving of many compliments, odd or otherwise.)

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In the midst of the Sochi Olympics, Canada’s response to Russia’s Anti-LGBT stance is absolutely wonderful.

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A fun and not entirely SFW song about Seattle by Oakland-based band The Hot Toddies.

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Aaron Sorkin’s brief and brutally honest obituary for Philip Seymour Hoffman.

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“The Seahawks feel like a team at the start of something big.” Coverage of the game from The New York Times. I swoon.

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And because I just can’t get enough of the fact that THE NEW YORK TIMES IS WRITING ABOUT SEATTLE FOOTBALL: “It was as if the Seahawks chose to unleash 38 years of frustration in 60 hellacious minutes …”

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Prohibitively expensive, thoroughly adorable: figurines based on Jeffrey Brown’s best-selling Star Wars-inspired kids books, Vader and Son and Vader’s Little Princess. (And if you haven’t checked out the books, do so immediately. Seriously.)

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William Wilson writes a comic called “Ordinary Bill” based loosely on his life. Last Sunday, he used the strip to propose to his girlfriend. (She said yes!)

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That’s it for me this week. And even though the damn season is over … GO HAWKS! (That’s my last one. Seriously.)

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