commented on For the First Time in Six Decades, Americans Are Driving Less
I used to drive to the record store. I used to drive to the book store. I used to drive to the video store.
I even used to drive to visit my friends.
Kids these days download stuff. And I'm an Amazon Prime member, so cds, books and dvds all get dropped off at my door.
...and all my friends are online.
I'm not sure this is progress. Sometimes, I miss other people.
commented on Supporting Parks by Drinking in a Basement
Don't feel bad, Anna...it wouldn't be the first time a Stranger writer assigned to cover something walked out in the middle of it and covered it anyway. ;)
Champion yourself as a brave populist. We're smart enough to fill in the blanks on anything you might have missed.
commented on Dear NBA: Don't Take Seattle for Granted
I'm a Sonics fan. I would definitely go to games if there was a team here playing games. I'm supporting the current effort to bring a team and a new arena here.
But you're right, Goldy. I've never forgiven Stern for his "the reason your crippled son didn't get well is because you didn't pray hard enough" act...nor how he greased the wheels to move the Sonics to OKC while bending over backwards for New Orleans and now Sacramento.
I've learned to live without the NBA here. I don't follow any teams, don't particularly care who wins. As easily as I could learn to care again...I could learn to do without it permanently.
If they turn down this purchase arrangement (and I'm not even in favor of an expansion offer--the NBA does NOT need to expand at this point in time, new TV deal or not), I think Seattle should say "Good riddance" to the NBA.
And even if they accept the purchase arrangement, David Stern shouldn't dare bring his ass face to this town again. We'll cheer the Sonics with all our hearts...but not Stern. Never Stern.
commented on The Slog Netflix Streaming Movie Club: The Imposter
I thought that the style of the re-enactments was a deliberate artistic choice--to accentuate the unreliability of the various narrators and the human tendency to want to make the world into a bad made-for-television movie that has a happy resolution.
Some here call it "shoddiness", but I thought it was effective in making the point that the real world is grainy and out of focus, where we imagine it to be in technicolor.
commented on Teabagger Wisdom for Children
I thought my 3 year old son would love to watch some "Schoolhouse Rock"--after all, I loved "Unpack Your Adjectives" and "3 Is a Magic Number", "Conjunction Junction" etc.
Put in the DVD, hit random...and watched this (which I don't remember from my childhood.)
(Schoolhouse Rock--Tyrannosaurus Debt)
...and my dinosaur-obsessed 3 year old loves it.