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by Earl Gipson
Our shiny new car – the majority Council
The SeaTac Council meeting and Study Session on March 25 was such a let down I cannot find the right words (without cussing) for it so I will write a metaphorical story about our new car – the SeaTac Council Majority.
It was a cold night in January of 2015 when our 1990 Acura leaked so much oil and transmission fluid I knew it was on its last legs (previous City Council majority). So we saved and planned knowing that we would have to replace it with little money and a hope the next car we bought would not require as much maintenance, money, and sweat fixing all the little things that kept breaking.
We selected our new car (Council candidates) in June but paying for it was another thing so a lot more overtime and work had to be done (election campaign).
Finally in November we purchased our selected new car (General Election) and we were quite pleased for only the first 10 miles. All of sudden the car started veering sharply to the right and as we struggled to keep it in the center of the lane. We drove it back to the dealer and he said he couldn’t take it back outright but would replace the steering column for free (Forschler). Okay a glitch.
Got the car home after a few days and things still did not go well. It started making noises from under the hood and would die completely intermittently (Council meetings) and finally it just stopped. Some troubleshooting found the engine had seized (Interim City Manager Donny Payne) and is going to be in the shop for a couple of weeks (Personnel Investigation).
While we wait for our new car to be repaired our neighbors are quietly and loudly laughing at us (neighboring cities, Port, etc.) I realize we won’t be getting another new car any time soon (next election) and we may have to keep repairing this one under warranty.
We don’t get angry easily but we have had about enough. It may be time to find a new car dealership and get the heck away from our politely smug neighbors and make a new start. The damn car better work when it comes out of the shop.
Our City is hurt/sick and has been for some time. The question is if it is a persistent virus or terminal (play on words to the airport in our City’s midst) cancer?
Cactus music selection
I guess the part of the video I like is the end when he gets through the house into the open air.
Don’t Dream Its Over. Crowded House 1986: