Everyone from Seafair to the Deja Vu strip club downtown gives discounts for active-duty military personnel. But not One Reel, as one platoon leader at Fort Lewis writes in to the Weekly to point out.
I was raised in the Seattle area, and have lived here for over 20 years [the correspondent writes]. I remember when Bumbershoot cost much less than $35 per day. Now I am a platoon leader at Fort Lewis, leading a group of soldiers who expect to deploy to Iraq next year. I would love to recommend Bumbershoot to them as a terrific way to get to know the Seattle area and enjoy themselves over the long weekend. I e-mailed One Reel to see if maybe there was a discount that wasn't on their website – no dice, but they apologized for "any inconvenience this may cause."
When Seafair charged $40 for access to Gennessee Park to watch the Blue Angels and the hydroplane races, they gave free tickets to military personnel. Is One Reel so out of touch, or so profit-focused, that they can't to help out my soldiers and their families with a discount to an event on public property? Is this what Bumbershoot is about now - the "Gold" and "Platinum" tickets, with exclusive reserved seating for $395? I'll tell my guys to wait for the Puyallup Fair, with its "military appreciation days."