Nov 28, 2016
commented on Food News: All of Your Old Favorites Are Slowly Disappearing But at Least You Can Comfort Yourself with Dumplings and Vegan Ice Cream
@1 I do not promote, merely report the opening of for those who are curious. Personally, I like my ice cream to actually involve cream. Or twee.
@2 and @3 I'm not 25, and I'm a native, but don't you look so knowing and jaded on the internet. Also, I think you may be missing the point of those subheads. They're not intended to bemoan a sepia-tinted vison of "Auld Seattle" so much as to offer a reflection on the endless cycles of development that a city goes through, and the endless complaint they inspire. Do I wax nostalgic about doing laundry at the old Five Point, where it was actually dirty and scary and you had to sit in front of the closed circuit TV to make sure a crackhead didn't steal your clothes? Of course I do. Do I recognize that its update was a natural and inevitable part of the neighborhood's evolution? Duh.
Certainly any city is a Ship of Theseus, but who are you to deny those who have loved Seattle's longer lasting planks a moment to rue their replacement? Also, the places that closed had character, which tends to be loosely correlated with longevity. However, they are by no means handcuffed to one another. There are plenty of dinosaurs that are thankfully now extinct, just as there are plenty of brand spanking new places that already feel classic. To reduce my reasoning to "old = good" is, well, reductive.
Oct 20, 2016
commented on Vashon Island Has a New BBQ Joint Called Gravy
@1 Belabor: "attack or assault physically or verbally." Which, in an abstract sense (aka exactly the sense I was using it in), is exactly what my mother has done to her knees over a lifetime of mountain climbing. Thanks for taking the time to be a high school English teacher about it though. Hope it was the most fulfilling self-righteous internet commenting experience of your life.
Also, BJC reviewed May'd years ago and loved it. I'll let that stand. http://www.thestranger.com/seattle/the-b…
Sep 1, 2016
commented on The Inside Story of a Pot Shop Heist in Greenwood
@5 and @8 are spot on. The guard wasn't in on it, but he was off partying with babes and the inside man capitalized on that. The cash on hand was very limited, because (@4) they DO actually have robust cash handling policies and a bank in which to deposit their dough, but the robbers weren't primarily interested in cash. One quote I didn't get to put into this article, that I don't remember offhand, was something from Ryan Kunkel to the effect of "they can resell the product at face value on the black market in non-legal states and until cannabis is legal nationwide, these robberies will keep happening." Essentially, the banking fix is a small piece of the puzzle, federal legalization is—as in so many other areas of the cannabis industry—the most important thing.
Jun 2, 2016
commented on Proposal to Allow Bans on Pot Shops in Alcohol Impact Areas Is a Ridiculously Bad Idea
@4 You're getting really deep into the land of hearsay, my friend. Here's the boots on the ground. Yesterday, I was doing interviews at Stash when a gangly looking kid walked in and tried to pass off a fake Idaho ID. Two minutes later, they sent the kid packing and the store's buying manager was making confetti out of it as we continued our interview. Uncle Ike's recently sent me a PDF of seized IDs. Fourteen in two weeks.
They do give a shit, and they're doing a lot more to keep pot out of the hands of kids than the black market ever was. If you're so concerned with kids using pot, and you're so into anecdotal evidence, here's mine: I had an easier time getting pot in high school than I do now as a pot journalist. Now, because I try to patronize legal stores to help make this whole experiment work, I have to take the bus to the pot store. In high school, there was a dealer at my school every single day. Talk about convenient. Oh and he didn't check ID.
Long and short of it is that kids will get pot if they want pot. That's obvious and you've wildly misinterpreted my points if you think I'm saying that legalization will prevent that. They've been getting pot for decades, and legal stores aren't doing much to change that. However, they are introducing a couple more hoops to jump through (buying a good fake, bugging your older brother, etc.). Not to mention a few safety controls on the product. Sure, in an ideal world, kids would wait to smoke until their weird little brains stopped developing. But they don't. If they're gonna smoke pot, I'd goddamn well rather have them smoke something that can pass microbial and occasionally gets screened for pesticides. Harm reduction, baby, get with it.