Dec 25, 2013
commented on How the Kvetch Stole Chanukah
Come on, if you're going to adopt a Yiddish cadence, you've got to go all the way.
"What? Should I know the reason?" No.
"What? I should know the reason?" Correct.
Also, it is damn impossible to do Jewish Christmas in Seattle anymore. Every Chinese place we went had a line out the door, and every movie was sold out til 10pm.
Nov 9, 2013
commented on The Balancing Act
The fact that the fair opened on First Thursday also really screwed local gallerists who might have wanted to attend. Shows are often promised to artists very far in advance, so the choice is between dropping the fair or dropping the artist's exhibit opening and maybe even the whole exhibit. That downright sucks for everyone involved.
Aug 21, 2013
commented on Study Says Indie Baristas Really Are Hipster Stereotypes
I work on a street with 3 cafes: two indies, one Sbux. Indie shop #1 has friendly staff who remember me and chat, but their coffee is uneven; the other has stressed out, aloof baristas who make top-notch coffee. On days when I want some banter I head to #1. On days when I just need good coffee and don't mind the cold shoulder, #2. The Sbux? Never.
Jul 2, 2013
commented on Blackbird Is Closing
I know two fashion-conscious men who went in to that store two or three times a year, hoping to find something and ready to plunk down a bit of dough. Neither ever found a single thing. One is in his 20s, one in his 50s. If you can't hit either of those targets, it's going to be curtains.
Is the apothecary staying open? That place is cool.
Jul 1, 2013
commented on How To Best Keep Cool
Thank god someone has told me to put screens in my windows and to buy fans! I had been keeping my oven on high with the door open, and slathering myself in honey. I never would have figured out what I was doing wrong.
Jun 24, 2013
commented on Parlez-vous Français?
Do your due diligence by learning polite responses, like "thank you," "I would like..." (as opposed to "I want"), "delicious!", "have a good day", and leave it at that. Any more, and you'll be wasting someone's time as you mumble-fumble around for the correct pronunciation and grammar -- and they'll switch to English way before you can get out your whole sentence.