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Nov 5 stuckie commented on Should the Duggar Girls #FuckFirst?.
You can't use the word "duggar": that's THEIR word.
It's a slur when you say it.
Oct 6 stuckie commented on A History of Why My Friend Is Paying $1,000 a Month to Live in a Shoebox on Capitol Hill.
Another economic Catch-22. Those who can afford to live in the most expensive neighborhoods are going to be people who can also afford cars and prioritize convenience (in a time=money sense, flexibility (getting to see the area's outlying sights), and would want to have some assurance of the safety of said cars. Often times

I have lived on Capitol Hill, and even WITH a parking space for myself, I have had MANY instances where people I've invited over have driven over from outlying neighborhoods, spent 30 minutes burning gas circling around looking for parking, then gone back home. It's hard to argue that time isn't money for everyone involved. I have lived downtown with and without parking - I now have an underground parking space, and even though I don't drive very often (choosing greener options whenever possible), I would still say that if you factor in an hourly wage, I probably save over $150/month in time I'd otherwise spend looking for and paying street parking.

But again, a natural outgrowth of the kind economic polarization you're talking about is that those who can afford to live at Sunset Electric or the new SLU condos are people whose hourly rate probably gives them a different calculation when assessing the "value" of multi-transfer bussing to see a coworker in the suburbs.
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Aug 20 stuckie commented on The Racial Thing That Happened to Me Recently at a Madrona Restaurant.
At the risk of derailing - am I the only one who gave pause at the two-sentence explanation of why he tipped that has nothing to do with the food-service? As it was discussing waiters' racial stereotypes, I was almost bracing for "I tipped because waiters expect white people to tip". Is the underlying assumption here that normally a thoughtless faux pas regarding the check would warrant being stiffed?

Like @8, almost any time a woman is picking up the check, they return the card to me (even though I certainly don't LOOK like a "Susan"). I am pretty sure no one's ever chosen not to tip for the meal because of it.

Don't get me wrong - this is a real issue, and everyone's suggestions that if someone doesn't remember who paid, they ought to place it neutrally on the table (though that probably hinders the "be extra friendly to the payee for the last second before they decide what to tip you" moment). But I'm not sure if there is an indirect/passive solution to this. I'm not a waiter, but the ones I know have implied that stiffing a server is most often seen as a reflection on you than them, and not really a "teaching moment" (especially when the "lesson" is unclear and the restaurant is busy)

In the cases when it's happened to me, my friends tend to hold up a finger and say, in a hopefully helpful tone, some variation of "that's mine". That's probably as good an option as there is, without, ironically, validating the "black people don't tip" stereotype.
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Jul 15 stuckie commented on Weird Al Always Make Me "Happy".
He's doing a new one every day for a week. Today's is pretty good, too. http://youtu.be/8Gv0H-vPoDc
Jun 4 stuckie commented on Savage Love.
The confusing part about the SPAM letter: why bother mentioning her move from Boston to Seattle when it has no bearing on the situation and makes understanding of the area code mixup more confusing?

Given the move, though, it seems even more obvious that getting a new Seattle phone number is the right answer (keeping the other as a Google-Voice redirect if you absolutely must have that too) OR having a pre-canned message to text back with the correct number AND ignoring unrecognized calls AND having a voicemail that made it clear that you were not that person - but calling the sex worker also seems like a no-brainer too.
May 15 stuckie commented on SL Letter of the Day: He's a Bi Man Now.
Am I the only person who read that medication as "Suxobone"?
May 5 stuckie commented on News Helicopters Are Stupid and Serve No Purpose.
@12 You joke, but if all news stations needed were overhead shots of events, you could equip a comparably tiny remote drone carrying only a camera on a gimbal and that would seem to cover 90% of news needs.
Apr 15 stuckie commented on Survey Reveals Men's Rights Activists Are Almost Entirely White, 17 to 20 Years Old.
@8 It's not about how many white men actually get into college. They don't have the perspective to empathize with that kind of bigger picture. It's about THEIR EXPERIENCE of looking for scholarships and finding so many that are restricted to demographic groups they're not a part of. NOT FAIR! And for those who are sufficiently outraged, MRAs are groups dedicated to pseudoscientifically rationalizing your kneejerk emotional reactions. QED.
Apr 15 stuckie commented on Survey Reveals Men's Rights Activists Are Almost Entirely White, 17 to 20 Years Old.
@3 Yep. Surveying the active members of ANY subreddit would probably produce similar results. But the truth is, everyone of that age group *feels* disenfranchised, and young white men look around and everyone else has a scapegoat that looks conspicuously like them, and it doesn't seem fair. THEY didn't do all that stuff, and yet are being judged as though they had (by women, who they want to sleep with, but who won't do it = THEY HAVE ALL THE POWER!). Maybe OTHER asshole dudes are worthy of ridicule, but to take it out on them is just WRONG.

TL;DR: When you reverse-engineer your philosophy based entirely on your own personal complaints about the world, you're going to be the martyr of the story.
Mar 11 stuckie commented on Ban Bossy? I Don't Think So. Be Bossier..
The ad (watch it; it's short) says: Parents, don't discourage girls from being assertive leaders (and all the other positive connotations of bossiness) by labeling them with the pejorative "bossy", which is a reprimand of the sort seldom given to male children.

I don't think anyone here is disagreeing, except for the writer of this article, who seems to have taken the phrase "ban bossy" out of context.

You could argue that "ban bossy" is not a clear enough slogan on its own if intelligent people misunderstand it this easily, but if you've seen the video, I'm pretty sure the context is clear.
 

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