commented on Watch Nancy Pearl and Me Talk About Books
You have continued to be one of my favorite Stranger writers for what, like seven years now? Nancy is fantastic, you're fantastic, and together you do a lot of positive things for the local literary/library/book/reader community, moreso than Amazon will ever do.
commented on Never Heard of 'Em
I had the same reaction when I heard this album 18 years ago. It made 17 year old me want to go fuck shit up and burn it all down. It makes 34 year old me want to go fuck shit up and burn it all down in a sensible minivan.
commented on Kingfish Owners Plan to Open Small "To-Go Places"
I'm willing to bet that within five years, the Kingfish building and the Parkside next to it will both be knocked down and replaced with generic mixed-use buildings just like on the next block. Because if there's anything a neighborhood with a lot of service jobs needs, it's more $1500/mo studio apartments.
Dec 10, 2014
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.
Oct 8, 2014
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.