Dec 17, 2011
commented on Using Cocaine to Self-Medicate for Attention-Deficit Disorder
Can't speak for coke (don't trust myself around uppers beyond coffee), but smoking weed on a semi-regularly basis has brought no downside and a fair amount of upside. Grades improved slightly (correlation and causation problem there, but they didn't go down), social anxiety went way down, and connected I'm sure to all of these, drinking less.
And 60 bucks of weed will last a lot longer than an hour...
Nov 28, 2011
commented on SL Letter of the Day: The Forgiven
Absolutes are dangerous, but I've never been with someone long term, or had a move-across-the-country level commitment, where my response to them telling me 'I was raped' would be doubt.
If you doubt her story, leave her.
If you don't doubt her story but think she's damaged, leave her.
You'll be doing you both a favor.
Sep 15, 2011
commented on Just Let It Close: The United States Postal Service
This seems like a classic moment where you have to ask yourself how much your time is worth. I'm hardly anybody important, but my time is definitly worth more than an hour at the post office, staring at the ceiling and getting increasingly frustrated. In fact it's probably worth just about what it costs to meander on over to UPS and ship it through them.
"this town is full of crazy middle-aged women with an axe to grind."
And post offices are full of surly umotivated workers. I think there's enough blame to go around.
Sep 12, 2011
commented on Egyptian Women and the Veil
Seriously, stop listening. No joke. Let those questioning thoughts take action, and vow to never ever listen again.
Come back in six months and see who gives a shit.
Oh right, no one.
Sep 8, 2011
commented on Is Your Doctor Taking Drug-Company Money?
Interesting information. My doctor has made about 15k over the last three years in speaking engagements. That doesn't seem too nefarious to me, but I guess I would be more comfortable if the number were zero. OTOH, one of the reasons I really like my doctor is he is not alarmist and pretty adverse to requiring tests (beyond blood work for a physical) and has only prescribed two medications to me - when I asked (Lexapro and Chantix for the record).
Technically even Elizabeth Warren made fees off of speaking to credit card companies, and I don't think she's been corrupted by them. I think my doc gets a pass on this one unless he suddenly starts writing me scrips up the wazoo.
Sep 3, 2011
commented on The Economist Condemns Seattle For Failing to Wage War On Cars
For those who do complain that bikes disobey traffic laws regularly, I've noticed that the increased number of bike lanes helps with that. Only anecdotal to be sure, but on my commutes and errands, we (cyclists) tend to group together on the streets with the nicer bike lanes. More people means a greater necessity to obey rules so that everyone can ride safely (stop at red lights, signal when turning etc.). It's not perfect all the time of course, but then again plenty of drivers disobey basic traffic laws - with much more dire consequences.
I do wish Philly would go even further, or at least have the police enforce people blocking bike lanes.
@11 - couldn't agree more. I can't tell you how upsetting it was to find out from someone who works for SEPTA that often, often!, that is intentional by the bus driver. Of course SEPTA is the worst of the east coast city public transportation services. Sad to hear it happens in Seattle too.
Sep 1, 2011
commented on Christian Singing Group at a State University Votes to Kick Gay Singer Out
From my tangential experience with a cappella (my girlfriend in college was in a group), there's going to be a lot more than one gay man in that group. A cappella was almost 90% gay dudes and women standing around and singing in what can only be described as a very gay way. And I went to a Southern State school - not exactly a hotbed of liberalism or openess.
There must be some serious 1950s looking the other way, let's all pretend and stay friends going on in that group.