Starting in February, Cafe Lulu is expanding its hours to 6 p.m. on weekdays. (Previously they were open until 2 p.m.)
To celebrate their expanded hours and new beer and wine license, they will be hosting an open house and wine tasting on January 31 from 4 – 7 p.m. Indie Wines will be pouring the wine tasting, a five for $5 deal, which can be applied to a bottle purchase and all bottles will be 20% off.
Their new afternoon menu will include a variety of Reuben’s Brews beer, organic wines and French cider. They are also adding to their snack menu with truffle popcorn, apple and pear chips and a pita plate with hummus and olives. The friendly folks at Cafe Lulu also tell us that they have added more wall outlets and wi-if is free.
Green Lake resident Dr. Raghu Durvasula was recently named Associate Chief Medical Officer of Northwest Kidney Centers, a not-for-profit dialysis provider. He is currently an associate professor of medicine and an adjunct associate professor in the department of health services at the University of Washington, working in clinical care, research and medical education. In addition, he teaches health care quality and safety to graduate students in the UW School of Public Health. He will start part-time by mid-March and transition to full-time duties in June.
Sunday February 3, 10 a.m. – noon February Green Lake Weiner Dog Walk The Advenureweiner Club of Seattle & Western Washington hosts its monthly weiner dog walk. The group begins at the Green Lake Small Craft Center and walks the Green Lake Loop with their furry friends. RSVP via MeetUp
Saturday February 9, 9:30 -noon Valentine’s Day Dash This 5k and 10k run and walk is open to single runners or pairs. And if you are looking to perhaps become a pair the custom-designed bib numbers allow you to select your current relationship status. Single, Taken or It’s Complicated. A beer, wine and mimosa garden also awaits. For more information go to Carpe Diem Event’s website.
Saturday February 9 12-2:30 p.m. Sweetheart Swim and Potluck As part of Neighborhood Appreciation Day, Evans Pool will host special swimming hours and a potluck. 12-1:30 pm 3 lanes of Lap swim for fitness 1:30-2:30 pm Public Swim for families and 3 lanes for fitness. Bring a dish to share on the pool deck. Live music from Sauna Lizards Band. And donations for the food bank will be accepted at the front desk. Evans Pool: 7201 East Green Lake Dr
Saturday February 9, 6 p.m. Skate Like A Girl, a non profit that frequently hosts skate camps at the Green Lake Skate Park is hosting its first fundraising dinner and silent auction. For more info about the event, or to get tickets, go to their site.
If you’ve walked the north side of the Green Lake loop anytime in the past few months, chances are you’ve seen him. He’s a young man with a friendly face holding a giant white board that says “I desire a conversation. I invite you to talk to me.” I’ve been curious about him for quite some time but just recently stopped to find out more.
Seattle Greenlaker: How long have you been doing this? Conversationalist: For multiple months now, I’ve been holding a sign at Green Lake. I usually try to go there when it’s not raining so usually about 3 to 5 days a week. Depending on things, I may spend 1 to 5 hours there with the sign. I’ve been practicing with different signs for over 2 and a half years now. Previously, my sign of choice was “Free Compliments,” where I would give out compliments to people in public places, such as Green Lake, downtown Seattle, and other parts of the greater Seattle area. Communicating through written signs is a practice I have come to enjoy, but I have been practicing ways to engage people for many years, such as through playing music in public, or sporting activities, social experiments, etc.
Seattle Greenlaker: Why did you start doing this? Conversationalist: My most recent reason for coming down to Green Lake to have conversations is because I struggle with depression. I find that one of the most healing things for my depression is to talk to people. It’s also a mission of mine right now to meet a new person every day, excluding meeting that person on the Internet. I’ve had a lot of success having conversations and meeting new people so it has inspired me to keep returning. There will be some days where I have over 10 people stop or even groups of people form, where strangers are talking to strangers. I’ve had instances where I have talked to a person very deeply on a very connecting level for over an hour or hours at a time.
Seattle Greenlaker: What do most people want to talk to you about? Conversationalist: A lot of people will ask me what I’m doing or if I’m writing a book or doing some kind of social experiment. Many will also ask me what I want to talk about. Some will share with me, while others appear to just want to listen to me share. Some people have even opened up, showing their vulnerable selves. I also had a moment where I sang the Pokemon Theme Song with a younger person. There are a number of occasions where the conversation will get deep into life matters, or God, or Science, etc. Some people want to give me hugs.
Seattle Greenlaker: What has been the most interesting conversation you have had and why? Conversationalist: There was a woman on rollerblades a while back who stopped and talked to me. It was her birthday. We easily talked for a couple of hours. I felt so connected in that conversation. It had depth and was very meaningful to me. I’ve had so many conversations with people at Green Lake, most of them are meaningful.
Seattle Greenlaker: Do you plan to do this for a long time? Conversationalist: I don’t know. I find that talking to people is very healing in my life so I imagine that I will continue doing this for some amount of time.
Seattle Greenlaker: Why Green Lake? Conversationalist: I live nearby, down Aurora. Green Lake has a lot of foot traffic, along with a lot of squirrels. (Lol)
Seattle Greenlaker: Has there been anything about doing this that has surprised you? Conversationalist: I’m not sure if I am surprised, if that is the word I would use, but I have made some observations. If a person verbally gives me a reason as to why they won’t talk to me, the number one reason people give at Green Lake is that they don’t have time. I find that reason intriguing in it’s volume, partly because I feel like it has made me think about how to spend time. So often so many of us, including myself, don’t plan enough for the unplanned to happen. Since I have been doing conversations at Green Lake, I’ve had some of the most spontaneously, wonderful connections with people.
What also has been wonderful, is the sheer volume of people I speak with day to day. I have never had a day, when no one has stopped to talk. I’ve even had people who have told me that they wanted to talk to me on previous occasions at the lake, but I was always talking to someone else. Also, the past story that I have created, that it’s hard to meet people in Seattle is just a story. Through doing conversations at Green Lake I have met so many wonderful people. Since I’ve been doing it now for weeks in a row, I sometimes have seen the same people many times over. In a strange way, Green Lake to me is starting to feel like a small town. I’ve been getting to know the regulars at the lake. Also, the pool of people that have approached me has included people from a wide range of ethnic backgrounds, some of which English wasn’t their first language, different ages from people under 18 to elderly people. The diversity of people is quite amazing.
Seattle Greenlaker: Anything else you’d like to share with the Greenlaker community? Conversationalist: Doing conversations at Green Lake has transformed my life and has really helped with my depression. I have met some of the most amazing people in the world there. I think this practice has also taught me that there are a lot of people in Seattle that want to talk and meet people and share with one another.
Seattle Greenlaker: What is your name? Conversationalist: I feel if people want to know my name, they can come meet me at Green Lake and have a conversation. I think I would like that.
I had my doubts earlier today, but the clouds cleared just in time for the total lunar eclipse. Here’s a series of shots over about a 90 minute period beginning with the partial phase and ending with totality.
Henry David Thoreau once wrote: “There are moments when all anxiety and stated toil are becalmed in the infinite leisure and repose of nature.”
In the early morning hours, Green Lake can be an oasis of calm when there’s frantic activity and traffic just a block or two away. I loaded up my kids early and took them to the glassy lakeside before school today to watch the changing shades of sunrise. If you’re a kid of the 1980s like myself, you might remember the following Ferris Bueller quote: “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”
Perhaps I’m feeling philosophical this morning as I’ve been reading about the Stoics lately, but the sunrise this morning struck me as a grand reminder of our place in the universe and the wonderful things that can’t be bought nor taken away from us.