The Obligatory Heartfelt Reaction

In the past five days, over 1,100 people have shared the Welcome To Motherf**king Seattle article on Facebook. That’s ridiculous. That means over 1,100 people have not only taken the time to read the article, but also share the link on their Facebook profiles. Those are numbers that major media outlets would kill for. I just gotta tell you that I spent two full minutes pledging my love to all of you on this week’s episode of Karate Emergency. I’ve never felt so humbled in all my life. You have no idea how lucky I am. Seriously.

Generally, when I write something that blows up like this, I hate it. I write it because someone else asked me to, or I knew that it would sell on a national level. That’s why it takes off. On the flip side, when I write something I’m happy with, it seems like few people pick up on it. It sits there and stagnates, makes no impact whatsoever. But this article? This is the first thing I’m proud of that’s truly blown up. You have no idea how happy I am. Let me put it to you this way. Let’s say you have a kid. Then let’s say you go around showing off pictures of your kid. Now imagine that 1,100 people are showing off pictures of your kid at the same time. How happy would you be? That’s how happy I am. Words can barely explain it.

Writing is the one thing I love to do more than anything else in this world. I write because I love to write. I write because it brings me a ton of joy. Having people appreciate what I write is beyond flattering. I don’t even know how to convey what it means to me. Having a readership is so amazing. And then, to have something like this happen? Man…I really appreciate it.

You don’t know how much I love this city. I could tell you every day and it wouldn’t be enough. I’ve lived here my whole life. Half my wardrobe consists of Mariners, Seahawks, Sonics, and Huskies gear. The other day, my boss says to me, “You have a relentless support of our local sports teams…I like it.” I laughed. In a typical week, I wear two different Sonics shirts, a Seahawks shirt, a Huskies shirt, and a Mariners track jacket. These teams are my entire life in a nutshell. I remember being in elementary school and having to write in our “journals” every morning. Almost every day, I wrote about one of our local teams. I remember writing about the 1995 ALDS against the Yankees in fifth grade for an entire week. A lot of kids were raised on cartoons and piano lessons. I was brought up on dunks and doubles.

I can’t thank you enough. With regards to this website, nothing has ever meant so much to me as this. I love this city and I put all that love into one article and you responded. I couldn’t be more proud. My grandmas will be proud. And if there’s anyone I want to fill with pride, it’s my grandmas. They’ll be happy that I’m happy :)

Thank you. To all the readers. To all the people who have supported me, shared my work, dropped the name of this site from time to time…thank you. I do this for fun. You make it fun. I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for you. So thank you.

6 thoughts on “The Obligatory Heartfelt Reaction”

  1. Well bud, I got to tell you honestly from Poe dink small town Yakima and I just found this website on a link from the forum at the Seattle times under the Seahawks logo.

    I have the privilege of working out of my house and check your site everyday now. You do a wonderful job and I do hope you are getting some type of compensation for your wonderful works thru text for us all to read.

    Keep up the great work.

  2. Can’t thank you enough, Wes, I really appreciate it. Like I said, I do this for fun and I don’t need any monetary compensation. I have a (real) job, no need to worry about me. For those people who feel compelled to give money, all I ask is that you donate to either the Robert Vasen Foundation or the Ashley Aven Foundation instead of SSN. Both those non-profits are local and mean a lot to me.

    Jameson, do you really love the lamp? Or are you just saying it because you saw it?

  3. Hey man, nice work. As a 100% Asian, I read and listen to KE with pride. And the shout about the “anyway” thing on KE? Sweet.

    You are bookmarked at Google Kirkland.

  4. I must say that was one of the best and truest articles I have had the privelage of reading reguarding Seattle sports. I was drawn to this site a couple years ago with the Dawg Pack Dirt, and have enjoyed some of your other pieces, but this current piece echoed my sentiments precisely I am a loyal reader all the way down here in So-Cal and hope you keep up the good work! I have lived in 2 other states besides the Evergreen State, Texas and Cali, and people just do not understand how great the fan base is in WA, but oh well F#ck em they can hate all they want as long as my Dawgs and Hawks keep winning!

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