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Friday, April 14, 2006

Seattle Opera at the Arctic

Posted by on April 14 at 11:29 AM

On February 23, 1945, American soldiers raised this flag at Iwo Jima.

On July 20, 1969, American astronauts planted this flag on the moon.

And yesterday, at 9:30 am, Charles Cossé, outdoorsman, president of Cossé International Securities, and trustee for the Seattle Opera, planted this flag at the North Pole.

From the press release: “Seattle Opera’s flag will not be left at the Pole. Conscious of the potential impact on the environment of leaving items in the Arctic, Cossé plans to return the flag to Seattle Opera to be placed in the company’s archives.”

The combination of luxury, frivolity, and conscientiousness is just… amazing.

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Do ya think Speight Jenkins has floor-to-ceiling photographs of himself in every room of his house? WHY is his name on their flag? Why do they HAVE a flag? What is it doing at the North Pole? Why are they going to put it in the archives? What other relics of insanity are in the archives? What the EFF?

If I were artistic director of Seattle Opera, and as good as Speight is, I'd put my name of the flag too. But is that really the flag? The image I get when I click on "THIS FLAG" doesn't appear to be a photo of a flag.

I couldn't find a photo of *the* flag, but Seattle Opera sent that image of the flag design with the press release.

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