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Jan 11, 2016 la claire commented on We Can Only Agree With One of the Seattle Times's Top Three Bad Bus Behaviors.
@10: To elaborate, my No. 1 metro bus frustration is people not moving as far back as possible when entering a standing-room-only bus. So many buses, especially at rush hour, appear to be packed to the gills when you try to enter the front doors, but if you just push past everyone clustered in the front half of the bus, you'll find plenty of space to stand (sometimes even sit!) at the very back. I don't know whether this happens out of laziness or lack of awareness, but it's a very simple fix that would make riding the bus at peak times much smoother. Related is some riders' insistence on standing even if a seat becomes available. Unless there's an elderly/disabled/pregnant/heavily burdened by groceries or luggage person standing near you who needs the seat more than you do, continuing to stand is not selfless -- it just puts you in the way of everyone else trying to move up or down the aisle, makes the bus appear more crowded, helps create and intensify aforementioned logjam at the front, and ultimately prevents someone who potentially does really need the seat from even getting to it.
@26, if you're holding the bars on both sides of the aisle, you're blocking anyone from getting around you without ducking under your armpits.
Nov 28, 2014 la claire commented on I, Anonymous.
Living far away from my family, I didn't mind working on Thanksgiving; I might have felt lonely if I had nothing to do. All my friends worked on Thanksgiving too because they work at a ski area. They pretty much had to because it was opening day on the mountain, but I volunteered to work at my restaurant job. (I think it's good that some restaurants stay open too, so that people who are traveling or working themselves and unable to spend hours on dinner can still have a holiday meal.) My boss paid us all in cash above our normal wage. Last year, when I was a grocery-store cashier, I requested and got both Thanksgiving and the day after off.

I guess, as someone who works in the service industry and has both worked and not worked on Thanksgiving, I just don't really feel the same level of rage toward my customers; they're often in a similar boat.

Also, agree with @73 - I worked almost 70 hours this week and was really glad the liquor store was open when I got off work on Thanksgiving so I could have something to bring over to my friend's house.

@74 - Nurses' assistants, phlebotomists, receptionists...
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Jan 30, 2013 la claire commented on The Rent Hike.
@4 - this isn't increasing density. they're not adding more units to the building. they're able to jack up the rent so much because it's a high-demand area.

even as more housing is built in an area like capitol hill, demand still far outpaces supply, so rents continue to climb. it's not until there's MORE supply than demand that rents will stabilize. that's what could happen in ballard in the next few years. see:…
"But analysts such as Cain and Dupre + Scott's Mike Scott forecast that, in a year or so, all the new construction will start to tip the balance between demand and supply.

Vacancies will rise, they say. Rents will stabilize, perhaps drop. Landlords will start offering tenants concessions like free rent again."

this is a fucked-up situation, but it's not increased density that's the problem. it's simply the number of people who want to live in the center of the city and are willing/able to pay $1400 a month for a one-bedroom. why we need rent control!!