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Seattle makes me… join the 12th Man

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It wasn’t my plan to write about this next, but it feels like I can’t let the weekend be too far gone before mentioning the event that got the city very excited. Although it turns out Part 2 is happening next Sunday – so I guess I could have waited after all.

Projected on to the Hammering Man outside Seattle Art Museum

Projected on to the Hammering Man outside Seattle Art Museum

No 12 flags have been going up everywhere – cultural institutions, corporations, businesses and well just about everywhere. And 2 for 1 or other discounts are on offer for the 12th man all over. The news reports have been full of the vital role of the 12th Man. It clearly had to do with Seahawks, Seattle’s NFL ‘American’ football team (they miss out the ‘American’ here – there is football and soccer, what is to confuse?) and their journey towards the Super Bowl but…??? So ‘what is the 12th Man thing?’ would seem a reasonable question wouldn’t it – not something to be scoffed at for asking the husband or anything, right? Hmmm. Okay – so it turns out everyone knows what the 12th Man is (err?) – it is the crowd, obviously. In football you only have a maximum of 11 people on the field at any one time – you knew that didn’t you?
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Seattle makes me…celebrate! New year, new city, new country

The Space Needle hosts fireworks to see in the New Year

The Space Needle fireworks see in the New Year shannonkringen.com

How wonderful to have seen in the new year in my new home of Seattle. Arriving here from the UK on Christmas Eve (even if my luggage didn’t make it with me) and getting my resident, rather than visitor, visa stamped felt quite a moment. I was met at the airport by my husband waving (thankfully very small) US flags – and that was it, I was here ‘properly’, free to come and go as our schedule wanted rather than working with the limitations of visa requirements. Six months ago we didn’t know we were coming – now everything was in place.
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