GRATITUDE: Heroes honored by Alki roadside signs

Along 59th SW in Upper Alki, south of SW Admiral Way, those signs of gratitude have sprouted along the embankment that divides the road. Above is what you see if you’re headed north; below, the individual signs along the southbound side:

If you couldn’t read all the signs in the video clip – bumpy road! – they thank doctors, first responder, transit, truckers, janitors, lab techs, teachers, and retail workers, while the signs in the individual photos thank nurses, delivery drivers, all clerks, farmers, EMTs, restaurant workers, and volunteers.

P.S. Thanks to Tom Rasmussen, West Seattle-residing former city councilmember, for the tip!

15 Replies to "GRATITUDE: Heroes honored by Alki roadside signs"

  • The Rog April 5, 2020 (10:56 pm)

    Way to lift some spirits! You are awesome, and this is the good we need in the world. Stay safe and keep it fun. 

  • LB April 5, 2020 (11:32 pm)

    Very heartwarming !!

  • psps April 5, 2020 (11:41 pm)

    Reminiscent of the “Burma Shave” signs from long ago in happier times.

  • dsa April 6, 2020 (12:32 am)

    I hope they add USPS employees, unless I missed the sign.  I saw the delivery drivers and clerks, but I was thinking letter carriers.

  • Emily Gunwaldsen April 6, 2020 (7:30 am)

    An even better way to honor them and show gratitude would be to pay them more. Just sayin’.

    • flimflam April 6, 2020 (8:31 am)

      yes. i was debating if i should bring that up in a “positive” post like this. i think the people are learning about who is actually essential in the job world. i have a friend who’s wife works in the corporate offices of Starbucks and the things he mentions in passing about what goes on as “work” there was pretty stunning before all of this; now its beyond my comprehension.

  • Karen April 6, 2020 (8:07 am)

    🙏🌏💖🙏🌏💖THANK YOU TO ALL!!

  • KD April 6, 2020 (10:22 am)

    Bus Drivers! Metro Transit (and passengers) are some of the most exposed, yet we don’t have proper protection!#IAmAnEssentialWorkerWithNoProtection 

    • WSB April 6, 2020 (10:38 am)

      One of the signs says “Transit,” as noted above. Thank you for your work.

    • KD April 6, 2020 (11:00 am)

      Sorry, I only looked at the still photos, not the video yet. We are nervous about the unprotected exposure and the buses getting fuller with with free fares and more and more homeless riding back and forth as a shelter, not getting off the bus at the end of the line, coughing, sneezing and open drug dealing. Emotionally this is getting very hard and dangerous for particularly our less seniority drivers who have to drive to rougher routes and later hours and less experience with the ‘public who are rude and mean to the drivers and won’t follow rules.’ (How can you take a break and an emotional breather when you get a group of bossy mean people telling you to “shut the f**k up and drive the bus!” and won’t leave???  A lot of us are scared. Yes, more numbers are coming up of bus Metro Drivers coming up positive after being tested in the last few days. I am very angry that ‘political correctness’ is taking over common sense and Governors rule of quarantining and doing ONLY essential rides!! (Yes, we can tell the difference between someone going to the food bank or doctor compared to all night partying and sleeping on the bus!) 

      • LB April 6, 2020 (2:49 pm)

        Thank you KD for your selfless service.  I hope you have what you need asap!

  • barbara s spector April 6, 2020 (10:43 am)

    Garbage collectors!!

  • sc April 6, 2020 (1:11 pm)

    Little drops of water, little grains of sand, Make the mighty ocean and the pleasant land.Julia Carney

  • JimP April 6, 2020 (1:23 pm)

    I make sure to deeply thank everyone bringing stuff: UPS, USPS, Amazon, local groceries etc. I am smack dab in the middle of the vulnerable demographic and my wife threatens to kill me if I die from this. ;)

    People doing things for people while the government spins its wheels at so many levels will save us, it always has, always will.

    A quote from the author Robert Heinlein:”I believe in my fellow citizens. Our headlines are splashed with crime yet for every criminal there are 10,000 honest, decent, kindly people. If it were not so, no child would live to grow up. Business could not go on from day to day. Decency is not news. It is buried in the obituaries, but is a force stronger than crime. I believe in the patient gallantry of nurses and the tedious sacrifices of teachers. I believe in the unseen and unending fight against desperate odds that goes on quietly in almost every home in the land.”And finally, I believe in my whole race. Yellow, white, black, red, brown. In the honesty, courage, intelligence, durability, and goodness of the overwhelming majority of my brothers and sisters everywhere on this planet. I am proud to be a human being. I believe that we have come this far by the skin of our teeth. That we always make it just by the skin of our teeth, but that we will always make it. Survive. Endure. I believe that this hairless embryo with the aching, oversize brain case and the opposable thumb, this animal barely up from the apes will endure. Will endure longer than his home planet — will spread out to the stars and beyond, carrying with him his honesty and his insatiable curiosity, his unlimited courage and his noble essential decency.”

  • Tim Clemans April 6, 2020 (3:45 pm)

    I am not in West Seattle. I saw this post on Bill Schrier’s Twitter. Donors are housing me and a friend in a Kirkland Hotel. So I say thank you hotel staff and Potbelly Sandwich Shop and GrubHub.  

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