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December 10, 2013 at 6:39 PM

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Northwest Wanderings: Cheery message hard on elven feet


Elves hit the street for the Seattle Department of Transportation, spreading the message for a safe and happy holidays with fliers in downtown.

Elves in Seattle are different.

They're not like Drizzt Do'Urden, a dark, literary elf who hung with evil ones.

Or like Crumpet the Elf, played by humorist David Sedaris for Macy's, a job to which he was not well-suited -- well-costumed, but not well-suited. He told a misbehaving kid, "If you're bad, [Santa] comes to your house and steals things."

Or like the warrior elf Legolas, played by Orlando Bloom in the "Lord of the Rings" movies. He's mighty with a bow and arrow.

No, ours are safety-conscious elves working for the Seattle Department of Transportation during the holiday season.

They're wearing colorful tights and silver elfin shoes purchased online for $9.97 plus tax and shipping. These one-size-fits-all shoes have no support.

These elves are promoting a "safe and happy holidays" message. Their fliers ask people to give pedestrians a break, give drivers the right of way and "give someone a friendly Seattle smile."

Kylle Lambert, who wrangles the elves, says they "needed super peppy and outgoing people ... friendly people" to hand stuff out.

Outside Westlake Park they're competing with people soliciting signatures, selling things or promoting political views.

Two or three hours in these curly-toed shoes on pavement is hard.

It seems like Seattle elves should wear Birkenstocks or Keens, or slip in a pair of orthotics.

To read Alan Berner's previous Northwest Wanderings, visit the post.

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