My name is John Whitney. I live and work in Seattle. I used to journal a lot and reflect on the things and people in life that pissed me off. Maybe my tolerance improved with age or the journals stopped helping me deal with the bullshit; either way I stopped writing. Recently I found that collection of written vile in a box full of spiral notebooks. I picked one up and read a few pages. Then I took them all outside and burned them in the back yard.
I like to write. And too much crazy and cool shit happens not to write it down. I have a great life: a wonderful wife, three children, and 3 granddaughters. I like to build things and work in the yard and hike and cook and read. I love a warm beach.
I’ve worked in local county government for over 24 years and continually fight the mindset and brain-damage that comes with that territory. It is sometimes funny and often appalling. I write to share my interpretation of life in a hopefully funny and not appalling way.
If you want to contact me via email, here it is: draglyne (@) gmail.com
This blog is called SocietyRed. There is no hidden meaning; SocietyRed is the name of one of the characters (played by J.D. Cannon) in one of my favorite movies: Cool Hand Luke. It’s a movie about heroes and nonconformity. If you haven’t already seen it, you should.