|Keep Spokane Weird|
Fast forward 8+ years. I've since remarried, started a family, at one point was forced back to the Tri-Cities (a really dark period in my life), and have come back to Spokane with nothing left to lose except my family...in which the second we stepped foot back in Spo-town, our lives got EXPONENTIALLY BETTER! It seems like when we're here, our lives make sense and we have purpose. If that doesn't tell you that we're meant to be here, I don't know what does.
So now that we are here...WHY IS IT THAT THE CRAZIES ARE MAKING HEADLINES IN NATIONAL NEWS PAPERS AND MAKING OUR CITY LOOK LIKE A BOX OF MIXED NUTS?! Let me illustrate...
Now, in 2017, she is currently unemployed, had adopted a (darker skinned baby), and is struggling to make ends meet. She has since decided that the best way to find employment was to change her name to make her more employable. What did she change her name to, you ask? Please be sitting down. Nkichi Amare Diallo. Wow. Just. Wow. I've heard of people of Ethnic Heiratage changing their names to something more "White" (on behalf of my race, I'm sorry to any of you who feel you need to do this.), but really? This is what she's convinced will trick people in to even interviewing her? But this isn't the only thing she's done this year. Oh no. She's been busy. SHE WROTE AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY ABOUT HOW HARD IT IS BEING A BLACK WHITE WOMAN!
Some folks are reading this book just to see how messed up this woman is. Others are reading it just because they want to give her a chance to explain her side of the whole situation. According to one interviewer, she's saying this woman's issues are deeper, and more about white privledge than anything else. If you're morbidly curious about what this latest interviewer has to say on the subject, click the link ~~> The Heart of Whiteness: Ijeoma Oluo Interviews Rachel Dolezal, the White Woman Who Identifies as Black
The Spokane Spanker
I'm so sorry I have to include this. This is just embarrassing. So a few weeks ago, some random dude was going around...oh dear lord...spanking random women on walking trails. If this were still the 20th Century, this wouldn't be such big news. But this is the 10's. We are in a time in the United States where anything that happens against a person's will is considered assault, abuse, or sexual harassment. I know it seems like I'm making light of the situation and not taking it seriously, but I promise you, I'm actually pretty outraged to the point where I've looped around and just am done with life *note: this isn't me saying "I want to die." More like "I don't want to live on this planet anymore".*
The reason why this should be such a big deal is because what if one of the random women he spanked was a rape victim? What if she has PTSD? What if she was the product of an abusive home? Hell, what if she was a Special Needs person? There are so many factors that could have made this so much worse not only for him, but for anyone who was or could have been one of his Spanking Receivers? I'm sure to this man it was all just a harmless prank, but pranks should not harm people to be funny. This is not the 1960's where a good smack on a woman's but was a simple "cheeky" gesture of endearment (I'm so sorry for going there.)
As it is, this is just one more example as to why "Rape Culture" still exists. The man has come forward and admitted his wrong doings. My problem is that the local is making this out to be "Well, he said he's sorry so he won't do it again. So lets just forgive & forget, shall we?" No. This was assault. It must be treated as such and I feel he needs proper jail time, if even a month worth. He needs to be made an example of. Sadly, he won't and we may not hear much about this after a week. I mean, if a rich male college swimmer can get off with little more than a slap on the wrist for raping a passed-out drunk girl in an ally way, I would venture to guess this guy is just going to get a small fine and a pat on the butt with the judge saying "now don't do it again, okay?"
Spokane is Where "Father's Day" was Created
Yup. You learn about this on the "Train Tour" at River Front Park
Riverfront Park is home to the 1970's World Fair
Sadly, as of this year, the remnants of that will be no more since they broke ground on the renovation of Riverfront Park. As a matter of fact, they have been discussing getting rid of the carnaval area and even the IMAX. Booooo!
Our "Sister Cities" include Tokyo, Japan & Dublin, Ireland
I don't know how. They are both in different countries and both are entirely different cultures & ways of life than Spokane.
The Metal Band "GWAR" calls gave us the nick-name "Not Seattle".
If you have any other "Keep Spokane Weird" news or facts, feel free to post them in the comments below. If the town you live in has any weird facts or news, share those as well!!