6:17 PM yesterday
commented on The Song I Listened to Over and Over Again After I Had My Heart Broken for the First Time
While in the ICU with my dying mother last year, I was sure I would never be able to listen to The Mountain Goats again. But after a long break after her death, I reached for it. It crushed me and lifted me both at the same time. Nothing takes me to and through my feelings as well as John Darnielle's poetry and music. I'm glad I was able to go back to it, but I still have to be careful.
commented on The Fifty Worst Charities in America
it is always best to give one larger amount to one local charity than to spread that amount over several charities in smaller chunks. and the larger national organizations, while they may be doing excellent work, spend so much on overhead that it can drive away even committed donors. example: the ASPCA. they mail me these huge glossy packets ALL THE TIME. they've spent more on postage mailing appeals to someone (me) who already knows/cares enough to give than i ever even gave in the first place. that kind of inefficiency drives me nuts.
commented on Walmart Turns Workers Into Welfare Queens
I've shopped at a Walmart exactly once, when I was stranded in E WA in need of some emergency supplies. I grumbled and cursed every second of it because I so hated being in that position. But I do go to Target sometimes, or Fred Meyer, when it's time to stock up on paper towels and laundry soap and what have you. Is it really just as bad? I know it's bad, but I'm hoping it's less bad.
commented on RIP, Herfy's in Fremont
i only went to the one that was out near alki once upon a time, because that's where the marine biology field trip wrapped up. i don't remember a thing about whether it was good or not, or if i even ate? is it still there?
this was funny: one day, driving behind a little old lady in a station wagon for quite a while. she had a plate that said 'BRGRGRL.' i was sounding it out, does that say burger girl? why in the world? and then she turned into the parking lot at fatburger. the manager? just a fan? i'll never know.