Catalina Vel-DuRay
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Beacon Hill Housewife and municipal career gal Born and raised in the rolling hills of… more »

Catalina Vel-DuRay is finally back up north.
8:51 PM yesterday Catalina Vel-DuRay commented on Live Coverage of Today's May Day Protests....
This year's Undergraduate Anger Pageant seems even more ineffectual than usual. However did they end up at a Costco?
Apr 30 Catalina Vel-DuRay commented on Savage Love Letter of the Day: Undercutting Remarks.
I dated a boy named Scott three times. The first time we broke up, it was at St. Mark's, and over the Episcopalian "Book of Common Prayer" (long story). The second time was because he thought that I was inferring that he was fat (another long story, but I wasn't saying anything about anyone's weight). The third time was because I got up early on a Saturday morning to go look at a really fantastic 50's sectional that someone was offering to give me. (Actually, that wasn't a fight, he said that he wanted to "cuddle", but I wanted to see that sectional, and I left). He then left a note on our (unmade!) bed that said that if a sofa was more important to me than he was, we didn't belong together. I agreed with him. And I still have the sectional, so there you go).

He was a beautiful boy. He really was. And we got along well. And the sex as good, but the relationship was wrong. Years later, I ran into him, and we went for a few beers and made peace. He apologized for being dramatic, I apologized for being me (which I sometimes have to do) and we parted friends. Sometimes it works out that way.
Apr 29 Catalina Vel-DuRay commented on What Went Down at the Protest Outside Uncle Ike's on 4/20.
"In a few years when the Central District is a shadow of its former self.... "

I hear that comment bandied about quite frequently, and I always want to ask: What "former self" are you referring to? The CD has had many former selves. We are all, neighborhoods and people, shadows of our former selves, and like it for not, there's no going back. If the new residents want overpriced bike stores and that like, that's their call.

There's always a great deal of discussion about the impacts of Gentrification, the biggest of which is explosive growth in property values. But fifty years ago, the opposite was the case. Unscrupulous realtors, through the practice of Block Busting, were stoking racial fears to get whites to sell their property at little or no profit, but then selling those properties to black people at inflated prices. It was institutionalized racism used against working class people of all colors, which is the real purpose of institutionalized racism - to keep poor and working-class people fighting each other.

The thing that is good about gentrification is that it is allowing property owners who may have paid those inflated prices (or, if they bought in the 70's, at fire sale prices) to make a very handsome profit off their property.

Apr 29 Catalina Vel-DuRay commented on Greg Vandy and Charles Cross Talk Woody Guthrie Tonight at Town Hall.
"prolly"? Seriously?

I worked at a cable TV station at The University of Iowa that showed things like lectures and surgeries. They had a library of weird, random stuff of varying lengths that we showed to fill in the dead space at the end of the lectures/surgeries, and one was a propaganda piece by BPA on the glories of hydro electricity featuring Woody performing several of those songs. I wish I'd had the presence of mind to steal that.
Apr 29 Catalina Vel-DuRay commented on I, Anonymous.
Public school lunches in the 70's used to have soy burgers (They called them "hamburgers", and they had enough meat in them to make them presentable, but they laced them with soy as well. It was one of the few things that I liked for lunch.

Their most odious entree was something called "Chicken Fried Steak", which had to be avoided at all costs.
Apr 29 Catalina Vel-DuRay commented on The Morning News: Viaduct Closes Today, Ex-Governor Insists Bertha Is No Boondoggle.
Raindrop dear, I believe the gooseneck is part of the meter assembly. I don't know why they keep using that picture, which is either a gas pipe or an electrical conduit (here's a hint, Stranger: you don't mount water pipes on the outside of buildings - at least not in climates where it freezes)
Apr 28 Catalina Vel-DuRay commented on Lawsuit: King County Misled Voters on Levy to Build New Youth Jail.
The entire suit rests on the premise that we were too dumb to know we were voting for a jail?

OK, give us our money back (no, it can't be repurposed into some fund for uncaged youth) minus all the contractor and consultant work we've already committed to and put the thing on the ballot with "jail" in the description. While we're at it, build it in Kent and sell the land in the CD to developers.
Apr 26 Catalina Vel-DuRay commented on The City Council Will Soon Spend Half a Million Dollars More a Year on Staff.
They're doing this while ignoring the need for additional people in the departments that actually do things for the citizens (and contribute to the general fund).

The town, like it or not, is growing by leaps and bounds, but the budget office - which operates in some sort of political dream world, and for some strange reason thinks it knows what's best for the revenue-generating departments who's operations they only dimly understand - won't increase the number of "pockets" they are allowing to accommodate all this growth. Maybe when they're done "streamlining" IT and personnel, we'll see some "pockets" released, but my prediction is that the "streamlining" will turn into Empire Building, and that it is all just a way to further bilk the citizens by charging the revenue-generating departments fees for providing "services" to them that they previously did themselves (thus putting upward pressure on rates, while not providing for additional labor resources)

But as long as their nests are being feathered, all is well. After all, they'll need those additional staffers to handle complaints about lack of response from city departments.
Apr 26 Catalina Vel-DuRay commented on Donald Trump Is Reportedly Coming to Washington on May 7.
I don't know that Cruz is "evil" as much as he is an annoying, evangelically-addled weirdo.

Here's a tip to all religious out there: When God tells you to run for office, he's messing with you. And God doesn't control the elections (if She did, we'd never had heard of the Republican Party, and Ronald Reagan would just be that guy from those awful movies)
Apr 25 Catalina Vel-DuRay commented on The Morning News: Racists Vandalize A Seattle Church, Another Racist Plans To Campaign In Washington.
Our Dear Cato is absolutely right. It's OK to protest Trump, but he has a right to speak, no matter how awful the content is.