commented on Slog Bible Study: 1 Kings 1:1-4
Why did they have to look everywhere? You'd think plenty of young, nubile women would jump at the chance to be the king's bedwarmer...
commented on Get Schooled at Filipino Lunch Counter
@12: Maybe I'm used to eating at awesome small places, but those signs say to me that they actually serve interesting food, have some people who don't know how to appreciate something new (or ask irrelevant questions), and the staff would rather not have to say negative things to people constantly.
People who like to bitch at customers don't give away their scolding opportunities like that. There is certainly a culture gap - I've seen Asian restaurants downrated for clearing plates quickly, even though that is a sign of respect. European-style eateries let you sit there longer - with your dirty dishes - and go by a different tempo.
Next time in Seattle, I'm going to try to go check them out! Brusque usually means they focus on making great food. And I'll probably try the salmon since I grew up eating whole fish with the family.
commented on In Which the Seattle Times' Sharon Pian Chan Accuses Me of Being a Racist
I'm still undecided where I fall on this issue, but one clarification: Koreans aren't "South Asian" last I checked.
I think that it is a bit overblown to claim active racism here, but there certainly are impacts that disproportionately could affect some types of ethnically owned businesses. I've noticed that businesses run by Korean- and Chinese-Americans especially do some careful financial balancing that does rely on some existing standards that don't match up with environmental or social justice activist positions.
It doesn't mean that they're against social justice any more than the min wage law proposals are racist, but it does indicate a structural inertia that would need to be overcome before those businesses could feel comfortable with future viability.
commented on The QFC on Harvard and Broadway Is Pratically a Dog Park
@18: I'm definitely in favor of nuts being banned from stores and other public areas if people are bringing them in and letting them rub against things, fornicate, and defecate on the floor. But since they tend to politely stay put in packaging on the shelves, they're manageable.
commented on Dress Codes? We Don't Need No Stinkin' Dress Codes!
There is class and there are clothes. You can make an effort to be classy with modest clothes, and you can be a pauper of manners in the finest attire.
Dress codes often are based on gendered binaries and impractical wear that someone who doesn't get to ride in a car would not be able to manage. Nice but practical walking shoes should be acceptable, including walking sandals for men (if you're obsessed with staring at a guy's feet around a white tablecloth, you should consider your fetishes). And effort should be put into being presentable as a sign of respect to the establishment - nice black t-shirt with a blazer or button down over it and clean, dark jeans without rips are not out of reach of someone able to afford to eat out at a fancy place but aren't overly jarring to any but the worst snobs.