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Seahawks parade was a history lesson for all | Q&A with Mr. Federal Way
Q: What was it like to watch the Seattle Seahawks win their first-ever Super Bowl title on Sunday?
A: To be honest, it really hasn’t even sunk in yet. Mr. Federal Way really doesn’t know when that’s actually going to happen.
As you all know, professional sports fans in Seattle don’t have much experience celebrating a world championship. It only happened once back in 1979, when the Seattle SuperSonics won the NBA title. It was such a historic day on Sunday.
The Seahawks beating up the Broncos made Mr. Federal Way think about all the long-suffering fans of Seattle. It made Mr. Federal Way think of Mr. Federal Way’s dad, who has been a fan of the Seahawks since their inception in 1976.
Mr. Federal Way used to be a season ticket holder back when the Seahawks used to play in the Kingdome. Mr. Federal Way sat in the very last row of the dome. But the memories of watching those games (some good, but mostly bad) are etched in Mr. Federal Way’s mind.
Mr. Federal Way’s excitement of watching the Seahawks live and in person kind of waned when the team moved to Husky Stadium to play their home games. It was awful getting in and out of Husky Stadium, compared to the Kingdome. So, with a little reluctancy, Mr. Federal Way gave up the season tickets.
Around that time is also when HD television came around, as well as the price of beer going up at the new stadium. Those two things made Mr. Federal Way very content with watching the Seahawks’ games in Mr. Federal Way’s living room.
But that doesn’t mean that Mr. Federal Way is any less of a fan than when Mr. Federal Way had season tickets.
In totality, Sunday’s victory was a victory for everybody in the Pacific Northwest.
Q: What is your opinion of the Federal Way Public Schools allowing excused absences for students who attended the Super Bowl parade Wednesday in Seattle? I think it’s ridiculous that kids would miss school to watch a football team celebrate violence.
A: Well, Mr. Federal Way thinks you are ridiculous. What would make you say something like that?
The Seahawks’ victory is a lot bigger than just a bunch of jocks winning a game. It brought the entire community together. Heck, the entire fan base of the Seahawks, which now includes pretty much every man, woman and child living in the Pacific Northwest, is known collectively as the 12th Man.
Let Mr. Federal Way ask you a few questions. What is the difference between allowing the kids to go on field trips to the Point Defiance Zoo or spend a day at the Pacific Science Center? What about an all-day band concert or a DECA competition?
Life is about making memories and the kids who had the awesome opportunity to attend Wednesday’s parade in Seattle will remember that for the rest of their lives. Mr. Federal Way guarantees that.
Q: Mr. Federal Way, there’s an advertising sign on 312th Street very close to Lakota Middle School of what looks like an underage girl smoking an e-cigarette. Is that even legal?
A: Yes, it’s legal and that’s the beauty of living in America. While walking to school, very impressionable kids can get a glimpse of good looking people smoking cigarettes or a huge group of female and male models in super cool clothes with great hair having a great time drinking beer.
But that doesn’t make it right to allow companies to advertise cigarettes and alcohol adjacent to schools. Far from it.
It’s always been the intention of tobacco and beer industries to make smoking and drinking look like everyone who does it is having the time of their lives.
So that makes it Mr. Federal Way’s job to talk with his kids all the time in an effort to lead them down the right path.
It seems like there’s a lot more out there these days that can lead children down the wrong path.
Have you listened to the radio lately? Sex and drugs not only litter the lyrics of every song, but also litter the conversations between the hosts.
But that’s a question for Mr. Federal Way at a later date.
Q: Mr. Federal Way, when are you getting a Twitter account? What about a Facebook page?
A: None of your business.
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