commented on An Epic Mac 'n' Cheese Taste Test
My three year old will eat a whole pot of Annie's or Kraft. So will my 36 year old husband. To really take it to a sad and beautiful level, mix in cream of mushroom, peas, and tuna. I basically ate that for my entire freshman year of college.
commented on Seattle Landlords Are the Weirdest People
I remember trying to find a place in 2005 on the Eastside-- I probably called 60+ landlords and left messages that were never returned. We attempted to find a place on the Hill at that time, but the one place we applied to denied us and refused to give us a reason, then dragged their feet on returning the deposit we'd already put down (and this was a reputable property management company). We got lucky with one place, but by six months in, black mold had infested one wall so completely that we had to throw furniture away. And you're absolutely right I pulled every card I could as a tenant, because the only way it finally got dealt with was when I made an appointment for the city housing authority to look at it. When we moved out, I watched the apartment sit on craigslist for months, finally renting out at $300 less than we'd been paying.
We've been in our place in Ballard for four years and I fall on my knees in thanks that my landlord is responsive, reasonably priced for the area, and generally has his shit together. But rent goes up while pay does not (seriously, no raise in the four years, not even COL), so eventually we'll get priced out here, too.
commented on Amazon Wants to Launch a Netflix-Like Subscription Service for Books
Regarding the SPL ebooks:
-There are no fines-- when your three-week lending period is up, it automatically disappears from your library account. If you want to keep reading it, turn your Kindle's wifi off, and it won't disappear off of there until you turn it back on.
-SPL is spending a LOT of money on ebooks this year, I want to say well into six figures, because we're the most ebook-loving library system in the country (or close to it).
If you can't read or don't like to read but do want to ingest material, SPL also has downloadable audiobooks that you can listen to via the Overdrive app.
Oyster was supposed to be the next hot-shit ebook service, but it didn't have the newest best-sellers available. Yeah, I'm hold #105 of 804 holds on 165 ebook copies of The Goldfinch, but that's still closer to reading it than if I'm trying to get it through Oyster, which doesn't have it at all. Oyster's titles are consistently about a year behind the times, so you can either pay to read Beautiful Ruins through Oyster or just get it for free via SPL.
If Amazon sets up an ebook service where people can read the current bestsellers, I'll worry. Until then, library ebooks seem to be a better choice, as they're both free and come with many locations staffed with people trainied to use and troubleshoot the Overdrive program.
commented on Why It's Worth Paying More for Legal Pot
I'm perfectly happy to not buy weed from the same source as any dipshit wearing pot-leaf pants that's accompanied by the iconic "pit bull on a rope". It's the same reason I don't go to Hempfest. We're both fans of the same end goal (legal marijuana), but we come at it from drastically different places. My place doesn't have pot-leaf pants.