Emblematic T-shirt sold by the Luck Monkey shop uses the obscure motto with a Day of the Dead image. Nobody is able to explain what "subdued excitement" is supposed to mean, nor why it has been applied to this small city in the Upper Left Corner of the United States. One clue is the inclusion of Mr. Peanut above. He is said to have started the motto, but nobody can explain who he is. This made no sense to me until one night when I was at a party, a guy appeared wearing a Mr. Peanut costume. It was him! But he was playing a saxophone, and before I could talk to him, he slipped away.
Bellingham is kind of weird.