Vancouver Mayor Tim Leavitt gave the annual State of the City speech today, and for the news report, click here.
With that out of the way, how did I do in bingo? The mayor definitely threw me at first, starting with a poem by poet laureate Christopher Luna. I did not picture the mayor as a poetry guy, unless you count limericks.
Here’s my card.
So no bingo, but pretty close. And I was strict. While I don’t believe he uttered the words, “I grew up in Vancouver,” that point was made known in the charity he chose — people were encouraged to eat at Beaches Restaurant today, and owner Mark Matthias pledged 50 percent of the profits to Evergreen Park Summer Program, which Leavitt attended as a child. He talked about Vancouver being incorporated along the Columbia River before Washington became a state, but he didn’t say “birthplace of the Pacific Northwest.” I don’t believe he mentioned Block 10, even though he talked about downtown redevelopment. (I did have a copy of his speech, but I noted he didn’t follow it word for word.)
He did make a self deprecating joke about how his time as mayor has aged him, though, so at least I got that right. I should have made “not-subtle jabs at David Madore and Jaime Herrera Beutler” as two of the spaces.
According to the copy of the speech I have, he used the following words to describe Vancouver: changing, safe and secure, a great place to live, strong schools, possessing a tremendous wealth of diversity in culture, arts, entertainment and history, spirited, hard-working, resilient … but, alas, not “vibrant.”
Oh well. Maybe I’ll do better with my NCAA bracket.