by Jocelyn Paige Kelly
When I visited Bellingham, Washington, I began to learn the meaning of the term subdued excitement.

This is how the locals described their town. It were as if there existed a thin layer of enthusiasm floating all around us. Something invisible that made your hair stand on end. In a good way.

I was personally taken back by the robot sculpture outside of a coffee shop known as the Black Drop. It struck me with the kind of laughter that keeps rolling long after it stops being funny. The kind of laughter that has everyone else around you and passing by giggling along with you. Including robots sporting a santa hat.

And this whole moment captured for me what it means to be excited and subdued at the same time. 

Absurd and silly and poignant. 



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