It has taken me a couple of days to get the courage up to write this.

The day that the Seattle P-I published it’s final newsprint edition forever on Tuesday, I admittedly had a fairly emotional reaction to the whole thing.  In fact, it took me until the next day to actually open it up and read it all.  Then I started to get curious:  Why did I feel that way?

I can (an will in the near future) talk about the future of newsappers and journalism in Cascadia.  My story today is about losing or taking for granted the things that we see every day.

I’m sure that my attachment to the Seattle P-I has a number of sources.  The P-I was the paper that I read and subscribed to while living in the Seattle area.  the P-I is the paper where I have read all of the news stories that shaped my life.  My personal political leanings are better represented by the P-I than my the Seattle Times.  I delivered the P-I to homes in my neighborhood as a youngster, back in the day when the paper was delivered by a kid on a bicycle riding around the neighborhood every morning.  Now, the P-I is gone.

I have always presumed that the P-I (and the Times for that matter) would be there forever.  I presume that The Oregonian (my daily paper today) will also be there forever.

When I look back now, I presume a lot of institutions would last forever.  They have lasted my lifetime, and the lifetimes of those before me:

  • There are always ferries in Puget Sound.
  • The Pike Place Market is always there.
  • Portlanders always shop at Fred Meyer.
  • Ivar’s will always sell me fish & chips.  And red chowder.
  • We will always have fun at the Seattle Center.

But times are changing, and not just in ways that they would have changed before:

  • Department stores The Bon Marche and Meier & Frank have been replaced by Macy’s.
  • Newspapers are disappearing.
  • TV and radio stations are no longer as much the local face of the city.
  • The Sonics have disappeared from the Seattle Center.

Given enough thought, I’m sure the lists could go on and on.  Feel free to add in the comments institutions that will be here forever, or that we thought would be here forever.

The point is that life is ever changing.  Perhaps this is a function of getting old, but I am now seeing things disappear that I thought I would never see gone.  Seattle’s daily newspaper is one of those things.  In a way, part of our life has disappeared.