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Jul 9, 2013 RainCityGlasses commented on The Happiness of Being a City Gal.
This delights me! I live on First Hill and this morning, in a fit of being awake early, I walked to work (I generally bus) on lower Queen Anne. I took Pike down to the market, bought some fresh fruit from a stand and some coffee, and enjoyed the sights and sounds of the city waking up on a hot Summer day. I feel incredibly lucky to be able to live and work in the city, and to have so much to experience while walking.
May 15, 2013 RainCityGlasses commented on Savage Love.
re: DSGs

Back when I was about 22, having harbored mega lust for girls for ages but functionally a straight girl at the time, I was at a local bar in Oly. Lots of friends and coworkers around that night. I had recently begun a thing with one of my coworkers, DSB, and later that night after having been introduced to a gal pal of his, she and I started making out hot and heavy at the bar. I was ELATED. This was the first time I'd ever made out with a girl and it was hot and I was in heaven.

Later on, one of my anarchist coworkers (Oly, need I say more?) expressed his displeasure to me that I had been 'that drunk straight girl making out with girls to get guy's attention'-- woosh, there went my happiness. He didn't know me, he didn't know I'd been waiting for a moment like that for forever, and it was really upsetting. I was young, did not defend myself, and it still (obviously) bugs me to this day.

I'm 29 now, and only in the past year have I finally had the guts to come out as queer (what I've been in my heart all these years) to my friends and family. Femme invisibility sucks (just as much as it sucks that I benefit from the associated privileges of that invisibilty when convenient) which is why I talk about my queer identity and queer issues a bunch more now to combat it.

DSG obviously knows and owns what she's doing, but just a reminder: you don't always know someone's history or identity, so don't be so quick to judge.
Apr 12, 2013 RainCityGlasses commented on The Freaky Magic of Soap Lake.
I'm a Seattle girl, and nearly every summer during elementary school my extended family and I would go stay in the little cabins at Soap Lake. I saw my first rattlesnake there, and remember being fascinated by the foamy shore. When I moved to Missoula, I would drive I-90 regularly and see Soap lake, also pleased it hasn't done anything but be it's Soap lakiest as I remember it from the mid-90s. Thanks for the article, I think this Summer I plan my glorious return :D
Apr 11, 2013 RainCityGlasses commented on Ernie Piper's YOLO Guide to Getting the FuckĀ Out of Town.
This was excellent. A voice that is unique and relatable ('It is hella windy" cracks me up, but it's true!) and draws one in and avoids condescension. Absolutely loved this and hope to see more.
Mar 13, 2013 RainCityGlasses commented on Along Gizzards Way.
Oh my gawwwwwwwwwwwd this is bad news. I learned to love gizzards when I was feeling adventurous at 18, on my first of many roadtrips from Missoula to Seattle. At the St Regis gift store/convenie are chicken gizzards. From first bite it was love. I thought it was the only place I'd ever see gizzards, to be honest.

Not so, thankfully! My folks have a cabin on Whidbey, and every Saturday in the Summer there is a gas station near freeland that offers chicken gizzards and dutifully I indulge every time I'm there.

With this article, I am worried for myself- all of my friends are digusted with my fondness (I do exclaim it loudly at times, I must admit) but I will be going to Beacon Hill tonight.

Mar 4, 2013 RainCityGlasses commented on Seattle High School Teacher's Race and Social Justice Curriculum Suspended After Parent Complaint.
I count myself lucky to have transferred to Evergreen during college where I was first introduced to the concept of privilege and given the opportunity to take control of my interactions around this issue. As a white middle-class girl from the burbs, child of 'liberal' parents, I was brought up with the super-well intentioned and super-idiotic 'color-blindness' as an ideal. Bless my stupid mother for believing so strongly in it, but I could not be more thankful for having similar (to Greenberg's course) race/gender/justice concepts introduced to me at age 20. I'm 29 now, work in low income housing, and I see white folks (and menfolks!) struggle constantly with race and gender issues (we always want to make it about us, and *our* feelings, and prove how not racist or sexist we are by not talking about it). I would have killed for a course in high school like this, as well as courses in labor history (another thing I am thankful to Evergeen for). Our country will never change until we trust our youth to have engaging and critical conversations about privilege. Hope it works out for these students, and fellow whiteys: please stop making this about you.
Oct 17, 2012 RainCityGlasses commented on Savage Love.
@10 and others-

I do not engage in any sexual or romantic activity with partners of any composition of man and lady bits if they do not believe in a woman's right to choose. Straight up.

You don't think I deserve agency over my body? Then you are coming NO WHERE NEAR IT.

This is a conversation I always have pre-sexy times.
Oct 1, 2012 RainCityGlasses commented on Never Heard of 'Em.
I, too, have no musical knowledge and end up listening to things because a partner has introduced me or I heard it on NPR. Neutral Milk Hotel came in to my life a few years ago and my reaction was pretty much just as yours- the cadence of that album and the lyrics and the horns and OMG EVERYTHING makes me just adore the whole album. Two Headed Boy makes me cry. Fuck it, the whole thing does. The first thing I learned on the Uke was 'Holland, 1945'- and if that songs doesn't engender ALL THE FEELINGS, then I have nothing to say to you. Nice article :D
Sep 26, 2012 RainCityGlasses commented on To the Dane Cook Looking Motherfucker Who Chastised Me For Smiling, but Not Saying Hello.
Native Seattle girl here- I'm super friendly. I'm so damn smiley and nice that I've had people accuse me of not really being from here at all. That is some bullshit. People are people. Some want to talk, some don't. You really think it's a geographical thing?

I, personally, am a bus talker. I won't start a conversation, but if someone on the bus clearly wants to talk, who am I to deny them the company of a few minutes? I also work with the homeless and low income population, so maybe I'm less scurred of strangers than most, but come onnnnnn....they won't bite! I once had a lovely old drunk give me a flower in an airport bottle-cum-vase on the bus because I was the only person who'd talk to him. People get lonely. I don't find it a particular drain on my day to be pleasant for a few moments.

Now, the Seattle Freeze really is about folks being friendly in theory and then not folowing through with invitations to social outings or in to a circle of friends, right?- why people think they're entitled to instant friendship I just don't know. If I included every new person I met in to my group of friends, it would end up being live-action facebook, full of people with whom I have a passing connection but no real meat to sustain a personal friendship. That, to me, is weird and fake. Sometimes you hit it off with people, sometimes not!

And yeah, sometimes I'm super grumpy and don't feel like talking to anyone, or I'm sick, or someone just died, or I'm worried about the coming resource wars...and if someone calls me out on it, well, more fool you motherfucker, you're not my problem.
Apr 25, 2012 RainCityGlasses commented on I, Anonymous.
This is the best thing ever.