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May 31, 2013 geekgirl commented on Slog Poll: Expanding Restricted Street Parking to Neighborhood Workers.
@ 23 Yes, that's too bad. I was kind of hoping there might be some sort of pass program no one had mentioned because I wouldn't yet qualify for it. I believe UW handled it well when I was a student there. IIRC, staff could get a transit pass that came with a limited number of parking tickets each quarter for days when transit wouldn't work. The challenge with K-12 schools is that each one has a different location with different transit access and parking availability. So the statewide and district policies would have to allow for a lot of site-based flexibility.

There are some schools with very limited parking, but there are others where parking is plentiful, and might be replaced with more play space for kids if teachers were given better transit options.
May 31, 2013 geekgirl commented on Slog Poll: Expanding Restricted Street Parking to Neighborhood Workers.
I'm student teaching now and sometimes public transit works and sometimes you're hauling a large stack of graded papers in your bag plus several boxes of science and art supplies you bought with your own money because the budgets are tight. But I'd like to see the schools provide the teachers with a transit pass (because you're not hauling that much stuff every day) and then let the schools have a healthy number of parking permits they can hand out as needed. Schools are a community resource in a way that business aren't.

Apr 17, 2013 geekgirl commented on Swan Lake Is So Goddamned Boring.
I think this article is dead-on. I know little of dance, but I got tickets to PNB's Next Step from my boss (she couldn't use them) last year and went with a friend. It was fantastic. There were several shorter pieces instead of a single longer ballet. It featured a mix of modern and traditional choreography. I'm sure the technically difficult dance elements in Swan Lake are more impressive to someone with a dance background, but for someone who knew little of ballet, it was a great introduction. If I was taking someone to see ballet for the first time, I would take them to that show.
Jan 29, 2013 geekgirl commented on Savage Love.
@16 She's trying too hard to explain herself. I can see why some people would read that as BS, but given the circumstances, I think it says more about how she ended up in this relationship in the first place. I see a need for outside approval and some people-pleasing tendencies that often cause people to ignore red flags and excuse abusive or controlling behavior. Some sort of counseling is a pretty standard recommendation for people getting out of an abusive relationship and MEXICO could likely benefit from examining that need for approval.
Sep 21, 2012 geekgirl commented on City Attorney Asks Court to Reconsider Conviction in Contentious Jaywalking Case.
"There was no prosecutorial misconduct in this matter."

Is there any evidence for this statement? Is the prosecutor's office in the habit of simply doing whatever OPA officers urge them to do? Shouldn't prosecutorial discretion have allowed the prosecutor to drop the charge of obstruction in the first place? If the city attorney's office truly wishes to avoid the appearance of misconduct, perhaps it should be their policy to regard referrals from OPA officers with a bit more skepticism.
May 7, 2012 geekgirl commented on The Avatar Bubble Will Never Burst!.
I think Avatar 2 could potentially be more interesting than Avatar, at least from a plot perspective. Avatar is basically Pocahontas, but with a happy ending for the native people. But now you have a planet in which colonization never succeeded, which is more like Thailand than it is the US. There are some interesting original storylines you could spin off from that situation.

Not that I think Avatar 2 will be good; it could be, but it's more likely that Cameron will screw up the plot with more cliches.
Apr 13, 2012 geekgirl commented on Mitt Romney Needs More Time to Finish His Taxes, Goddamnit.
I'm guessing he's got a messy back and forth going between his accountants and his political advisers about which loopholes and off-shore tax dodges he should be using for the 2011 taxes. He's concerned that his usual methods might cost him the election, but his accountant has been doing them that way for years. Once they figure out the least awful way for all this to look, they'll release them.
Mar 6, 2012 geekgirl commented on Game Change Is Three Horror Movies at Once.
I still think they should have had Michael Hogan play McCain. I mean, sure he's Canadian, but he could pull off the dignified stiffness.
Feb 23, 2012 geekgirl commented on SL Letter of the Day: Infantile-ism.
When I got to "my almost pathological need for adoration and attention" I told myself I should just stop reading right there.

If only I'd listened to myself.
Jan 9, 2012 geekgirl commented on SL Letter of the Day: Threeway of Love.
@20. I suppose there are people who use Ad blocker of some sort at work for that reason.