Kabuki health care theater

Posted 11 August 2009 by

Shibai Ukie (

Since the word kabuki is believed to derive from the verb kabuku, meaning “to lean” or “to be out of the ordinary”, kabuki can be interpreted as “avant-garde” or “bizarre” theatre. The expression kabukimono (歌舞伎者) referred originally to those who were bizarrely dressed and swaggered on a street. (Wikipedia, Kabuki, retrieved 11 August 2009)

US Representative Rick Larsen was going to hold a town meeting on health care in one of the conference rooms at Everett Station at 5:00 pm on Wednesday, August 12, 2009. With the attention these meetings have been getting nationwide, it was moved to a larger location.

A minor league baseball stadium.

Congressman Larsen’s office is informing people that they are moving to Everett Memorial Stadium at 3900 Broadway. Conveniently, the stadium is near Exit 192 on I-5.

  • Coming from the north (Marysville, Mount Vernon, Bellingham). Take Exit 192 to 41st Street. At the top of the ramp, turn right onto 41st Street, keeping in the right lane. At the first traffic light (where the right lane must turn right), turn right to go down to Broadway. Turn left onto Broadway, and then left to stadium parking. Before taking transit, verify that your transit service will run late enough into the evening for you to get home; Island County Transit and Skagit County Transit serve Everett Station, about 1.0 mile from the stadium.
  • Coming from the south (Mill Creek). Take Exit 192 directly to Broadway. Turn left to stadium parking after passing the 41st Street viaduct. Sound Transit 510 has a stop at the stadium after exiting I-5.

Let those who are bizarrely dressed and swagger on the street show up for this bit of theater. I’m sure the television stations will be there.

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