I've been hiding my identity for years, using a pseudonym. Most of you know that Sky Bluesky is not my real name. Parts of the life I describe on this blog are real, and some of them are fabricated to make it harder to identify me. I have wanted for years to tell the truth about who I am, but I had to wait until the right time when my words could no longer be used against me. I've said things on this blog that could make my professional life very difficult.
But it's time to end the mystery. It's time for me to tell the world who I really am. So on this day, April 1, 2010, I am removing the veil.
My name is Greg Nickels.
Yes, that Greg Nickels. The former mayor of Seattle.
As you can imagine, leading this double life has been extremely stressful, but it's also been a delightful creative exercise. I have had the opportunity to craft a new life, a new family, and speak candidly through the voice of another.
- Obviously, the son I have created, Oliver, is a fabrication. I have two wonderful children, Jacob and Carey, and I have used my memories of their youth to create the fanciful adventures of my "son" Oliver.
- As I said, parts of my story were true. I do live in west Seattle, as some of you know. One of the most difficult moments in my pseudonymous life was the snowstorm in 2008, when my office was pilloried for reacting slowly to the dramatic snowfall. Many jokes were made about whether my own neighborhood would be plowed out when so many other roads in Seattle were impassable. I heard you, loud and clear. I wrote about it, jokingly, but it hurt my heart that I had failed the city so badly.
- Some of you may doubt that this is truly former Mayor Nickels, but I want you to ask yourselves: why did Sky Bluesky never opine about the recent mayoral race in Seattle? I couldn't, you see. Not only were my hands tied legally, but by speaking at all about that race, it would have tipped my hand. So I was forced to remain quiet, even though I very definitely had a favorite candidate.
- I am, in fact, a tremendous fan of Wilco. I have had Jeff Tweedy over to my house twice, and he is a charming and decent fellow. He took the name of his last album from my pseudonym. We had a good laugh about that.
- Everything about the weight loss is true, with the exception of the actual numbers. I have been fighting my weight for years, but I feel I have finally gotten the upper hand on this.
- One more thing: Sky Bluesky was not my original choice for my pseudonym. As a play on my last name, I was tempted to call myself Henny Penny. (See how clever that is? Penny - Nickels? Get it?) I asked my deputy Mayor, Tim Ceis (the only member of my staff who knew about this blog) and he told me in no uncertain terms that it was not only a terrible name, but it was a lame joke. Ah well.
In the future, I look forward to sharing my thoughts here on the political landscape of Seattle and the country, as well as continuing to blog about my favorite music, odd stories that cross my mind, and the wonderful meals that my wife Sharon prepares. Godspeed.