commented on Another One Bites the Dust: RIP Shorty's Pinball
Development at Northgate is about increasing density. (Build whatever you want here! You can't possibly ruin Seattle's most boring neighborhood!) Development in Belltown is about cashing in on a neighborhood's "hip" reputation while simultaneously ruining its hipness, ala Capitol Hill, or cashing in on water views, or both.
And to all of you "so long Seattle!" folks -- I'm dying to know where you're moving that's so much better.
There used to be one guy here -- I don't remember his name -- who was always rhapsodizing about how great Kent and the suburbs in general were, how much better than Seattle, and it was kind of adorable, if totally unconvincing. But at least he had a place.
commented on Police Who Held Dylann Roof Allegedly Got Him Some Burger King
Did you guys just miss the comment at @16?
The point is not that the cop bought fast food for the mass murderer in custody.
The point is that the cops should treat non-white people, including suspects in custody, in the same manner. Their gentle treatment of this particular killer goes to prove that they know perfectly well how to grant an accused criminal his constitutional rights to things like a fair trial.
commented on Seattle, It's Time to Retire the Phrase "Asian Fusion"
I dunno, I just ate at Trove for the first time and can't think of a better category than "Asian fusion" for a dish that was presented a little like Vietnamese noodle bowls but with what tasted like Italian-style pasta and a vaguely Thai-ish flavor sensibility.
And that would distinguish it from the surprisingly great bento box I had in Houma, Louisiana, where the crawfish sushi was just "sushi made with local ingredients." However, if they'd served it with etouffee sauce instead of the traditional wasabi & pickled vinegar & soy sauce, THAT might have made it fusion cuisine. Like how a Korean restaurant with sushi is just a Korean restaurant with sushi unless they also put kimchee on the sushi.
They're kind of out of favor now, but I seem to remember fancy restaurants of my youth being called "continental" if what they did was kind of like a mixture of French and Italian.
I feel like the purpose of restaurant genres is to make sure people have the right expectations. So they don't get all pouty if they go to a southwest style restaurant instead of a California-Mexican style restaurant and the burritos aren't served enchilada style.
commented on If You Had a Problem with Ryan Boudinot's Piece about Writers
I thought the Boudinot piece had some interesting points, some things I disagreed with, and some things that reflected unfortunate clichés about what literature is or what talent means. But it was obviously published in order to be a bit inflammatory -- to generate controversy -- possibly even to increase interest in the City of Literature project?
Anyway, as a non-MRA writer who hangs out with a lot of other writers, most of them non-MRA as well, I wasn't really offended, and nobody I knew was really offended. But then Slog published a link to Chuck Wendig's blog post on the topic, introducing it with very dismissive language, something like "some guy we've never heard of didn't like the Boudinot piece, waah."
Except, I've heard of Chuck Wendig for years -- he's a fairly prominent blogger in some circles -- but I've never heard of Ryan Boudinot before. So the obvious disrespect rubbed me the wrong way. It felt like kind of a troll move -- publish something you know is going to bother people, then mock them when they express an objection.
That pissy defensiveness has continued to characterize the Slog writing about this controversy, and bothers me a lot more than anything actually in the Boudinot piece.
commented on Drunk of the Week
A couple of New Orleans Mardi Gras experiences have convinced me that no holiday is properly celebrated unless it involves people getting drunk and dressing up like idiots. Saint Patrick's Day is awesome just the way it is.
commented on Is There a Better Word for Yuppie?
Not really. The point of "yuppies" was the way they could be seen as a phenomenon, and at the time the word was coined, they were seen as an anti-hippie phenomenon, that young people used to be a certain way (whether they were ever really that way or not) and were now a different way, a Reagan-era way, a "morning in America" neo-50s way.
Yuppies weren't any old "young urban professionals," they were also apolitical or right wing, professionally ambitious in a fairly traditional corporate setting, status-conscious, style-conscious, with a lot of disposable income that they wanted to spend in mostly hedonistic ways.
True yuppies were of their time. Have you seen American Psycho? Christian Bale's character is the perfect yuppie, and there's a reason that movie had to be set in the 1980s.
The people suggesting "amholes" or "brogrammers" or something similar related to the tech industry are probably most on the mark.
commented on Welcome to Town, Here's Why You're Stuck in Traffic
@1 -- what on earth are you talking about? When did we put all our money into rail technology? What rail technology is this? Also WHO is "ignoring" the potential of a better bus system? We're always trying to improve the bus system. It's just that east siders and suburbanites and Tim Eyman-style tax revoltists are always stepping in to ensure we don't have the money.
@9 -- Nobody is planning to tear up roads and replace them with light rail. That would indeed be silly.
And what city do you live in, anyway? We're not even talking about people living in a "suburb" and commuting into downtown. It's about people living -- for instance -- in Northgate, and one half of the couple works downtown but the other half works in West Seattle. The Northgate partner can take one bus to downtown which is fairly zippy, but rail would be zippier. The West Seattle half has a 90 minute bus commute because the transfers downtown are so awkward. And then if he drives because that's such a nightmare, his drive time varies wildly, from half an hour to almost as long as it takes to get there by bus.
What I don't understand is why it is taking so long just to expand one light rail corridor. The stop at Northgate is supposed to open in 2021, and they've already been at it for several years. 2021. ONE corridor. It makes no sense to me at all.
commented on First Impressions of Seattle by Someone from California
Some of these comments are weird. Did you actually read the article? She doesn't COMPLAIN about the weather, she just observes that it's more complicated than the weather in California and you need to have more than one kind of jacket.
I think Seattle is actually very attached to our punk/grunge/indie pop heritage, but it's not like we're "stuck" in the 90s -- it's more like the way New Orleans is attached to its heritage of jazz and blues.
Which reminds me -- we need, like, a Preservation Hall for grunge.