We just had our local Summer festival in the Seattle area. It's a rather large celebration called Seafair. I can't think of an August in my life that didn't have something to do with Seafair. Whether it was parades, hydroplane races on the lake or the Blue Angels...it's always a good time. I'd like to add that it is the ONLY festival held in Seattle where you can almost always count on good weather.
Then we had the budget sequestration. You know, those crazy and irresponsible cuts that stopped funding to all of your favorite things. In the case of Seafair the community was rocked that the Blue Angels were not coming.
Everyone cursed the budget cuts. How can they cut the Blue Angels and ruin our Seafair celebration? The media almost begged the community to make attendance low so that everyone knew just how disappointed we were.
The Seafair organizers needed to arrange a replacement. They learned from a mistake from year's past that we love our jet planes and while we're impressed that Canadians know how to fly...they're just too polite when it comes to our hunger for the roar of American fighter jets.
So Seafair brought in the Patriots Flying Team to entertain the crowd that gathered to watch the Unlimited Hydroplane races on Lake Washington. Nobody seemed that happy about it. Were they not as talented as the beloved Blue Angels? Well according to their bio, many of their pilots are former Blue Angels.
So if I'm to understand my local media...I'm supposed to be unhappy that a private jet team with its own sponsors entertained us for a fee paid by Seafair...and nobody else in the country had to pay the Navy to entertain Seattleites on a sunny afternoon...all while trying to convince us that joining the US Navy is cool.
I'm not sure why the notion of paying for your own stuff is so scandalous.
But now that Seafair 2013 is over the Seattle Times is upset that there is funding for free and reduced lunches but there just aren't enough kids taking advantage of it. Seattle is certainly not where the term TANSTAAFL came from.
You got off lucky this year America. We'll be back for your money next year and don't expect a thank you from us while we're gazing up at the sky in amazement of raw American war power. We are entitled.