The Nose couldn’t make it to San Francisco for the recent U.S. Open. But those who did make the trek south seem to have had a wonderful time. And the question some South Sounders are asking is – what with that very same Open coming to University Place in 2015 – “Where are all those people going to stay?”
Fifty thousand golfers, guests, officials, media types, government officials from whatever city is going to host the event in the following years are all expected to arrive and there aren’t enough hotel rooms hereabouts for that size horde. Don’t look my way because Mrs. Nose isn’t keen on playing hostess to 50,000 house guests in bad sports shirts and Sansabelt slacks.
Not to be unhelpful, she suggests a site in plain sight, no farther away than across the water (if not up the river). We can see the visitor’s bureau slogan now: “Get the Feel of McNeil.”
It’s historic. It’s been home to some real celebrities. All it really needs is a good coat of paint and maybe some throw pillows.
It gets better. There’s a variety of accommodations. All rooms are en suite, and some can fit a family of four … or eight if the federal courts aren’t looking. For those who prefer more solitude, there are some cozy one-guest accommodations.
And you can’t get better security arrangements.
I know all us geezers are figuring out how to use social media, but this last-week tweet is just embarrassing.
“no joke. This is serious biz people. We are totes closing our Freshman app for Fall on Monday”
Who’s the tweeter? Would you believe The University of Washington Tacoma? Totes.
Come on, act like a real university – not like that online one where the woman brags about going to class in her pajamas. Use real words. Write clearly. Set an example for higher-level dialogue and information dissemination.
In other words, heed the words of Ice Cube: check yo self before you wreck yo self.
When the newsies showed up for the big announcement about FEMA helping balance the Tacoma budget, they couldn’t help but wonder about the arrangements.
The government types – Tacoma Mayor Marilyn Strickland, U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell, City Manager T.C. Broadnax – were to stand at a podium snuggled up tight to two big red fire engines just inside Station No. 1.
And where was the press directed to set up?
In the driveway.
In the rain.
Said one public information officer when asked about the set-up: “Payback.”
Joking … we think. But we’re pretty sure Puyallup Mayor Danny Bonaduce wouldn’t treat us that way.
Speaking of Twitter, @thenose tribune counts among its loyal followers a new account registered to @FakeTCBroadnax.
“Hey Guys, I’m new to Twitter. My Goal: 1,000,000 Tacomans following me by Sunday night! Please RT!”
Then came: “Looking for strategies to get 1,000,000 Tacomans to follow me. Follower 1,000 gets the pothole of choice filled.”
And after the initialed city manager parted ways with hyphenated city spokesman Rob McNair-Huff, Fake TC tweeted: “Just to set the record straight, I was trying to fire @RonMcNailHuff but @robmcnairhuff took the bullet. Making him an honorary Texan.”
At press time, FakeTCBroadnax had 38 followers, which oddly is just about how many firefighter jobs the FEMA grant saved.Got news for The Nose? Write to firstname.lastname@example.org. @thenosetribune