commented on The Ruins of Tatooine
Reminds me of when I visited Mismaloya beach in 1975. There was literally nothing there except the disintegrating sets from the movie "Night of the Iguana." Fun to poke around and remember the film, still one of my favorites!
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commented on All You Motherfuckers Complaining That aPodments Are Too Small at 200 Square Feet
In 1930s Shanghai, renters sometimes surreptitiously subdivided their apartments vertically by building a "mezzanine" floor and renting it to another family, unbeknownst to the landlord. With the typical Shanghai ceiling being 12 feet high and most Chinese being under 6 feet tall, it all worked out quite well. That's not to say it wouldn't work here in Seattle, even with our 8-foot ceilings. As Dominic would be the first to point out, no one has a constitutional right to stand up!
commented on No Taxation Without Representation: NYC May Soon Give Lawful Noncitizen Residents the Vote
At 62, I have never once voted in an election. That's because I'm a Canadian citizen, but I've never been resident in Canada when I've been of age and there's been an election (Canada doesn't allow absentee voting). And as a U.S. resident, I'm not eligible to vote, even though I pay my taxes just like anyone else.
On the plus side though, I don't get called to serve on juries. I've given up worrying about it.
commented on Sound Check
@13 "Not much of a desire in the community"? With 600 students?
SDS is simply an awesome place, for both students and parents. My kid took lessons there all during his formative years—from several different teachers, all of whom were great. He learned to play the drums, but he also got so much more in terms of emotional and intellectual support when he most needed it. I can't say enough about how much that experience meant to him and to me.
I have a feeling that SDS has a much larger constituency than just the 600 current students. There must be thousands of alums, plus their families. Please keep us informed of what is going down and what we can do about it. I for one am willing to write, call, attend meetings, or whatever else needs to be done to keep the school in existence.
commented on Slog's Annual Pride Flag & Space Needle Poll
Space Needle Corp. couldn't give a shit about the GLBTQ community, much less progressive liberal values. They only care about $. In 25 years living in Seattle, I've been up the SN once, and thought it incredibly tacky. Now, when visitors come to town, I take them to the water tower in Volunteer Park (higher, 50% more view, free!)